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Earliest monastery in the British Isles discovered in Somerset

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The monastic use of the site may have ended in the later 9th century when Somerset was attacked by Viking armies. Site director Richard Brunning ...
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Comments (0) Excavations at Beckery near Glastonbury have produced the earliest known evidence for monasticism in the British Isles.Results of radiocarbon dating of bodies in the monastic cemetery revealed this week show the monastery began in the 5th or early 6th centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the 7th century.The dig took place in May and was part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project made possible by National Lottery players thanks to a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).READ MORE: 15,000 unseen pictures of historic Somerset are being revealed It re-investigated the site of a medieval chapel that was first excavated in the 1880s by John Morland and again in the 19...
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Medieval peepholes given special planning protection

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... on their façade the Mediterranean Muxrabija, a window-like feature which originated in North Africa and the Middle East in the seventh century.
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A timber Muxrabija and one made from stone. A rare medieval architectural feature, a legacy of the island’s Arabic heritage, has been granted special protection by the Planning Authority. The PA has scheduled 36 historic buildings which include on their façade the Mediterranean Muxrabija, a window-like feature which originated in North Africa and the Middle East in the seventh century. Designed to cool the building interior by allowing the breeze to circulate through the trelliswork, as well as allowing women to look onto the street without being seen, the Muxrabija first appeared in Maltese architecture in the late Middle Ages, through cultural contact with the Arab world.  They were also used as a cooling device for water storage and a...
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Somerset skeletons are oldest evidence of monks found in UK

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... cemetery dating back to the fifth or early sixth centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the seventh century.
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Skeletons excavated at a site near Glastonbury are the oldest examples of monks ever found in the UK, carbon dating has proved. The remains, unearthed at the medieval Beckery chapel in Somerset, said to have been visited by legendary figures such as King Arthur and St Bridget, indicate a monastic cemetery dating back to the fifth or early sixth centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the seventh century. Archaeologists first located an extensive cemetery of between 50 and 60 bodies during an excavation in the 1960s. The fact all were male – apart from one female, thought to have been a visitor, nun or patron, and two juveniles, who may have been novices – left little doubt this was a monastic graveyard...
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Earliest monastery in the British Isles discovered in Somerset

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... show the monastery began in the 5th or early 6th centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the 7th century.
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Comments (0) Excavations at Beckery near Glastonbury have produced the earliest known evidence for monasticism in the British Isles.Results of radiocarbon dating of bodies in the monastic cemetery revealed this week show the monastery began in the 5th or early 6th centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the 7th century.The dig took place in May and was part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project made possible by National Lottery players thanks to a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).READ MORE: 15,000 unseen pictures of historic Somerset are being revealed It re-investigated the site of a medieval chapel that was first excavated in the 1880s by John Morland and again in the 19...
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Beckery Chapel near Glastonbury 'earliest known UK monastic life'

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Skeletons found at a site, said in legend to have been visited by King Arthur, are the oldest example of monks found in the UK, archaeologists say.
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Image copyright SW Heritage Trust Image caption About 50 or 60 skeletons were found at the monastic cemetery Skeletons found at a site, said in legend to have been visited by King Arthur, are the oldest example of monks found in the UK, archaeologists say.Carbon dating revealed the remains, discovered at Beckery Chapel, near Glastonbury, were from the 5th or early 6th Century AD.Site director Dr Richard Brunning said: "It's the earliest archaeological evidence we've got for monasticism." Beckery was excavated in May by the South West Heritage Trust.For more archaeology stories follow our Pinterest boardThe remains of seven individuals unearthed in May were radiocarbon dated.When the site was originally excavated by Philip Rahtz in the 19...
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Top 5 Ancient And Medieval Foods To Make This Holiday Season

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It appears to have first been celebrated in Egypt during the 11th century. During the first recorded instance, the caliph of Fatimid Egypt gave out bread ...
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'Tis the season to be jolly while eating or drinking thousands of extra calories; however, you can indulge in holiday hedonism and still bring a little culture to your kitchen. Here are just a few historical concoctions from the ancient and medieval Mediterranean that will give you a taste of the past this December. Month of December from the 'Psalter of Lambert le Bègue' now at the British Library (c.1255-1265). Note the calendar of saints feasts on the left and the depiction of a butcher about to slaughter a bull (Image in the Public Domain via the British Library, Additional 21114 ff. 6v). #5: Conditum Paradoxum (Roman 'Surprise Spiced Wine') Romans liked a nice mulled wine called mulsum. The Roman writer Marvus Gavius Apicius, who wr...
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Somerset skeletons are oldest evidence of monks found in UK

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The site of the medieval chapel, which predates Iona Abbey in Scotland founded in the late sixth century, was first excavated in the 1880s by John ...
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Skeletons excavated at a site near Glastonbury are the oldest examples of monks ever found in the UK, carbon dating has proved. The remains, unearthed at the medieval Beckery chapel in Somerset, said to have been visited by legendary figures such as King Arthur and St Bridget, indicate a monastic cemetery dating back to the fifth or early sixth centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the seventh century. Archaeologists first located an extensive cemetery of between 50 and 60 bodies during an excavation in the 1960s. The fact all were male – apart from one female, thought to have been a visitor, nun or patron, and two juveniles, who may have been novices – left little doubt this was a monastic graveyard...
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Beckery Chapel near Glastonbury 'earliest known UK monastic life'

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The earliest monks died in the 5th or early 6th centuries AD with burials taking place at Beckery until the early 9th Century AD. "It would have been ...
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Image copyright SW Heritage Trust Image caption About 50 or 60 skeletons were found at the monastic cemetery Skeletons found at a site, said in legend to have been visited by King Arthur, are the oldest example of monks found in the UK, archaeologists say.Carbon dating revealed the remains, discovered at Beckery Chapel, near Glastonbury, were from the 5th or early 6th Century AD.Site director Dr Richard Brunning said: "It's the earliest archaeological evidence we've got for monasticism." Beckery was excavated in May by the South West Heritage Trust.For more archaeology stories follow our Pinterest boardThe remains of seven individuals were radiocarbon dated.When the site was originally excavated by Philip Rahtz in the 1960s some 50 to 60...
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Boston Camerata presents a heart-warming Medieval Christmas program

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“Santa Maria graciae—Dou way, Robin” is a fourteenth-century English motet that features two texts. The Latin verse, almost a tongue-twister, turns ...
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“Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry,” Limbourg Brothers, 1412–16. Christmas music is something of a specialty for the Boston Camerata. Over the past several decades, the group has presented and recorded programs that explored seasonal music of France, Spain, Germany, and America. Saturday night at the First Parish Church in Newbury, Anne Azéma and the Camerata presented one of their oldest and most haunting holiday programs: “Puer Natus Est: a Medieval Christmas.” Christmas celebrations in Medieval Europe were as varied and lively as those experienced today. Boston Camerata’s heartwarming concert, which consisted of chants and songs drawn from all over Europe and spanning three centuries, reflected that diversity.  Interpretation of ...
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Rare 14th-century Black Death burial pit discovered in UK

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A rare Black Death burial site has been discovered at a 14th-century monastery hospital in the UK, containing skeletons of 48 victims of the worst ...
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London, Dec 5 (PTI) A rare Black Death burial site has been discovered at a 14th-century monastery hospital in the UK, containing skeletons of 48 victims of the worst pandemic in human history. The Black Death devastated European populations from 1346-1353 AD and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people. The presence of such a large burial site, containing both male and female adults, as well as 27 children, suggests the local community was overwhelmed by the Black Death and was left unable to cope with the number of people who died. "The only two previously identified 14th-century sites where Yersinia pestis (the bacterium responsible for the plague) has been identified are historically documented cemeteries in Lo...
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