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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

News Clipping: Abbey unearthed in Abbotsbury garden

A grandfather has unearthed an 11th-century abbey in his back garden.  Peter Laurie, 73, and his grandson Oscar, 16, were searching for the remains of a Roman road when they came across their unexpected treasure.

 READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 31st March 2010

Thursday, 25 March 2010

News Clipping: Thomas Hardy collection saved for Dorset

Campainers are celebrating the news that a precious Thomas Hardy collection is returning to its rightful home. The literature lovers have saved a collection of unique Hardy scripts, play scripts and stage-set models from being shipped to the States. They raised an incredible £58,750 to keep the historic Hardy items in Dorset, where they will go on show at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 25th March 2010

(See previous blog entry Campaign to bring home rare Hardy transcripts)

Friday, 12 March 2010

News Clipping: Ridgeway Viking Grave

Ridgeway Viking grave: Archaeologists 'excited'

Archaeologists and council leaders are excited by the findings.

David Score, project manager for Oxford Archaeology which has been leading excavations along the relief road route, said: “The find of the burial pit on Ridgeway was remarkable and got everyone working on site really excited.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 12th March 2010

Ridgeway Viking grave: Historian's hope

Historian Stuart Morris is hoping the bones will shed more light on when Vikings were first believed to have arrived on the British Isles at Portland in 787.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 12th March 2010

Ridgeway Viking grave: Weymouth Relief Road discovery

A Viking war grave has been discovered on the Ridgeway between Weymouth and Dorchester.

The ancient remains of decapitated skeletons were unearthed during the construction of the Weymouth Relief Road and were confirmed today as being that of the legendary Norse invaders.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 12th March 2010

News Clipping: Archaeologists uncover headless corpses of 51 Vikings executed by Saxons in Dorset killing field

They knelt and cowered together - a once proud and fearless band of raiders stripped and humiliated by their Saxon captors.

One by one, their executioners stepped forward, uttered a prayer and brought their axes and swords crashing down on the necks of the Viking prisoners.

The axes fell until the roadside was sticky with blood from the decapitated corpses of the 51 men, most barely in their twenties.

READ MORE - Source: The Daily Mail, Friday 12th March 2010

News Clipping: Mass grave in Dorset contains remains of executed Viking warriors

The captives, all well built young men in their late teens and early 20s, were herded to the place of execution. Fifty-four in total, their heads were hacked off and stacked neatly in a pile. The bodies were tossed into a pit where they remained a tangle of limbs and headless torsos until archaeologists following the route of a new road stumbled across the remains last year.

READ MORE - Source: The Times, Friday March 12, 2010

Monday, 8 March 2010

Events: Exploring Myths and Legends at the Red House Museum

People have told tales around the campfire since the beginning of human history, and this hands-on exhibition at the Red House Museum, Christchurch explores some of these classic tales down the millennia.

Visitors can read dragon tales and solve the riddle to pass the dragon and enter his lair, or visit an Egyptian tomb to unravel the story of Osiris and mummies. There is a chance to build your own totem pole and hear Native American stories, or to explore our labyrinth and come face-to-face with the fearsome Minotaur.

For more information visit Red House Museum and Gardens website or telephone 0845 603 5635

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

News Clipping: 'Treasures' of Weymouth Relief Road to go on show

Archaelogical treasure unearthed during building of the Weymouth Relief Road is going on display in the town.

Ancient bones, Iron Age pottery, jewellery and other items have been recovered from the site of the £87.4million route.

The finds will go on display at the Pavilion Ocean Room between 10am and 5pm on Sunday, March 21, and between 9am and 8pm on Monday and Tuesday, March 22 and March 23.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 3rd March 2010

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