Archive - Oct 1, 2010

Poor had healthier diet in the Middle Ages

"Interestingly it was the peasant class, whose diet would class today as healthy," said Dr Iona McCleery, a lecturer in medieval history at Leeds University, who heads a program which uses history to encourage children to eat better.

Anglo-Saxon ring centerpiece of BBC archaeology program

An exceptional gold ring, sporting "four beasts' heads with inlaid blue and yellow glass eyes" will be featured on a new BBC program Digging for Britain, focussing on Bristol, England and Berkeley Castle. (photo)

A "snappy" tale of Pennsic XXXIX

Master William, of the Kingdom of Meridies, relates a tale of danger and salvation from Pennsic XXXIX involving a snapping turtle and a tent stake. Master William shares the tale on his blog, Will's Miscellanous Musings.

Gaius Appuleius Diocles best paid athlete ever

The astronomical sponsorship deals amassed by modern athletes are dwarfed by prize money earned by an illiterate Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, according to University of Pennsylvania classical studies professor Peter Struck.