Connect with us


Rare Artifacts Incidentally Found Under Floorboards of Oxburgh Hall

The most fascinating piece is from the 15th century.

Ann Moises




  • An independent archeologist working through lockdown inadvertently found rare artifacts under the floorboards of the Oxburgh Hall in Oxborough, England.
  • Matthew Champion found the ‘treasures’ while carrying out a ‘fingertip search’ through the debris in the manor’s attic.
  • The archeological finds include 16th century clothing, handwritten documents, a fragment of a 600-year-old manuscript, and a book called The King’s Psalms.

Late 16th century books, over 200 Elizabethan textiles, fragments of early music, an empty chocolate box from WWII — these are just some of the rare items uncovered under the floorboards of the Oxburgh Hall in Oxborough, England.

Matthew Champion, an independent archeologist, found these remarkable pieces while working alone in the manor amidst the lockdown.

Since 2016, the manor’s roof has been undergoing repairs due to major structural problems.

Different charities and organisations including the National Lottery Heritage Fund helped finance the $8 milion reroofing project.

With the floorboards lifted and the areas exposed, Champion conducted a careful fingertip search through the debris of the manor’s attic. There he found thousands of rare artifacts.

Ms. Forrest, the National Trust curator supervising the work said, “When the boards came up, we could see a wave pattern in the debris which showed it had been undisturbed for centuries.”

In the northwestern corner, Champion uncovered two ancient rats’ nests containing more than 200 high-quality Elizabethan textiles.
There were scraps of handwritten music from the 16th century and fragments of books, including passages from the 1590 edition of “The ancient, famous and honourable history of Amadis de Gaule. “
There were common items such as cigarette packs and an empty Terry’s chocolate box dating back to the Second World War as well.

However, it was one of the builders who found one of the most fascinating pieces of artifact. According to Champion, Rob Jessop literally pulled a piece of a 15th century manuscript out of a rubble.

This amazing piece may have been a part of a Book of Hours; a portable prayer book probably owned by Sir Edmund Bedingfeld.
Similarly, two other builders found a book printed in London called The King’s Psalms, dating back to 1568.

Sir Edmund Bedingfeld built the Oxburgh Hall, a moated manor house, in 1482. The Bedingfelds were devout Roman Catholics, ostracised and persecuted for their faith.

The manuscript parchment and other objects found may well have been used in illegal masses and hidden deliberately by the family,” National Trust stated in an article.

Russel Clement, General Manager at Oxburgh Hall said, “These objects contain so many clues which Bronze Age haul in Scotland the history of the house as the retreat of a devout Catholic family, who retained their faith across the centuries.”

We will be telling the story of the family and these finds in the house, now we have reopened again following lockdown.”


750 Million Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes to be Released in Florida Keys

However, scientists are unconvinced that these “Robo-squitoes” are safe.

Ann Moises



  • Local authorities already approved the release of 750 million "Robo-squitoes" in Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022.
  • These genetically-modified mosquitoes are programmed to control Aedes aegypti.
  • Local residents and environmental groups object the proposal due to the lack of comprehensive studies about the modified mosquitoes' impact on humans and the environment.
  • Oxitec also plans to release these mutant mosquitoes in Harris County, Texas beginning next year.

Continue Reading


Bizarre ‘Sea Monster’ Figurehead Recovered from Centuries-Old Shipwreck

People believed it could ward off evil spirits.

Ann Moises



  • In 2015, a team of experts from Sweden raised an extremely unique figurehead from a Danish warship that sank in the Baltic Sea over 500 years ago.
  • The carved, wooden 'sea monster' figurehead was like a 'fantasy animal' that appeared to have either swallowed or spat out a human being.
  • The artifact belonged to the Gribshunden, the flagship of King John of Denmark, that sank in 1495 after the vessel caught fire.

Continue Reading


Guy Invents The Karen Neutralizer, A Gun That Shoots Masks on People’s Faces

The finished “mask blaster” looked like something out of the movie Mad Max.




  • YouTuber Allen Pan used a car's brake line, pistol grip from a spray paint can, a solenoid valve from a pressurized CO2 canister, and some custom electronics.
  • His first attempt on an artificial head went perfectly, but became problematic on the succeeding tries.
  • He went to Huntington Beach to try testing it in an outdoor environment.

Continue Reading