601 CE to 700 CE

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.

6th century Sleeping Buddha escaped "wrath of the Taliban"

A 1500-year-old "Sleeping Buddha" statue has been found buried in Afghanistan near the site of the tragic destruction of two other statues seven years ago by Taliban extremists. The latest 62-foot long Buddha was found by a French-Afghan team.

Did Norse bring Christianity to Scotland?

A team of archaeologists from the University of Nottingham are trying to determine if Vikings brought Christianity to Caithness, Scotland before Saint Columba brought the religion to Iona. (video)

Anglo Saxon grave reveals links to royalty

The recent discovery of high-status jewelry buried in an Anglo Saxon grave in East Cleveland, England has experts buzzing. The 7th century artifacts are linked to the Northumbrian Royal family.

Metal detector finds 7th century gold cross

A treasure hunter has found an Anglo Saxon gold cross dating to the 7th century on a farm in Nottinghamshire, England. The cross, set with red gemstones, might have originally held a relic, and is valued at UK£25,000. (photo)

Mojo cursed in ancient Cyprus

A 7th century curse inscribed on a tablet has been found by archaeologists working near Limassol, Cyprus. The inscription curses the sexual prowess of men and may be linked to the island's pagan past. PG-13.

Rome's "She-Wolf" may be medieval in origin

News has rocked Rome that the famous Lupa Capitolina statue, that for centuries has been a powerful symbol of the city, may not be Etruscan in origin but medieval.

Music in the stone

Researchers Paul Calamia and Jonas Braasch of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered something interesting about stone pillars from Hindu temples dating to the 7th century: they can be played.

7th century Lomard buried with horse

Italian archaeologists have discovered the burial site of a Lombard warrior interred with his horse. The skeletons were found n a park at Testona, near Turin, Italy.

African beads found at medieval Irish archaeological dig

Archaeologists working at Newtwopothouse, a site near Cork, Ireland, have discovered African beads among the medieval artifacts, showing that the Irish were carrying out trade with North Africa at the time.

Anglo Saxon priestess grave found in Yorkshire

Archaeologists are studying the grave of a 7th century Anglo Saxon woman who might have been a Pagan priestess. By the placement of the grave and the objects within, including a sword and elaborate jewelry, they feel that the woman may have headed a 7th century cult. (photo)

7th century Afghan oil paintings earliest discovered

Scientists working in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan have discovered oil paintings on the walls of caves dating to the 7th centuries, 800 years before the earliest European oil paintings were created. (photos)

Combs and shears honored Anglo Saxon dead

Archaeologists have long believed that Anglo Saxon burial customs required elaborate displays, but new evidence points to the use of more common devotions such as combs, razors and other household items.

Dives to Suffolk's sunken city may reveal medieval village

England's lost city of Dunwich has become a region of interest for underwater archaeologists who want to explore the medieval city. Britain's "Atlantis" was lost due to coastal erosion and rediscovered in the 1970's.

"Mysterious black substance" found in West Stow pits

Archaeologists working at an Anglo Saxon village in West Stow, near Bury St Edmunds, England have discovered the remains of three 6th century pits. The pits contained a "mysterious black substance."

New research project to illuminate "Dark Age" Scotland

The National Museums of Scotland are launching a new project to shed light on the so-called Dark Ages to educate people about the surprisingly sophisticated cultures of the Picts, Gaels, and Norse.

Anglo Saxon jewelry a "real find"

Archaeologists are delighted with the discovery of "the only known Anglo-Saxon royal burial site in the North of England" near Loftus on Teesside, where they found some incredible jewelry dating to the mid 7th century.

Saxon remains found in Twyford

Workers on the site of a school in Twyford, England worried when they discovered human remains until it was determined that the skeletons belonged to 1,300-year-old Saxons.

Time Team finds Anglo Saxon settlement

Archaeologists associated with television's Time Team have unearthed a rare Anglo Saxon settlement near Harborough, England. The village dates from between 450 and 650 C.E.

French fashion trend setters for 1400 years

A new study of clothing from Anglo Saxon graves by archaeologist Penelope Walton Rogers shows that most styles followed the customs set in northern France.

Researcher discovers 6th century Japanese irrigation system

A retired civil engineer has written a report on a 6th and 7th century irrigation system in the in Osaka Prefecture. Kazuo Takatsu spent 15 years on the report, which chronicles a system to collect rain water.

Time Team archaeologists discover rare glass bowl

A 1400-year-old glass bowl was discovered in a wooden bucket recently during a broadcast of Channel 4's Time Team. The artifact was found in the new Forest area of Hamshire, England.

Metal detector finds 7th century Saxon pendant

Stacey Spiby, a metal detector enthusiast from Shepshed, England, has found a rare 7th century Anglo Saxon oval pendant worth “in the region of a few thousand pounds.”

1500-year-old Saxon burial promises more discoveries to come

Archaeologists working at a recreational site near Oakington, England have discovered a 1500-year-old Saxon burial. They believe there is also evidence of a settlement.

History Channel explores the Dark Ages

On Sunday March 4, 2007, the History Channel will premiere a two-hour program on the history of the Dark Ages. Long characterized as barbaric and uncivilized, the program will attempt to dispel the myths and explore the real and varied history of the period.

Anglo-Saxon Finds in East Sussex Church

Renovations on St Andrew's Church, at Bishopstone, near Seaford, have revealed Anglo-Saxon features dated back as far as the late 7th Century. This puts the age of the church back 100 years compared to previous datings.

British Museum Purchases Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt

The British Museum purchased a set of gold, garnet enchrusted Anglo-Saxon sword fittings. They were discovered by a metal detectorist in 2002 near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The fittings are a unique find for Anglo-Saxon England.

Mysterious rings puzzle archaeologists at the tomb of Chinese empress

Chinese archaeologists are confounded by a group 10 huge rings at the site of the tomb of the country's only empress, Wu Zetian. The rings, ranging from 30 to 40 meters in diameter, were discovered when aerial photos were taken.

Early Byzantine Costume Research Papers Online

Meghan Elphinstone, Arts & Sciences Champion for the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia, has posted her extensive research on early Byzantine costuming. The two papers are available in PDF format.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 5, 610

In the process of deposing and replacing the Byzantine emperor Phocas, Heraclius attacked Constantinople with a fleet on October 5, 610 C.E.