Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-11-09 12:39
After the Reformation, many Catholics were depressed about the loss of relics of their saints. In the 16th century thousands of skeletons were taken from the catacombs in Rome, bedecked with jewels, and distributed throughout Europe. A slideshow of jeweled saints, photographed by art historian Paul Koudounaris, is online.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-19 11:01
In 1943, Nazis encouraged the destruction of the gravestones in Vienna's oldest Jewish cemetery. Now through the use of ground-penetrating radar, some of the stones, dating back to the 16th century, have been re-discovered.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-14 22:10
For 500 years, Henry VIII has had a reputation as a womanizing villain, but TV historian Dr Lucy Worsley has a different view: Henry was a family kind of guy who just wanted to settle down with a good woman.
Submitted by Dagonell on Sat, 2013-09-14 09:05
A restoration of the Colosseum, currently underway, reveals frescos in a corridor that has been sealed off since the 3rd century. Unlike the moss-and-marble walls of today, the building interior, in its day, would have been a Technicolor extravaganza.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-03-26 14:37
A new Yahoo group has been created as a means to discuss books of interest to the SCA. Those interested may join the Meridien Book Club online.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2013-01-16 14:37
A devoted collector of J.R.R. Tolkien memorabilia, having spent thirty years accumulating a private collection, wanted an appropriate house to showcase the collection. Architect Peter Archer overcame surprising engineering challenges to bring the house to reality.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-07-07 18:53
A recent discovery may prove that the Roman Empire was more influential than previously believed. Three Roman glass beads have been unearthed in a 5th century Utsukushi burial mound in Nagaoka, Japan. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-29 07:08
It appears that Viking mice, which traveled on ships with their human warrior companions, found Newfoundland mostly not to their liking, according to a new study evolutionary biologist Eleanor Jones in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-08 18:56
On February 17, 2012, the only medieval copy of the Magna Carta in the United States will return to display in the National Archives. The copy was purchased by philanthropist David Rubenstein in 2007 and is on long-term loan at the museum.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-16 11:18
Experts from the Swedish Maritime Museum are thrilled by the discovery of five shipwrecks dating to the 16th through 18th centuries, found during a quay renovation in central Stockholm. The ships, some measuring 20 meters (66 feet), are in good condition.
Submitted by GuenievreDuDrag... on Tue, 2012-01-31 07:45
The Make-A-wish Foundation (New Hampshire) built a castle - in his backyard - for young David Marasco, who "has a rare disease called desmoid fibromatosis."
Submitted by GuenievreDuDrag... on Wed, 2011-06-08 09:30
In which "old' is "new" again. Perhaps these young Mexican gentlemen have been influenced by late 15th century footwear?
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-03-05 19:21
Israeli archaeologists are excited over the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church in the desert southwest of Jerusalem. The small basilica features "exquisitely decorated" mosaic floors.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-10-08 13:05
Until January 29, 2011, art lovers and historians have the opportunity to study six masterpieces from the Uffizi gallery in Florence in minute detail on the Haltadefinizione company website. The site allows visitors to zoom in on high-resolution images.
Submitted by Aedric on Mon, 2010-06-21 10:07
Archaelogists, working at the Driffield Terrace site in York have unearthed some 80 skeletons dating from the 1st through 4th centuries CE. Based on current evidence, they believe it to be a Gladiator graveyard from the Roman settlement of Eboracum.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-04-04 10:21
Bruno Heller, creator of the hit TV series Rome, has announced plans for a feature-length film.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-12-13 07:41
Gordon Strachan, a minister for the Church of Scotland, believes Jesus may have visited England and studied with the Druids at Glastonbury. His research is featured in a new film, And Did Those Feet.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-30 17:10
A newly-discovered section of China's Great Wall shows that the structure was actually at least 11 kilometers longer than previously believed. The new section was found in the northeastern Jilin province.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-10 11:36
A team of archaeologists, led by Professor Nikolay Ovcharov, has discovered the walls of what they believe is the the Monastery of the Bulgarian Patriarch in the 13th century in Veliko Tarnovo, the country's medieval capital.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2009-04-30 17:45
Under Armour, manufacturer of a line of athletic garments popular with SCA martial participants, has recalled over 200 thousand athletic cups because they may break under stress and cause injury.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-03-26 17:44
According to a 15th century history book, Robin Hood may not have been as popular with the common people as believed. According to art historian Julian Luxford, Robin and his merry men "infested" Sherwood Forest with their thieving ways.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-20 16:43
A batch of leather shoe soles dating from the 13th to 18th centuries was found in 2005 in a hollow tree trunk in an ancient trash dump in Lyon, France. The soles are well-preserved.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-10 10:58
A 1500-year-old "Sleeping Buddha" statue has been found buried in Afghanistan near the site of the tragic destruction of two other statues seven years ago by Taliban extremists. The latest 62-foot long Buddha was found by a French-Afghan team.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-11-21 12:06
"X-rays, CAT scans, reflective infra-red photography, lasers, men and women in white coats, microscopes, latex gloves" all played a part in the restoration of Raphael's masterpiece "Madonna of the Goldfinch," a 10-year project with stunning results. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-01 14:52
A new virtual tour of Beijing's Forbidden City allows visitors to step into the silk slippers of an imperial eunuch for a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the cultural treasure.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-09-25 05:56
Berlin radio station Kiss FM plans to air its morning show entirely in Latin on September 26, 2008. The show will celebrate the European day of languages.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-16 07:55
The ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) project has produced the sound of a Epigonion, a wooden string instrument similar to a modern-day harp. This is the first time that this ancient instrument has been heard by modern man.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-01 17:22
Archaeologists are hoping that they have found the remains of The Theatre. Built in 1576, the venue is very likely the place where Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and "Romeo and Juliet" debuted. Walls of the building were discovered under a vacant garage.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-08-30 12:13
A new study suggests that medieval stained glass windows covered with tiny gold particles helped to purify the air when sunlight shone through them.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-08-25 10:18
Richard Garriott, known in the Kingdom of Ansteorra as Don Shamino, will become the next space tourist when he blasts off in the fall of 2008 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a 10-day stay on the International Space Station.