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Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-21 12:51
Fighting heroically, while looking good and living well, seems to be the theme of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 runs through January 10 , 2009. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-07 19:24
The discovery of two Crusader-era murals in a church in Syria may offer archaeologists insight into the history of Christianity during the Middle Ages. The murals are the first found in the Middle East which depict heaven and hell as subject matter.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-10-14 15:10
The St. Albans Psalter, one of the world's best examples of manuscripts from the Romanesque period, is a cherished possession of the the Dombibliothek Hildesheim in Hildesheim, Germany. The removal of its binding has enabled the Dom-Museum Hildesheim to display individual leaves from the book in a special exhibit which will run December 9, 2009 until January 24, 2010. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-10-06 14:20
Archaeologists working on excavation of a fortress on Trapezita Hill in the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo have discovered a fragment of a 12th century vessel using the sgraffito technique. The very rare fragment bears the name and image of a person.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-09-18 18:27
A new study shows that some Lebanese men carry genes traceable to Western Europe, a heritage, say researchers, from Crusaders who established settlements and castles in the country in the 11th through 13th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-09-09 17:39
Archaeologists working on a dig at the Cistercian Bective Abbey in Co Meath, Ireland believe they have evidence of the country's first environmentalists. The abbey monks, dependent on handouts from their neighbors, worked hard to become as self sufficient as possible.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-09-01 19:43
Officials at English Heritage Lottery have announced that the Holm Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown, England has received a grant for UK£48,000 to carry out an extensive at the Cistercian abbey.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-08-29 12:37
On her medieval history page, Karen Larsdatter shares research and links on beard styles of the Middle Ages -- from peasants to princes -- from 12th century to the 15th.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-08-26 09:31
It took two years and cost UK£2.45m, but English Heritage's project to recreate the opulence of Henry II's England has paid off. A team of experts has restored Dover Castle's Great Tower to its creation in 1179 after the visit of the French king to the shrine of Thomas Becket. (photos)
Submitted by Ageless-Artifice on Mon, 2009-07-13 16:45
This company sells body care products (salves, powders, etc.) made from original historical recipes and packaged in reproduction containers. Each item comes with the original recipe.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-06-28 12:17
18-year-old Conor Sandford of Kilmore, Ireland believed he was picking up a soda can ring from the hole on his father's farm. What he actually found was a 12th century silver ring, "very well-preserved, and it was relatively unworn." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-06-11 20:18
Archaeologists working in the Bero region of Jharkhand, India have discovered the remains of Khukhragarh Fort, a 12th century stronghold of the Nagvanshi rulers. The discovery was the first concrete evidence for the existence of the dynasty.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-06-06 15:53
Engineers working on a construction project near Detinets, Russia, the site of the citadel of the ancient Novgorod, have found fragments of medieval sarcophagi and stone crosses believed to date to the 12th-13th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-25 10:42
An important link between the joined histories of England and Spain remains covered by wooden panels in a ruined church in Soria, Spain. The panels depict the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, an act that sat heavily on the shoulders of king Henry II of England. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-05-23 15:35
A team of archaeologists using a geophysical survey have discovered what is believed to be Capel y Groes, a grange chapel built in 1165 and connected to nearby Strata Florida Abbey. The church was last recorded on maps in the mid 19th century and considered "lost" since that time.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2009-04-23 07:50
A discovery of multiple buried dog skeletons in a medieval town outside Budapest suggests that the custom of animal sacrifice was much more widespread in early Christian Hungary than previously thought.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-04-05 17:10
Experts at the British Museum were surprised - and thrilled - to discover the relics of 39 saints in a 12th century portable altar. The altar, first acquired by the museum in 1902, was opened for the first time recently and revealed bones wrapped in tiny bundles.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-23 08:39
What would it be like to live in a 12th century hill fort in India? Ask the 5,000 residents who still inhabit the fort in Jaisalmer in the western part of the country. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder takes visitors on a narrated tour with a slideshow.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-03-22 13:10
Archaeologists working in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered a piece of Persian pottery dating to the 12th-13th centuries. The shard is inscribed with a quotation from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-10 19:12
Writer, chef, and cooking school owner Susan Herrmann Loomis suspects that spirits may inhabit one room of her 12th century house in Louviers, a small Norman town north of Paris. Ronert P. Walzer of the New York Times looks at Loomis' renovation of the labyrinthan house into a home and cooking school.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-03-08 08:51
Excavations by the Museum of London archaeologists have unearthed the foundations of the city's earliest tide-powered waterwheel at the Greenwich Wharf. The structure has been dated to the 12th century. (photos)
Submitted by trbrown on Thu, 2009-03-05 20:23
Monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California are rebuilding an 800 year old chapter house transported from Ovila, Spain to California in 1931 by William Randoph Hearst.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 19:39
Karin Larsdatter provides advice for the lovelorn in a translation on her Medieval Material Culture Blog. The entry looks at a 12th century handbook of letter writing recently discovered at the Biblioteca Capitolare di Verona.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-11 15:34
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith,” is a prayer long attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. But a recent article dates the prayer to the beginning of the 20th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-03 17:12
Bookworms and crude repairs have wrought destruction on the priceless parchment books in the archives of the Malta Study Center at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library. American Public Radio's Speaking of Faith has the 14-minute, online story.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-01-10 10:21
Take a tour of Aachen, Charlemagne's 8th century capital, with a reporter from the Inverness Courier, from the city's nasty-tasting hot spring water to Frederick Barbarossa's 12th century chandelier.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-08 08:45
Twelve graves dating from between the 14th and 16th centuries are shedding new light on a Georgian monastery, established in the 12th century in the island of Cyprus.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-30 15:27
The Cistercians in Yorkshire Project, a UK£50 million UK-wide digitalization program, is "designed to enable the learning materials and resources currently contained in galleries, communities, libraries, museums, universities and other centres of excellence, to be directly accessible to homes and communities via the internet."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-15 19:42
A high-tech survey is underway with hopes of learning more about Suffolk, England's ancient shrine to St. Edmund. The geophysical survey will look for traces of the "outline of vanished workshops, storerooms and refectories - the evidence of an extinct way of life" in the abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-10-01 11:51
It shouldn't have come as a surprise that archaeologists were able to uncover the remains of a 12th century abbey at Abbeytown in West Cumbria, England, but the discovery was made during rebuilding of the more recent Holme Cultram Abbey which burned in 2006.