Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-08 08:49
In a feature article for History Today, S. Frederick Starr of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, looks at the claimants to the discovery of the New World, including Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, who "may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-21 06:36
The history of Europe is... complicated, as anyone who has studied it can confirm. A short animated film from LiveLeak, entitled Map of Europe: 1000 AD to present day, can help understand the ebbs and flows of the nations.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2013-08-22 08:04
The oldest known depiction of the New World has been found carved onto a 500-year-old ostrich egg.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-06-04 15:53
Archaeologists have created a detailed map of the medieval port city of Dunwich, dubbed "Britain's Atlantis" because it sank into the sea centuries ago. Using both high-tech imaging and historic research, archaeologists have been able to map out the town boundaries, streets, and even identify individual buildings.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2013-03-27 18:04
The earliest documents relating to the city of St. Augustine, Florida (USA) are being digitized for preservation. The documents cover the time period from 1594 to 1763 CE.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-15 10:13
In the 13th century, Scotland was divided between the Scots on the mainland and the Vikings of the western islands. The struggle that followed brought an end to Viking rule in the country. A new BBC Two program looks at The Last Battle of the Vikings.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-11-01 12:48
Tradition (and tourism) have long held that Battle Abbey was the site of the famous Battle of Hastings. However, while as many as 10,000 men may have died there, no bodies or major artifacts have been found. Historian John Grehan thinks that the battle may really have taken place in Caldbec Hill, a mile away.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-10-24 11:40
Artifacts from an excavation on Baffin Island, Canada have yielded evidence that the Vikings may have had a settlement there in the 14th century. Evidence includes traces of bronze, European-style stonework and tools, Old World rat pelts, and yarn similar to that made in Greenland at the same time.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-05-15 10:44
The Roman road network, renowned for its scope and efficiency, has now gotten even easier to travel thanks to an online application from Stanford University. ORBIS is a geospatial network model that covers hundreds of land and sea routes in the Roman Empire circa 200 CE.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-05-14 10:08
Theories about the fate of the "Lost Colony", a group of English colonists who founded a settlement in coastal North Carolina (USA), have ranged from disease to alien abduction. New evidence found on an English map may finally answer the question.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-03-30 14:23
The U.S. Government is set to name a spot north of San Francisco, California after Sir Francis Drake, giving credance to that spot as the true location where Drake landed and claimed "Nova Albion" for Elizabeth I.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-12-27 08:48
In an article for the History Today, Patrick Wormald, Lecturer in History at Christ Church, Oxford, looks at the myth of a unified Anglo-Saxon England.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-27 16:09
Battle Abbey and its surrounds, the traditional site of the Battle of Hastings between King Harold and William the Conqueror, may not be the actual site of the battle, according to a new book by Nick Austin, Secrets Of The Norman Invasion.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-11-22 15:08
According to Hrafns Saga in the 13th century, the mighty king used a sunstone to navigate in cloudy weather. This is one of several texts that list such artifacts as among the legendary Norse seafaring abilities. New research suggests that the sunstone may be a real navigational tool.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-07-17 08:11
"Venice has become a museum city, no longer a residential one," said a Unesco director recently about the city threatened by rising sea levels. Jack Watkins of The Independent discusses the fate of the city.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-03-09 10:22
In the latest in a series of Google-driven international incidents, Google Maps gave the German port city of Emden to the Netherlands. The exact location of the border has been disputed since the 15th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-02-23 14:17
In a recent story for NPR's All Things Considered, Madeleine Brand discusses new theories about the Dark Ages, the medieval spice trade, and the Black Plague with Chana Joffe-Walt and Adam Davidson.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-01-08 12:17
For the past ten years, Norse scholars have debated whether the breakdown in trade of walrus ivory brought down the Norse settlements in Greenland during the 15th century. In a new article, scholar Kirsten Seaver disputes the theory and offers her own: English cod fishing.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-09-17 20:04
A silver coin dated 1597 has been found on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, possibly predating Captain Cook's discovery of the continent.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sun, 2007-06-10 17:21
Medievalists.net features an interview with Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis, Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University, who currently teaches at the University of Toronto. Davis is the author of nine books and more than 80 articles, "many of which focus on the social and cultural history of 16th century France.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-05-09 14:16
The "Swiss-Army-knife" of its time, a gunpowder flask/sundial compass watch is featured in a watch enthusiasts' blog complete with a large, detailed photo. The object was created in Germany around 1590.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-03-04 13:04
Nicholas Howe, one of the world's leading scholars of Anglo-Saxon studies, died of complications arising from leukemia September 27, 2006 in Oakland, California. R. M. Liuzza of the University of Tennessee has posted an obituary on the Old English Newsletter website.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-10-02 11:15
On October 2, during his second voyage to North America, Jacques Cartier came to a town which he renamed "Montreal."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-08-23 09:49
According to the official SCA geography page, "parts of Antarctica" are now officially part of the Kingdom of Lochac.
Submitted by Aoife on Fri, 2006-01-27 08:15
Dame Aoife brings us a veritable galaxy of links this week, concerning astronomy not only as a natural science but also as a medieval navigation and timekeeping aid.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2005-12-26 09:25
Smithsonian Magazine looks at the popularity of using aerial photography to do archaeological surveys, not only to make new discoveries, but to preserve sites threatened by time and circumstance.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Thu, 2005-12-22 10:47
Dr. Godfrey Wettinger, Professor Emeritus at the University of Malta, recently spoke on place-names and surnames in Malta’s medieval history.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-10-08 11:58
British amateur archaeologist Robert Bittlestone believes he has found the location of Odysseus' fabled Ithaca as part of the Greek island of Cephalonia.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-09-23 20:52
Three 16th and 17th century maps have recently been stolen from bound volumes in the British Library. The theft is just the latest in a rash of crimes targeting libraries and museums.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2005-09-21 16:20
History met science recently when an Italian computer programmer discovered what he believes is the ruins of a Roman villa by studying a map found on "Google Earth."