Rare Elizabethan ship found in Kent quarry

The remains of a rare 16th century ship have been discovered in a sediment layer in a quarry in Kent, southeastern England. Despite the enormous significance of this period in English seafaring history, very few ships built in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I have survived. Over 100 timbers from the ship’s hull …

Amalfi’s Regatta winner “Vittoria” restored

A wooden galleon that won the southwestern Italian city of Amalfi its first victories in a regatta against its ancient maritime rivals has been restored to its former vividly-colored glory. The painstaking restoration was revealed in a ceremony that reunited the victorious crews who famously rowed Vittoria to, well, victory. The Regatta of the Ancient …

Roman gold earring recategorizes earlier finds

A Roman gold earring discovered by a metal detectorist in Burston, Norfolk, last Christmas Eve, has been declared treasure and will go on display at the Diss Museum, an award-winning local museum occupying two former historic butcher shops in Norfolk. This small gold disc weighing a total 2.2 grams is also helping archaeologists redefine earlier …

Complete Roman statue found in Aizanoi

The excavation of the Roman bridges over the Penkalas river in the ancient city of Aizanoi in eastern Turkey have unearthed a larger-than-life-sized statue of a man. This is the first complete statue unearthed in the ancient city of Aizanoi in western Turkey. The total height of the statue is 2.10 meters (6’11”) and it …

Gdańsk is 60 years older than previously known

The remains of an early medieval structure under the Main Town Hall of Gdańsk has rolled back the date of the founding of the city 60 years to the early 10th century. An archaeological excavation of the cellars of the former mayoral seat undertaken between September and December of this year uncovered fragments of Slavic …

Officer’s folio found on HMS Erebus

After two years on hold due to COVID-19, the excavation of Captain John Franklin’s ill-fated flagship, HMS Erebus, picked up again this year, providing new insights into the lives of the 129 crew who died in the doomed 1845 expedition to find the elusive Northwest Passage. This year’s field work by Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists …

Rare Nativity by Renaissance master saved for UK just in time for Christmas

An extremely rare 16th century Nativity by Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi has been acquired by the National Museums NI, saving it for the UK after an temporary export bar prevented it leaving the country. The £277,990 necessary to buy the piece were raised from contributions by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Department for Communities …

Rare Viking grave unearthed in Oslo

A richly furnished Viking grave has been unearthed in western Oslo, the first Viking-era grave replete with artifacts to be archaeologically excavated in the Norwegian capital. It was discovered on private property on a hill overlooking the Holmendammen pond. Plans to build a new home triggered an excavation of the site by the Oslo Municipality …

Judge hits Herefordshire Viking hoard looters where it hurts

George Powell and Layton Davies, the metal detecting looters who stole the Herefordshire Viking hoard, will have to pay through the nose for their greed. Convicted of theft and concealment in 2019, Powell and Davies were sentenced to long prison terms (10 years and 8.5 years respectively). Now a judge has ordered them to cough …

Medieval gold lynxes to go on display

A pair of medieval gold earrings shaped like lynxes with minutely intricate decoration are going on display for the first time since they were discovered near the medieval Armenian city of Ani in eastern Turkey. Ani was founded in the 5th century on a hill overlooking the Akhurian River, the modern border between Turkey and …