World Archaeology

The Helgo Treasure: A Viking Age Buddha

A remarkable collection of religious items sourced from diverse lands was discovered during archaeological excavations on the Swedish island of Helgo. Located in Lake Malaren, to the west of Stockholm, this small island was an important Viking trading and manufacturing centre (6th-11th...Read More »


Grotesques and Gargoyles: A Modern Twist

For this weeks Friday fun I have shown a number of grotesques and gargoyles that have undergone modern twists, often to comic effect. These distinctive stone sculptures adorn the walls of many of the great...Read More »


La Tène Era 'Celtic' Burials from France

Quadrangular enclosure defining two burials (© Denis Gliksman, Inrap)

A number of spectacular La Tène era ‘Celtic’ burials have recently been uncovered by archaeologists working at Read More »


St. George's Church, Ethiopia

St. George’s church (by George Steinmetz)

Hewn out of solid rock, the extraordinary church of St. George (Bet Giorgis), Ethiopia, represents one of the wonders of the ancient world. Dating from the late 12th or early 13th century AD,...Read More »


A hoard of 16th and 17th century children's toys

 

Detail from Children’s Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1560

In the course of my research of VikingAge woodcraft, I somewhat unexpectedly turned up information about a most delightful archaeological find: an entire hoard of children’s...Read More »


The world's oldest spears, the Schöningen javelins

One of the Schöningen spears (Image: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution)

The image on the right is of an amazing artefact that was found in Germany during the 1990s. Dating to approximately 300,000 BC it shows the world’s oldest wooden...Read More »


The Oseberg Viking ship burial

 

Animal head post from the Oseberg ship burial

In 1904 a remarkable archaeological site was uncovered at Oseberg, Norway. It consisted of an astonishingly well-preserved Viking ship that contained the remains of two women along with a...Read More »


Monte Testaccio: a mountain of Roman amphorae

Monte Testaccio

At first glance Monte Testaccio seems just like any other overgrown hill on the outskirts of Rome. However, it is anything but ordinary.  This amazing site is actually made up entirely out of Roman amphorae, specifically olive...Read More »


Orkney excavation reveals stunning Neolithic site

Aerial view of Ness of Brodgar (by Sigurd Towrie)

Ongoing archaeological excavations, by Nick Card of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), have revealed the remains of a stunning Neolithic...Read More »


Bones of the Vikings: when raiding goes wrong

The ninth and tenth centuries saw the arrival of a new force on the Irish political scene, the Vikings. These Scandinavian warriors were attracted by the wealth of the Irish monasteries and they came in search of booty and glory. The initial attacks were...Read More »


Decapitated skull reveals brain!

The above image shows a gruesome find from Yorkshire where archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a decapitated skull that still contained brain matter! The skull was recovered from a pit and it appears as if the poor unfortunate man was hanged before being beheaded.  The head...Read More »


16th century Irish Hipsters

I recently spotted what appeared to be remarkably modern looking haircuts in Albrecht Druer’s woodcut of 1521 AD[i]. This image […]

Through the millennia: Irish Archaeology in photos

Here is another selection of  amazing images from our Photography Competition, this time spanning the entire breadth of Irish archaeology. Don’t […]

A Mesolithic cemetery: Ireland’s oldest burials

  On a bend of the River Shannon, Ireland’s largest watercourse, a small band of hunter-gathers came to together nearly […]

Images of Newgrange through the ages

The Neolithic  passage tomb at Newgrange is the most visited archaeological site in Ireland. Over 5000 years old it pre-dates the first phase of […]

The Broighter hoard

The remarkable Broighter hoard, arguably the finest treasure trove of the Irish Iron Age, was discovered on a February evening […]

The Oseberg Viking ship burial

  In 1904 a remarkable archaeological site was uncovered at Oseberg, Norway. It consisted of an astonishingly well-preserved Viking ship […]