A Viking hoard discovered near Bedale in North Yorkshire in 2012 is a “significant and nationally important discovery”, according to experts.
The collection of artefacts, which includes silver neck rings, 29 silver ingots and a gold sword ‘pommel’ used to stop the weapon from slipping out of the hand, is thought to date from the late ninth or early tenth century. The items will remain in the British Museum in London until they are declared as treasure and valued, with The Yorkshire Museum expressing a desire to purchase the hoard.
Andrew Morrison, the curator of The Yorkshire Museum, said: “The artefacts uncovered are typical of a Viking hoard, with the majority of it being silver ingots which were used for currency. However, the gold sword pommel and a unique silver neck ring are incredibly beautiful and rare finds. We now hope to be able to raise the funds needed to keep them in Yorkshire.”
Project begins to uncover Lincolnshire Roman settlement
A team of archaeologists has begun work to discover evidence of a Roman town thought to lie beneath the Lincolnshire village of Navenby. The excavation follows a small dig in 2009 which revealed remains dating from between AD 200 and AD 300, and experts hope that the new project will help uncover artefacts dating back even earlier.
Archaeologists explore shipwreck in Sutherland
Archaeologists believe that a shipwreck discovered off the coast of the north-west Highlands may be that of a Dutch vessel that sank between 1650 and 1750. Although the wooden hull and three cannon were first located in the 1990s, experts have only recently been able to make a full examination of the remains.
Sudeley Castle artefacts ‘point to undiscovered Roman temple’
The ruins of a Roman temple and villa could lie beneath the grounds of Sudeley Castle, according to archaeologists. A column used to hold open a door inside the castle has been identified as dating from between approximately AD 150 and AD 300, the same time period as a sculpture of a Roman altar god recently found in a cupboard in the property.
Archbishop of York’s palace to open to the public
The ruins of the Archbishop of York’s Palace in Nottinghamshire will be opened to the public for the first time thanks to an extensive renovation project. Work on the site, which was the home of Thomas Wolsey as well as the former location of a Roman villa, has been financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is due to be completed in two years’ time.
Horrible Histories series to come to an end
The long-running Horrible Histories series of books is to come to an end, according to its author. Terry Deary, whose remarks on recent library closures proved controversial, expects his next book, Deadly Days in History, to be the final instalment in his range of children’s titles.
Judicial review sought over Richard III reburial plans
Ring ‘that inspired JRR Tolkien’ goes on display
A ring that it is believed could have been the inspiration for a key part of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings has gone on display in Hampshire. The artefact, which is thought to have been found in Silchester in 1785, bears a Latin inscription which corresponds to a supposed ‘curse’ detailed on a tablet later uncovered 100 miles away. Tolkien, who described an extremely powerful ring marked with an inscription in several of his works, studied the discovery two years before starting work on The Hobbit.
Image credits: York Museums Trust (Viking hoard); Sudeley Castle (Sudeley Castle); University of Leicester (Richard III)