901 CE to 1000 CE
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-03-05 12:39
For centuries, the Norse used animal horns as drinking vessels, many of which had decorative metal terminals and mounts. Proof of this has been found in grave sites, although the actual horns have long decayed. A new book by Vivian Etting entitled The Story of the Drinking Horn – Drinking Culture in Scandinavia during the Middle Ages tells the long story of the custom. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-03-01 15:20
In 937, a deciding battle was fought which changed the course of British history forever. The Battle of Brunanburh, one of the UK's bloodiest, was fought between the Scots and the Saxons, establishing England's identity. Unfortunately, no one knows where the battle took place.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-02-27 18:35
In the 10th century, Zaballa, Spain was a quiet village that cultivated vineyards on terraces. Then the rich folks arrived in the form of a manor monastery which created a "highly significant rent-seeking system," and then a "veritable factory, a specialised estate in the hands of local lords who tried to obtain the maximum profits possible." The town was abandoned in the 15th century.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-31 15:38
College students forced to read Beowulf be heartened! Welsh medievalist, Elaine Treharne, has brought social media to medieval Scandinavia with Beowulf in a Hundred Tweets. The work is available on her blog Text Technologies.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-24 23:15
A new study by Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, shows that Norwegian Vikings enjoyed a brisk silk trade with the Persian and Byzantine Empires. The study was based partially on silk fragments found In an Oseberg ship. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-11-06 14:08
Much of the trade during the Viking Age was international in nature, leading merchants to depend on the balance weight scale and its weights as an important tool. In Ireland, these weights were often made of small, decorative items, apparently broken off of larger objects, usually from churches or monasteries.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-31 17:51
Construction of a new museum to house a copy of the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle in England has halted after the discovery of the remains of a church, human skeletons and other artifacts. Among the finds was a sarcophagus, believed to contains the bones of "somebody terribly important." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-21 14:02
Last year, the 14th century book, the Laws of Hywel Dda, was purchased at auction by the National Library of Wales and brought home after nearly 300 years in exile in the United States. Now the book is on display at the library in Aberystwyth, and available for all to see online.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-16 07:50
Showcased at the ongoing Heroes exhibition at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York are the fragments of a highly-decorated Viking sword, discovered in 2008 by metal detector enthusiasts Rob Farrer and Daniel Crowe on the Isle of Man. The sword dates to the 10th century. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-06 22:19
Experts from the Caherconnell Archaeological School are pondering the discovery of the remains of a “45-year-old plus” woman" and two infants beneath the remains of the 10th century cashel (fort). The archaeologists believe that the remains belong to a wealthy family, possibly the local Gaelic rulers, the O’Loughlins.
Submitted by Jim Adelsen on Sat, 2013-10-05 21:51
Viking Shield specializes in all your Viking needs. They offer a full range of weapons, clothing, armor, jewellry, games, feasting gear, and art.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-28 07:49
During the reconstruction of Lincoln Castle in England, archaeologists discovered an elaborate, stone sarcophagus believed to date from the 10th century. Now plans are being made to open the tomb and discover who might lie inside.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-08-06 19:24
A chance stroll through a Welsh woods has led to the discovery of a long-lost medieval artifact. A rare 9th or 10th century inscribed stone was spotted by archaeologists Nikki Vousden and Roderick Bale in a stream near St Sulien’s Church in Silian, Wales. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-07-27 10:15
Friends of Danish teenager Michael Stokbro Larsen call him "nerdy," but the 16-year-old had the last laugh recently when he discovered a hoard of 365 artifacts from the Viking era including 60 coins bearing the imprint of King Harald Bluetooth. (photos)
Submitted by Wilhelm the Humble on Tue, 2013-07-16 18:55
Looking for really historical documentation for cooking? A Culinary Journey Through Time, published by Communicating Culture, is now available in English, German and Danish. The book is the "first ever cookbook based on archaeological finds." Jeppe Wojcik of ScienceNordic has a review.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2013-06-13 16:28
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 Tue, 2013-05-21 10:24
Work on the heating system of St Hilda’s Church, on Hartlepool’s Headland in England, has unearthed an Anglo Saxon grave, leading experts to believe that the church was constructed over site of St Hilda’s Anglo-Saxon monastery. Dr Steve Sherlock, of Tees Archaeology, said: “It’s an exciting thing."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-05-07 07:02
Historians and craftsmen have long pondered the absolute regularity of Viking jewelry made from twisted rods of gold and silver, but a new theory by Kasper Olsen and Jakob Bohr at the Technical University of Denmark may have solved the puzzle: mathematics.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-10 22:15
The Annual IMR Postgraduate Conference at the University of Nottingham in England is calling for papers to be presented at its conference to be held July 5, 2013. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2013
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-01 10:35
On March 3, 2013, Vikings will sail onto television screens in a "nine-part drama series from Michael Hirst, creator of The Tudors." The series will focus on the exploits of Ragnar Lothbrok and his followers, complete with "dynamic displays of superherolike derring-do and physical stamina."
Submitted by gijchar on Mon, 2013-02-18 20:41
How To Forge A Helmet is a step-by-step guide for making your own Viking-Age Spangenhelm. It is a Kindle Book on Amazon, written by Armourer Joe Piela aka Gijchar of The Lonely Mountain Forge. Approximately 24 pages long, this book is illustrated with 19 photos, including 1 of the pattern used to make the helmet.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-29 13:43
In a scholarly paper, an abstract of which was published recently at Medievalists.net, K.F. Werner examines techniques for forging Frankish swords from 700-1000 CE. Werner disputes the generally-accepted techniques.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-01 17:42
Several objects dating to the Middle Ages have been declared treasure by the Norfolk Historic Environment Services, including a 6th century brooch, an Anglo-Saxon sword belt mount, and a copper alloy jetton converted to a brooch. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-01 13:53
An archaeological dig at a crannog in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has yielded a wealth of new insight into the living conditions of medieval families on the artifical island.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-12-04 13:30
Unlike Hollywood's version of sword fighting, based on fencing, the true Viking fighting style was close in and vigorous. In a short video posted on the Discovery website, a father and son team of professional fight choreographers shows how it was really done.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-11-26 15:24
Game creator Gregor Vuga reports that he is developing a roleplaying game focusing on the lives of Icelandic settlers in the 10th century CE. Sagas of the Icelanders is an independent endeavor funded by private contributions. A short video explains the project.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-11-17 21:00
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 Sat, 2012-11-03 18:34
Les Enluminures gallery in New York City will present Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium, its fall 2012 show featuring Byzantine jewelry from the 3rd through 10th centuries. The exhibit will be open November 2 to 30, 2012 with possible auction taking place in December.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-23 17:44
Archaeologist Harendra Sinha is excited about the discovery of a rare copper plate Jaint Garh, a small village near Chaibasa, India, which includes information on a 10th century land grant with "details of the ruler and his family, purpose of the grant along with the details of the beneficiary."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-21 17:14
The happy combination of history and Legos returns with The Battle of Maldon, an animated version of the 10th century battle between Earl Byrhtnoth and Viking raiders. The film was created by David Waugh for DTG Productions.