801 CE to 900 CE
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-04-21 13:27
On the blog, A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe, Jonathan Jarrett offers a review of a paper by Jane Kershaw entitled New Insights on the Viking Settlement of England: the Small Finds Evidence, presented to the Institute of Historical Research Earlier Middle Ages seminar on 9 February, 2011.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-04-19 16:33
Archaeologists have discovered a cemetery, dating to the late Roman period, is the St. Dunstan's area of Canterbury, England. They believe, due to the placement of the bodies and lack of grave goods, that the burials were Christian.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-03-08 16:33
When archaeologists first unearthed Viking graves and ship burials, they dismissed the importance of Stone Age artfacts in much later burials. Now researchers are taking another look, one that seems to suggest the importance of "antiques" in Viking life.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-03-03 19:24
When archaeologists excavated the Viking village of Birka near Stockholm, Sweden, they never imagined that filmmakers Mikael Agaton and Lars Rengfelt would make it possible to walk through the town as it was in the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-02-26 19:03
Jamie Hall, an apprentice jeweller from Derby, England, has something to prove. He wants to show that he is a really good jewelry-maker, one who can forego the technology of the present for the techniques of the past, specifically the early Middle Ages.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-02-26 16:21
Now that parts of the Staffordshire Hoard are on display, scholars are pondering the meaning of the discovery. Unlike most finds, the Hoard seems to be made up of only military parephernalia. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-20 09:33
A team of British researchers has recently concluded that Vikings are "alive and well and living in the North West of England." The results of their study have been published in a new book, Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-02-07 20:05
Eamonn Kelly, Keeper of Antiquities with the National Museum of Ireland, reports that after years of research the Viking fortress of Linn Duachaill has been located 45 miles north of Dublin.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-01-20 17:26
Five years ago, local archaeologists discovered a thing, an open-air Viking meeting place, on Hanger Hill in Sherwood Forest, England. Now the experts are moving in for an official survey.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-01-18 13:25
"The surface mine at Shotton has given us the first direct evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in this part of the county and has confirmed its potential for making important archaeological discoveries," said Karen Derham, Northumberland County Council Assistant County Archaeologist about the recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon settlement.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-01-17 20:04
New research by experts from Bangor University in Wales may show that the Vikings were not the first to reach Iceland. The first may have been Irish monks from the Scottish islands who travled there 70 years before their Nordic neighbors.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-01-14 17:42
The Internet Archive has created a facsimile of the book History of the Mongols from the 9th to the 19th century by Major-General Sir A Cunningham. The nearly 800-page volume can be read as a book online.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-12-05 10:01
Archaeologists are puzzled over the spring 2010 discovery of a rare 9th century Viking necklace consisting of "71 glass beads covered with gold foil." The necklace was discovered during an excavation of Glencurran Cave in the Burren National Park. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-11-28 09:34
The British Museum offers a series of Online Tours featuring photos and text describing artifacts from different eras. One of the most interesting is the Viking Age with closeup photos of such interesting objects as an antler comb in a case.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-13 12:57
In honor of the 10,000th birthday of the city of Jericho, officials gave visitors a rare glimpse of a 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet) which once graced the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-11-02 17:51
Archaeologists working on a site next to Reading Minster in England have uncovered what they believe is the grave of a medieval nun, possibly dating to Saxon times.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2010-10-24 15:19
On an island in the middle of a remote lake in Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border, lies the fortress of Por-Bajin. Por-Bajin is an archaeological site that dates to the 8th or 9th century. Its walls enclose 7 acres (2.8 hectares), a maze of about 30 buildings.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-10-01 17:08
An exceptional gold ring, sporting "four beasts' heads with inlaid blue and yellow glass eyes" will be featured on a new BBC program Digging for Britain, focussing on Bristol, England and Berkeley Castle. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-09-28 13:56
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 Wed, 2010-09-22 11:13
Pohansko, in the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic, translates as "Pagan Place," but archaeologists have discovered the remains of a rotunda as part of a 9th century church.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-09-09 22:05
October 26-30, 2010 in Berkeley, CA, medievalist and early music specialist Benjamin Bagby will perform the epic saga of Beowulf. His performance will be accompanied by Anglo-Saxon harp.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-09-08 16:07
At first, experts thought they had discovered a 9th century Islamic building, but evidence concluded that Küçükyalı Arkeopark, a large archaeological area on the Asian side of Istanbul, is the only surviving Byzantine monastic complex from 9th-century Constantinople.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-09-06 08:26
The debate continues among archeologists and linguists over the symbols on over 200 carved stones dating to the time of the Picts in Scotland. Archeologists feel that the carvings are "symbolic markings that communicated information."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-09-05 02:14
Archaeologists have long wondered about the inclusion of "thunderstones"—fist-size stone tools resembling the Norse god Thor's hammerhead -- in Viking graves. New research may show that the stones were considered good-luck talismans. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-31 08:21
Icelandic scholars are still debating who the country's first settlers actually were. Tradition states that Ingólfur and Hjörleifur were the first settlers, but new evidence may show that 870, the date of their arrival, may not be correct.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-17 07:10
Experts from Leicester University in England recently used the shards of a pottery drinking pot to date the building of fortifications for the town of Wallingford to the late 9th century. They believe the walls were built to protect against Viking raids.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-06-12 18:10
Now through August 8, 2010, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts will host Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam, an exhibit that "focuses on some of the most important Sufi ideas and practices that found expression through the arts of the Islamic world."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-06-01 18:47
Historical films and fiction have always depicted the Norse as dour fellows, dressed in earthtones and furs, but new evidence seems to show otherwise.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-05-16 19:33
The Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will host Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia, "the first international exhibition to focus specifically on the skills and achievements of Khmer bronze casters," May 15, 2010 through January 23, 2011.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-05-14 18:06
Officials have announced that the International Vinland-seminar, "a three day event dedicated to the Norse discovery of America and Scandinavian Viking Culture," will take place in Chicago, IL October 15-17, 2010 at North Park University.