801 CE to 900 CE

9th century Mickey Mouse found

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)

Archaeologist to speak on La Grava manorial and monastic excavation

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."

You are there: Eyewitness at Sutton Hoo

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.

Viking Ship Replica on Endangered List

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.

History Channel explores the Dark Ages

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.

Viking jewelry finds highlight grave excavations

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.

New Viking Find in Western Norway

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.

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.

Charlemagne Story Filming in Europe

Love and Virtue, a film about Charlemagne based on The Song of Roland and Orlando Innamorato, will feature an all-star cast including John Malkovich, Peter O'Toole, Stephen Dillane and Darryl Hannah.

Viking Center Found in Russia

Russian and German archaeologists believe they may have found traces of human settlement in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

Backhoe Operator Finds Ancient Text

As reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 26 July 2006: Irish archaeologists on Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms, found by a construction worker who spotted something while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.

Public Allowed to Join in Welsh Dig

Members of the public will have an opportunity to help excavate the site of an early Christian cemetery in Pembrokeshire.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 17, 900

On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 11, 868

The earliest known printed book was created on May 11, 868 in China. The text was the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, a classic work of meditative Buddhism which stresses the importance of avoiding extremes of attachment.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 2, 907

Boris I of Bulgaria died on May 2, 907.

Saxon Village Excites Archaeologists

The discovery of the remains of a village dating from the late Saxon period in Southampton, England has researchers from Oxford Archaeology a buzz. Among the finds were glassware from Italy and Germany.

Painted Anglo-Saxon Angel Sculpture Found

An almost complete (though broken) Anglo-Saxon sculpture of an angel has been found under Lichfield Cathedral.

British Museum Buys Most Expensive Coin - Anglo-Saxon Mancus

The British Museum just paid UK£357,832, the largest sum ever for a gold Anglo-Saxon coin.

Viking Teeth Decoration - Possible Evidence Found

Scientists have analysed a over 500 skeletons and believe they have found evidence of teeth decoration, possibly used to indicate rank or prowess. Caroline Arcini of Sweden's National Heritage Board found the evidence only on male remains.

Pope Joan in the News Again

ABC News takes a new look at one of the oldest controversies of the Catholic Church: Pope Joan, a 9th century woman who, according to legend, disguised herself as a man to serve as Pope.

Daymarks: Ancient Timekeeping

How did our ancestors keep track of time before clocks, wristwatches and cellphones? They used daymarks.

9th Century Saxon Aestel Found by Metal Detector

Metal detecting enthusiast Tim Pearson, of Denaby, England, recently found a 9th century Saxon Aestel, which looks like a four inch long bottle, and may have served as a holder for sticks used to turn pages of religious books.

Icelandic Research Hopes to Prove Truth of Viking Legends

Researcher Nancy Marie Brown of Penn State University writes about archaeological research being done in Iceland. The team is hoping to demonstrate concrete evidence for the Viking sagas.

Viking hoard found in Norway by five-year-olds

While playing in their yard, three five-year-old boys from northern Norway found a silver buckle and a necklace with a dragon motif that have surprised many archaeologists. The pieces are identified as Viking jewelry and date back to 800-900 CE.

Researchers Brave Cliffs to Find Medieval Cemetery

A group of archaeologists from Cardiff University in Wales are searching a clifftop in Pembrokeshire hoping to discover a medieval cemetery. A skeleton dating to that time was found previously in the area.

Anglo-Saxon Burial Site Discovered Near London

Archeologists have discovered the remains of an Anglo-Saxon settlement on Coulsdon's Farthing Downs near London, England.

Abandoned "Skidbladner" to Find Permanent Home in Shetland Islands

The Skidbladner, a 26 meter replica of a Viking longship, abandoned after a failed attempt to sail to North America, will find a new home on Unst, the most nothernly of Scotland's Shetland Islands.

German Arms Aided Viking Raids

New research shows that Viking raiders were armed by German weaponsmiths who sold their wares to the 9th century Norse.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! June 13 - 22, 2006 Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim Israel

Unto the members of the Knowne Worlde, the Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim extends an invitation to All and Sundry to a most unique event; a ten-day trip to the Holy Land of Israel, whereupon you will visit ruins, excavations, sites and buildings spanning a Biblical to Ottoman timeline.

Shop in the Arab Shuk in the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the ancient monasteries scattered throughout the north and west, enjoy horseback riding near the Horns of Hittim and partake in a feast in a Crusader castle. Wade in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, swim in the Sea of Galilee and stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. To see a more complete itinerary, and our Shire FAQ (which addresses concerns about travel to Israel), please go to www.sca-israel.org

Deadline for reservations: March 1, 2006.

Vikings on the Ouse

Last February several longboats full of intrepid Vikings sailed up the River Ouse to claim the City of York.