901 CE to 1000 CE

Walters Art Museum features digitized Islamic manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland has begun a project to digitize its collection of Islamic manuscripts. A gallery of images, including covers and bindings, is available on the museum's website.

9th and 10th century Viking coins found in Cumbria, England

A hoard of over 90 silver Viking coins dating to the 9th and 10th centuries was discovered recently by a metal detectorist near Furness, England. (photo)

Bayeux celebrates founding of Normandy

This will be a big year for the town of Bayeux in Normandy, France, when it celebrates the 1100th birthday of the French province of Normandy. The town's 25th annual Medieval Fair will take place July 1-3, 2011, and will celebrate all things Norman.

Preslav History Museum receives model of 10th century capital

Retired Bulgarian veterinarian Hristo Antonov has given a unique gift to his hometown, Veliki Preslav: a scale model of the city, the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire in the 10th century. (photo)

All Saints Church might be site of Anglo-Saxon coronations

A team of researchers from London's Kingston University may have located the site of as many as seven 10th century Anglo-Saxon kings including Athelstan and Ethelred the Unready. All Saints Church is located near Westminister Abbey.

10th century graves found in Hungary

The Medieval Hungary blog reports that three 10th century graves have been discovered near Pest, Hungary, one of which belonged to a high-ranking male. (photo)

What women's brooches tell us about Anglo-Saxon England

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.

Mapping Anglo-Saxon London

Ever wondered what Anglo-Saxon London would have looked like? Londonlist offers the opportunity to view closeups of how modern mapmakers would view medieval London.

A burial at Viking World

On December 1, 2010, the bones of an 1,100-year-old pagan were interred at the Viking World museum in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland. The remains, first discovered in 1868, are part of an exhibit on ancient pagan burials.

Christmas in Ireland - Viking style

In an article for Irish America Magazine, Edythe Preet ponders Viking history and influences in Ireland, including linguistically and in the celebration of the holiday season, especially when it comes to food and drink.

10th century Viking lady's cap pattern online

On the Genevieve.net website, Baroness Genevieve d'Aquitaine shares a pattern for a lady's Viking silk cap, pattered after one found in the Coppergate excavations. Her pattern is based on research by Mistress Isabel Ulfsdottir and Mistress Thora Sharptoot.

Where are the Viking helmets?

In "The Mystery of the Missing Viking Helmets," a 2000 article for Neurosurgery, physician and Viking historian Knut Wester explores the subject of Viking helmets through artifacts and in Norse literature, including the difficulty of finding any existing examples.

Viking "thunderstones" identified in graves

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)

Woruldhord Project launched at Oxford

Dr Stuart Lee and the Oxford University Faculty of English have announced the launch of the Woruldhord Project "to create a comprehensive online archive of written, visual and audio-visual material related to Old English and the Anglo-Saxon period."

Harald Bluetooth's palace found in Jutland

Archaeologists from Århus University have discovered the remains of 10th century wooden buildings which they believe are from the palace complex of King Harald Bluetooth, King of Denmark from 940 to 985, in Jelling.

Medieval church carvings give hints about ancient animals

Turkish researchers have completed a survey of the animals depicted on the walls of the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

CSI: Middle Ages

The corpse was identified as royalty. Bones found in the Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008 proved to be those of a granddaughter of Alfred the Great: the Saxon Queen Eadgyth, the who died in the 10th century at the age of 36.

10th century burial mound discovered in Russian village

Local residents of Urvanovo Village, Russia, have discovered a 10th century burial mound. The residents were working on a broken water line on the when they found a variety of metal jewlery.

16th century manuscript centerpiece of Saint Wenceslas exhibit

The Life and Suffering of Saint Wenceslas, a 16th century manuscript, is the centerpiece of a small exhibit of celebrating the life of the Czech Republic's patron saint, Prince Wenceslas, at the National Museum until May 2, 2010.

"Dead Cities" offer glimpse into Byzantine life

The "Dead Cities" of northern Syria, actually suburbs of Antioch, were deserted in the 7th-10th centuries after continual natural disasters and warfare. Now the remains of over 100 small towns are giving insight into life in the Byzantine Empire.

9th-10th century architectural discoveries made at Prague Castle

Archaeologists working at Prague Castle have discovered a moat dating to the 9th century, and a castle rampart dating to the 10th or 11th century, as well as a "unique schematic depiction of some Prague Castle buildings."

Beheaded Vikings found at London Olympics site

Excavation work in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London has uncovered the bodies of 51 Vikings who were beheaded and thrown into a mass grave.

Early Chinese paintings subject of Freer & Sackler Galleries website

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution have announced a new online resource for the study of early Chinese painting. The site features over 80 examples of 10th through 14th century artwork.

10th century Viking ingot found in England

A cigar-shaped, silver ingot dating to the 10th century has been discovered in Shenstone, England. The ingot, thought to be Scandinavian in origin, is believed to have been used as currency.

Winterwear for Vikings

The Wychwood Warriors Wiki offers an article on the history and design of coats and overtunics for early Germanic cultures and Vikings. Included are resources, with links, for Eastern Viking and female coats.

Archaeologists may have found Princess Eadgyth's body

If tests support their suspicions, experts from Bristol University have identified the oldest remains of an English royal. She was Eadgyth (pronounced "Edith"), sister to Athelstan, effectively the first king of all of England, who won a decisive battle circa 937 against the Scots and Irish.

Medieval remains and pottery found in Georgia monastery

Archaeologists working on the excavation at the church of Ayios Nikolaos, on the site of the 10th century Georgian Monastery, at Gialia village in Paphos, have discovered four ossuaries containing human remains.

Same-sex marriage in the Middle Ages

Historians believe they have evidence of same-sex marriage in late antiquity and early Middle Ages. One piece of evidence is a monastic icon depicting the marriage of two male saints with Jesus officiating. (photo)

Palace of Bulgarian Tsar to be recreated

Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov plans to demonstrate the grandeur of the medieval palace of Tsar Simeon I The Great (893-927 AD) by creating a 1:10 replica (i.e. ten times smaller) of the palace, complete with "the latest light and cinema technology."

Tsunami unearths early Islamic evidence in Indonesia

Experts have long held that the Islamic religion did not reach into southeast Asia until the 13th century, but new evidence found near Ache, Indonesia, may dispute that claim.