Thursday 22nd November 2012
Flints and timber found at a site at Sefton suggest that Stone Age people settled and built houses in the area, according to archaeologists. The discoveries, made during work for the Environment Agency, are thought to be almost 8,000 years old and originate from several different buildings.
Archaeologist Ron Cowell, who led the project, said: "It looks as if we have the remains of three houses, or structures, which were very substantial, up to six metres across. They fit an emerging body of recent evidence, challenging the traditional view of people of this period as constantly on the move. Our site suggests that they had permanent structures which at the least they repeatedly returned to for part of the year."
Prehistoric home unearthed in Scotland
The remains of a prehistoric home discovered in Scotland may be one of the oldest known dwellings to be found in Britain, according to archaeologists. The site, unearthed during preparation for building work in a field in Echline in South Queensferry, features an oval pit almost seven metres in length, the remains of several hearths and a series of holes that are thought to have held wooden posts to support the building's walls. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the house dates from 10,252 years ago.
Bayeux Tapestry 'made in one place'
The Bayeux Tapestry may have been made by a single group of embroiderers working together in one place, according to a study by a researcher at the University of Manchester. Although the widely accepted theory is that it was formed in nine sections by teams of nuns around England and then stitched together, Alexandra Makin believes that consistent needlework across the 70m-long tapestry points to its creation by a single team of specialists.
Flodden site receives Heritage Lottery funding
A new museum to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden is among the projects to receive funding in the latest round of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). As well as an 'eco-museum' spanning several sites, project organisers hope to set up an archaeology project involving people from local communities. Money was also awarded to the 19th-century Swiss Garden in Bedfordshire, Rothesay Pavilion on the Isle of Bute and Hastings Pier, which was severely damaged by fire in 2010.
'Richard III' DNA results delayed until January
The result of tests to reveal the identity of a skeleton uncovered in the search for Richard III may not be known until January, according to project archaeologists. DNA from the bones, which were discovered at what is thought to be the site of the church where the king was taken following his defeat at the battle of Bosworth in 1485, is currently being extracted and compared to that of descendants of Richard's family.
British Museum mummy died from stab wounds
A mummified man on display at the British Museum in London may have been stabbed to death, according to new evidence discovered as the result of a 'virtual autopsy'. The remains of the so-called Gebelien Man, found in Egypt in 1896, have been examined using a device from the Swedish Interactive Institute that creates a 3D digital image of the skeleton and internal organs. Visitors to the museum can learn more about the research in a new exhibition running until 16 December.
Scott's expedition library goes up for auction
A collection of books from on board the RRS Discovery, which carried explorers including Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic, is set to go up for auction. As well as scientific titles, the library included Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Exhibition celebrates comic's 75-year history
The history of The Dandy, the UK's longest-running children's comic, is explored in a new exhibition launched at the National Library of Scotland earlier this week. The title, first published in 1937, had a circulation of more than two million copies a week in the 1950s, but will be sold as a print edition for the final time on 4 December.
Image credits: Headland Archaeology (prehistoric home); Heritage Lottery Fund (Flodden); Kristofer Jannson (mummy)