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Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth website

Czesc Pan Zygmunt Nadratowski has created the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, a website for the study of hussars, cossacks or Tatar steppe warriors.

Dracula's castle for sale

Bran Castle, near Brasov, Romania, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. Now the 14th century castle is up for sale for a "paltry" UK£40 million.

Ljubljanica River gives up gifts

In an excerpt from the December 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine, Carol Kaufmann looks at the reasons why Romans, Celts and others dumped their precious treasures into the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia.

Early Christian graves discovered in the Ukraine

Early Christian burials dating to the 11th and 13th centuries have been found in Chernihiv in the Ukraine. Experts believe that the 30 tombs prove that the city was important in early Russian history.

Medieval Healing Icon to be Displayed in Bulgaria

A sacred icon depicting Saint Kliment Ohridski, dating from the Middle Ages, will be on display in Sofia, Bulgaria November 25, 2006.

Czech National Library to Digitize Rare Documents

A team of experts at the Czech National Library, housed in a converted Baroque monastery, is working to produce digitized copies of rare documents including medieval manuscripts. The digitalization technique developed for the project was so good that it has become the accepted standard for UNESCO.

Shopping Center May Hide Rare 15th Century Jewish Cemetery

Archaeologists working on the site of a shopping center in Pizen, Bohemia are seeking a rare, Jewish cemetery dating to the 15th century. Researchers know that Jewish graves tend to be well-preserved and expect them to yield valuable information on the life of the community.

8th Century Moravian Parchment Discovered

Researchers working in a Benedictine monastery in Rajhrad, Czech Republic, have made an accidental - and priceless - discovery: a fragment of an 8th century CE document, one of the oldest in Moravia.

New museum explores legend, science of amber

Elektron, anbar, bernstein, Baltic gold -- by any name, amber has been treasured since ancient times. The Polish city of Gdansk, a world center for amber crafting, recently acquired a new museum devoted to studying the world's most prized sap.

13th Century Letters Returned to Poland

A collection of Papal letters, written as far back as the 13th century and discovered among the belongings of a Wisconsin WWII vet, have been returned to their proper owner: the Polish State Archives.

Travel in Croatia

Travel writer James Stewart writes for Times on Line about travel in Croatia.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 2, 907

Boris I of Bulgaria died on May 2, 907.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 1, 1576

On May 1, 1576, Stephen Báthory, former lord of Transylvania, was crowned king of Poland after his election by a majority of Polish nobles.

Bosnian Hill May Be Europe's First Pyramid

Semir Osmanagic, a Bosnian-American archaeologist who has excavated in Latin America believes the town of Visoko, Bosnia may be home to an earth-shrouded pyramid.

Head of Copernicus Found?

Archaeologists excavating a crypt beneath a 14th century cathedral in Frombork, Poland, believe they may have found the skull of the revolutionary astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

10th Century Bulgarian Church Slated for Restoration

Boyana Church near Sofia, Bulgaria has received a UNESCO grant to help with restoration in the aftermath of 2005's floods.

Forensic Scientists Help Solve Mystery of Copernicus' Grave

Archaeologists believe that they have found the grave of 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus including a skull and partial remains.

12th Century Suburb Discovered Beneath Downtown Prague

In an article for the November/December 2005 issue of Archaeology, Nick Holdsworth looks at recent excavations in downtown Prague that have revealed a previously unknown suburban area of the city that was built in the second half of the 12th century.

Western Influences in Hungary

Lord Rakonczay Gergely has been studying western influences on Hungary before the Turkish invasion. His findings are available online.

Rare copy of the first printed Slavic Bible discovered in Germany

A belorussian Bible dating back to the time of the Reformation has been found in Germany.

Bulgarian archaeological find said to "rival Troy"

In Sofia, Bulgaria, archaeologists have found over fifteen thousand gold ornaments, which they believe were created about 4100 years ago.

Bulgaria Unearths Thracian Riches

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed the treasure-filled tomb of what is thought to be a Thracian king.

15th Century Artifacts Discovered in Prague

A large number of silver coins and a ceramic goblet were discovered by archaeologists working in central Prague recently. The rare find was unearthed under the floor of a Gothic house between Stepanska and Skolska Streets.

A Motley Crew: Medieval Gypsies

They were much more than travelling fortune tellers and performers. This week, Dame Aoife explores the culture of the various people commonly called Gypsies.

Archaeologists Seek Tombs of Bulgarian Khans

Excavations are being carried out around the site of the ancient Bulgarian city of Pliska in hopes of finding the mausoleum containing the remains of the country's rulers.

Independent: 14th Century Cemetery Discovered in Zagreb

A cemetery dating to the 14th century, was discovered recently in downtown Zagreb, Croatia during road construction.

Pravda: Crimean Burial Mound Contains Occult Items

Russian archaeologists have discovered a burial mound containing the remains of a lavishly dressed woman as well as items suggesting "the woman's professional involvement in the world of witchcraft and magic."

Harvest Feast: Return to the Steppes

The harvest time is upon us! Come and enjoy a day of gentle pastimes and a night of find food and drink. Come join Their Excellencies Sven and Anne as They share the harvest bounty of Their Lands. Journey with us as we travel to the Slavic and Asian Northlands to savor the tastes of the Rus, the Ukraine and the Steppes.

Goth Village Discovered in the Ukraine

Archaeologists excavating a site near Voitenki in the Ukraine have discovered evidence of a large Goth settlement dating to the 4th century.

Golden Mask Discovered in Bulgaria

A magnifcant 2,400 year old golden mask has been discovered in Shipka, Bulgaria, is thought to depict King Seutus III, a 5th century BC leader of the Thracians.