Secrets of life on Newport's medieval ship revealed

In the summer of 2002, thousands flocked to the banks of the River Usk in Newport, to see a piece of history.

In the middle of a building site, the mud had been cleared to reveal the 500-year-old remains of a trading ship.

Built in 1447, it is the world’s best preserved example of a 15th Century vessel. Nearly ten years after it was uncovered, archaeologists are still making new discoveries about life on board.

They hope that in the next decade the ship will be rebuilt and put on display in its own museum.

Charles Ferris, from the Friends of the Newport Ship group, remembers the excitement as news of the discovery spread.

“It was amazing, it was absolutely palpable. I often think the Newport ship floats on a sea of goodwill,” he said.

“The Newport public did us proud and came out to support her in their thousands. People used to queue for two to three hours just to see her.” Read more.

Roman port found at Caerleon on banks of River Usk

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Archaeologists say the discovery of a 2,000-year-old port sheds new light on Wales’ role in the Roman Empire.

A team from Cardiff University discovered the harbour outside the Roman fortress at Caerleon (Isca) during ongoing excavation work.

The remains are said to be well preserved and include the main quay wall, landing stages and wharves.

Excavation leader Dr Peter Guest said the port was a “major addition to the archaeology of Roman Britain”.

Students using geophysical equipment, which can reveal outlines of buried structures, came across the remains of a site of large Roman buildings on the banks of the River Usk last year.

The buildings may have been market places, administrative buildings, bath houses and temples. Read more.