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Archaeology

It’s not just shopping trolleys and plastic bags that end up in rivers. Choose the right location and you might find treasures dating back hundreds of years. A unique excavation of the riverbed underneath a medieval bridge in the historic city of Durham has uncovered 11,000 objects spanning a period of 900 years. From pilgrim’s souvenirs to exquisite textiles and ancient coins, the rich story of everyday life in Medieval times is emerging from the River Wear, rewriting the history of the city and reshaping our understanding of life across Medieval Europe.