History of medicine; healing; herbalism
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-02 16:10
Trepanation, the practice of drilling holes into the skulls of living beings for medical or religious purposes, was rarely performed in the Middle Ages, but the discovery of two skulls in Spain, dating to the 13th or 14th centuries, has made experts scramble for an answer.
Submitted by amefinch on Wed, 2012-09-26 16:47
The SCA is often referred to as the Middle Ages as we wish it could have been... without religious persecution and the plague. It's time we brought back the plague!! Join us for an event to celebrate all of the earth shattering craziness of the premiere knowne world tour of the Black Death.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-09-01 13:47
On the blog Cultural Compass, an employee of the Harry Ransom Center chronicles the discovery of rare evidence of medieval eyeglasses, not in an illustration, but in the end pages of a book.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-07-19 16:58
34-year-old Philippe Charlier works with the dead - long dead - and likes it that way. Nicknamed the "Indiana Jones of the Graveyards," Charlier is France's most famous forensic anthropologist, and his patients are the country's historic personages the likes of Henri IV and Charles III.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-08 18:06
Israeli and Korean scientists have teamed up to study the remains of a Korean child, dating to the 16th century Joseon Dynasty, which show evidence of the hepatitis B virus. The results led to the map of the entire ancient hepatitis B viral genome.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-06-18 07:42
Tony and Claire Thorpe of Dorset, England should never have met. He's a "heathen warrior in chain mail armour," and she's a World War II French nurse.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-05-22 12:53
New research by experts at St Andrews University in Scotland reveals the reading habits of medieval people by determining accumulations of dirt on each page.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2012-04-11 13:03
The British Library began the final phase of an 18-month project, and has uploaded numerous scientific works to its Digitised Manuscripts site, with more additions in the coming weeks.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-03-26 19:42
This facinating photo gallery traces the history of artificial limbs from ancient Egypt though the Rennaisance and into modern times.
Submitted by Galen_of_Ockham on Tue, 2012-03-20 15:10
With War Season upon us, many thoughts turn to how to survive - and enjoy - the next large camping event. Friar Galen of Ockham, OP, a physician in the modern world, offers some information on hydration and how it really works.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-12-23 11:16
Every athlete - be they football hero or SCA knight - knows the value of pickles and pickle juice as a "secret weapon" to balance electrolytes during intense exercise, especially in hot weather. Now a new study from Brigham Young University validates the folk remedy.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-27 14:47
An international team of researchers has reconstructed the genetic code of the Black Death using DNA extracted from the teeth of medieval corpses buried in a graveyard in London's East Smithfield. Their research has been published in the science journal Nature.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2011-11-17 16:42
Over two thousand years ago, a Roman ship sank off the coast of Italy, near the island of Elba. Among the items on the ship was an ancient medical kit containing a mortar and pestle set, medicine spatulas, and pills and tablets that are surprisingly similar to our modern ones.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2011-11-03 19:51
Friar Galen of Ockham announces the formation of Marginalia: An "Invisible College" for Natural Philosophers of the Knowne World of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-25 17:36
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State Univerity has issued a call for papers for its 18th Annual ACMRS Conference. The topic is: Erotica and the Erotic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Deadline for papers will be October 16, 2011.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-09-22 20:38
The annual undergraduate conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will convene February 16-19, 2012 in Tempe Arizona. The topic of this year's conference is: Erotica and the Erotic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2011-09-20 11:45
The type of bacteria which caused the European "Black Death" plague in the mid-1300s has been identified as Yersina pestis, according to a news report on CNN.com. That particular strain of bacteria no longer seems to exist, although a different form still affects people in a number of countries.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-11 07:04
A lack of "great heaps of dead rats in all the waterfront sites" has led The Black Death in London author Barney Sloane to conclude that the rodents were not the cause of plague in 14th century England. "The evidence just isn't there to support it," he said.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-04 11:59
Medical historians and students of illuminated manuscripts will want to take a look at the Wellcome Library's Arabic manuscript collection, which includes some of its most important texts of Arabic medicine.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-08-29 17:00
How did Christopher Columbus really change history? Not by the "discovery" of the New world, but by ecological convulsion, the exchange of plants, animals and diseases between the two continents. Such is the premise of Charles C. Mann's new book 1493.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-08-13 15:57
In the early 16th century, Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen, a knight - and rogue - of the Holy Roman Empire, found his hand ripped off by a cannonball during the Siege of Landshut. This did not stop the staunch German, however, who had an iron prosthetic crafted to replace the appendage. PG-13 for language.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-08-09 11:43
Long before grills and gold caps, Vikings used tooth decoration as a way to intimidate their enemies. Evidence can be seen in the intricate horizontal patterns filed into the teeth of Viking warriors found buried in Dorset.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-07-23 20:49
Bring on the Pennsic chocolate milk! New studies by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have shown that a chocolate milkshake after a hard workout might be more beneficial than water or an isotonic sports drink.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-07-20 08:49
European academics are concerned about the amount of violent brain traumas in the popular Asterix comics series, most dealt out by Asterix and Obelix themselves.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2011-07-07 18:06
Master Phillip the Pilgrim has written an article explaining how to keep your CPAP machine or other electrical neccessities running at Pennsic.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-06-21 17:02
For centuries, people have dreaded the diagnosis of the STD Syphilis, but where did the name originate? Acording the the website Science Friday, Syphilus was the name of the hero of a epic poem written by Hieronymus Fracastorius in 1530.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-04-19 09:29
The scull of a leper who died fighting is one of several interesting burials identified at an Italian cemetery used between 500 and 700 CE. The cemetery likely contains remains of Germanic Lombards or Avars.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-04-10 13:18
A team of researchers, based at the University of Mainz in Germany, have confirmed that fleas were responsible for spreading the plague that wiped out over half of the population of 14th century Europe.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-03-31 15:40
According to a new study, multiple miscarriages and dramatic personality transformation may be linked to a genetic condition related to the blood group carried by King Henry VIII of England.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-01-27 18:09
The myth of Irish giants such as Fionn Mac Cumhail may contain a grain of truth, according to a recent genetic study. DNA may show that a strain of gigantism ran through five families in the northern part of the country.