801 CE to 900 CE
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-06-04 16:55
The devastating earthquake in China's southwestern Sichuan Province has spared the world's tallest statue of Buddha. The 71-meter tall Buddha, which is a world heritage site, draws millions of visitors to the province each year.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-01 16:25
One of the most impressive archaeological sites for the Viking Age is Birka at Björkö in Lake Mälaren, Sweden. A website describing the site and its artifacts is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-05-31 11:15
Originally built by the Romans over the Vardar River in Macedonia, the Skopje Stone Bridge has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries, and described by travels throughout the Middle Ages. Last year parts of the bridge fell into the river, forcing the most recent reconstruction.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-05-17 15:57
Excavation for a highway by-pass have unearthed evidence of a Viking trading center in Woodstown in County Waterford, Ireland. Over 5,000 artifacts have so far been discovered dating to the year 860.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-05-04 10:24
New evidence pertaining to the death of a Viking woman found in a ship burial disputes the earlier belief that the woman was ritually murdered. "We have no reason to think violence was the cause of death," Per Holck, professor of anatomy at Oslo University, told Reuters after studying the two women who died in 834 aged about 80 and 50.
Submitted by Dragomir on Thu, 2008-05-01 08:52
Scientists from the Genographic Project, which is tracking human migrations through DNA, have found traces of a particular DNA signature in Lebanon which they link to European crusaders.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2008-04-20 06:50
Arabic coins were recently found in a huge hoard of Viking treasure discovered recently in Sweden. The coins were part of the "largest early Viking hoard ever discovered in Sweden."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-03-03 16:39
Medieval texts have called the palace of Kenneth MacAlpine, the first king of a united Scotland, a stone building, but modern researchers believe it would have been wooden. Now recent discoveries lead the experts to think they may be close to zeroing in on the location.
Submitted by margaretc on Sun, 2008-02-24 16:54
High-tech laser technology has been used to record and conserve one of the finest collections of Pictish carved stones in Scotland.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-02-17 15:09
The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre presents Alfred the Great: Warfare, Wealth + Wisdom 2 February - 27 April 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-02-03 13:07
Workers on a construction site in Bhubaneswar, India have discovered the remains of a 9th century Buddhist monastery. Villagers have requested the preservation of the site.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-01-30 17:34
The Internet is alive recently with reports that a secret cache of Islamic texts disputing the origins of the Koran has resurfaced after 60 years of suppression.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-12-23 09:23
When members of the Northamptonshire County Council bought Chester Farm near Irchester several years ago, they never dreamed they might need to put the historic site up for sale to keep it from falling into disrepair, but now that may be necessary.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-12-20 18:45
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of walls dating to the 9th and 10th centuries in Malostranske namesti square in Prague. The 6 meter high walls were constructed of wood and clay.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2007-12-14 13:10
The National Museums of Scotland are launching a new project to shed light on the so-called Dark Ages to educate people about the surprisingly sophisticated cultures of the Picts, Gaels, and Norse.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-11-23 17:08
The News for Medievalists blog reports that a research paper dealing with the topic of infant mortality has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-11-21 06:57
Tim Machan, professor of English at Marquette University, offers his thoughts on the latest version (2007) of Beowulf. He finds it "consistent to the original atmosphere that produced it."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-11-16 02:29
"The most important Viking find in Britain in 150 years" has just been discovered in a Yorkshire field. Among the over 8,500 objects found was a rare silver gilt cup, one of only two in existence.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-08-22 14:56
Amid the Renaissance, Greek and Norman ruins on the island of Sicily, archaeologists have made a surprising find: the remains of an early medieval mosque dating to the 9th or 10th century.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-08-16 20:22
A trailer from the upcoming film Beowulf is now available to download. The Robert Zemeckis film is scheduled to open in theatres November 16, 2007.
Submitted by Karen on Mon, 2007-07-23 14:07
Father and son metal detector team David and Andrew Whelan unveiled a glittering haul of gold and silver Viking treasure in a North Yorkshire field, hailed as the most significant find of its kind in England for more than 150 years.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-07-07 20:03
On July 1, 2007, a crew of 65 men and women set sail from Denmark to Dublin on a reconstructed Viking warship called the Sea Stallion. The project's goal was to recreate the journey of the Viking raiding parties.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-06-28 13:14
21st century laser technology will be used over the next two years to analyze Ireland's famous Book of Kells, a 9th century gospel housed at Trinity College in Dublin. Experts hope that analysis of the pigments may shed new light on medieval Irish trade routes.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-06-13 13:06
1000 years before Walt Disney thought up a cute little mouse in buttoned pants and gloves, an Iron Age artisan created a bronze brooch in the likeness of Mickey. (photo)
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sun, 2007-05-06 22:04
On May 9, 2007, Evelyn Baker, former manager of the Bedfordshire County Archaeological Survey, presents "La Grava: Bedfordshire's Best Kept Secret," about the 13-year project described as "the most important and extensive manorial and monastic excavation of the 20th century."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-05-06 12:12
In an article published by The Telegraph, John Preston relates the story of how his archaeologist aunt unearthed the Anglo Saxon gold at Sutton Hoo in the 1930s.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2007-03-19 10:47
A replica of the Gokstad Viking ship, built in Norway and sailed across the Atlantic to be exhibited in the 1896 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, has been listed as an Endangered Historic Site by a landmarks commission in Illinois.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-02-27 14:03
On Sunday March 4, 2007, the History Channel will premiere a two-hour program on the history of the Dark Ages. Long characterized as barbaric and uncivilized, the program will attempt to dispel the myths and explore the real and varied history of the period.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-02-03 23:48
Archaeologists working on the excavations of burial sites near Frøyland in Rogaland County, Norway were excited to find many artifacts including glass beads, scissors and household utensils.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Fri, 2007-01-19 18:45
A newly discovered 9th Century grave in Western Norway is yielding many treasures. The grave of a female has so far produced jewelry, many pearls, glass beads, scissors, a knife and other household utensils. The quality and size of the finds indicate a high status grave.