To all those who own estates in North Wales, try rummaging through your basement. You might find a perfectly intact Victorian kitchen from the 1830’s, complete with a cooking range, pots, pans, antique fire extinguishers, a spit for roasting pigs and enough tables and benches to seat a team of twenty servants.
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A French couple have found a hoard of gold coins worth at least 100,000 euros (£89,000; $140,000) in the cellar of their home in the town of Millau.
They were working on their drains when they dug up the 34 coins in a little clay pot, French media said.
The coins date from 1595 to the French Revolution, which began in 1789, said a local coin expert who evaluated them.
via BBC News
- Iron Age Gold Hoard, The Wickham Market Hoard, Saved for Ipswich Museum (warrenscoins.wordpress.com)
A team of anthropologists found a mysterious burial in the jungle near the city of Kigali Rwanda (Central Africa). The remains belong to gigantic creatures that bear little resemblance to humans. Head of research group believes that they could be visitors from another planet who died as a result of a catastrophe.
According to the scientists, they were buried at least 500 years ago. At first, researchers thought that they came across the remains of ancient settlements, but no signs of human life have been found nearby.
More via Latest-UFO-Sightings.
A TROVE of medieval jewellery and other precious objects found by a man working in his backyard includes pieces made for a royal court and may be worth as much as $136,817.
- Medieval jewels found in garden (independent.co.uk)
- Austrian Man Digs Up $150,000 in Buried Treasure in Backyard (foxnews.com)
Archaeologists have unearthed a few pieces of history at former president James Madison’s country estate: portions of two pawns from his chess set.
Montpelier officials think the pieces are likely from the same set Madison and Thomas Jefferson used in their frequent matches during Jefferson’s visits.Archaeologists recently discovered the pawns during an ongoing excavation at the fourth president’s central Virginia estate.
Montpelier archaeology director Matthew Reeves calls the pieces a treasure that reflects Madison’s intellectual pursuits and social life.
More via wtop.com.
When Frenchman Louis Mantin died in 1905, he mandated that his house be sealed up for a century, then reopened to the public as a museum. And now it is, effectively becoming a time capsule for all to see.
The French mansion, located in the town of Moulins, is full of artifacts and pieces that Mantin had collected over the course of his life, including paintings, tapestries, prehistoric flints, Egyptian relics and other pieces from the Medieval and Neolithic eras.
- Time capsule mansion unlocked (bbc.co.uk)
- Century-old French home/cabinet of curiosity opens as museum (boingboing.net)
- Mansion Untouched for 100 Years (neatorama.com)
A young treasure hunter in Britain found something unusual and valuable when trying his metal detector for the first time last year. Three-year-old James Hyatt was using it when, as he put it, “It went beep beep beep.”
Hyatt and his father started digging and Thursday they went public with their find, a 500-year-old gold pendant. Experts say it’s worth about $4 million dollars.
More via CBS News.
- James Hyatt unearths £2.5m treasure trove on FIRST metal detecting expedition (dailymail.co.uk)
- Boy, four, unearths 16th Century gold pendant (bbc.co.uk)
- Boy finds 500-year-old gold locket while playing (topinews.com)
Divers have recovered what’s thought to be the world’s oldest beer from a 200-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.
The find was made as researchers recovered drinkable Champagne from a Russian cargo ship which crashed in the 1780s.
The divers say they were surprised to find a handful of beer bottles during the salvage operation near the Aland Islands.
When one of the bottle just so happened to break, the divers tried some of the dark liquid and say they liked the taste.
- Recovering bubbly in Baltic Sea, divers find beer (sfgate.com)
- Divers find, taste 19th century beer in Baltic Sea (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- “The World’s Oldest Spirits: Just Found and Still Drinkable!” and related posts (tonic.com)
There have always been ghost stories surrounding the Main Line Mine incident in Pennsylvania, but few suspected that these ghost stories would in time actually lead to the discovery of a mass grave. And even when the mass grave was discovered, no one would have suspected those buried at the site would have been murdered under suspicious circumstances some 200 years ago.
The story begins almost a world away on a ship known as the John Stamp arriving for the United States loaded with Irish immigrants bent on building a new life in America. As they disembarked from the ship with the Statue of Liberty seen in the distance, several Irish workers would meet the man who would ultimately lead them down a short road to their deaths.
- Mass Grave in Pennsylvania .Did Irish Immigrants die of Cholera or were they murdered (politics.ie)
- Murder Mystery: Dancing Irish Ghosts Lead to Mass Grave (grantlawrence.blogspot.com)
In AD79 it was Pompeii’s most popular hang out, where locals would stop off to meet friends and partake in a snack of baked cheese smothered in honey.
Now, nearly 2000 years after the Italian city was buried under ash and rubble by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius, its favourite snack bar has re-opened.
For the first time the thermopolium, as it is called in Italy, will be open to tourists after having undergone and excavation and restoration process over the past few months.
via Mail Online.
The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.
More than 100 elaborate carvings dating back thousands of years have been discovered on rocks and boulders in the North of England.
The Neolithic art – found at several sites across Durham and Northumberland – includes a series of intricate designs of concentric circles, interlocking rings and hollowed cups.
Some say that its 45 mysterious symbols are the words of a 4,000-year-old poem, or perhaps a sacred text. Others contest that they are a magical inscription, a piece of ancient music or the world’s oldest example of punctuation.
But now an American scholar believes that the markings on the Phaistos Disc, one of archaeology’s most famous unsolved mysteries, mean nothing at all — because the disc is a hoax.
Historical records tell of a mystical, priestly and learned class of elite individuals called Druids among Celtic societies in Britain, but there has been no archaeological evidence of their existence. Until, perhaps, now.
A series of graves found in a gravel quarry at Stanway near Colchester, Essex, have been dated to 40-60 A.D. At least one of the burials, it appears, may have been that of a Druid, according to a report published in British Archaeology.
The lost city of Dunwich, Britain’s own underwater ‘Atlantis’, which has captured the imagination of people for centuries, could be revealed for the first time with high-tech underwater sonar.
Professor David Sear, of the University of Southampton, and marine archaeologist Stuart Bacon, will explore the ancient sunken city, off the Suffolk coast, in the early summer.