Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-24 08:15
In a Yuletide card, courtesy of Revival Clothing, we learn the origins of "Yule" from its pagan Germanic beginnings through its joining with the Christmas festival during the reign of Haakon the Good. The article includes a bibliography.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-17 12:54
The December 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an article on the Waldseemüller Map, an early 16th century chart which "changed the way people thought about the world."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-11-25 18:30
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-10-18 14:50
A team of archaeologists from Mainz University have discovered what they believe is a 3rd century Roman settlement near Wiesbaden, Germany. The site was found during excavations for a new US$133 million Army Corps of Engineers housing project.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-10-14 14:10
The St. Albans Psalter, one of the world's best examples of manuscripts from the Romanesque period, is a cherished possession of the the Dombibliothek Hildesheim in Hildesheim, Germany. The removal of its binding has enabled the Dom-Museum Hildesheim to display individual leaves from the book in a special exhibit which will run December 9, 2009 until January 24, 2010. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-09-03 17:35
Travelers to Germany who want a special experience might want to consider staying in one of the 50 castles and stately homes serving as hotels. Deborah Kolben of the New York Times looks at the experience of living the life of German nobility. (slideshow)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-09-01 16:23
Frau Anna Syveken reports that she has posted photos taken at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg relating to 15th century costuming.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-07-09 12:37
Tourists in western Germany who have an interest in history may want to seek out the site of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, or Varusschlacht, as it is called in German, a 1st century epic fight between an alliance of Germanic tribes and Roman legions. The site is located near Osnabrueck.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-06-30 14:03
Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved sheepskin shoe dating to the 13th century at a dig near Magdeburg, Germany. “Shoe finds of this type from the Gothic period occur very seldom in Central Europe,” said Heiko Breuer, an antiquities restoration expert from the State Museum for Prehistory Saxony-Anhalt in Halle. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-06-29 08:58
A library assistant in Colmar, France has discovered what is believed to be an extract from the Gutenberg Bible being used as part of the binding of another book.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-06-16 09:36
Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of a 300-year-old, perfectly-preserved broom in the excavated latrine of the St. Ulrich Church monastery in Paderborn, Germany. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-03-21 15:03
Charlemagne liked a challenge, and he believed that the youth of his empire should be challenged as well. For that reason he commissioned an English scholar named Alcuin to compile Problems to Sharpen the Young, a collection of puzzles and brainteasers.
Submitted by Elinor Strangewayes on Thu, 2009-03-12 11:45
The City Archives building in Cologne, Germany collapsed unexpectedly on March 3, 2009. Six stories of archival storage were destroyed, including documents dating from the 10th century and the minutes of Cologne town council meetings recorded in an unbroken line back to 1376.
Submitted by Morag filia Scayth on Sat, 2009-03-07 09:41
Maev Kennedy takes a tour around the treasures of the Black Death exhibition at The Wallace Collection, London, including a tiny perfume bottle that was owned by a victim of a superstitious anti-plague pogrom.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-02 17:22
The Treasures of the Black Death exhibit at London's Wallace Collection showcase two hoards of medieval jewelry dating to the 14th century. The treasures were owned - and buried with - Jewish families who perished during the Black Plague. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 15:49
A tiny silver penny, minted in the time of King Pippin III of the Franks, was recently sold at auction for EU€34,000.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-01-29 14:20
The New York Times reports that the Morgan Library and Museum in New York plans to create a digital copy of one of its Gutenberg Bibles and post it on the library's website.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-01-10 09:21
Take a tour of Aachen, Charlemagne's 8th century capital, with a reporter from the Inverness Courier, from the city's nasty-tasting hot spring water to Frederick Barbarossa's 12th century chandelier.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-21 08:21
Archaeologists have discovered a 3rd century Roman battlefield near Göttingen in Lower Saxony, Germany which may rewrite the history of the Roman army in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-03 17:58
Scholars are still puzzled by 16h century map created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller which depicts a vast ocean west of the Americas years before its discovery by Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-11-25 11:01
German scientists are taking an unusual approach to studying the domestic life of 16th century churchman Martin Luther. They are digging through his garbage.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-11-03 16:34
A new website will soon allow visitors to take a 3D tour of the city of Cologne as it would have been 2,000 years ago. The city, a major trade center, became the Roman Empire's major northern outpost.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-09-11 07:15
Workers at a building site in central Berlin have stumbled across a huge medieval cemetery containing 2,000 bodies dating to the 14th century. Many of the remains are those of children.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-02-16 15:29
Several Viking Age sites around the Baltic Sea have been proposed as UNESCO Heritage Sites. The locations include Haithabu, a village in Germany, and the Dannevirke, a series of earthen walls.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2008-02-13 15:42
An archaeological dig in downtown Berlin has uncovered evidence that the German capital is at least 45 years older than had previously been established.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-12-19 12:45
Gael Stirler shares research on medieval holiday season of Fasching, celebrated for more than three months from mid-November until Easter in southern Germany. Also known as the Tolle Tagge (Crazy Days), Fasching can trace its roots back to the 4th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-12-16 19:07
Portions of a Roman barge, dating to as early as the 2nd century C.E., will soon be removed from its muddy resting place according to archaeologists. It may well be the "oldest Roman transport vessel left in central Europe."
Submitted by Racaire on Sun, 2007-11-25 16:38
Soon a new exhibition will be on display at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich (Bavaria/Germany).
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-11-18 07:26
Straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean, a 400-year-old automaton clock includes a skull that laughs, screams, bites and launches snakes from its eye sockets. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-11-16 14:00
Let the revels begin. Their Excellencies, the Baron and Baroness of Atenveldt proudly invite you to ring in the holiday cheer with Them as They celebrate the Yule season on the night of December 15th, 2007 in the Germanic style to honor our beloved Baron Otto's heritage. So dress up in your finest German garb, tie on your bells and holly leaves and come join the revelry. In fact, there will be a prize given by Their Excellencies for Their choice of the best German party garb seen during the night. Location:
Barony of Atenveldt (Phoenix, Arizona)