Oxford nunnery dig uncovers Bronze Age arrowhead

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Oxford nunnery dig uncovers Bronze Age arrowhead

A team of archeaologists working on the site of a medieval nunnery in Oxford has discovered a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age arrowhead. The project, being carried out by volunteers from the Archaeology of East Oxford Community Project in collaboration with the University of Oxford, also uncovered prehistoric flints, medieval pottery and tiles featuring heraldic designs.

 

  

Isle of Man museum appeals for First World War artefacts

 

Museum curators on the Isle of Man are calling for residents to contribute letters, diaries and photographs that could help tell the story of the role that local women played in the First World War. The team, from Manx National Heritage, is collecting artefacts for an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the conflict in 2014.

 

  

3D image of 'Richard III' skeleton to be created

 

 

Experts working on a project to locate the remains of Richard III will create a three-dimensional digital image of a skeleton discovered beneath a Leicester car park. The bones, which were discovered on what is thought to be the site of the medieval chapel where the king was taken following his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth, are also currently being DNA tested to confirm their identity.

 

 

BBC donates historic items to mark 90th anniversary

 

The BBC has marked its 90th anniversary by donating a set of almost 1,000 artefacts to the National Media Museum in Bradford. The collection includes a microphone dating from 1924, props from TV shows and equipment used to record Neville Chamberlain's announcement of the outbreak of the Second World War.

 

  

Tower of London keys stolen by intruder

  

Staff at the Tower of London have launched an investigation after an intruder broke in and stole a set of keys. The incident took place early on the morning of 6 November, with reports suggesting that the trespasser was apprehended by guards after scaling a fence but then released from the premises without being searched. A spokeswoman from the Tower confirmed that the locks have subsequently been changed.

 

  

Medieval music to be 'performed for first time in 450 years'

  

  

Music used by monks during Holy Week will be played for what experts believe could be the first time in 450 years following the discovery of a 12th-century manuscript. The document, found by staff at the Heart of Hawick archive and cultural centre in Scotland, will be made available to view at the performance in Tower Mill in Hawick on 21 November.

 

  

US returns final Machu Picchu artefacts to Peru

 

A set of artefacts from Machu Picchu that were taken to Yale University by American archaeologist and historian Hiram Bingham after he rediscovered them in 1911 have been returned to Peru. The collection, which marks the last of 46,000 ceramic, bone and metal fragments to be moved as part of a deal signed in 2010, will go on display in a new museum in the city of Cuzco.

 

  

New film set to mark life of beer-drinking soldier bear

 

A bear used by Polish troops to carry ammunition in the Second World War could be the subject of a major film after a Belfast screenwriter bought the rights to the story. The animal, named Wojtek, was adopted by troops and trained to convey mortar rounds, as well as to smoke and drink beer. 

 

Image credits: University of Oxford (arrowhead); Leicester University (Richard III); Historic Scotland (medieval monk music)