Sudeley Castle has been home to some of the most famous monarchs in English history. It’s where Anne Boleyn stayed with Henry VIII when he decided to dissolve the monasteries, and where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, lived after he died. It’s where Elizabeth I famously celebrated her victory over the Spanish Armada. This epic […]
Since 2016 Aldington & Romney Archaeology have been engaging in excavations to uncover the story behind Thomas Becket’s palace at Aldington. Around 800 CE the records at Canterbury state that the original church has been replaced by the first stone church dedicated to St. Martin. By 1086, the Domesday Book tells us that the […]
Excavating Tudor history. In our fifth and final season of the Bradgate Park Fieldschool we will be focussing attention on excavating the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey: the nine days Tudor queen. Our previous excavations within Bradgate House revealed that there is an earlier stone phase beneath the standing brick ruin. Our excavations this […]
Researchers at the University of Southampton have undertaken the mammoth task of mapping the complex network of merchant trading routes and ports that operated during the late medieval and Tudor periods. The project team analysed 50,000 ship movements between more than 600 ports in England and Wales from AD 1400-1580, scouring heaps of data from custom accounts, navy payrolls, and national ship surveys.
This is a long-term on-going dig at Scadbury Moated Manor, a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is located in Scadbury Park, a Local Nature Reserve in Chislehurst, Greater London/Kent. Open Weekend 14th & 15th September 2019
The sixteenth season of work at Elsyng, home of Sir Thomas Lovell, Chancellor to Henry VII, and then of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and other monarchs will continue to explore one of the service wings of the royal palace. The 2018 excavation of a complete furnace in the probable boiling house, and of multiple patterned […]
Hampton Court Palace is currently undergoing a massive, multiphased electrical upgrade, its first since the 1960s, which has provided the rare opportunity to carry out archaeological excavations on the site before the new infrastructure is installed.
In 1997, archaeologists excavating ahead of the construction of an access road for The Deep – the aquarium on the east bank of the River Hull – discovered that the Tudor-era South Blockhouse survived almost intact, with nothing built on it. One of the major finds included a breech-loading canon, similar to those on the […]
Work to create a new visitor centre at the Old Royal Naval College has uncovered long-lost traces of Greenwich Palace – the birthplace of Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I. Although nothing of Greenwich Palace survives above the ground today, its scale and opulence of design were comparable to Hampton Court, with […]
The Mary Rose museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was reopened 471 years to the day since the sinking of Henry VIII’s flagship – for the first time giving the public a clear view of her hull. Lucia Marchini went along to find out what else is new. When the new Mary Rose museum first opened […]