601 CE to 700 CE
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-29 13:01
In 2010, the British Library began its quest to own the St Cuthbert Gospel, a manuscript discovered in 1104 when the saint's coffin was opened after a Viking raid. The book was finally acquired from the Society of Jesus (British Province), or Jesuits, for UK£9m.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-22 18:14
Dr Philip MacDonald, leader of an archaeological excavation on Dunnyneil Island in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, believe he has found the "Holy Grail of retail" with the discovery of a 7th century trading emporium visited by merchants from around the world.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-06-23 03:00
Experts from the University of Reading now believe that glass-making around England's Glastonbury Abbey may be some of the industry's earliest in Great Britain. Chemical analysis will be used to date the glass, which believed to be from the 680s, the time of the Saxon King Ine of Wessex.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-06-11 10:16
Highly stylized rock engravings depicting soldiers, horses and figures, dating to the 4th through 9th centuries, have been identified as a written language developed by the Pict society of Scotland. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-06-05 19:10
Archaeologists have long known about the Roman and Viking heritage of York, England, but little of its Saxon past, but new excavations of York Minster may shed some light on the unknown era.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-05-11 10:21
A researcher examining excavation reports from Glastonbury Abbey has found that the glass fragments and glassmaking remains found there date to the 680's, much earlier than previously thought.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-04-19 10:43
In 1995, Patrick Ottaway wrote a paper based on his PhD thesis for York University entitled Anglo Saxon Ironwork. The paper is available in PDF format on the PJO Archaeology website.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-03-27 15:35
A grave of a young Anglo-Saxon woman lying on a bed has been found in Cambridgeshire. She was buried with a gold and garnet cross comparable in quality to the treasures found at Staffordshire and Sutton hoo. The cross was stitched to the woman's gown.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-18 11:54
For centuries, historians and scientists have bemoaned the loss of ancient technologies such as Greek fire and Damascus steel. In an article for io9.com, Alasdair Wilkins discusses both lost technologies, as well as the lost Apollo mission schematics.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-02-25 15:38
Sixteen-year-old Aoife Gregg of Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Ireland recently competed in a science competition. Her project: a computer letter frequency analysis of ancient Irish texts to demonstrate how the language has changed.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-02-13 07:45
The debate among historians of the Middle Ages over the years 600–900 CE has come to a boil with the Phantom Time Hypothesis (PTH), a chronological theory that contends that the 300-year period was created by Holy Roman Emperor Otto III.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-01-27 13:09
The Eumathios Philokales project, which focuses on Byzantine monuments, has announced that excavations at two churches have revealed earlier religious buildings dating to the 7th and 11th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-01-05 08:28
In a paper for British Museum, Neil Christie looks at "cultural and socio-politico-economic context" of Byzantine-Lombard jewelery in 6th through 8th century. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-12-22 10:17
The November 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine showcases the Staffordshire Gold Hoard, an historic treasure discovered in 2009 in Staffordshire, England with an article by Caroline Alexander.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-12-06 11:01
A 7th-8th century CE cemetery has been discovered during a patio renovation at a home in Warwickhire, England. The burials, probably part of a much larger cemetery, have revealed new insight about life for people in the Middle Saxon period.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-12-03 11:49
The archaeological dig at the "Givati parking lot" in Jerusalem has yielded an extremely rare Byzantine prayer box dating to the 6th or 7th centuries. The small box is made from stone and is decorated with a cross. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-13 19:03
Last year, fifteen skeletons dating to Angelo Saxon times were discovered during a construction project at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bicester, England. Recently the remains were re-interred in a church memorial garden. (video)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2011-11-04 15:42
A series of well-preserved medieval churches in central Sudan are giving researchers new information into the world of medieval pilgrimages and veneration. Inscriptions at one site show that pilgrims came from as far away as Catalonia.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-11-02 09:43
A pre-Viking burial site dating to the 600s has been found near Dublin, Ireland. The site was discovered during construction for a power company project.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-11-01 15:07
Workers laying pipe for EirGrid were startled to discover human remains while excavating for underground power lines north of Dublin, Ireland. Tests revealed that the skeletons in the burial ground dated from between 617 to 675 CE.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-10-23 13:29
Excavations at a housing project in Southampton, England have uncovered what experts believe is the earliest cemetery for the Saxon town of Hamwick. Nine skeletons were discovered which are believed to date from the 7th through 9th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-08-20 10:33
The British Library has begun a fund-raising campaign to purchase the 7th century St. Cuthbert Gospel from the British branch of the Society of Jesus. The small book, with its tooled leather cover, was discovered when the coffin of the Saint was opened in the 12th century. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-07-21 11:15
The British may have deeper German roots than previously believed. Archeologists and geneticists have recently shown that in post-Roman Britain, a few thousand German warriors may have overthrown the locals and replaced their Celtic languagewith their own.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-05-30 11:16
Visitors to Sutton Hoo, the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site in eastern England, can now experience the royal burial in a new way, complete with "smells and sounds to create an authentic atmosphere." (slideshow)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-04-19 08:29
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 Mon, 2011-04-18 09:45
In the 7th century, seventy lines of text were created to record the number of men in western Scotland for the purpose of military service and tax collection. The Senchus fer nAlban (History of the men of Scotland) includes resources for the population of Dál Riata, the Kingdom of the Gaels on the west coast of Scotland. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-04-13 09:23
Parts of a 7th century "heavy plough" have been found in Kent, England. This discovery pushes back the first known instance of heavy plowing in England by several hundred years.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-04-04 10:58
In 2011, a woman cutting turf in a family bog at Tullahennell North, Ireland, discovered what proved to be a 7th century brooch bearing the Greek symbol for Christ. Now researchers have linked the pin to a Christian community with ties to Greece. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-01-05 17:42
In the 12th century, crusaders were known to have stopped at the Byzantine city of Blismos along the old Roman road in modern Bulgaria. Now archaeologists believe they have found the city near the village of Zlatna Livada.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-10-21 06:41
On his blog, Unlocked Wordhoard, Richard Nokes, professor of medieval literature at Troy University, has posted video of a performance of Cædmon's Hymn, an early piece of West Saxon poetry, recorded by Bede in the 7th century.