801 CE to 900 CE
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-27 04:38
An unnamed London company recently purchased a 9th century, Anglo Saxon gravestone, engraved with a Celtic cross, for UK£4,300 at an auction by Duke's Auctioneers of Dorchester, England. The stone was original discovered "during road construction in the early 20th Century at Little Eaton, Derbyshire."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-08-07 16:53
Experts from the Vatican are excited by a pumpkin patch - one that was part of a Benedictine monastery surrounding the Basilica of St Paul’s outside the Walls.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-08-03 22:12
There are two camps in England when it comes to who would be the best patron saint, St Edmund or St George, and both are being promoted in a surprising way: Facebook. While George has been the preferred saint since Richard the Lionheart, Edmund is gaining support.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-07-28 15:29
Fifty years ago, little was known about Viking settlements in England, where they were and who lived in them, but the discovery of Nordic metalwork and jewelry in the past twenty years, thanks largely to the development of the metal detector, has opened up a whole new world of understanding. Jane Kershaw of OUPblog has the story. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-07-27 16:49
Metal detector enthusiast Tom Crawford had a good day recently when he discovered a Viking gold ingot and a medieval silver ring brooch in a farmer's field in County Down, Northern Ireland. The ingot dates to the 9th and 10th centuries, while the brooch is somewhat later. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2013-06-13 15:28
An archeologist taking a walk in the woods discovered an inscribed stone that likely belonged to a nearby medieval church in Wales. The decoration on the stone dates to the 9th or 10th century. The stone features an unusual cross only seen in two other stones.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-06-12 14:27
Residents of Perthshire, Scotland will have a unique opportunity in June 2013 to re-discover their own heritage when archaeologists will undertake the excavation of a Pictish longhouse. In addition to the chance to help in the dig, the project will include workshops, guided walks, presentations, and demonstrations.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2013-06-06 11:27
Two foot outlines, a right and a left, were recently noticed on removable deck planking on the Viking Gokstad Ship.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-05-28 12:44
In 2009, the Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council campaigned to keep the 3,500 artifacts of the Staffordshire Hoard in their cities. Now the councils are teaming up again to raise the money to purchase an additional 81 pieces discovered in November 2012. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-05-16 12:09
Archaeologists have exhumed the remains from an unmarked grave at St Bartholomew's Church in Winchester, England, hoping they have found the bones of the Saxon king Alfred the Great who died in 899.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-05-15 14:17
For years, archaeologists have concentrated on Roman excavations in western Germany, largely ignoring its medieval past, especially when it came to Jewish history. Now the discovery of over 250,000 artifacts in Cologne, is revealing new insights into "one of Europe's oldest and biggest Jewish communities."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-05-12 14:48
Manchester University in England has created a searchable website of sources for medieval textiles and clothing. The lexis of cloth and clothing in Britain c. 700-1450: origins, identification, contexts and change collects documentation from "diverse academic disciplines: archaeology, archaeological textiles, art history, economic history, literature, languages."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-05-06 18:52
King Edmund of England, later St. Edmund after being shot by Viking raiders in the 9th century, might be buried under the tennis courts at Bury St Edmunds, once the Abbey graveyard. After Richard III, some historians would like to know.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-04-23 16:59
The recent discovery of the remains of Richard III have led experts to wonder if an unmarked grave in Winchester, England might hold the bones of King Alfred the Great.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-04-21 07:20
While the image of the Vikings has been rehabilitated in the past few years, showing them as peaceful farmers and artisans, some evidence of cruel and bloodthirsty behavior does exist. In Smithsonian's blog Past Imperfect, Mike Dash looks at the more brutal side of the Norsemen, and the fact of torture such as the "blood eagle."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-03-25 14:09
The Trinity College Library in Dublib, Ireland has announced that the Book of Kells is now available to view, thanks to the library's Digital Resources and Imaging Services. An iPad app of the book is also available.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-03-23 15:16
In December 2012, metal detector enthusiast Morten Skovsby got lucky near the village of Hårby, Denmark. His detector hit on a thumb-sized silver figurine depicting a Valkyrie, the only known 3D Viking representation of the battle maiden. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-02-20 03:15
The discovery of a tiny silver coin has had a big impact on archaeologists studying medieval York, England.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-02-09 21:04
Residents of south east Cornwall are hoping to raise the UK£3m needed to save the priory at St Germans, a 9th century church in dire need of modernization. The fundraising efforts hope to attract such organizations as the Heritage Lottery Fund to their cause.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-12-17 16:10
Scandinavian museums proudly display artifacts plundered throughout Europe by the Vikings, but now some museum curators ask if these stolen treasures should be returned to their original countries.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-11-17 20:00
BBC Radio 3 The Essay offers a series of 15-minute portraits of great Anglo-Saxons in an audio podcast. The series features acclaimed historians.
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 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 Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-09-27 09:00
Excavations at Polesworth Abbey near Tamwoth, England, have yielded a variety of exciting artifacts including a brooch and decorates ceramic tiles. The site was originally a Benedictine nunnery founded in the 9th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-09-04 19:15
In an article for the New York Times, Istvan Deak opines that what the European Union really needs is a unifying force, such as the Holy Roman Empire, led by a modern Charlemagne.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-08-10 16:00
In 1904, archaeologists discovered a Viking grave, containing wooden artifacts including a richly decorated ceremonial wagon, at Oseberg near the Oslo fjords. Since then, the wood fibers have begun to disintegrate, causing worry among officials at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, who have decided to use state-of-the art technology to save the artifacts.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-08-04 17:26
Researchers have long believed that no manuscripts of early Italian Gregorian chant survived, but Holy Cross professor Daniel DiCenso believes he has found the Monza manuscript, a source dating to the mid 9th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-06-13 18:44
Scottish archeaologists are excited about the discovery of a bullaun or "cursing stone" linked to an early Christian cross on the Isle of Canna. The small, round stone, marked with a cross, dates to around 800 CE. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-04-30 13:23
Modern scientists hope to study global weather patterns with the help of ancient scholars. Using writings from 9th and 10th century Iraq, a team of scientists from the Universidad de Extremadura hope to learn about climate change by comparing ancient and modern data.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-04-28 14:06
A team of researchers and historians have begun a decades-long project to build a Carolingian monastery town near Messkirch, Germany using only techniques and materials from the 9th century. (photos)