901 CE to 1000 CE

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.

Decapitated skeletons may have been Viking raiders

New studies of the recent discovery of 51 decapitated skeletons found in an old quarry at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth, England, may show that the young men were captured Viking raiders who were executed and buried in a mass grave.

Heating system confirms Korean settlement of Russian province

A large "ondol," under floor heating system, dating to the 10th century, was discovered recently at an excavation in the Russian town of Kraskino. The discovery confirms that the Russian maritime province was settled by Koreans.

Big Viking hoard in Britain may rewrite the history books

Metal detectorists in England have found a new Viking treasure hoard that is thought to be the most important discovery of this type in 150 years.

Byzantine seal found near Varna

Bulgarian archaeologists working at a medieval monastery near the Bulgarian city of Varna have discovered a 10th century Byzantine seal believed to have belonged to an imperial protospatario in Constantinople.

10th century Icelandic cowshed discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved cowshed dating to the 10th century on a farm near Keldudalur in Skagafjördur, Iceland.

Researchers seek identity of 51 beheaded bodies from 10th century England

Archaeologists are continuing to study 51 bodies that were apparently buried naked, with their heads stacked to the side, on a prominent hillside between 890 and 1034 C.E.

"One of the most important early medieval sites in Wales" threatened by development

The discovery of a tiny sword stud beneath a shop in Monmouth, Wales has archaeologists excited - and worried. The stud has led to the discovery of evidence of a 10th century Anglo Saxon settlement in the area, a discovery now threatened by commercial development.

Sweden's first Viking shipwreck found in Lake Vänern

Marine archaeologists believe they have found the first Viking shipwreck ever discovered in Swedish waters. A rib from the ship was found recently in Lake Vänern, the country's largest lake, by the Swedish Coastguard. The rest of the vessel was covered by sediment.

Liturgical manuscripts and medieval miniatures at the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia is the setting for an exhibition of liturgical music manuscripts dating from the 10th through 16th centuries. Cantate Domino: Medieval Music Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 900-1500 will be open until June 26, 2009.

Metal Detectorist Finds Silver Hoard in Denmark

A hobbyist with a metal detector discovered a thousand-year-old hoard of Viking-era silver on the Danish island of Funen.

The Silver Hoard of the XXV Estrella War A&S Competition

One of the categories for the XXV Estrella War Arts and Sciences Competition was that of A Silver Based Entry. The winning entry was A 10th Century Viking Hoard entered by HE Ivan Petrovich, OL, KSCA; HE Ianuk Raventhourne, OL and Sir Steffan von Hessen, KSCA.

DNA study captures Viking "snapshot" of 1000 years ago

The results of the "largest study of ancient DNA from a single population ever undertaken" are in: Iceland was settled by men from Scandinavia and women from the coasts of Scotland and Ireland.

10th century Viking ring found in Sedbergh, England

Two farmers digging in a muddy drainage channel were surprised to see the glint of gold recently and even more surprised to discover a 10th century CE gold Viking ring.

10th century Russian tabletweaving featured in "Archaeological Textiles Newsletter"

Ingvild of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that the December 2008 issue of the Archaeological Textiles Newsletter includes an article by Kirill Mikhailov, "New Finds of Viking Age Textiles in Ukraine and Russia" which discusses the 10th-century, brocaded, tabletwoven bands.

"New" Vikings enjoyed fashion and poetry

Scholars at Cambridge University feel that Vikings have gotten a bad rep, and they have set out to right it by way of a campaign "to recast them as 'new men' with an interest in grooming, fashion and poetry."

Neiman Marcus offers jewelry "fit for a queen"

Just in time for Christmas, retail giant Neiman Marcus is offering a collection of extremely rare original medieval and Renaissance rings dating from the 10th century through the late Renaissance, and costing US$25,000 and up. (photo)

10th century timber-lined cellar found in York

Archaeologists working on excavations at the site of the new Hungate development in York, England, have discovered what they believe is the basement of a two-story Viking house. The structure has been dated to mid 10th century. (photo)

WebPress blog covers Early Medieval Scotland

Senchus: Notes on Early Medieval Scotland is a WordPress blog devoted to articles on early Scottish life and history. It is the ongoing project of Tim Clarkson, an “independent scholar” with a PhD in medieval history.

Viking shield found in Denmark

Archaeologists working on a Viking site 62 miles west of Copenhagen have discovered a 10th century shield. The wooden artifact is said to be well-preserved. (photo)

Early Buddhist paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An exhibit of early Buddhist manuscript paintings from India, many on dried palm leaves, is being hosted by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm Leaf Tradition will be on display through March 22, 2009.

How to Make a Viking Spoon

On Instructables, Morfmir shows step-by-step instructions for making a wooden spoon with Viking era reproduction tools (or modern equivalents).

How do you say "football" in Welsh?

Perhaps football is not as modern of a game as we believed. References to versions of the game have been found as early as the 10th century in Welsh literature and in the Black Book of Carmarthen, the first manuscript written in Welsh, in the 13th.

A tour of "remarkable Viking sites"

Jeff Lukovich takes visitors on a unique tour of Newfoundland's Viking sites in an article for Canada.com.

Levantia

"Levantia is a site for the social history of the Roman Empire and Near East, roughly between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. It explores this especially by means of practical reconstruction and experimentation. It also includes discussion of the issues of historiographic method and representation in public contexts."