Warren Bailie

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As the British Museum opens its Vikings exhibition to the public, Scandinavian skeletons are causing a stir again.  The bony discovery of 50 young male skeletons, decapitated and lumped in an old quarry pit before being found by diggers on an Olympic relief road in Weymouth five years ago, became an even more gripping story following scientific examinations revealing that this mass grave carried executed Vikings.

The bony discovery of 50 young Viking male skeletons, decapitated and lumped in an old quarry pit. Found by diggers working on an Olympic relief road in Weymouth five years ago.

Some of the Lewis Chessmen may not have been chessmen at all according to new research.    The 12th and 13th century gaming pieces which were discovered in Uig on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 are considered to be Scotland’s most renowned archaeological find.    An article in the journal Medieval Archaeology by David Caldwell, Mark Hall and Caroline Wilkinson suggests that many of the 93 ivory pieces may have been used in a game called hnefatafl – an ancient Viking board game that pre-dates…

ome of the Lewis Chessmen may not have been chessmen at all according to new research. The and century gaming pieces which were discovered in Uig on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 are considered to be Scotland’s most renowned archaeological find.

Roman hare    Plate brooch in the shape of a hare with translucent blue and green enamel. Gallo-Roman, mid-2nd/3rd century.    From the excavations at Springhead, Kent.    © High Speed 1 Ltd, photo taken by Wessex Archaeology

Gallo-Roman Hare Plate bronze brooch with translucent blue and green enamel. From the excavations at Springhead, Kent, UK. © High Speed 1 Ltd.

Jarlshof - near Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, Great Britain;  the Viking settlement of the Jarlshof site was hidden until a storm in the late 1800s exposed some of the remains from late Iron Age buildings (before 800 AD);  built in a circular fashion around a central hub with small rooms and storage areas leading off of it.

Viking settlement of the Jarlshof site was hidden until a storm in the late exposed some of the remains from late Iron Age buildings (before 800 AD); built in a circular fashion around a central hub with small rooms and storage areas leading off of it.

Celtic Archaeology | Celtic Archaeology Makes me wish I was an archaeologist.

Torcs are metal rings worn around the neck. They often suggest nobility. Torcs were very important to the ancient Celtic culture, and Gods/Goddesses are often depicted wearing them.

Fantastic article in Archaeology Magazine this month about the use of 3-D technology to map the wreck of the Titanic and the debris field surrounding the site in order to impose an archaeological grid for further study.

Fantastic article in Archaeology Magazine this month about the use of technology to map the wreck of the Titanic and the debris field surrounding the site in order to impose an archaeological grid for further study.

A CT scan of the Iron Age 'Worsley Man' has shown that he was bludgeoned over the head, strangled, then beheaded - and the level of violence has led archaeologists to speculate that it may have been a pagan ritual.

The preserved head of the second century Briton - known as The Worsley Man due to where the remains were found - were unearthed in a peat bog in

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Okay, I’m sure some people out there knew the Easter Island statues had bodies, but I’m not going to pretend to be one of those people. My mind is kind of blown that I’m almost 40 and just now finding out that there are Easter Island statue bodies.

A seashell beautifully placed in a Palaeolithic tool (from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) Via @Iris T. archaeology

A Palaeolithic tool (from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) carefully sculpted around a seashell fossil embedded in the rock. Was the prehistoric took maker thinking about aesthetics and beauty?