AN article in the Daily Express newspaper says that mystery surrounds scribbles discovered among

ruins at the 7th century Tintagel Castle, which has links to the legendary King Arthur.

They have been found on a two foot stone at the medieval castle in Cornwall and features a mixture of Christian symbols, Latin writing and Greek lettering.

Michelle Brown, a writing expert from the University of London, said: “The lettering style and language used, as well as Christian symbols exhibiting Mediterranean influence and contacts, all reveal precious clues to the culture of those who lived at Tintagel in the 7th century.”

She added: “The text suggests a high level of literacy and an awareness of contemporary writing styles associated with the early illuminated manuscripts of Britain and Ireland.”

 

 

The Guardian reports that there are doubts over a landmark sculpture in Somerset after a crowdfunding campaign fell short of its target.

The 12 metre high Willow Man next to the M5, which was built at the turn of the century, has become a familiar sight both for local travellers and holidaymakers heading to and from Devon and Cornwall.

Creator Serena de la Hey launched an appeal to raise £75,000 to rebuild the figure, but only £16,000 has been pledged.

She told the Guardian that the nature of the material used meant Willow Man was originally envisaged as a temporary piece, which would stand for only about three years.

“Back then three years seemed enough to be going on with. But it has become part of people’s lives and has also become part of my professional and personal life. It is my calling card and it will be difficult to let it go.”

 

 

The historic Hadrian's Wall has been damaged by metal detectorists who have been blamed for more than 50 holes found around the 1,900-year-old Brunton Turret section, near Hexham, Northumberland.

According to the BBC, Historic England reckons those responsible were searching for loot such as Roman coins and military regalia.

Mike Collins, the organisation's inspector of ancient monuments, said: “We know that the majority of the metal detecting community complies with the laws and regulations regarding discovery and recovery of objects from the land.

“But the small number of people who steal artefacts and damage ancient sites are breaking the law and robbing us all of the knowledge and understanding that objects from the past can give us.”

 

 

The Guardian says that a portrait of Queen Victoria, showing her with” brutal realism as an ageing, pouchy cheeked woman with tired eyes” has been saved from export at a cost of more than £1m.

The bust was sold last year to an undisclosed museum in New York, but the government delayed the granting of an export licence in the hope that a UK institution could match the price.

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge used a recent bequest, and a National Heritage Memorial Fund grant of over £260,000, to raise the £1,077,607 price and it will now go on display in the museum.

The marble portrait was carved by Sir Alfred Gilbert – best known for the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus – between 1887-89.

 

 

According to the BBC, around 9.500 people gathered at the Neolithic monument at Stonehenge in Wiltshire for the summer solstice..

The summer solstice is one of the rare occasions that English Heritage opens up the stones for public access.

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