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Hoard of Islamic silver coins found in Sweden

An interesting find from Uppland in Sweden where archaeologist working for Arkeologikonsult have uncovered a hoard of 163 Islamic coins. Fashioned out of silver, the coins contain Arabic script and the majority were minted in Samarkand, an Islamic state which was located in modern day Uzbekistan and Iran. They date from the mid-10th century AD and […]

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French Archaeologists Uncover 6000 Year Old Massacre

A team of archaeologists working in Achenheim, France have uncovered evidence of a 6000 year old massacre while excavating a large Neolithic enclosure. The macabre discovery was found inside a subterranean silo, which had originally been used for storing grain and other foodstuffs. However, this pit was filled with something entirely different. It contained the […]

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A Corinthian Helmet from the Battle of Marathon?

This remarkable Corinthian style helmet from the Battle of Marathon was reputedly found in 1834 with a human skull still inside. It now forms part of the Royal Ontario Museum’s collections, but originally it was discovered by George Nugent-Grenville, who was the British High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands between 1832-35. A keen antiquarian, Nugent-Grenville […]

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A ‘Princely’ Iron Age Burial Discovered in France

French archaeologists excavating an Iron Age burial mound have uncovered the remains of a richly furnished burial dating from the 5th century BC. Most likely representing the final resting place of a local Iron Age aristocrat, the mound measured approximately 40m in diameter and was located near the small village of Lavau, in north-western France. Previous work […]

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Archaeology in Ireland