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British history timeline

The website timeref.com is designed to help understand the Middle Ages in Britain (800-1499 C.E.) by way of a timeline, maps and links to related subjects.

Over 20,000 hope for shot at Winter Solstice in Ireland

27,000 people applied recently for a chance to celebrate the Winter Solstice in the Stone Age tomb in Newgrange, Ireland. Only 100 won the honor. Andrew Bushe has the story.

1100-Year-Old Viking Boat Discovered in Ireland

Archaeologists working on a trench near Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, have discovered a 10-foot-long, wooden boat believed to be from the Viking era. The craft may have been a cargo carrier or a fishing boat.

Good Grooming Shows in Irish Bog People

A study of Irish bog burials shows that the well-preserved bodies were well-groomed at the time of their internment, with manicured fingernails and gelled hair.

"Image of Irelande" Depicts 16th Century Irish Life

Plates from John Derrick's 1581 book The Image of Irelande are available on the Edinburgh University website. The woodcuts show examples of Irish costume of the time.

Irish Road Bowling Alive & Well in West Virginia

The rattle of metal on asphalt could be heard recently as the North American Region Championships of Irish Road Bowling came to Turkey Run Road in Buckhannon West Virginia. The ancient sport consists of tossing a metal ball along winding, country roads.

Backhoe Operator Finds Ancient Text

As reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 26 July 2006: Irish archaeologists on Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms, found by a construction worker who spotted something while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.

Ireland is the Land of Bad Elvis

Columnist and humorist Dave Barry recently returned from Ireland and has written an extremely side-splittingly funny travelogue of his trip, including a run-in with Elvis...

Today in the Middle Ages: July 2, 1323

Dame Alice Kyteler of Kilkenny was found guilty of practicing witchcraft on July 2, 1323.

Iron Age Bog bodies found were society's elite

Research into Iron Age bog bodies discovered in the midlands of Ireland has revealed they were elite members of society who may have met violent deaths as part of kingship rituals.

Tara Burial Unique in Irish Archaeology

A newly discovered burial site near Tara shows features not found in Ireland before.

A Grand Thing

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The Barony of Stromgard and the Village of Bjorgvin would like the invite you all to A Grand Thing. This will be a period event, focusing on Norse and Irish traditions of the Viking Era, with fighting, contests, games, and a grand feast! There will be a multi-weapons tournament, A Viking raiders tournament of ships, and a monastery raid where you get to keep all the booty you can escape with.

Location:
Barony of Stromgard (Stevenson, Washington)

Medieval Laws to be Struck from Irish Republic Statutes

The Republic of Ireland is about to strike hundreds of obsolete laws from its statute books. Some of the laws date back to the time of the Norman invasion.

Irish Feast & Ithra

Come and join us at the Irish Feast & Ithra April 1st in Longview, Washington. All classes are "first-come, first-serve," so we encourage you to register early!

Key to ancestry: The true father of Ireland

One in 12 Irishmen are descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a fifth century warlord, according to research by geneticists at Trinity College Dublin.

Irish Castle Sold for UK£1,000

Gosford Castle in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been purchased by a development company for UK£1,000. The castle, which is in a poor state of repair, will be refurbished by the developers at a cost of UK£4M.

Irish Bog Men Reveal Surprises

BBC radio interview with Ned Kelly, head of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland reveals that "The preserved remains of two prehistoric men discovered in an Irish bog have revealed a couple of surprises --- one used hair gel and the other stood 6 foot 6 inches high, the tallest Iron Age body discovered."

10th Century Graveyard Uncovered in Republic of Ireland

Volunteers in the village of Nobber have uncovered a 10th Century cemetery, 12th Century church and concrete graves in the shape of Celtic crosses.

Birthplace of Saint Patrick Discovered?

Ulverston archaeologist Steve Dickinson has done wonders for the tourist industry of Urswick, Cumbria. He may have discovered the birthplace of Saint Patrick.

Viking Skeleton Found in Dublin

The remains of a young man, believed to have died of a spear wound in the 10th century, were discovered recently at Golden Lane in the city of Dublin, Ireland.

Medieval Studies Conference Seeks Papers

Dr Karen E Overbey of the Department of Fine Arts, Seattle University is calling for papers for the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies which will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan in May, 2005. The session title is: "Afterlives and Receptions in Anglo-Norman Ireland"

Smithsonian Offering Celtic Series

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is offering a summer series of concerts, films and lectures with a Celtic theme. The series runs June-July 2005.

"Tristan and Isolde" to be Released in February 2006

Producer Ridley Scott's dream project Tristan and Isolde, starring James Franco, Sophia Myles, and Rufus Sewell, has been scheduled for release in February 2006.

Ireland Okays Highway Near Hill of Tara

Overruling the protests of environmentalists and historians, the Irish government has approved construction of a highway that passing near the Hill of Tara, a popular meeting point for Irish kings and chieftains from pre-Christian times until the 11th century.

The "Onion" Documents Irish History

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, humor magazine The Onion looks at Irish history in an Irish Heritage Timeline.

Times: Author claims St. Patrick took bribes from Christian converts

In his book Secret Sights II: Unknown Medieval Ireland, author Rob Vance accuses St. Patrick of taking bribes from his wealthy female patrons.

Ireland's Seat of Kings Threatened

Plans to build a highway close to Ireland's historic Hill of Tara have caused controversy.

eircom.net: 17th Century Curtain Wall Found at Carrickmines Castle

The 80-metres-long remains of what is thought to be a curtain wall has been discovered at Ireland's Carrickmines Castle.

Irish Independent: A Wealth of New Archeaological Sites Discovered in Ireland

Archaeologists working along the M3 in Ireland have discovered 28 new sites including prehistoric burial sites and a medieval house and field system.

Visit Medieval Ireland

Aoife offers annotated links on Medieval Ireland for this week's Links List.