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  Home: Features: Middle Ages in the News: 2004 Bookmark and Share

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Below you will find 24 items from around the world on many different topics in the news concerning the Middle Ages. These might range from obituaries of great scholars of the period to articles about the last efforts to preserve a medieval barn. The Middle Ages comes up quite regularly in the news and so we will aim to bring you the latest. To help with that we have also set up two methods for you to get these items:

Lightning-struck church reopens
An ancient parish church is to open its doors to worshippers for the first time in three years.
Source: BBC News       Date: 20 Dec 2004

Cathedral charters viewed online
The medieval charters of Canterbury Cathedral are going online following a £49,700 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The Chartae Antiquae has been recatalogued and covers more than 7,000 items dating from between the 8th to the 20th centuries.
Source: BBC News       Date: 19 Nov 2004

Glyndwr's burial mystery 'solved'
A 600-year-old mystery about where Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr is buried may have been solved. The one-time Prince of Wales lies underneath St Cwrdaf Church, in Llanwrda, in Carmarthenshire, according to the author of a new book.
Source: BBC News       Date: 6 Nov 2004

Medieval teeth 'better than Baldrick's'
Think of medieval England and you are likely to conjure up an image of a wizened hag with black stumps for teeth. But although that might have been the unfortunate state of some people's teeth, others had much better care.
Source: BBC News       Date: 8 Oct 2004

Medieval surgeons were advanced
Surgeons were carrying out complicated skull operations in medieval times, the remains of a body found at an archaeological dig show. A skull belonging to a 40-year-old peasant man, who lived between 960 and 1100AD, is the firmest evidence yet of cranial surgery, say its discoverers.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Oct 2004

Glyndwr's rule is celebrated
Flags are being flown across Wales to celebrate 600 years since Owain Glyndwr held his first Welsh Parliament. The rebel leader was crowned as Prince of Wales at Machynlleth in 1404.
Source: BBC News       Date: 16 Sep 2004

'Fly Glyndwr flag' call
Councillors across Wales are being urged to fly Owain Glyndwr's royal standard on Thursday. This year marks the 600th anniversary of the rebel leader's crowning as Prince of Wales at Machynlleth.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Sep 2004

Rock star Plant honours rebel
A rock legend met a Welsh legend when Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was guest of honour at the unveiling of a statue of 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr. Plant donated money towards a bronze sculpture of the Welsh prince.
Source: BBC News       Date: 8 Sep 2004

Rare manuscripts put on display
Some of the rarest and most valuable manuscripts in the world have gone on display at Worcester Cathedral. Pages from the Canterbury Tales and the first printed English translation of the Bible, as well as King John's will, are included in the display.
Source: BBC News       Date: 23 Aug 2004

'Lost city' ruins uncovered
Experts believe that they have uncovered the remains of a medieval city which disappeared 700 years ago near Trellech in Monmouthshire. Archaeologists have unearthed two buildings dating back to the 1200s.
Source: BBC News       Date: 13 Aug 2004

Revival of medieval mystery plays
Medieval mystery plays are being revived at Canterbury Cathedral, starring actor Edward Woodward as God. The plays date back to 1200 AD when workers gave their own interpretations - often spirited and irreverent - of Bible stories.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Aug 2004

Workmen uncover medieval graves
Archaeologists say they have found a town's largest medieval burial site yet after workmen dug up human remains. Evidence of 50 burials has been found at the site near the 16th Century Litten Chapel in Newbury, Berkshire.
Source: BBC News       Date: 4 Aug 2004

Ancient graves found on cliffs
A 1,250-year-old cliff-face cemetery has been found in Pembrokeshire revealing the county's early Christian past. Two skeletons dating from the Dark Ages of around 750AD have been recovered and a stone with a carefully chiselled cross has also been found.
Source: BBC News       Date: 16 Jun 2004

Schoolboy digs up medieval ring
A 10-year-old boy could soon have a boost to his pocket money - after finding a medieval ring in a field in Pembrokeshire. Nathan Duffield, from Milford Haven, was out metal detecting with his father when he unearthed the ring, thought to be 600 years old.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 May 2004

Cathedral's medieval tunnel opens
A 15th Century tunnel at Canterbury Cathedral which allows pilgrims to visit the site of the murder of Thomas Becket has been reopened to the public. The tunnel, which was built around 1420, had been closed for over 40 years and used for storage.
Source: BBC News       Date: 15 May 2004

Glyndwr's 600th anniversary celebrated
The 600th anniversary of Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr's establishment of a senate in north Wales has been remembered at a ceremony in mid Wales.
Source: BBC News       Date: 9 May 2004

Teenager unearths ancient skull
A 500-year-old monk's skull has been found by a teenager during a dig at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk. The discovery was made as a local youth group was excavating the site in a dig organised by Suffolk County Council.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Apr 2004

Sword for Glyndwr celebrations
A blacksmith from Ystradgynlais is making a replica of Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr's sword of state. The sword is being made for the Machynlleth celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of Glyndwr's first Welsh Parliament.
Source: BBC News       Date: 23 Mar 2004

Money sought for church dig plans
Campaigners behind plans to excavate St Piran's oratory at Perranporth in Cornwall say they desperately need more financial help. The St Piran Project wants to uncover the ancient church, which is buried beneath the sands.
Source: BBC News       Date: 7 Mar 2004

Hidden treasures of Saxon burial chamber
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Feb 2004

Stonemasons check tower on ropes
Abseiling stonemasons have carried out a five-yearly structural survey at Canterbury Cathedral - at a height of over 200 ft. The painstaking examination of the stonework on the Bell Harry tower is done on ropes to avoid spending tens of thousands of pounds on scaffolding.
Source: BBC News       Date: 31 Jan 2004

Bodies found under museum
Archaeologists are examining two skeletons thought to date from medieval times that were found underneath a museum. The remains were unearthed at the Commandery in Worcester, which is believed to have been founded in 1085 as a monastic hospital.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Jan 2004

'Historic find' is old garden patio
Experts called in to examine a rocks unearthed during a garden makeover were convinced they had found a unique Viking settlement. But they were left red-faced after months of excavation work found nothing more than an old garden patio.
Source: BBC News       Date: 8 Jan 2004

Glyndwr celebrations unveiled
Celebrations are being planned this summer to mark 600 years since Owain Glyndwr marched into Machynlleth and was crowned Prince of Wales. Glyndwr's coronation and the setting up of the first Welsh Parliament at Machynlleth took place in June 1404.
Source: BBC News       Date: 2 Jan 2004


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