Archive - 2012
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-10 15:53
Archaeologists from the Grampus Heritage team are encouraging volunteers to take part in excavations to uncover a Roman bath house at the Derventio site near Papcastle, England. “This is genuinely a once in a lifetime opportunity because I don’t believe you will see something like this again in my lifetime.," said Mark Graham, project manager.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-10 12:04
A team of volunteers from Operation Nightingale, a project to give soldiers recovering from injuries in Afghanistan a chance to gains new skills and interests, has unearthed an "astonishing" haul of artifacts on the Salisbury Plain.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-10 08:12
Stracathro Fort near Stirling, Scotland, the world’s most northerly Roman fort, may have been served by a wine bar or pub. Archaeologists woring on the Roman Gas Project discovered a settlement adjacent to the fort including "a large square room – the equivalent of a public bar – and fronted on to a paved area, akin to a modern beer garden."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-09 15:20
Scotland's Education Secretary Mike Russell has launched a database charting life in medieval Scotland between 1093 and 1314 with software designed to be used in schools. The database was created at the University of Glasgow.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-09 12:38
Winston Churcill wrote, "History is written by the victors." So believe the members of the Richard III Society who feel that the Tudors - including Shakespeare, who worked for them - maligned the memory of King Richard for their own purposes.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-09 07:13
Archaeologists have begun work on a site near Bromyard, England where they believe they will find the remains of a medieval village. "It may be part of a village called Studmarsh, on land known as the Grove."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-08 16:38
Despite the aggrevation of Russia's roads, a road trip around the country's Golden Ring, "a circuit of about 10 ancient towns northeast of Moscow, each with its own set of glittering onion-domed churches and medieval fortresses," can be rewarding. Freelance writer iand a former Moscow correspondent for The New York Times, Celestine Bohlen, discusses her recent trip.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-08 12:04
The Northampton Borough Council in Northampton, England is eager to turn over the 85-acre Delapre Park to sports club for their use, but there's a glitch. The park may be the site of a decisve battle between the Houses of York and Lancaster in 1460.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-08 08:08
Falconers in Abu Dhabi have created a mini helmet cam designed to allow viewers to experience the flight and hunt of a falcon. A short video reveals what it's like to "fly like a falcon."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-07 14:29
In 1930, Prof Eric Birley first recorded the pipework for the water supply at the Roman fort Vindolanda in Northumberland, England. Recently his grandson, Dr Andrew Birley, continued the legacy by identifying the spring-head and piping system for the fort.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-07 10:08
On the Day of Archaeology blog, Damien Shields recounts the discovery of "one of the most beautiful archaeological objects" he had ever come across. Once thought to be a leather scabbard belt, the artifact proved to be a piece of decorated medieval horse harness. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-07 08:13
The Nigg cross-slab, an 8th century, intricately-carved Pictish stone from Easter Ross in Scotland, has been taken to Edinburgh for restoration work at a cost of UK£180,000. Upon completion of the restoration, the stone will be returned to display at Nigg Old Church. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-06 22:52
Police grew suspicious recently when a Viking longship was seen moving around Elcho Island, an island off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. The ship was piloted by a crew of six Rus. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-06 19:39
Murray McGillivray of the Cotton Nero A.x. Project reports that 180 high resolution, color images from the British Library's MS Cotton Nero A.x are now available to view on the website of the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources. The manuscript includes the complete story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-06 15:15
In 2002, a devastating fire badly damaged the World Heritage site of Cowgate in Edinburgh's Old Town, but the clouds of smoke has a silver lining with the recent discovery of street frontages and tenements dating to the 16th century beneath the fire site.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-05 16:31
Archaeologists have discovered a wealth of artifacts dating from the late Iron Age through to the end of the Viking era on the west side of the island of South Uist in Scotland. Included among the artifacts was a piece of bone marked with an ogham inscription.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2012-10-05 13:07
The French city of Angers has petitioned the British government for compensation payment in the death of Edward Plantagenet, son of Edward IV and nephew of Richard III of England, who died in 1499. The city was the medieval capital of Anjou, whence the Plantagenet family originated.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-05 09:52
A road crew excavating near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland has unearthed a crannog, complete with human remains and a wealth of artifacts dating to the 9th century. Items found included a carefully-crafted, fine-toothed nit comb. (photo)
Submitted by MirielduBois on Fri, 2012-10-05 07:36
THLord Cormac Michelsone, called the Bald was elevated this past weekend to the Order of the Pelican at the 4th Tournament of Champions by TRMs Uther and Kenna.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-04 17:56
An archaeological team led by archaeologist Ivan Hristov has discovered a 5th century Byzantine town and fortress on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Experts believe the town was destroyed by an Avar invasion which sealed the area in the way Vesuvius sealed Herculaneum.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-04 14:38
A joint team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority have discovered "one of the largest gold coin hoards discovered in a medieval site in the land of Israel." The coins were determined to have circulated in the 13th century, the time Crusader occupation.
Submitted by ursusofanglesey on Thu, 2012-10-04 10:45
Ursus of Anglesey has finished posting all his Pennsic pictures of this year, and the last albums are available online.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-04 07:01
Experts from Interreg-Project "Bones4Culture" plan to take samples from 1000 medieval skeletons gathered from the German-Danish border land to learn more about the population, life, health and culture of the people of the region.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-03 20:29
Logan reports that Their Majesties Hirsch and Magdalena of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed Mathieu Chartrain on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-03 13:37
If you're a gamer, a LARPer, a fan, or a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, you're welcome in Boston, according to Ethan Gilsdorf who wrote about the "dweebs, techies, trekkers, weirdos, and gamers" in an article on Boston.com. The article highlights the various activities and organizations in the city including the Barony of Carolingia.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-03 08:54
A group of women from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mesa, Arizona, have created their own medieval scriptorium. Under the leadership of SCA member Lee Kitts, the women have completed the Book of Genesis, with plans to finish the other 65 books of the Old and New Testaments. Maria Polletta of Azcentral.com has the story. (slideshow)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-02 18:01
SCA members Brian and Elise Dix and Joe and Nikky Scofield plan to take part in the Idaho Renaissance Faire in October 2012. Recently they spoke to Diana Baird of the Emmet, Idaho Messenger-Index.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-02 15:10
Trepanation, the practice of drilling holes into the skulls of living beings for medical or religious purposes, was rarely performed in the Middle Ages, but the discovery of two skulls in Spain, dating to the 13th or 14th centuries, has made experts scramble for an answer.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-02 12:18
Baroness Jeanne-Marie reports that Their Majesties Ard Ri Flanagan and Ban Rion Drahomira, of the Kingdom of the Outlands, have offered The Honorable Lady Dianna Doria admittance into the Order of the Laurel.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-10-02 09:04
Want to know what a deck of cards looked like at Henry VIII's table? How about Salladin? The World of Playing Cards is the place to find out!