ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed ancient human remains and evidence of a medieval church on the site of a new extra care scheme.
The discovery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, has been described as an “intriguing conundrum” by experts.
Tests and further digging is now underway to learn more about the finds in a field being developed by Broadacres housing association.
Nick Pearson, director of York-based On-Site Archaeology, which was brought in by Broadacres to monitor the building work, stressed that it was early days and so far little was known about the discovery.
However, he added: “It’s an intriguing conundrum and puzzle for us made all the more interesting because very little archaeology has emerged so far in Leyburn. Read more.
Poring over archive maps, surveying aerial photos and carrying out excavations along Breary Banks, in the Yorkshire countryside, the University of York team has found sauce, beer and medicine bottles, broken crockery and fragments of children’s toys pointing to a poignant story of a community more than 100 years ago.
The village was established in 1903 as a camp for itinerant workers constructing two reservoirs to support the region’s growing urban population, accommodating more than 700 families in rows of huts.
“It was like a small piece of Leeds in the countryside,” Dr Jonathan Finch, who led the archaeology students’ project, told the university’s magazine. Read more.
A gardener who thought he had discovered human bones in his yard has given archaeologists permission to dig after another interesting find.
Andrew Allen, 30, believed he had made an unnerving discovery shortly after moving into his Swinton home earlier this year.
Tests revealed the bones actually came from a cow, but he has recently found up 90 pieces of Roman-era pottery while digging up his garden.
Archaeologists now believe the property in Toll Bar Road could be sitting on a key Roman-era farming settlement and are set to carry out a full excavation.
Project leader Dr Lauren McIntyre, of Wath-based Elmet Archaeological Services, said: “The South Yorkshire region is generally overlooked in terms of Roman history. But Andrew’s finds suggest the presence of a previously undiscovered archaeological site. Read more.
Found by a metal detectorist on a little-known swathe of Viking Yorkshire in May 2012, the Bedale Hoard – including an inlaid gold sword pommel and a never-seen-before silver neck ring and neck collar – will go on public display at the Yorkshire Museum after being bought for £52,000 following a successful fundraising campaign.
An Anglo-Saxon sword is believed to be the original source of the large gold pommel, cast in iron, inlaid with plaques of gold foil and bearing Trewhiddle-style animal decorations, named after a hoard found in a town in Cornwall and exemplifying a style used in 9th century England.
Its use on gold is rare. Four oval ring mounts, made from gold and animalistically adorned again, feature six tiny, dome-headed gold rivets. Read more.
VIKING swords and gold jewellery are being dusted off at the Yorkshire Museum in time for a week of Viking-themed fun at half- term.
The museum is planning free events for children and families throughout the half-term week, including drop-in sessions when children can hear about Viking beliefs, and Valhalla.
Emma Williams, assistant curator of science and archaeology said: “There is something about Vikings that always captures the imagination of children.
These special events, which have been planned around our fantastic Viking collection, are a great way for children to learn about the Vikings in a fun, interactive way. Read more.
THE public have been given their first chance to see a fabulous treasure hoard unearthed from a North Yorkshire field.
The gold and silver objects were put on show at the Yorkshire Museum in York as fund-raising began to save the artefacts from being snapped up by the highest bidder.
Found in a field near Bedale in May 2012 the long-lost treasure would once have been a wealthy Viking’s life savings and are worth more than £50,000.
And the museum is now in a race against time to raise enough to buy the nationally-significant find before March and save it for the county. Read more.
An ancient skeleton, thought to date back to Roman Britain, has been discovered in a sewer trench.
Contractors from Yorkshire Water were installing sewers in Norton near Malton when they made the discovery.
Chris Pole, of Northern Archaeological Associates, said the site was formerly a Roman cemetery.
The “remarkably intact” skeleton has been removed for tests to determine its age, sex, and, if possible, a cause of death.
Two new sewers were being installed under Sutton Street in the village of Norton-on-Derwent when the skeleton was found two metres below the road. Read more.
A bid to acquire a 2,000-year-old bracelet, one of the first pieces of Iron Age gold jewellery ever found in the north of England, has been launched by the Yorkshire Museum.
The intricate and rare gold torc, found in the bed of a stream near Towton, north Yorkshire in April 2011, has been valued at £30,000.
Around half the funds have been secured through a grant from a local charitable foundation, but the remainder must be raised by October.
The bracelet may have belonged to a member of the Brigantes tribe, which ruled most of north Yorkshire during the Iron Age. Read more.