Russia and Rus culture and history
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2015-01-09 12:58
“Send me a shirt, towel, trousers, reins, and, for my sister, send fabric. If I am alive, I will pay for it,” wrote a 14th century father, Onus, to his son, Danilo, in the block letters of Old Novgorod language on a birch bark scroll. The note, among a dozen others, was discovered recently in the "magicial mud" of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-10-27 16:12
An 11th century burial site near Omsk in south western Siberia has revealed the remains of Bogatyr, meaning "great warrior," who lost an arm in his final battle. The "giant," measuring 5'11", was buried with amazing grave goods. (photos)
Submitted by Gregory Blount on Sun, 2014-05-18 11:50
Just 29 km from the Arctic Circle, near Zeleniy Yar in Siberia, a group of bodies dating back to the Middle Ages have been found in shallow graves.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-11-14 08:39
Pavel Sapozhnikov of Khotkovo is undertaking an experiement in history this winter by seeking to survive a tough, Russian winter "in a 9th-century environment, with no access to electricity, the Internet or other modern amenities." Dmitry Vinogradov of RIA Novosti has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-01 11:03
Moscow has a attraction: the Zhivaya Istoriya (Live History) theme park in the Rumyantsevo district, a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactment. he first organization to use the park was the Russian Military History Society who presented the Streletskaya Sloboda (Marksman Settlement) festival in August 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-08-02 17:48
Saraichik, a medieval trade center of the Golden Horde in Kazakhstan, has withstood the Mongols, the Turks, and the Cossacks, but now the ancient trade city faces a worse fate: Mother Nature. The few buildings left at the site have been ravished by floods from the Ural River and beaten by storms.
Submitted by Historical Glas... on Thu, 2013-04-04 10:42
Historical Glassworks creates handblown glass articles, specializing in historical reproductions. Available items include tools, feast gear, accessories, and decorative gifts. They also offer live demonstrations. View their calendar for a list of upcoming events in your area.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-29 10:47
More Yummier, A Collegium concentrating on Russia, April 20, 2013, Shire of Windkeep, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-08 16:38
Despite the aggrevation of Russia's roads, a road trip around the country's Golden Ring, "a circuit of about 10 ancient towns northeast of Moscow, each with its own set of glittering onion-domed churches and medieval fortresses," can be rewarding. Freelance writer iand a former Moscow correspondent for The New York Times, Celestine Bohlen, discusses her recent trip.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-09-26 10:38
Russian Archaeologists are excited by the discovery of an 8th century Byzantine shipwreck discovered under Taman Bay in the Bacl Sea. The merchant ship, called the "most valuable artifact in 12 years" still held only one amphora in what must have once been a large cargo.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-09-13 13:04
Darkness looms in Atlantia, as the time for a new Tzar has come. Sadly for the people, transitions of power at this time are rarely peaceful. The next in line for the Throne is not clear cut. Factions maneuver trying to gain support for their candidates.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-09-11 09:46
Archaeologists are looking for evidence of Kitezh, the “Russian Atlantis,” on the shores of Svetloyar Lake near Nizhny Novgorod. According to legend, Kitezh is "a hidden city where the righteous live and work in prayer, and where only the chosen ones can enter."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-05-09 06:30
The oldest written documents in Estonia are now online thanks to a joint project between the Estonian State Archives and the Estonian History Museum. The oldest documents data from the mid 13th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-22 10:33
The Special Commission on the Computer-Supported Processing of Mediæval Slavonic Manuscripts and Early Printed Books has created a website to faciliate the study of Cyrillic and Glagolitic manuscripts and early printed books.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-04 12:26
National Geographic's website offers a slideshow of artifacts discovered recently in eastern Europe. Among them are the remains from a grave in Poland dubbed the "Young Warrior."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-10-06 15:49
The winds have changed, the harvest has come. Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2011 as we celebrate the changing of the seasons with a feast in the style of Medieval Russia. This is an event focused around the joys of period cooking, and all helpers of any skill level are encouraged to join in the fun of the kitchen.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-09-07 16:12
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free online courses under its MITOpenCourseWare program. Among the many subjects offered is history.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-07-02 16:50
For the first time, many residents of the United States will be able to view Ukrainian treasures spanning 6,000 years. The exhibition will be hosted by the Houston (Texas) Museum of Natural Science from May 27 to Sept 5, 2011.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-03-01 15:24
Lady Zabava reports that the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts will present a "stunning, major exhibition of 37 paintings and artifacts from Moscow’s Andrey Rublev Museum—most never shown before in the U.S—" from now until July 25, 2011.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-12-07 16:53
Archaeologists have found the tomb of a 14th century soldier in the Adygeya region of Russia. The body was found with a saber and arrows along with other ornate grave goods.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-06 16:39
Centuries before St. Petersburg, Velikiy Novgorod was a European-wide trading center and Russia's gateway to the West. Now Russian officials are hoping to attract history-loving tourists to the country's oldest Slavic city.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-11-05 10:42
Russian archaeologist Andrey Belinskiy believes he has discovered a "Caucasian Stonehenge" built by a Bronze Age civilization around 1600 BCE. The well-preserved ruins are located in the North Caucasus mountains.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-11-03 18:51
Siberian archeologists are working to excavate a medieval cemetery, dating to the 11th century, near the River Angara in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Over 10,000 items such as jewelry, pottery and tools have been found.
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 Sabine Berard on Sun, 2010-10-24 14:19
On an island in the middle of a remote lake in Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border, lies the fortress of Por-Bajin. Por-Bajin is an archaeological site that dates to the 8th or 9th century. Its walls enclose 7 acres (2.8 hectares), a maze of about 30 buildings.
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 Fri, 2010-09-24 11:00
Their Excellencies Charles and Martha, along with the Barony of Axemoor invite one and all to travel to Russia with us for our annual Christmas Revel. A Russian feast will be prepared by HE Mistress Anastasia Alexandrovna Andreeva. After feast entertainment provided by Green Fairy Productions. There might even be a special visit from Father Christmas.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2010-08-01 11:46
A small bow, believed to have been a toy for a child, was found in an excavation in Staraya, Novgorod Region, Russia. A tiny arrow was also found nearby.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-06-30 10:36
A school girl taking part in a dig in Novgorod, Russia has discovered two birch bark manuscripts and a medieval seal.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2010-06-06 21:17
Local residents of Urvanovo Village, Russia, have discovered a 10th century burial mound. The residents were working on a broken water line on the when they found a variety of metal jewlery.