The Eastern Roman Empire
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-09 20:56
The excavation of the medieval monastery al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan is astonishing archaeologists who have unearthed a second church on the site as well as a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. The monastery is believed to have been a major pilgrimage site before the 13th century. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-25 20:59
Early Byzantines in Tel Aviv, Israel probably thought themselves very clever when they buried a hoard of "400 coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry" in a garbage heap somewhere between the 5th-7th centuries. Perhaps they were, because the hoard was only found recently by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-19 23:59
A coroner's inquest has declared an "early-medieval gold pendant created from an imitation of a Byzantine coin," found in a field in Norfolk, England, to be treasure. The necklace was created as an imitation of a Byzantine-era coin, and is believed to have been made in France. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-01 16:15
Three tombs, believed to be those of a man, woman and child, dating to the 11th century, have been discovered near the city of Komana in northern Turkey. The site of the excavation was known in the Byzantine era as a "temple city," the first so described from the time period.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-07-26 08:01
In most cases, looters are detrimental to archaeological sites, but recently in Jerash, Jordan, the criminals began the process that led to the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church with an amazing mosaic floor.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-06-28 14:11
Archaeologists working on an excavation n the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama in Israel have discovered a magnificent mosaic dating to the Byzantine period. It is believed to be part of a public building in a large settlement. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2013-06-21 13:15
A hoard of silver coins dating to the 11th century was found in a wetland in Jõgeva, Estonia. The coins are believed to have been placed there as a deliberate sacrifice.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-06-17 16:56
Archaeologists working on an excavation at Kibbutz Bet Qama, in the B’nei Shimon region of Israel were surprised to discover a beautifully-preserved, Byzantine mosaic dating to the 4th - 6th centuries. The mosaic adorned the floor in what experts believe was a public building. (photo)
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2013-06-04 07:38
In 2011, DNA evidence confirmed that the infamous Black Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was, as had been suspected for many years, caused by the Yersinia Pestis bacterium. Now a team of scientists have used skeletal microbiology and DNA testing to show that a 6th through 8th century pandemic was caused by the same bacterium.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-31 06:48
The municipal council of Thessaloniki, Macedonia is listening to arguments between executives of the construction company rebuilding the Venizelos metro station and archaeologists working on the "very significant Byzantine antiquities" discovered during construction about whether to remove the artifacts or to coexist with them.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-03-14 21:15
What is believed to be a large wine press, dating to the 6th or 7th century, has been discovered beneath the streets of Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality in Israel during modernization of the city's infrastructure. The installation was the first important Byzantine structure in the city. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-02-06 16:54
For a thousand years, the Byzantine port city of Bathonea lay hidden and forgotten beneath farmland, but a recent drought revealed the town's seawall, leading to the discovery of a "well-connected, wealthy, fully outfitted harbor city that thrived from the fourth to 11th century." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-01-27 15:38
In the 14th century, the city of Myra near Demre, Turkey, disappeared under the silt of the Myros River. Now, 700 years later, the city, once an importance pilgrimage site of the Byzantine Empire, is re-remerging - building by building. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-01-25 19:07
In 1022 A.D., Emperor Basil II has returned triumphant from conquering much of Iberia and Armenia, and defeating the rebellious generals Nicephorus Xiphias and Nicephorus Phocas. with the Empire enjoying a rare time of peace, he wishes to celebrate his victories.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-01 00:41
The discovery of a 4th century basilica in Sofia, Bulgaria leads experts to speculate that emperor Constantine the Great might have had plans to create a centre of Christianity in the area.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-12-29 11:32
Since 2006, construction workers in Istanbul have worked along with archaeologists to uncover layer after layer of Byzantine history buried beneath the city and the Bosphorus Strait. Now the transit and tunnel project has revealed the "world's biggest shipwreck collection ever found."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-12-23 15:03
“During these excavations, we found the ruins of a church and mosaics that are believed to date from the late Roman and Byzantine periods,” said Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Abdullah Kılıç about recent excavations in Isparta, Turkey. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-11-08 11:14
The Walters Museum of Baltimore has placed a large part of its rare book collection online, with options to view the pages online or download high resolution images.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-11-07 19:53
Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period in Kosovo’s ancient city of Ulpiana. “Baptisteries are rarely found in this region. We have succeeded in making a very important finding, as part of the first excavation Turkey has carried out abroad," said Professor Haluk Çetinkaya who led the team. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-11-03 17:34
Les Enluminures gallery in New York City will present Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium, its fall 2012 show featuring Byzantine jewelry from the 3rd through 10th centuries. The exhibit will be open November 2 to 30, 2012 with possible auction taking place in December.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-04 17:56
An archaeological team led by archaeologist Ivan Hristov has discovered a 5th century Byzantine town and fortress on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Experts believe the town was destroyed by an Avar invasion which sealed the area in the way Vesuvius sealed Herculaneum.
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 Mon, 2012-09-24 17:18
The Başmelekler Church, built in 789 by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogennetos, is believed to be the world's third oldest church. Now it has been purchased by the Istanbul patriarchate which hopes to "restore this historical structure to its past glory."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-09-05 19:35
An olive press dating to the 6th – 8th century CE has been discovered at a road construction site near Hod HaSharon in Israel. The press "had been carved into huge building slabs that were sunk into the ground."
Submitted by Torfin on Sat, 2012-08-18 17:25
Bronzehammer, a shop on Etsy.com, offers Viking-era jewelry and art for your historical reenactment needs.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-08-02 14:33
Devout Muslims in Istanbul are calling for the re-opening of the historic 6th century Hagia Sofia as a mosque. The move would break a Turkish law prohibiting worship in the monument.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-08-01 15:40
Israel Antiquities Authority deputy director Uzi Dahari reports that vandals, possibly ultra-Orthodox Jews, have damaged a rare 5th century mosaic in a synagogue in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-06-24 06:39
Israeli archeologists believe they may have discovered the site of a 6th century Byzantine church and stone quarry mentioned in a text by historian Procopius of Caesarea.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-06-20 17:14
In a recent article for the New York Times Sunday Review, author and director of the Center for Byzantine Research at Oxford, Peter Frankopan, discusses his new book The First Crusade: The Call From the East.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-06-19 10:53
Archaeologists excavating a church in Bulgaria have found a small ossuary with an inscription claiming to be the remains of St. John. Radio carbon and DNA testing have given some collaboration to the claim.