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Historians Claim to Have Recovered Holy Grail

Spanish researchers Margarita Torres and Jose Ortega del Rio believe they have found the goblet from which Jesus supposedly sipped during the Last Supper. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Spanish researchers Margarita Torres and Jose Ortega del Rio believe they have found the goblet from which Jesus supposedly sipped during the Last Supper. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Spanish historians say they have discovered what Monty Python could not — the Holy Grail, the legendary cup Jesus supposedly drank from at the Last Supper.

The Spaniards — Margarita Torres and José Ortega del Río — believe the 2,000-year-old vessel is in a church in León in northern Spain.
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Couple Finds 2,000-Year-Old Treasures Under House

By Sharona Schwartz

Descending into history at the Siebenberg House (Photos Credit: Tzuriel Cohen-Arazi/Tazpit News Agency)

Descending into history at the Siebenberg House (Photos Credit: Tzuriel Cohen-Arazi/Tazpit News Agency)

When Miriam and Theo Siebenberg purchased a plot of land for their new home in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City that Israel had just a few years before captured from Jordan, they had no idea of the antiquity treasures dating back from Jesus’ time and before that lay underneath. (more…)


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Bulgarian Poison Ring Discovered

A 14th century bronze ring found in Bulgaria was exclusively crafted for poisoning people, say archaeologists. (Photo: Kavarna Municipality kavarna.bg)

A 14th century bronze ring found in Bulgaria was exclusively crafted for poisoning people, say archaeologists. (Photo: Kavarna Municipality kavarna.bg)

By Sanskrity Sinha

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have discovered a fourteenth century bronze ring that might have been used for killing people in the era.

The ring was found from an excavation site at Cape Kaliakra, located about 12km west of the Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna in northeast Bulgaria, the city’s municipality announced in a statement.

According to archaeologists, the ring is well-preserved and the only such find from the site where excavation since 2011 has revealed more than 30 pieces of gold jewellery. (more…)


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Artifact Trove on Shipwreck

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One of the anchors looks like it was ripped away from its usual position on one of the ships and slid halfway back.

By Jane J. Lee

A team of researchers excavating a 19th-century shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico—the deepest wreck currently under excavation in U.S. waters—has found more than they had hoped for, including two other ships that appear to have been sunk at the same time.

Artifacts such as eyeglasses, navigational equipment, and telescopes indicate that no one made it off the copper-clad ship—dubbed the "Monterey Shipwreck," noted James Delgado, director of maritime heritage with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of Marine Sanctuaries. (more…)


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Medieval Ruins Found in Somerset

Aerial view of Longforth farm in Somerset, where the ruins were discovered.

Aerial view of Longforth farm in Somerset, where the ruins were discovered.

By Maev Kennedy

Foundations of a mysterious collection of medieval buildings, once an imposing complex with beautiful expensive floor and roof tiles, and substantial stone buildings set around courtyards, which vanished apparently leaving no trace of its existence 600 years ago, have been uncovered under farmland in Somerset.

The handsome floor tiles match some from nearby Glastonbury Abbey, suggesting that the site may have had religious connections. But although thousands of monastic foundations were demolished and their materials sold or scavenged for new buildings, this site appears to have been abandoned well before the dissolution of the monasteries. It is rare for one of any significance to disappear completely – this was a major complex, covering 0.4 hectares – leaving no evidence either in the landscape or in historical accounts. (more…)


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Head of Roman God Found in Ancient Dump

Antenociticus

An 1,800-year-old carved stone head of what is believed to be a Roman god has been unearthed in an ancient rubbish dump.

Archaeologists made the discovery at Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, in County Durham.

First year Durham University archaeology student Alex Kirton found the artefact, which measures about 20cm by 10cm, in buried late Roman rubbish within what was probably a bath house.

The sandstone head, which dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, has been likened to the Celtic deity Antenociticus, thought to have been worshipped as a source of inspiration and intercession in military affairs.

A similar sandstone head, complete with an inscription identifying it as Antenociticus, was found at Benwell, in Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1862. (more…)


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More Cannons recovered from Queen Anne’s Revenge

The second six-pounder cannon recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge was lowered onto the R/V Dan Moore Thursday morning at Beaufort Inlet. Blackbeard’s flagship plundered merchant ships in 1717 and 1718 off the coast of the Carolinas, with records indicating it sunk in 1718 after being abandoned by Blackbeard. Chuck Beckley/ The Daily News

The second six-pounder cannon recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge was lowered onto the R/V Dan Moore Thursday morning at Beaufort Inlet. Blackbeard’s flagship plundered merchant ships in 1717 and 1718 off the coast of the Carolinas, with records indicating it sunk in 1718 after being abandoned by Blackbeard.
Chuck Beckley/ The Daily News

By Jannette Pippin

A window of opportunity opened Thursday off the coast of Carteret County and history surfaced.

Twice.

Two cannons were raised from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site in Beaufort Inlet after a frustrating several weeks for the QAR team, which has been hampered by bad weather and sea conditions during this month’s dive expedition at the site. (more…)


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Church Found Under Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle

A previously undiscovered church, thought to be at least 1,000 years old, has been found beneath Lincoln Castle.

It is believed the stone church was built in the Anglo-Saxon period, after the Romans left Britain and before the Norman conquest of 1066. (more…)


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Underwater Dunwitch Surveyed

Dunwich

A University of Southampton professor has carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, dubbed 'Britain's Atlantis'.

Funded and supported by English Heritage, and using advanced underwater imaging techniques, the project led by Professor David Sear of Geography and Environment has produced the most accurate map to date of the town's streets, boundaries and major buildings, and revealed new ruins on the seabed. Professor Sear worked with a team from the University's GeoData Institute; the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; Wessex Archaeology; and local divers from North Sea Recovery and Learn Scuba. (more…)


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More Skeletons Found Near Old Town Knight Grave

One of the skeletons

One of the skeletons

By David O'Leary

A CITY car park has been hailed a “real treasure trove of archaeology” after seven more skeletons were unearthed from the grave of a medieval knight.

Archaeologists working on the site now believe they have uncovered the remains of a family crypt having found bones from three fully grown adults, four infants and a skull. (more…)


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