Medieval Britain

Explore the history of Medieval Britain with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources gathered from hundreds of museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Inside the British Museum's new Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300–1100 gallery

From the famous Anglo-Saxon finds of the Sutton Hoo Ship burial Mound to crystals from 9th century Germany, see some of the star exhibits from an amazing gallery of archaeology.

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Picture Gallery: Skulls, tools and cremations from 9,000 years of London archaeology

Transport for London's Crossrail subsidiary has launched an exhibition of some of its incredible finds from sites across the city. See a few of the discoveries here.

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Last chance to see Neolithic tomb and Celtic fire-dog in Cardiff archaeological gallery

A 1st century leopard cup from Italy and examples of the earliest gold in Wales could move to St Fagans as part of a bid to give the collection greater exposure.

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Human remains and Medieval wall discovered by archaeologists at Anglesey church

Archaeologists say human remains were dumped outside a medieval wall in an early 7th century building on the site of the current St Ffinan's church.

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Iron industry revered by Romans discovered during link road dig in East Sussex

An iron working site from the late Iron Age, hinting at a sophisticated iron industry the Romans would have wanted to control, has emerged on the Hastings-Bexhill link road.

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Curator's Choice: The Moving Word: French Medieval Manuscripts at Cambridge University

Professor Bill Burgwinkle on the legends of Arthur, Lancelot and the Round Table, strangulation and a period of language sometimes written out of literary history.

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Archaeologists find suspected remains of Alfred the Great in Winchester

An overlooked box of bones in Winchester Museum holds a "plausible link" to the burials of the 10th century ruler or his son, Edward the Elder.

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Wallingford Museum reburies hundreds of skeletons from Saxon and medieval Britain

The remains of around 500 people buried between the 10th and 14th centuries, including more than 200 near-complete skeletons, have been reburied in Oxfordshire.

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Archaeologists discover home of Charles I's surgeon at medieval Stratford site

Archaeologists have found the remains of Tudor and medieval buildings, signs of a long-suspected Roman road and "a few hidden gems" during a dig at Stratford Broadway in London.

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Heston Blumenthal cooks aboard HMS Victory for Great British Food series on Channel 4

As part of a new Channel 4 series exploring classic British recipes, top chef Heston Blumenthal heard stories of Nelson's Navy and their dependence on salty beef.

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Books, bodies, bangles and boats: The top ten archaeology discoveries of 2013

From castles and fields to railway stations and log boats, dig up the past with us and come on a journey through some of the best archaeology finds of the year.

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Mass Medieval grave found in archaeology dig at Durham World Heritage Site

Archaeologists will date the bones of 18 bodies crammed into a hastily-filled, unusually-positioned grave in Durham.

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Curators appeal for help to save "Sutton Hoo Age" gold ring, Roman coins and treasures

Curators are appealing to the public in a bid to raise £70,000 for an incredible archaeological hoard of treasures found by metal detectorists in the Saffron Walden area.

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Culture 24/7: Top History and Heritage exhibitions to see in the UK for November 2013

Ice Age tribes in Derbyshire, the return of a £2.3 million helmet in Cumbria and cabinets of curiosities in Lancashire and Devon - here are this month's history highlights.

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York Archaeology Trust's public archaeology project uncovers lost medieval church in York

The lost medieval church of St John the Baptist in York has been uncovered by a public archaeology programme uniting archaeologists, students and amateurs.

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