Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-11-09 12:39
After the Reformation, many Catholics were depressed about the loss of relics of their saints. In the 16th century thousands of skeletons were taken from the catacombs in Rome, bedecked with jewels, and distributed throughout Europe. A slideshow of jeweled saints, photographed by art historian Paul Koudounaris, is online.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-08 18:03
A team of archaeologists from the University of York believe they have discovered the remains of a 15th century chapel ordered to be built by Richard III to commemorate the Battle of Towton (1461).
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-08 15:36
Archaeologists working at a site near Szigetvar, Hungary have discovered an Ottoman-era town near the site of the 16th century siege between Suleiman the Magnificent and Croatian-Hungarian nobleman Miklos Zrinyi. Experts hope to find the location where the sultan's heart is buried.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-08 11:19
Until recently, archaeologists believed that the site of a dig in northern Poland was "considered quite poor," but then more than 40 graves, containing a wealth of early medieval artifacts, were discovered in Burdąg, Warmia and Mazury. The experts were "surprised." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-11-07 18:40
Plans have been announced for the interment of King Richard III, whose remains were discovered in 2012, in Leicester Cathedral. The announcement follows news that a legal challenge by distant relatives of the King requesting his burial in York, had been denied. The re-burial, complete with pomp and circumstance will take pace in 2014.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Thu, 2013-11-07 15:06
Brennan mac Fearghus started last Saturday as a Baron. Before he’d fought his first bout in Crown Tourney, he was a knight. By evening he was a prince.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-11-06 15:05
Medieval texts record an abrupt cooling in the weather in the middle of the 13th century, including a terrible summer in 1258. Now a group of scientists believe they have found the source of the cooling: the eruption of the Samalas Volcano on Lombok Island, Indonesia.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-11-06 13:08
Much of the trade during the Viking Age was international in nature, leading merchants to depend on the balance weight scale and its weights as an important tool. In Ireland, these weights were often made of small, decorative items, apparently broken off of larger objects, usually from churches or monasteries.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-11-05 20:06
“This is the oldest Jewish prayer book known to exist in the world,” said Steven Green, the president of the retail chain Hobby Lobby, on the purchase of a 9th century parchment manuscript. Green, a collector of religious artifacts, plans to donate the book, along with his collection to the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2013-11-05 11:03
Dating to about the third century CE, a small lead coffin was recently unearthed in Leicestershire, England. It is presumed to be a Christian burial due to its east-west orientation and is less than a meter long. (photo, video)
Submitted by Sir Jon on Mon, 2013-11-04 13:35
The Nostalgia Fall Edition of Quivers & Quarrels -- wherein we explore the origins and evolution of combat and target archery in the SCA, from the first garden stake arrows and Freon can helms to the exciting game we play today -- is now available online in the SCA's e-newsletter site.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-11-04 13:27
In the 1980s, a number of graves were discovered on an island in the Norwegian Sea, some without their heads. New research may show that the headless burials were slaves to their dead Viking masters.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-11-04 06:53
The sound of rattan against steel competed with harp music as members of Mynydd Seren, the Indiana University Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, displayed their skills in Dunn Meadow. Alec Priester of the Indiana Daily Student has the story. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-11-03 20:40
Archaeologists have long known of the existence of the "Avenue," an ancient pathway leading to Stonehenge, but a modern road had obscured it. Now workers dismantling the A344 have found two ditches believed to be remnants of the original approach.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-11-03 19:38
German archaeologists are excited by the discovery of well-preserved Roman chainmail during excavations near Kalefeld in the Northeim district north of Göttingen, the first such armor recovered from a Roman-Germanic battlefield. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-11-02 16:38
In an article posted on ManyHeadedMonster website, Chris Briggs, Lecturer in Medieval British Social and Economic History at the University of Cambridge, discusses the possessions of the peasantry of England and Europe during the later middle ages (1200-1500). The Future of History from Below is the 16th piece in an online symposium.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-11-02 14:43
Master Broom reports that Baroness Ariella of Thornbury has been offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry. The writ was delivered by Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc at Their Crown Tournament.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-01 15:58
Modern maps rarely include wondrous sea monsters in their depictions of bodies of water. Author Chet Van Duzer laments this fact in his new book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. Tanya Lewis of LiveScience has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-01 11:16
Archival experts are teaming up with scientists to re-create two Tudor monuments using a combination of cutting-edge technology and document research. The two tombs, both victims of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, are those of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, illegimate son of Henry VIII. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-01 06:50
Canadian folk singer and songwriter Heather Dale lives a long way from Texas, but she traveled south recently to perform at Copperas Cove Public Library. Cove Herald reporter Erik Papke spoke with Heather's fans who gathered for the performance.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-31 16:51
Construction of a new museum to house a copy of the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle in England has halted after the discovery of the remains of a church, human skeletons and other artifacts. Among the finds was a sarcophagus, believed to contains the bones of "somebody terribly important." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-31 13:14
THL Finn Grim, Court Reporter, reports that, at Their July 2013 Coronation, Their Majesties Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir offered elevation to the Peerage to two of Their subjects.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-31 10:36
Edward and Anastasie report that Sir Magnus Tindal was the victor of the October 12, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Lady Etain ingen Dalaig.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-30 17:17
Much of the action in the epic poem Beowulf takes place in the great hall. Now archaeologists in Denmark believe they have discovered the great royal feasting hall described in the poem as "the greatest hall under heaven."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-30 12:17
At Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Cellach and Vukasin of the Middle Kingdom observed the victory of Sergeant Cameron Smyth over all opponents. His Highness was inspired by Lady Amalie.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-30 09:48
Liadin Chu reports that Sir Siegfried Brandboern was the winner of the October 27, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Sir Siegfried was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress Ragni Dzintara.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-29 13:45
"Hadrian's Wall is under constant pressure from the weather, from visitors, from livestock and other factors, and we need to work hard to protect and to conserve this icon of world heritage," said Bryan Scott, from the Hadrian's Wall Trust about the recent grant to rebuild parts of the wall.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-29 08:12
Johann Steinarsson sings his song Hadrada’s Last Stand as the latest entry in the CalonSound Project.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2013-10-28 15:38
The village of Little Walsingham in North Norfolk was the site for a major pilgrimage during the 14th and 15th centuries. What still exists today of that ancient site? Take a virtual trip back to this shrine. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-28 11:39
Archaeologists excavating Mingary Castle in west Ardnamurchan, Scotland have recovered a musket ball and canonball in the moat of the castle, speaking of an attack sometime in its past. Mingary is considered to be "the best preserved 13th-century castle in Scotland."