Creating useful or decorative items in metal
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-08-18 11:20
"I have found quite a lot of treasure items over the years and have a few reference books so as soon as I scraped off the mud I knew it was a hawking bell," said metal detectorist Adam Staples last year when he discovered the 500-year-old bell in a Melbourne, England field. "It's a lovely object."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-07-05 08:11
Experts are studying the silver and gold casing of a medieval book dating to the end of the 14th century discovered recently in the yard of St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-06-11 14:59
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-06-10 18:15
Experts from the British Museum have authenticated a silver button, fashioned in the shape of an acorn, and declared it treasure. They have dated it to the 16th century. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-04-18 14:05
A new study, which appeared in the April 2009 issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that air pollution from 1st and 2nd century Roman mining and metalworking operations has shown up in an Icelandic salt marsh.
Submitted by Thornforge on Sun, 2009-03-29 19:26
Thornforge is a New Zealand (Southron Gaard) smithery producing knives, armour, padlocks and other miscellaneous wares for the SCA period re-enactor. Be aware that the current exchange rate means that all prices are nearly double what they would be in US dollars. Commissions accepted.
Submitted by ianuk on Tue, 2009-03-17 07:08
One of the categories for the XXV Estrella War Arts and Sciences Competition was that of A Silver Based Entry. The winning entry was A 10th Century Viking Hoard entered by HE Ivan Petrovich, OL, KSCA; HE Ianuk Raventhourne, OL and Sir Steffan von Hessen, KSCA.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-02-19 20:33
Submitted by firedame on Mon, 2009-02-09 09:02
The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization in Oakland, California. From this web site you can learn many of the skills used in ancient arts and crafts, like blacksmithing, glass working, metalsmithing, foundry, and jewelry making.
Submitted by firedame on Mon, 2009-02-09 08:41
The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization in Oakland, California. From this web site you can learn many of the skills used in ancient arts and crafts, like blacksmithing, glass working, metalsmithing, foundry, and jewelry making. Their jewelry department includes a tutorial on the ancient art of Viking Knit.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-01-13 08:35
Karen Larsdatter has created an annotated list of sites featuring feast gear throughout the ages from antiquity through the Renaissance.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-15 15:01
While it may not be the true Holy Grail, an international congress held November 7-9, 2008 at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain declared that the artifact "has tremendous cultural value due to its impact on history and literature."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-10 17:15
A UK£50,000 reward is being offered for the return of a collection of rare Scottish coins, some dating to the 12th century, stolen in June 2007 from the home of Lord and Lady Stewartby at Broughton, Scotland. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-29 09:37
THL Neathery of Safita has posted photos from the recent Glass and Metal Workers Symposium in the Barony of Three Rivers, Kingdom of Calontir. Lady Thora Sigurdsdottir adds a video of her own.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-09-12 10:26
Grave Goods, an exhibit of the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen with a medieval theme, will be on display through November 1, 2008 at the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, Ontario.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-08 14:35
A British website, Countryside Agency Archive, offers free, downloadable books on a number of traditional crafts including blacksmithing, thatching, saddlery, wheel making and furniture design.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-08-29 12:30
Archaeologists in Opolye, Suzdal, Finland have uncovered an ancient burial ground dating to the 3rd-4th centuries. Thus far, they have discovered 11 tombs shedding light on early burial customs.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-07-29 12:29
Archaeologists working on a Roman site near Caerleon, Wales have discovered an extremely rare legionary's ceremonial lance. "I don't know of any of that type in Britain," said Dr Peter Guest. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-06 17:09
Norwegian archaeologists are abuzz over the discovery of a 9th century Iranian silver dirhem, one of the earliest Middle Eastern coins found in Scandinavia. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-05-22 09:59
Everyone knows that Byzantines (being superior creatures) used forks as early as the 10th century, while other Europeans struggled at stabbing their beef with a knife. The California Academy of Sciences offers a History of Kitchen Utensils, including the fork, on their website.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2008-04-20 06:50
Arabic coins were recently found in a huge hoard of Viking treasure discovered recently in Sweden. The coins were part of the "largest early Viking hoard ever discovered in Sweden."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-04-09 12:01
Archaeologists working at the site of a subway line near the Piazza Venezia in Rome have made some incredible finds including a 6th century copper factory and artifacts from a Renaissance palace kitchen.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-03-28 06:45
The discovery of a series of 5th century Anglo Saxon graves in Kent, England has created the need for an inquest before the Kent County Council due to the wealth of artifacts found with the graves.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-03-21 09:50
From 29 August to 1 September 2008, there will be a metal and glassworkers gathering. Three Rivers is sponsoring three full days of hands-on classes and demos, ranging from blacksmithing and knife-making to repousse to coin-stamping to pewter-casting to stained glass... My list goes on and on!
This will be predominantly an outdoor event, with plenty of camping space
available. There will also be a large barn on site, with poured concrete
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2008-03-17 16:17
A sewer line breakage in Perth, Scotland, has led to discovery of a copper alloy belt buckle that probably dates back to the 12th century.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-02-22 17:42
Two metal detector enthusiasts are laying claim to discovery of a 13th or 14th century seal depicting the murder of Thomas Becket. The seal was found in a North Yorkshire field.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-02-14 16:44
Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has acquired the Sarmas Collection of coins from 13th-14th century Greece. The 800-coin collection will "help researchers deepen their knowledge about a period of Middle Age history that has been little understood by scholars."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-01-06 16:57
Sometime in the 4th century, someone was REALLY cheesed off at the emperor — at least enough to curse him by defacing his image and wrapping lead around his face.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-12-15 18:19
A 4th century banqueting set which once belonged to a rich Roman family was discovered recently in a well during excavation in London. The set included 19 metal vessels. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-12-05 12:58
A website chronicling the treasure roll of Richard II, compiled in the late 14th century, "offers a rare insight into the magnificence of a late medieval English king." The site includes photos of many of the treasures listed in the Roll.