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A note from the Namur

In CA 273 we shared the story of HMS  Namur, the 18th century  Royal Navy warship found beneath the floorboards of the Wheelwrights Shop at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, and how her identity was revealed. We were very excited to subsequently receive the following message from two of our readers,  Eunice and Ron Shanahan, all […]

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Secrets of an Iron Age smith

New finds at Beechwood Farm, Inverness may help to reveal the ancient techniques of prehistoric Ironworkers, and provide new perspectives on metalworking in northern Scotland.


Egypt in England opens at Wellington Arch

When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922, the Western world was seized by an epidemic of Egyptomania. What is less well known, however, is that England’s enduring interest in all things Egyptian has much earlier roots. Now English Heritage’s new  exhibition in the  recently-reopened Wellington Arch  on Hyde Park Corner, launched to mark […]

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More accolades for Operation Nightingale

Operation Nightingale, the innovative rehabilitation project using archaeological fieldwork to help the recovery of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, has added two more prizes to its trophy cabinet, after their success at the MOD’s Sanctuary Awards. Having already won the Project of Special Merit award at this year’s British Archaeological Awards, Operation Nightingale yesterday took first […]

3. The third trench being cleaned by archaeologists after machining (Credit - University of Leicester)

Richard III: found?

University of Leicester archaeologists have found a male skeleton with possible battle injuries and a distorted spine.

Image: Heritage Daily/ArchaeoSoup Productions/Marc Barkman-Astles

The ArchaeOlympic Games

With London 2012 in full swing, we asked you to come up with some events for the ArchaeOlympic Games – and you didn’t let us down! We received a veritable spoilheap of suggestions via our Twitter and Facebook accounts , so many that we couldn’t cram all of them into our usual column in the […]

Interior of Maeshowe, scanned during the Scottish Ten project. Image: Historic Scotland

Chamber of secrets: Historic Scotland launches virtual tour of Maeshowe

Orkney is world-famous for its spectacular Neolithic archaeology, and now visitors from all over the globe will be able to explore one of its most enigmatic monuments, after a new virtual tour of Maeshowe chambered tomb went live today (29 August). In a video unveiled yesterday by  Scotland’s  Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the structure […]

Remains of the Namur. Photo: M Symonds

Solved: the 17 year mystery of the ship under the floorboards

In 1995 archaeologists made a surprising discovery beneath the floorboards of the Georgian wheelwright’s workshop at Chatham Historic Dockyard – the remains of an 18th-century flagship. Now after almost two decades of research, the mystery vessel has been named as the  Namur, a second-rate ship of the line that played a key role in the […]