Archaeologists believe they have found the site of the royal settlement of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia. A village at Rendlesham in Suffolk, which would have included a royal hall, was mentioned by the historian the Venerable Bede in the 8th century. Suffolk’s county archaeologists have been studying a 120-acre (50 hectare) area about five miles (8km) from the Sutton Hoo burial site, which contained a burial ship full of treasures under a burial mound. An exhibition of some of the coins and jewellery will open this week.
World War One: Soldier’s diaries discovered in Devon
Two diaries written by a soldier which describe life on the front line during the First World War have been discovered in Devon. They were found by a resident in a chest in her attic when she was moving house in Plymouth. The diaries were written by Herbert Cecil Algar when he was serving in the 1st Royal Devon Yeomanry, and cover a period from September 1915 to July 1918. The resident, Valerie Harper, has tried, but so far failed, to find the previous owners of the house to see if she can trace Mr Algar’s family and return his diaries.
Richard III: judicial review over reburial of remains under way
A High Court battle over where the remains of Richard III should be buried is expected to conclude today. The judicial review, which has been under way since Thursday, has been examining the justice secretary’s decision to authorise the exhumation and reinterment of the monarch’s remains in Leicester. It has been brought by a group of Richard III’s distant relatives, the Plantagenet Alliance Limited, who are campaigning to see the former king reburied in York. The group is challenging the justice secretary’s decision not to consult further before granting a licence to the University of Leicester to excavate the remains.
Bones of ‘19th-century convicts’ discovered in Portsmouth
The remains of at least four people thought to have died in the 19th century have been discovered on the beach of a Ministry of Defence (MOD) site in Portsmouth Harbour. The remains, revealed following recent storms and flooding, were spotted by a member of the public at Burrow Island, also known as Rat Island. The site is a known convicts’ burial ground. It is thought that the individuals were either convicts or prisoners of war (PoW) of French or American origin, and that they likely came from the floating prisons that were once moored in the harbour.
WWI: Woodland Trust to create four UK centenary woods
Four woodlands are set to be created across the UK as part of a £12m project by the Woodland Trust to mark the centenary of the First World War. The “centenary woods” – one each in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – will be formed by volunteers planting trees. The woods are expected to span more than 1,000 acres collectively.