‘Anglo-Saxon’ church uncovered beneath Lincoln Castle

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The remains of a stone church thought to have been built in the Anglo-Saxon period have been uncovered beneath Lincoln Castle. Archaeologists excavating the area to prepare for improvement work on the castle also found human skeletons three metres below the surface, with a further set of bones discovered wrapped in finely woven fabric.

Beryl Lott, historic environment manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The discovery was totally unexpected, but it is well known that other Roman walled towns often contained some high-status use during the Anglo-Saxon period. It’s a major find and we look forward to future developments.”

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Winners of Wolfson History Prize announced

Susan Brigden and Christopher Duggan have been announced as winners of this year’s Wolfson History Prizes. Brigden received the award for her biography of Tudor poet Thomas Wyatt, and Duggan for his Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy. Both winners discuss their books and the importance of popular history on this week’s BBC History Magazine podcast

Roman farmstead unearthed on research park site

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Land set to be developed for use as a research park was once the location of an Anglo Saxon hall, according to archaeologists. A team working on the proposed site of the Haverhill Research Park near Cambridge discovered evidence of activity from the Iron Age through to the 19th century, including the remains of the hall and several pieces of jewellery from the period.

Ancient Minoan culture ‘was indigenous’, study suggests

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Flypast marks Dambuster anniversary

The 70th anniversary of Second World War raids on German dams has been marked by a special flight by a Lancaster bomber. The flypast over Derwent reservoir, one of the sites used for practice ahead of the mission to flood the Ruhr valley, was followed by a service attended by two of the three airmen still alive from the 133-strong squadron.

Mayan pyramid bulldozed by construction crew

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Hundreds of yellow orbs found beneath Mexico temple

Archaeologists working beneath a temple in Mexico have discovered a chamber filled with hundreds of yellow orbs. Tunnels beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in the city of Teotihuacan have been the focus of study since they were first unearthed ten years ago, with experts uncovering the spheres using a remote-controlled robotic camera.

Boy ‘intends to keep’ Civil War cannonball

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Image credits: Headland Archaeology (research park)