Archive - Dec 29, 2010

Piffaro explains medieval wind instruments

On their website, the early music group Piffaro offers a wonderful video demonstration of renaissance wind instruments.

Dancing horses

Do you appreciate the beauty of equestrian dressage? If so, you will want to view a brief video of incredible horsemanship on YouTube. Some of the moves, including the "Airs Above the Ground" shown at the conclusion of the film, are holdovers from medieval war techniques.

Determining the date of Christmas

For many centuries, western Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, while those of the Eastern Orthodox faiths have celebrated it a week later. How did experts determine the date? Andrew McGowan of Biblical Archaeology Review has some answers.