From Margins of Empire at Ely Museum 22 Jan – 26 Jun
This first-century Roman cavalry combat helmet was discovered at Witcham, Cambridgeshire. Tinned copper-alloy. On loan from the British Museum.
Reinterpretation of a Viking metal rod
A Viking metal rod which left experts baffled for more than a century has finally been identified as a ‘magic wand’ used by a witch [O.N. volva or Icelandic völva] to cast spells. The staff, which was found in a ninth-century grave, is curved at the end – causing it to be misidentified as a…
Insular mount from Viking grave
Looted Viking treasure is discovered in British Museum store: Curator spots 1,000-year-old brooch in lump taken from 18th century excavation A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the British Museum’s storerooms. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century was found by…
Roman eagle sculpture
Roman eagle rises again, after 4,000 years under London street Sculpture probably adorned the tomb of an important figure Archaeologists in London have discovered the finest Romano-British sculpture ever unearthed in the capital. The spectacular 65 centimetre tall sculpture of a Roman eagle with a snake in its beak was found at the bottom of…
Thor’s hammer, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire’s only gold ‘Thor’s hammer’ pendant discovered A METAL detecting enthusiast has discovered a rare gold Viking pendant – the only one of its kind to be discovered in Lincolnshire. Devin Wormsleycorr, from Spilsby, is now awaiting confirmation through the Treasure Act after discovering the piece in February. He made the discovery in the first…
Mary Rose archer
Since a 2007 post about the Mary Rose was last updated on The Attic in 2010, a new museum building has been opened to the public on 31 May 2013, in Portsmouth. It’s time to start a more up-to-date post: Mary Rose Welsh archer face reconstructed by Swansea experts Swansea University researchers have revealed how…
The Witham Shield
Witham Shield, a masterpiece of British Iron Age art, on show in Lincoln Visitors to The Collection in Lincoln will have the chance to view the Witham Shield – a masterpiece of British Iron Age art and an icon of Lincolnshire archaeology – when it returns to the county for the first time in 150…
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