701 CE to 800 CE
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-10-10 17:46
A team of archaeologists believes it has found Linn Duchaill, Ireland's lost Viking settlement, near the village of Annagassan, 70 kilometers north of Dublin. The outpost was mentioned in the Annals of Ulster, a 15th century account of medieval Ireland.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-09-28 19:09
Archaeologist Harold Mytum believes that a pre-Viking settlement at Port y Candas on the Isle of Man was probably the home of an important leader who could "support the craftsmen who would have worked making tools, weapons and bronze jewellery."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-09-28 12:56
Archaeologists have unearthed a burial mound they suspect belongs to pre-Christian Bulgars of the Pliska period. Little is known about the people of this time and place.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-25 19:16
The fragments of a vellum manuscript of a book of psalms dating to the 8th century has excited the archaeological community in Ireland who have called it the “most important day in the history of the museum since 1868 when the Ardagh Chalice came in."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-09-20 06:15
Craftsman Larry Robinson, who designs and crafts custom inlayed musical instruments, has created a true work of art in a guitar, decorated with inlays based on the Lindisfarne gospels. The Lindisfarne Project is chronciled on Robinson's blog. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-18 12:43
Archeologists in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein are excited over the discovery of a five-meter (16 feet) wide portal through the Danevirke, a 30-kilometer (19-mile) stone wall built across Norhtern Germany by the Norse in the 8th century. (photos)
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-06-02 10:38
Computer scientists at the University of Kentucky will turn their attention to a pair of medieval manuscripts this summer.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-05-25 14:19
An elaborately carved Anglo-Saxon stone is up for auction in a move that has upset scholars of the period. Nick Evered bought his house eight years ago with the stone already in it, and decided to sell it in order to be relieved of responsibility for the ancient artifact. The Evereds' home sits on the site of the hermitage of eighth-century St.Pega, Britain's first female hermitic saint.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-05-13 15:12
Dr. Deborah Vess of Georgia College & State University has created an online overview of Celtic monasticism illustrated with photographs of monastic and pilgrimage sites.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-08 18:03
Maya commoners of their Classic Period -- "illiterate farmers, builders and servants" -- preserved their history by burying their old possesions in the floors of newly built homes.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-04-23 11:08
On Sunday April 25, 2010, the National Geographic Channel will repeat Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, a program on the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the amazing golden treasure found recently in the English Midlands.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-03-13 08:46
Archaeologists working on a site near the village of Yikpabongo in the western African country of Ghana have discovered dozens of clay figures depicting people and animals dating from the 7th to 13th centuries. They believe the artifacts are evidence of a pre-Islamic society.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-02-14 12:58
For his next project, filmmaker Mel Gibson may be returning to a childhood dream. "The very first idea that I ever had about making a film, my first thought ever about being a filmmaker was when I was 16-years-old, and I wanted to make a Viking movie," Gibson told journalists at a press event.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-01-18 17:25
The latest effort to revamp the reputations of the Norse come from Robert Ferguson in an article for the December 2009 issue of BBC History Magazine. Ferguson writes that Vikings raided in reaction to a threat to Denmark by Emperor Charlemagne.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-24 08:15
In a Yuletide card, courtesy of Revival Clothing, we learn the origins of "Yule" from its pagan Germanic beginnings through its joining with the Christmas festival during the reign of Haakon the Good. The article includes a bibliography.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-12-06 08:58
The history of medieval medicine in Ireland got a major boost with the discovery of a previously unknown medieval church and graveyard in Ballyhanna, County Donegal. Among the surprises was evidence of successful brain surgery performed around the year 800.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-29 15:50
History professor Valerie Garver knows that women faced challenges in the medieval world, but believes that they still played an important role in the world of Charlemagne. Garver's book, Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World has been published by Cornell University Press.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-01 09:07
Medieval Scotland may not have been as welcoming to Norse travelers as one would think. According to a 13th century Viking travel guide, the country was "full of dangerous natives who speak an incomprehensible language and the is weather awful." The 13th century chronicle warned Icelandic merchants away from the area.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-10-28 20:02
The recent discovery of over 1500 Anglo-Saxon artifacts near Staffordshire, England is having an amazing impact - and not just on the archaeological community. Thousands of everyday citizens are lining up to get a look at the 7th to 8th century treasure, and displaying a new curiosity about their Anglo-Saxon heritage.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-16 14:11
William Short, SCA member and author of the book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques
will speak at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY, on, October 29, 2009. The presentation will include a discussion of Viking fighting techniques and weapons.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-10-06 16:44
The intricate and precise artwork of the manuscripts of 7th and 8th century England and Ireland, including the Book of Kells, has amazed artists and scholars for centuries. Now paleontologist John Cisne believes he knows how it was done. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-03 07:16
Researchers in Nara, Japan are excited by the discovery of shards from an Islamic vase dating to the 8th century at the former location of the Heijokyo palace.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-18 09:10
The Outlander, a film released in January 2009, follows the wreck of an alien space craft in 8th century Norway, releasing a futuristic soldier and a bloodthirsty monster into the Viking world. The trailer is available on YouTube. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-03-21 15:03
Charlemagne liked a challenge, and he believed that the youth of his empire should be challenged as well. For that reason he commissioned an English scholar named Alcuin to compile Problems to Sharpen the Young, a collection of puzzles and brainteasers.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 15:49
A tiny silver penny, minted in the time of King Pippin III of the Franks, was recently sold at auction for EU€34,000.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-01-10 09:21
Take a tour of Aachen, Charlemagne's 8th century capital, with a reporter from the Inverness Courier, from the city's nasty-tasting hot spring water to Frederick Barbarossa's 12th century chandelier.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-14 16:41
A 7th century inscription in stone by an Arabic traveler may help solve a mystery about the Qur'an pondered by scholars for centuries: Why was the text seemingly written without diacritical marks?
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-15 11:19
New research on excavations of early pagan Norse burial sites has given scholars a new understanding of the lives of the Vikings, especially in regard to their funeral practices.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-10-25 07:18
Senchus: Notes on Early Medieval Scotland is a WordPress blog devoted to articles on early Scottish life and history. It is the ongoing project of Tim Clarkson, an “independent scholar” with a PhD in medieval history.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-30 17:22
Over 400 graves dating to the Saxon period have been discovered at the site of a road project near the RAF facility Lakenheath in Suffolk, England.