Author: Carly Hilts

The Defeat of a French Squadron Commanded by Monsr de la Clue off Cape Lagos on the 18th August 1759 by a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships under the Command of the Right Honble Edward Boscawen, Admiral of the Blue

Finding HMS Namur

In 1995 the discovery of part of a Royal Navy warship hidden in the Wheelwrights Shop at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, sparked a hunt to determine both the name of the vessel and what it was doing there. Now, this unique find has proven to be the final twist in the tale of an exceptional […]


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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HMS  Namur  brings a new meaning to ‘ship burial’. Conjuring images of Sutton-Hoo style splendour, the boat is normally just an eye-catching status-symbol for the deceased. But not at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The discovery of a quarter of a Royal Navy warship buried beneath flooring has puzzled archaeologists for over a decade. Now that […]

The 2012 Arbeia Society conference will be held on 17 November

Arbeia Society conference 2012: Hadrian’s Wall and its Legacy on Tyneside

This year’s Arbeia Society conference will feature recent discoveries on Hadrian’s Wall, as well as plans for future research involving the local community. With a series of talks focussed on the Wall’s Tyneside legacy, the conference will be held  on Saturday 17 November at  The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, Tyne & Wear.   […]

The Sanctuary and Energy Awards

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 […]

Medieval masonry begins to emerge in trench 2. Image: University of Leicester

Richard III: the search for the last Plantagenet king

On 12th September the University of Leicester held an extraordinary press conference. They announced that a three week dig seeking the remains of Richard III had ‘entered a new phase’ with DNA testing under way on an adult male skeleton. So what had they discovered? Richard Buckley, Jo Appleby, and Helen Foxhall Forbes told Matthew […]


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Every school pupil knows Richard III’s apocryphal cry of ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’. But what happened next? This school pupil was taught that after being dragged through the streets of Leicester the slain king’s corpse was pitched into the River Soar. Not so, it seems. While the tradition that Richard […]


Miraculous survival: How Richard III’s church was preserved

If it seems a stroke of incredible good fortune that ULAS’ trial trenches came down on the very features that were needed to lead archaeologists to Greyfriars’ church – according to historical documents, the burial place of Richard III – the story of how the structure’s remains managed to survive 500 years while the site […]

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.