The remains of a previously unknown complex of medieval buildings have been uncovered near the Somerset town of Wellington. Experts from Wessex Archaeology, who have been working on the Longforth Farm site, believe that glazed ceramic roof tiles and decorated floor tiles found alongside the foundations point to the structures being of high status.
‘Previously unknown’ medieval site uncovered in Somerset
Bob Davis, from Wessex Archaeology, said: “This is a significant find and therefore very exciting, particularly as there are no documentary records that such a site ever existed here. Preliminary dating of pottery shards found at Longforth Farm suggest that the buildings were occupied between the 12th and 14th centuries. At some stage, however, the buildings were abandoned, the useable building materials were robbed and recycled and the site was forgotten.”
‘Stone Age’ etchings catalogued in Mexico
Thousands of etchings discovered at a site in Narigua in northern Mexico may have been made by hunter-gatherers 6,000 years ago, according to archaeologists in the country. The carvings, known as petroglyphs, largely take the form of concentric circles and undulating lines and may have been used either to represent star systems or as part of initiation rites.
Richard III grave ‘recreated in 3D’
A digital three-dimensional replica of the grave where Richard III was discovered beneath a car park last year is being created by researchers from the University of Leicester. The image, which has been generated using digital photographs, allows researchers to view the site from a range of different angles.
Roman hoard discovered at Highland festival site
A set of 36 Roman coins thought to date as far back as the mid-second century AD has been unearthed at the site of a music festival in the Scottish Highlands. The hoard, some of which was found during work to clean up the site of the Belladrum event, is set to go on display at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery from 16 July.
Archaeologists demolish replica Neolithic homes
Three replica Neolithic homes built to experiment with prehistoric building techniques have been dismantled by archaeologists. The structures, made of chalk and straw daub with wheat thatch roofing, will be rebuilt at Stonehenge’s visitor centre early next year.
Rare medieval manuscript found in Manchester
A French translation of a rare manuscript by medieval author Giovanni Boccacchio has been discovered in a university library in Manchester. The document, which was made in 1400 and found at the John Rylands Library, features a collection of biographies of famous historical figures.
Re-enactors commemorate Wars of the Roses dead
Members of the Medieval Siege Society have laid red and white roses on the site of the 1460 battle of Northampton to mark the people that died in the conflict. Around 25,000 men are believed to have been involved in the battle, which played a key part in the House of York taking control of England.
Image credits: © University of Leicester (Richard III); University of Manchester (Boccaccio manuscript)