Goldsborough Hoard

Discovered by workmen digging drains in 1859, the hoard of Viking silver contains 39 coins and hacksilver made from fragments of brooches and arm-rings. Among the coins were three of Anglo-Saxon origin — one of which was a rare example of coin of Alfred the Great, and two were pennies from the reign of his […]


Neolithic Temples of the Northern Isles

Stunning new discoveries in Orkney It is an artificial mound the size of five football pitches, formed of monumental stone structures and massive dumps of waste. And it is up to 5,000 years old.  Nick Card of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology describes why we may be on the brink of a radical rethink […]


Egypt: Mons Claudianus marble

How the Roman emperors quarried their marble. High in the mountains of Egypt’s eastern desert, one of the world’s most magical marbles is to be found: porphyry. Porphyry is a red marble which the Roman Emperors   thought was extremely beautiful and they reserved it for their palaces. Porphyry is only found in the eastern […]

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