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Ancient barley virus carried by Crusaders

A team of British scientists from the University of Warwick has been able to sequence the genome of ancient RNA thanks to the study of ancient barley from Egypt. The fossilized grain contained the Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus, believed to be a modern disease, which may have been transported to Egypt by Crusaders in the Seventh Crusade.

Cold weather not reason for Viking abandonment of Greenland

A recent study by a team of Danish-Canadian scientists rules out cold weather as the reason that the Vikings abandoned their settlements in Greenland in the 15th century. When cold destroyed crops, say the experts, the settlers just changed their diets to seal meat.

Garbed thieves rob medieval festival

On July 30, 2012, a gang of thieves in garb robbed organisers of the Medievales Europeennes de Bitche, one of the largest medieval festivals in France. The gang got away with 20,000 euros (US$25,000).

King Richard II's timepiece found in Australian shed

In the 1970s, children playing in the shed of a Queensland, Australia cattle station happened upon a brass quadrant marked with the badge of King Richard II. Now the instrument is scheduled to be auctioned with an estimated price tag of US$233,000-$311,000. (photo)

No proof Jesus killed on cross, says Christian scholar

The word translated from New Testament Greek as "crucifixion" may more accurately mean something like "suspension," says Gunnar Samuelsson, a Swedish theologian and researcher who describes himself as a "boring pastor."

University of California recipient of large donation of medieval books

An anonymous donor has given to the University of California, Riverside, a book and manuscript collection oriented toward medieval history and valued at almost US$100K.

ABC News tours Prague Castle

Prague Castle in the Czech Republic is the largest castle in the world. Covering acres of ground, the castle was recently the focus of several reports for ABC's Good Morning America.

Byzantine emperor graces coins found in Jerusalem treasure hoard

Israeli archaeologist Doron Ben-Ami is excited about the discovery of a hoard of 7th century coins found concealed in a Jerusalem wall. The coins, which bear the likeness of Byzantine emperor Heraclius, were most likely hidden to keep them from invading Persians.

Blood Spilled During Australian Demo

A medieval educational demo for elementary school students in Brisbane, Australia turned bloody when one of the re-enactors was slightly injured by a rapier blade.

Pope Joan in the News Again

ABC News takes a new look at one of the oldest controversies of the Catholic Church: Pope Joan, a 9th century woman who, according to legend, disguised herself as a man to serve as Pope.

Man Killed in Explosion at Duct Tape Factory

An explosion at the Intertapes Polymer Group duct tape factory in Columbia, South Carolina, killed one employee and shook houses a mile away.

Phallus tree in mural revealed as political propaganda

A mural in the Italian town of Massa Marittima, dating to the 13th century CE, was thought to be a fertility symbol but is now believed to be a work of political propaganda. (PG-13)

New Study Shows Romany Gypsies Originated in India

A new genetic study places the origins of Romany gypsies as India rather than Egypt as previously believed.

17th Century Javanese Coins Discovered in Thames

90 copper coins, washed up from London's Thames River, have stumped archaeologists.

"Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci" to Air on ABC [SPOILER]

A controversial program based on Dan Brown's best-selling book, "The Da Vinci Code" will air on ABC News November 3, 2003.

Third Largest Roman Amphitheatre Found in Spain

A huge amphitheatre, built for gladitorial combat, has been discovered near Cordoba in southern Spain.

Bare Bernini Beauties Revealed

Two marble statues by sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini have been restored to their original bare-breasted beauty.