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Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-07-02 12:45
A "witch bottle," constructed according to known recipes from 16th and 17th century England, has been found buried upside-down in Greenwich, England. The bottle contains urine, nail clippings, hair and pins, and is believed to be an anti-witchcraft device.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-18 17:59
The remains of several Benedictine nuns from the Sainte-Croix Abbey near Poitiers, France have shown evidence that the sisters died of the plague, probably while caring for other victims of the disease. Their deaths have been dated to the early 17th century.
Submitted by AEschwynne on Sat, 2009-02-14 09:04
Three mosaics of tiny tiles, featuring naked people possibly performing pagan rituals, have been unearthed underneath the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia in Italy.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-01-06 15:05
The Discovery Channel's "How Things Work" recently ran an episode on beer. As an added resource, the network's website includes additional information on the beverage including "Beer Myths" and "How Beer Can be Good for Your Heart."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-03-12 16:43
Church leaders and scientists will have a new opportunity to study the famous Shroud of Turin which is rarely seen by the public. The Shroud was recently photographed in high definition, creating a 12.8 billion-pixel image.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-05-24 16:40
Archaeologists have discovered in the grave of an unidentified Roman woman a gold wire used to hold together a set of artificial teeth. The dental prosthesis is believed to be the earliest such device ever discovered.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-05-03 18:33
John Henderson of the University of London wants readers to know that the hospital in the Renaissance was not the hellhole depicted in many histories but "a warm environment and specialized care, which they would not have found in the community."
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-11-09 12:20
Analysis of a fingerprint left by Leonardo Da Vinci suggests the prototypical Renaissance man may have been the son of a Middle East-born slave woman.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-11-02 08:20
Two chemists have discovered the reason why the lapis-lazuli-based blue pigment prized by medieval painters fades so drastically over time. Ultramarine, more precious than gold, was often used for portrayals of the robes of the Virgin Mary, and Michelangelo used it in the Sistine Chapel.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-10-14 08:38
New research by French scientists seems to suggest that the techniques used by Greeks and Romans to dye their hair had results in common with today's nanotechnology and were comparable to modern products.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-09-12 10:19
Bearded statues aside, one scholar now believes that the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey were probably written by a woman.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-05-24 19:25
An alembic found at a remote North Yorkshire monastery may be evidence that Cistercian monks were involved in the arcane quest to make gold from base metal.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-09-03 17:24
The battered door of London's Westminster Abbey has been named the oldest in Britain by English Heritage.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-04-30 10:30
An 11th century gospel lectionary, missing from Canterbury Cathedral since the mid-16th century, has been recovered.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-04-24 15:11
A newly-discovered bas-relief may be the first known self-portrait of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-04-16 15:13
Researchers working on the Medici crypt in Florence, Italy are puzzled. The tiny body discovered in the tomb of Filippino, the four-year-old son of Grand Duke Francesco I, was that of an infant.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-02-12 11:23
"What does it take to be a knight?" asks the Discovery Channel in its program The Medieval Tournament: The Making of a Knight.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2004-12-11 14:57
Archaeologists working on a site near Neuss, Germany have discovered the remains of a Roman rest stop, including a service station, restaurant and a hotel.