History of medicine; healing; herbalism
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-09-10 12:34
An archaeological team working near Sedgeford,England may need the help of criminal investigators to solve a 1500-year-old mystery: was the skeleton found pushed into the oven of a Roman farm murdered?
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-09-04 15:36
Medical researchers working with the 500-year-old pinky of Emperor Charles V of Spain report that the mummified finger shows signs of debilitating gout which would have caused great pain. Charles V abdicated in favor of his brother at the age of 56.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-08-28 10:22
Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest surviving condom in Lund, Sweden. The artifact dates to 1640 and is made of pig's intestine.
Submitted by Radagar on Thu, 2006-08-24 19:18
The medieval Scottish rebels made famous in the movie Braveheart used dye from the woad plant to paint their faces blue for battle. Now Italian biochemists say this plant could become a promising weapon in the fight against cancer.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Tue, 2006-08-22 18:15
Scientists have tracked down the source of heavy metal pollution on a site in Northern France to the remains of medieval metallurgical workshops.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-06-05 23:04
The mystery continues. After years of testing, Spanish researchers are claming that their country possesses the bones of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Fri, 2006-05-19 17:11
The 11th Century skeleton of a young Anglo-Saxon Christian male has found to contain a rare form of mitochondrial DNA identified as Romani.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-04-24 08:10
Retired ophthalmologist David Fleishman has created a website dealing with the history of spectacles: "Eyeglasses Through the Ages."
Submitted by Karen on Thu, 2006-04-20 18:25
The Los Angeles Times reports that an area woman is being treated for bubonic plague, which she may have caught from fleas around her neighborhood.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-04-14 16:14
A skeleton found in a German swamp proved to belong to a 15-year-old girl who lived 650 years ago.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-04-09 09:06
Extensive DNA testing has yet to reveal the identity of a skeleton found in the Jamestown, Virginia excavations. Researchers now doubt that the remains belong to Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
Submitted by nicolaa on Fri, 2006-03-31 11:01
Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, who has researched the nursery rhyme's controversial origins for Tournaments Illuminated, offers a rebuttal of a web article linked from SCAtoday.net recently.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-03-25 18:52
Archaeologists excavating a crypt beneath a 14th century cathedral in Frombork, Poland, believe they may have found the skull of the revolutionary astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-03-23 19:41
On its website, Trivium Publishing offers suggestions for enjoying the medieval experience by using your sense of smell through an article entitled Smell of the Middle Ages by Jacquelyn Hodson.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-03-19 04:35
A new study suggests that the devastating Black Death may have done more than wipe out 1/3 of the population. It may have triggered Europe's "Little Ice Age" in the 14th century.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-03-16 14:18
In an article on the March 15, 2006 edition of NPR's Morning Edition, it was reported that researchers have found that chocolate milk is better for athletes than Gatorade™.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-03-14 16:41
In a lengthy article for Strange Horizons written in 2003, Michael Livingston attempts to debunk many myths about medieval medicine.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:56
Cold Case Files could really cover a recent discovery in Plouezoc'h, France, where police spent several years trying to solve the murder of a woman found slain with a hatchet. Turns out, she died in the 15th century.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2006-02-22 12:38
Lady Sophia, Known World Chirurgeon Symposium Coordinator, has announced that this event will be held May 6 and 7 as part of the 40 Year Celebration event.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-02-07 10:08
700 years after it happened, the cause of death of Sweden's oldest human skeleten has been determined: he was murdered!
Submitted by Aoife on Mon, 2006-01-16 15:01
Dame Aoife has been a busy lady with holidays and her modern-world job, but this week she's back with a pre-springtime Links edition devoted to medieval gardens.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-01-15 18:31
Edinburgh's revered Bruntsfield Links, a short-hole golf course, may actually be the grave site of vicitims of the city's Black Plague from the 15th and 17th centuries.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2005-12-26 16:28
The narwhal, known in folklore as the "unicorn whale" for its spiraling tusk, has been a mystery to scientists and traditional Inuit cultures alike, for no one could explain the purpose of the tusk. Now a researcher from Harvard says he has the answer.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Fri, 2005-12-23 18:10
Predisposed towards battle axes, but never understood why? The answer may be in your genes.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-12-04 18:58
During this fly season, James Le Fanu of the Telegraph takes a look at Roman medicinal remedies, including some from the Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2005-11-29 14:35
While digging the foundations for an expansion of the Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, England, workers discovered two skeletons believed to date back to 675 A.D.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2005-11-23 19:17
DNA tests conducted on a 400-year-old Jamestown, VA skeleton have failed to prove that the remains are those of Jamestown founder Bartholomew Gosnold.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-11-13 18:53
New DNA evidence has produced some surprising links between Hispanics living the America's Southwest and Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition 400 years ago.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-10-02 09:57
An herbal remedy used by 12th century Scottish monks may be resurrected as a modern appetite suppressant.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2005-09-27 09:27
The New York Academy of Medicine hosts a four-part lecture series, beginning September 27, on the subject of medicine in ancient and medieval times.