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  • Large Anglo-Saxon Building Unearthed in Scotland

    07/15/2016 5:17:46 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    EAST LOTHIAN, SCOTLAND—The East Lothian Courier reports that the foundations of a large Anglo-Saxon building dated to about 1,200 years ago have been found in a field in Aberlady, a stop on a Christian pilgrimage route located on Scotland’s eastern coast. Archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group and a team of volunteers began looking for the remains of a Anglo-Saxon timber halls after a large concentration of metal artifacts was discovered in the field. “It may have been monastic, or a feast hall or a royal site,” said Ian Malcolm of the Aberlady Conservation and History Society. “There have been other...
  • Anglo Saxon gold mount 'mystery' in Norfolk

    02/16/2016 9:10:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 February 2016 | unattributed
    A "mystery" gold mount found in a Norfolk field has provided "another piece of the jigsaw" for historians looking for Anglo-Saxon settlements. The item was found near Fakenham and is possibly from a sword grip, but experts say it has differences to similar finds. Dr Andrew Rogerson, county archaeologist, said: "It's a fragment, but there's no context for it." No evidence of dwellings has ever been found in the village. The Portable Antiquities Scheme, which is in the process of valuing the item, said it was "similar to sword-grip mounts from the Sutton Hoo ship burial and the Staffordshire Hoard"....
  • Researchers want to use wasps to improve UAV flight plans

    02/15/2016 6:54:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    endadget ^ | 02/15/2016 | Andrew Tarantola
    After spending the past decade studying ground-nesting wasps a team of researchers from the Australian National University believe that they've unlocked the secret to the insects' uncanny homing abilities -- one they hope can be applied to future UAV development. Modern, autonomous UAVs have to be laden with high resolution cameras, GPS radios and a slew of other high-tech gadgetry in order to know where they are and where they're going. Wasps, on the other hand, only need their compound eyes and a daily refresher flight.
  • English DNA one third Anglo-Saxon

    01/20/2016 7:49:52 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 54 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/20/15 | Paul Rincon
    The present-day English owe about a third of their ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons, according to a new study. Scientists sequenced genomes from 10 skeletons unearthed in eastern England and dating from the Iron Age through to the Anglo-Saxon period. Many of the Anglo-Saxon samples appeared closer to modern Dutch and Danish people than the Iron Age Britons did. The results appear in Nature Communications journal. According to historical accounts and archaeology, the Anglo-Saxons migrated to Britain from continental Europe from the 5th Century AD. They brought with them a new culture, social structure and language. Genetic studies have tackled the...
  • 'Racist Cocktail' ... Oxford Union Admits It Is 'Institutionally Racist' After Cocktail Row (U.K.)

    06/03/2015 7:13:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 3rd June, 2015 | Annie Hayes
    Oxford Union Admits It Is 'Institutionally Racist' After Cocktail Row The historic Oxford Union debating society has passed a motion declaring itself “institutionally racist” after it promoted a “Colonial Comeback” cocktail at an event last week. A meeting was held to address the issue of the offensive cocktail, which was advertised on a poster showing black hands in chains during a recent debate over Britain making reparations to former colonies. During the meeting society treasurer Zuleyka Shahin proposed the motion, arguing that the cocktail was “symptomatic of a wider problem” of racism at the union. Co-chair of the Campaign for...
  • Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

    03/30/2015 2:58:04 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 81 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/30/15 | Sarah Knapton
    A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA. Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the School of English, at Nottingham University, recreated the 10th century potion to see if it really worked as an antibacterial remedy. The 'eyesalve' recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach). It describes a very specific method of making the topical solution including the use of a brass vessel to brew it, a strainer to purify...
  • Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

    03/19/2015 8:46:13 AM PDT · by I still care · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Mar 2015 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    A new genetic map of Britain shows that there has been little movement between areas of Britain which were former tribal kingdoms in Anglo-Saxon England. Britons are still living in the same 'tribes' that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after an astonishing study into our genetic make-up. Archaeologists and geneticists were amazed to find that genetically similar individuals inhabit the same areas they did following the Anglo-Saxon invasion, following the fall of the Roman Empire. In fact, a map showing tribes of Britain in 600AD is almost identical to a new chart showing genetic variability...
  • The Echelon Spy Network

    10/31/2013 4:38:47 AM PDT · by Sawdring · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 29 May 2001 | Jane Perrone
    What is Echelon? A global network of electronic spy stations that can eavesdrop on telephones, faxes and computers. It can even track bank accounts. This information is stored in Echelon computers, which can keep millions of records on individuals. Officially, however, Echelon doesn't exist. Although evidence of Echelon has been growing since the mid-1990s, America flatly denies that it exists, while the UK government's responses to questions about the system are evasive.
  • Should Anglo-Saxon Americans Be Proud of their Heritage?

    07/27/2012 11:28:07 AM PDT · by pinochet · 68 replies
    Barack Obama made a trip to Ireland when he became President, and he bragged about the Irish heritage that he has on his mother's side. In his first book, he wrote about visiting Kenya, to celebrate his father's Kenyan roots. Then why is Mitt Romney being given a hard time on his visit to England, when one of his advisers mentioned that Romney is proud of his Anglo-Saxon heritage? Romney should tell his non-Anglo critics that they are guests and freeloaders, living in a country (America) that was founded by Anglo-Saxons. The Irish are cheered when they have their St....
  • Ancient 'Cow Woman' Skeleton Called Bizarre

    07/03/2012 2:33:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 42 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thu Jun 28, 2012 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Ancient 'Cow Woman' Skeleton Called Bizarre The skeleton of a 1,400-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman buried alongside a cow has emerged from a former children's playground near Cambridge in England, making the "cow woman" an extraordinary unique find. Described as "hugely exciting" and "bizarre," the burial was uncovered by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire. The find is believed to be the only one of its kind ever found in Europe. "Usually it is warrior men who are discovered buried with their animals. Never before have we found a woman buried alongside a cow," Faye Simpson, of...
  • Staffordshire Hoard 'to help rewrite history'

    07/03/2011 9:17:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | July 2, 2011 | Unknown
    A haul of Anglo-Saxon gold discovered beneath a Staffordshire farmer's field could help rewrite history, experts say.Historians believe the Staffordshire Hoard could hold vital clues to explain the conversion of Mercia - England's last great Pagan kingdom - to Christianity in the 7th Century. The hoard was found buried on a farm in Staffordshire in July 2009. The 1,500 pieces of gold are thought to be the spoils of an Anglo-Saxon battle. 'Warring kingdoms'TV historian Dan Snow believes the find has the potential to rewrite the history books. Speaking on BBC1's The Staffordshire Hoard, he said the conversion of Mercia...
  • Experts Awed by Anglo-Saxon Treasure

    09/25/2009 12:10:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,475+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | JOHN F. BURNS
    LONDON — For the jobless man living on welfare who made the find in an English farmer’s field two months ago, it was the stuff of dreams: a hoard of early Anglo-Saxon treasure, probably dating from the seventh century and including more than 1,500 pieces of intricately worked gold and silver whose craftsmanship and historical significance left archaeologists awestruck. When the discovery in Staffordshire was announced Thursday, experts described it as one of the most important in British archaeological history. They said it surpassed the greatest previous discovery of its kind, a royal burial chamber unearthed in 1939 at Sutton...
  • Jobless Man Uncovers Gold Hoard with Metal Detector

    09/25/2009 10:10:49 AM PDT · by Justaham · 36 replies · 1,454+ views
    Sky News ^ | 9-25-09
    An unemployed man has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found with the help of his metal detector. Experts are now calculating its value—a process that could take more than a year because of its size. Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire, stumbled on the hoard in a private field with his trusty 14-year-old metal detector. Over five days in July, the 55-year-old dug up a fortune on the farmland near to his home. The find was declared as treasure by coroner Andrew Haigh, which means the cache will be offered for sale after it is valued. See the...
  • Hoard shines light on Dark Ages (U.K.)

    09/24/2009 10:12:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies · 1,430+ views
    BBC ^ | 09-24-2009 | Dr Michael Lewis
    Deputy head of Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum This treasure paints a new picture of our past and the Dark Ages. What makes it outstanding is the sheer quantity - we're talking about 1,500 objects, almost entirely precious metal. Normally you would expect a handful of objects each year of this quality for the period in question, which is the 7th Century. A metal detectorist finding just one of these objects would consider it the find of their life. To find 1,500 is bizarre and it would blow the average person's mind. Now, everybody wants to know who it belongs...
  • Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found

    09/24/2009 4:10:21 AM PDT · by csvset · 64 replies · 3,433+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 September 2009 | BBC
    The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire. Experts said the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date back to the 7th Century, was unparalleled in size. It has been declared treasure by South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the Crown. Terry Herbert, who found it on farmland using a metal detector, said it "was what metal detectorists dream of". It may take more than a year for it to be valued. The collection contains about 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far...
  • G20: Advantage Nicolas Sarkozy vs Les Anglo-Saxons? (Socialism Oui, Capitalism No!)

    04/03/2009 4:57:15 PM PDT · by Syncro · 4 replies · 335+ views ^ | Apr 3, 2009 at 13:43:39 | Henry Samuel
    G20: Advantage Nicolas Sarkozy vs Les Anglo-Saxons? Posted By: Henry Samuel at Apr 3, 2009 at 13:43:39 "A new world is emerging before our eyes," wrote Le Monde in breathless tones in its editorial dated today. "A world less Anglo-Saxon." "The irony is that it is in Washington (in November 2008) and in London that the ultraliberal bracket opened 20 years ago by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher is now closing." This is certainly the message that Nicolas Sarkozy is bringing home with him, after a crafty and, it has to be said, effective, bit of political theatre. First we...
  • Anglo-Saxon Mound Found In Sherwood Forest

    ANGLO-SAXON MOUND FIND IN SHERWOOD FOREST 11:27 - 25 April 2008 A Mysterious mound in Notts that was once thought to mark the boundary of two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms is to be investigated by historians, the Forestry Commission has said. Known as Thynghowe, the hillock was only discovered three years ago in the Birklands area of Sherwood Forest by former teacher Lynda Mallet and her husband Stuart Reddish. With their friend John Wood, the couple used an original 19th Century perambulation document to find Thynghowe, which is believed to be an ancient meeting place dating back to Viking times. Experts think...
  • Bejeweled Anglo-Saxon Burial Suggests Cult

    04/11/2008 8:55:41 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 618+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 4-11-2--8 | Jennifer Viegas
    Bejeweled Anglo-Saxon Burial Suggests Cult Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News April 11, 2008 -- In seventh century England, a woman's jewelry-draped body was laid out on a specially constructed bed and buried in a grave that formed the center of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, according to British archaeologists who recently excavated the site in Yorkshire. Her jewelry, which included a large shield-shaped pendant, the layout and location of the cemetery as well as excavated weaponry, such as knives and a fine langseax (a single-edged Anglo-Saxon sword), lead the scientists to believe she might have been a member of royalty who led a...
  • Gold Cup Find Led To (Anglo-Saxon) Graves Discovery

    03/21/2008 10:59:33 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 821+ views
    Kent Online ^ | 3-21-2008 | Nick Evans
    Gold cup find led to graves discovery by Nick Evans AN important archaeological find by Broadstairs man Cliff Bradshaw prompted further excavations which uncovered centuries- old Anglo-Saxon graves. These later finds, thought to be the graves of women from the fifth and sixth centuries, were the subject of an inquest held last week by coroner Rebecca Cobb to decide if the finds should be declared treasure. She heard the excavations followed the discovery in 2001 by Cliff Bradshaw of what has since become known as the Ringlemere Cup, which was later declared a national treasure and is on show in...
  • Norwich: The Second Largest Medieval City (UK)

    11/25/2007 9:13:36 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 85+ views
    Norwich: the second largest medieval city Norwich was the second largest city in Medieval Britain: why? In recent years a number of major sites covering more than 20 acres in all have been excavated in medieval Norwich, which between them have revolutionised our knowledge of this crucial medieval city. Let us take a look at these excavations in order to throw new light on this question of why medieval Norwich was so big, and so successful. The origins of Norwich Norwich was not a Roman settlement, nor does it owe its origins to the early Anglo-Saxon invaders. Settlement along the...