1101 CE to 1200 CE
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-05-07 16:02
"The enigma of the Lewis Chessmen has intrigued and puzzled those who have viewed these inscrutable faces in the last 200 years or so," said Alex MacDonald, convener of Western Isles Council in Scotland about an exhibit of more than 30 of the game pieces.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-04-24 19:02
The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to provide UK£4.7m for conservation work to the building and grounds at Cardigan Castle. The 12th century castle was once home to Welsh princes.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-03-08 18:28
The beautiful Bath Abbey was not the original church on the site, according to archaeologists who recently discovered the remains of a Norman cathedral. Also found at the site was evidence of the home of a medieval abbot.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-02-26 18:03
Jamie Hall, an apprentice jeweller from Derby, England, has something to prove. He wants to show that he is a really good jewelry-maker, one who can forego the technology of the present for the techniques of the past, specifically the early Middle Ages.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-01-25 13:06
Scribes and early medieval English scholars will want to visit the Durham Cathedral Muniments website and view a collection of documents comprising the "most important medieval archive in the British Isles outside the Public Record Office."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-01-05 17:42
In the 12th century, crusaders were known to have stopped at the Byzantine city of Blismos along the old Roman road in modern Bulgaria. Now archaeologists believe they have found the city near the village of Zlatna Livada.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-12-30 16:50
James Robinson, Curator of of Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum, shares photos and information on some of his favorite pieces on the International Center for Medieval Art's online exhibition.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-12-21 10:57
Swedish authorities have recovered over 1,000 silver coins illegally excavated in Gotland. The coins were part of a hoard of over 2,000 coins from the 11th century of Danish, German, and English origin.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-12-01 09:44
Residents of Doncaster, England hope that improvements to Conisbrough Castle, one of the few Norman castles left in the country, will attract more tourists to the area. To that end, they have been awarded UK£60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-20 17:34
Workers at the Tall al-Shir archaeological dig in Syria have so far uncovered three layers of history dating back to the Roman and Greek eras. A recent find including walls from the late Byzantine period.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-11-14 15:43
The discovery of medieval frescoes during repairs to a crumbling English country church has given experts a glimpse in the village's medieval past. The wall paintings at St Mary's at Houghton-on-the-Hill date to around the 12th century.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-11-11 10:16
Archaeologists working on a site in Abergwyngregyn, North Wales may have discovered the remains of a Royal Court dating to the 12th century. The area has links to Prince Llewellyn.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-11-09 20:18
Vision, a new film by German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, tells the story of 12th-century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen and her "her frequent skirmishes with the male-dominated Catholic hierarchy." V. A. Musetto of the New York Post has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-11-04 23:30
Are you living in the 12th century and don't know what you should be wearing? Take a look at the 12th Century Clothing List on Yahoo Groups for discussion of period garb.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-11-03 16:20
Teacher Karl James Langford and his students are on a quest: to find the lost medieval village of Whitelands near Porthkerry in Wales.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-10-25 12:16
An elaborate silver spur, possibly belonging to a knight, has been found in Zelenogradsk, Russia, a town on the Baltic Sea. The Prussian town was a major commercial center known for its decorative arts in the 10th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-13 14:06
Victor Singh, of the Veliki Novgorod archaeological project in Russia, has announced the discovery of a pagan mask, cut from the top of a leather boot, in the 13th Troitsky Pit. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-09-23 17:21
Professor Engin Akyürek from Istanbul University's Art History Department reports that a well-preserved, Byzantine church has been discovered in Demre in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, Turkey.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-09-14 17:12
Kibworth, England might never be the same, thanks to BBC Four which filmed the series Story of England, presented by the historian Michael Wood, based on a massive archaeological dig involving over 200 residents of the village.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-08-25 07:15
A new website, PASE Domesday, allows users to search William the Conqueror's 1086 Domesday book by person and village. The results can be seen in tabular or map form.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-08-23 16:50
Archaeologists are excited by recent excavations at Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which have uncovered evidence of several 12th century buildings including two towers and a "highly desirable stone residence."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-08-09 15:39
A rare Crusader-era fresco depicting a New Testament scene has gone on display to the public at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The fresco was discovered during restoration work to preserve archaeological sites affected by floding.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-08-02 07:08
Experts were surprised to find a handwritten copy of a medieval law book in the cellar of the Sundsvall Library in northern Sweden. The copy of the Sachsenspiegel is only the second known copy of the 12th century legal code.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2010-07-31 15:12
A well preserved Byzantine church has been found in Demre, Turkey, the sity of the ancient city of Myre.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-10 10:18
A team of archaeologists from the University of Oulu in Finland is studying seitas, sacred places of the indigenous Sámi people, some dating to the 12th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-07-06 16:18
A mini-series based on the novel Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, will premiere on Starz July 23, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-06-03 12:10
Professor Michael J. Fuller has created a website featuring murals and iconography from Saint Nikita's Monastery, an 11th century Macedonian church rebuilt in the 13th century by the Serbian King Milutin.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-22 13:12
Most of us think of a map as a tool for getting from one place to another. But throughout history, mapmakers have had other priorities than providing a factual picture of the world.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-05-21 13:00
Archaeologists from the University of Nottingham plan to use laser technology to survey a cave used as a dungeon under the city's Galleries of Justice. It is possible that the cave once housed Robin Hood.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-05-18 14:24
An amateur metal detector group has discovered a hoard of 178 12th century silver pennies in North Yorkshire. [photo]