Viking army camp discovery in England


This video says about itself:

Top 10 GLORIOUS Facts about the VIKINGS

7 October 2016

The first record of the Scandinavian people known as the Vikings, or Norsemen (Northmen), was when they raided England in 793 A.D. The word Viking comes from the Scandinavian term vikingr, a word for “pirate.” Essentially, Scandinavian men would go on “a Viking” during the summer in which they’d raid the coastal areas of countries like France and England. Even today, over 1,200 years after they first made landfall in England, the Vikings have a reputation as fierce warriors and amazing seafaring people that explored more of the world than anyone before them.

10. Traders
9. Women Vikings Travelled with the Men
8. Viking Feasts
7. Drug Users
6. They Filed Their Teeth
5. The Viking Compass
4. Mead
3. The Middle East
2. They Founded Dublin and Other Irish Towns
1. Caused the Spread of the House Mouse

From the University of Sheffield in England:

Viking army camp uncovered by archaeologists in England

May 18, 2017

Summary: Thousands of Vikings established a camp in Lincolnshire as they prepared to conquer ninth century England, archaeologists have discovered. Vikings used camp in winter to repair ships, melt down stolen loot, trade and play games.

A huge camp which was home to thousands of Vikings as they prepared to conquer England in the late ninth century has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Established in Torksey, on the banks of the River Trent in Lincolnshire, the camp was used as the Vikings‘ defensive and strategic position during the winter months.

The research, conducted by archaeologists at the Universities of Sheffield and York, has revealed how the camp was used by thousands of Viking warriors, women and children who lived there temporarily in tented accommodation.

They also used the site as a base to repair ships, melt down stolen loot, manufacture, trade and play games.

Professor Dawn Hadley, who led the research from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology said: “The Vikings’ camp at Torksey was much more than just a handful of hardy warriors — this was a huge base, larger than most contemporary towns, complete with traders, families, feasting, and entertainment.

“From what has been found at the site, we know they were repairing their boats there and melting down looted gold and silver to make ingots — or bars of metal they used to trade.

“Metal detectorists have also found more than 300 lead game pieces, suggesting the Vikings, including women and children, were spending a lot of time playing games to pass the time, waiting for spring and the start of their next offensive.”

The findings have now been used to create a virtual reality experience giving users an opportunity to experience what life was like in a Viking army camp.

The virtual reality experience has been developed by researchers at the University of York and is part of an exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum that opens on Friday (19 May 2017).

All the scenes featured in the virtual reality experience are based on real objects found by archaeologists and metal detectorists at Torksey.

Professor Julian Richards, from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, said: “These extraordinary images offer a fascinating snap shot of life at a time of great upheaval in Britain.

“The Vikings had previously often raided exposed coastal monasteries and returned to Scandinavia in winter, but in the later ninth century they came in larger numbers, and decided to stay. This sent a very clear message that they now planned not only to loot and raid — but to control and conquer.”

Dr Gareth Beale from York’s Digital Creativity Labs added: “The new research by the Universities of Sheffield and York has been used to create the most realistic images of the camp to date, based on real findings. These images are also believed to be the most realistic Virtual Reality ever created anywhere of the Viking world.”

The exact location and scale of the camp in Lincolnshire has been debated for many years, but now the research by Sheffield and York is beginning to reveal the true extent of the camp. It is now thought to be at least 55 hectares in size, bigger than many towns and cities of the time, including York.

There have also been more than a thousand finds by metal detectorists and archaeologists, including over 300 coins. They include more than 100 Arabic silver coins which would have come to the area through established Viking trade routes.

More than 50 pieces of chopped up silver, including brooch fragments and ingots have been found along with rare hackgold. Evidence has been found that these items were being processed at the camp — chopped up to be melted down. Other finds include the 300 gaming pieces, iron tools, spindle whorls, needles and fishing weights.

Using landscape analysis, the research has been able to reveal the topography of the camp. With the River Trent to the west and surrounding land prone to flooding to this day, its strength as a defensive position becomes clear.

Medieval plague mass grave discovery in England


This video from England says about itself:

Digging Thornton Abbey Plague Pit

30 November 2016

When our Archaeology students discovered a medieval plague pit buried under the grounds at Thornton Abbey it was a huge surprise – but we weren’t unprepared…

Hugh Wilmott from The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology takes us around the dig to explain how we understand and record such an incredible find, Diane Swales highlights the ancient DNA analysis lab work into Black Death that can tell us about those who fell to the disease and PhD student Pete Townend shows the 3D and GPS tech that’s helping us locate and map finds.

Read more about our work at Thornton Abbey plague pit on The University of Sheffield website here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Gruesome evidence of Black Death’s abbey visit

Wednesday 30th November 2016

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered almost 50 skeletons of Black Death victims — more than half of them children — at a 14th-century monastery in Lincolnshire.

The mass burial pit at Thornton Abbey, near Immingham, is said to be extremely rare. It contained the bones of 48 victims, a team from Sheffield University said yesterday.

The presence of such a large burial site suggests that the community was overwhelmed by pandemic and unable to cope with the number of dead.

The Black Death spread throughout Europe from 1346 to 1353. Estimates of the death toll range from 75 million to 200m people.

The disease is documented to have reached Lincolnshire in 1349.

Rupert Murdoch lies on hedgehogs to advocate killing badgers


This 2014 video shows wild badgers filmed in south Lincolnshire woodland in England.

Ever since British Conservative daily The Times became part of the Rupert Murdoch empire, it is as full of lies as the rest of that empire.

From the Badger Trust in Britain:

7th December 2015

Dear All,

Badger Trust Slams Times Newspaper for “Cynical Political Attack” Over Hedgehog Claims

The Badger Trust has accused the Times newspaper of a cynical, politically motivated attack on badgers contained in a recent article about declining hedgehog numbers.

The Times launched its Christmas charity appeal for hedgehogs on Saturday 28 November, informing its readers it was to help fund the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) in the battle to halt the decline one of the UK’s most endangered wildlife species.

However in the same issue it also printed an editorial entitled “Prickly Subject: More hedgehogs means fewer badgers”. In this article the Times claimed that increasing badger numbers were directly responsible for the collapse of the hedgehog population and that culling badgers in an attempt to lower bovine TB was also justified as a means of protecting hedgehogs.

Responding to the Times editorial Dominic Dyer CEO of the Badger Trust said,

“We welcome any campaign aimed at drawing public attention to the desperate plight of hedgehogs and the excellent work of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. However we are appalled by the cynical way the Times is trying to exploit the public’s Christmas goodwill by falsely claiming hedgehog numbers can only recover if we kill more badgers. This suggestion is not only blatantly motivated by political bias but is also not supported by any scientific evidence. The Times is yet again supporting the government’s badger cull policy but this time is widening the ‘badger blame game’ to include hedgehogs.”

Badger Trust Chairman, Peter Martin added,

“Between 40% and 80% of the badger’s diet is plant based depending on the time of year, the rest being made up of earthworms and beetles. Whilst badgers are capable of killing hedgehogs they very rarely do. Both species compete for the same food and removing one by culling naturally allows the other to thrive. Badgers and hedgehogs have coexisted in ecological balance for hundreds of thousands of years and it is only the destructive intervention of modern farming practices that has altered this balance so disastrously for hedgehogs.”

In a statement the British Hedgehog Preservation Society has said:

“An analysis of the original badger culling experiments, published in April 2014, shows that, at some sites, hedgehog numbers did increase following reduction in the number of badgers. This is not unexpected, considering what we know of the relationship between hedgehogs and badgers. BHPS and Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) do not consider this sufficient evidence to advocate culling badgers as a means of increasing hedgehog numbers, and believe that culling any species in an effort to conserve another is undesirable given better environmental approaches. Indeed, scientific evidence suggests that culling badgers may make the TB situation worse, a further reason why PTES/BHPS would not advocate culling badgers to benefit hedgehogs.”

Badger Trust Chairman Peter Martin continues,

“The key factors for the collapse in hedgehog numbers are intensive farming, pesticide use, garden fencing and road kill, so it’s disingenuous in the extreme for the Times to attempt to demonise the badger in the minds of their readers. It’s a disgraceful example of playing politics with wildlife conservation and it could lead to an increasing level of illegal persecution of badgers which are a protected species.”

Dominic Dyer CEO of the Badger Trust concludes,

“The Times does not deserve any credit or recognition for helping British wildlife conservation over Christmas and we are therefore encouraging the public to make any donations direct to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society rather than via the Times’ Christmas Appeal.”

More wader news from England


This video from Canada says about itself:

White-rumped Sandpiper (feeding and preening)

White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis, Vitgumpsnäppa) and Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla, Sandsnäppa), Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 6 June 2010. Digiscoped with a Swarovski ATM-80 HD spotting scope and a Casio Exilim EX-Z750 snapshot camera using the Swarovski digital camera base (DCB) adapter.

From Rare Bird Network on Twitter in Britain today:

Linc[oln]s[hire]: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 1 still at RSPB Frampton Marsh. Also Temminck’s Stint & Curlew Sandpiper.

The white-rumped sandpiper is in capital letters, being a North American bird, rare in Europe.

Badger discovers Dutch nature reserve


This video from England is about wild badgers filmed in south Lincolnshire woodland.

Translated from the Dutch Natuurmonumenten conservationists:

04 Feb 2015, 12:16

A badger has been sighted in nature reserve Kampina of Natuurmonumenten! The animal was discovered by a camera trap, which was there for another study. Fortunately shrews researcher Oswald Remery raised the alarm when he saw some strange paws on the footage.

Probably the animal is a male from the area around Boxtel. Natuurmonumenten is taking various steps to connect nature reserves with each other. Animals and plants can move and reproduce more easily that way. The arrival of the badger is a first sign that these connections work.

2015, Year of Vincent van Gogh, and of the Badger


This video is about 2015, the Year of Vincent van Gogh.

Van Gogh the preacher? New show to explore artist’s life before painting: here.

2015 is not just the Year of Vincent van Gogh. And the Year of the Penny Bun for mycologists. And the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar (starting on 19 February).

The Dutch mammal society has made 2015 the Year of the Badger. Various activities are planned. Like counting badgers; a new book about badgers; telling young people about badgers; and promoting more tunnels under roads, preventing badgers and other animals from becoming roadkill.

This video from England is about wild badgers, filmed in south Lincolnshire woodland.

2014 had been the Year of the Red Squirrel in the Netherlands; a successful year.

British blind woman homeless by bedroom tax


This video from England says about itself:

Bedroom Tax Documentary – Bristol

10 mei 2014

The under-occupancy policy introduced by the coalition government (Conservatives and Liberal-Democrats) on 1st of April 2013, dubbed as the infamous ‘Bedroom Tax‘, is part of the ongoing austerity.

The documentary film was produced as a module for Filmmaking and Creative Media (L2) and had an imposed duration of 10 minutes as part of the criteria. Hence, it does not mention the Discretionary Housing Payment, which affected tenants can apply for to help with the cost of rent, because the DHP is a symbolic pot of money that will help a fraction of tenants.

The film-maker is impartial to political parties, hence why Darren Jones (prospective Labour MP) features the least compared to other contributors. Local Conservative and Lib-Dem representatives did not want to contribute to the documentary.

The finished narrative being biased against the ‘Bedroom Tax‘ was a conscious choice after extensive research into welfare spending (housing benefit in particular), tax evasion, and indirectly experiencing the emotional Zeitgeist of post-2007 austerity.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

No help leaves blind woman homeless

Saturday 20th September 2014

A BLIND woman has been made homeless after being denied help to pay the bedroom tax, her local councillor said yesterday.

Carol Sutherland, who had been living in her Lincolnshire home for over 30 years, was evicted this April.

Labour councillor Jackie Kirk, who has been supporting Ms Sutherland, told the Star that the 56-year-old was given no help to cover the cost or even fill out the forms.

Unable to read the warning letters or to apply for disability benefits, Ms Sutherland was left with a £210 bill for what the Tories call “under-occupancy charges.”

Her councillor said: “She’s been losing her sight for a considerable number of years.

“She’s been attempting to pay her bills and feed herself rather than trying to pay the council the bedroom tax of £11 a week.

“She’d have been living on £10 a week to cover everything else if she’d paid back what the Nottingham District Council was wanting her to pay.”

The Lincolnshire Echo reported that Ms Sutherland had been forced to sleep in a makeshift den in a field with only straw for a bed.

She has moved into accommodation provided by a charity after local churchgoers found her sleeping rough.

Her only income has been her deceased husband’s county council pension of £70 a month.

Ms Kirk said accepting the bedroom tax “would actually not have left her with any money to survive on.”

Once at the shelter Ms Sutherland was given the help needed to apply to the personal independence payment benefit and for a new home.

But authorities have been inconclusive on when she would be able to find a property.

“The problem being with the bedroom tax is that there is not enough single one-bedroom accommodation available for the sheer volume of people that are needing it,” warned Ms Kirk.

“You have a percentage of people who are just not able to because the properties are not there.”

The Star attempted to contact Ms Sutherland’s MP — Conservative Karl McCartney — with no success.

Ms Kirk said: “I don’t actually think he knows about it.”

MORE HOMELESS STUDENTS THAN EVER “The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high during the 2012-13 school year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. The report released Monday shows that homeless children enrolled in public preschool and grades K-12 jumped 8 percent from the previous school year to hit 1,258,182.” [HuffPost]

Britain: OVER three million people fear missing rent or mortgage payments this January because of ‘sky high housing costs’, putting them at risk of being evicted, a Shelter report released yesterday shows: here.

English bird killer convicted


This video is called Common buzzards raising chicks in South Lakeland 2009.

From Wildlife Extra:

‘Vicious’ gamekeeper convicted of poisoning buzzards

Carbofuran poison used again

January 2013. A Lincolnshire gamekeeper has been convicted of killing two buzzards and possessing a quantity of an illegally-held poison, which the RSPB says would have been enough to destroy all the birds of prey in Lincolnshire.

Carbofuran

71-year-old Robert William Hebblewhite, of Appleby, Scunthorpe, was fined a total £1950 after he was convicted of killing two buzzards and possessing Carbofuran, a banned poison. The buzzards were found dead on land at Blyton, where he works as a gamekeeper. Toxicology tests revealed the birds had died from Carbofuran poisoning after the poison was laced on pheasant carcasses which the buzzards tried to feed on.

‘Vicious’ methods

In court Hebblewhite heard the judge describe him as an ‘old-fashioned’ gamekeeper who resorted to ‘vicious’ methods. The judge regretted the death of the two buzzards but added that it was ‘lucky’ that no other creature or human had discovered the poisoned baits first.

Hebblewhite had pleaded guilty to possessing Carbofuran at an earlier hearing on 15 October, 2012.

The RSPB‘s Mark Thomas, who was at Lincoln Magistrates Court for the conviction, said: “The possession and use of Carbofuran is illegal, and yet birds of prey are still being killed by this poison. This conviction shows this poison is still in circulation in quantities sufficient to kill huge numbers of birds of prey. A few grains of the poison will kill a bird of prey; a jar is enough to kill all the birds of prey in a county. With yet another gamekeeper convicted of poisoning birds of prey, it is time for this illegal and indiscriminate practise to be consigned to the pages of history.”

Widespread practice

The RSPB believes it is a widespread practice to place poison on a rabbit or pheasant carcass which is then left for birds of prey to consume. Sometimes even pets are the unfortunate victim, and since 2000 the RSPB has evidence of such poison abuse incidents affecting at least 56 dogs and 22 cats.

Jeff Knott is the RSPB’s species policy officer. Commenting on the case, he said: “Reporting last year, the Environmental Audit Committee‘s review into wildlife crime recognised the significance of these poisons and called on the Government to bring in simple measures to further limit their use.”

There are currently 240 pairs of buzzard nesting in Lincolnshire, but the birds only recolonized the county in 1997. Historically, buzzards were absent from much of eastern Britain because of persecution.