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  • New light on contested identity of medieval skeleton found at Prague Castle

    08/22/2019 6:56:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Thursday, August 22, 2019 | University of Bristol
    Lead author Professor Nicholas Saunders, from Bristol's Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, said: "A number of studies have recently begun to re-interpret the remains and ours provides a new analysis. "The goods found with the remains are a mix of foreign (non-Czech) items, such as the sword, axe and fire striker (a common piece of Viking equipment), and domestic objects, such as the bucket and the knives. "The sword is especially unique as it is the only one discovered in 1,500 early medieval graves so far found in Prague Castle. "Perhaps he was a Slav from a neighbouring region, who...
  • Debunking The "Vikings Weren’t Victims Of Climate" Myth [Greenland and Historical Realities]

    01/20/2016 6:14:55 PM PST · by zeestephen · 21 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 19 January 2016 | F.J. Shepherd
    Some people have claimed that Greenland was no warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today...In this essay, I will examine some of the historical facts concerning Greenland starting 1,000 years ago and will then attempt to demonstrate how much warmer Greenland had to be in order to accommodate the history that transpired in this region.
  • Fine Arts- Luca, Andrea, and Giovanni della Robbia - Monteverdi - Thomas Campion - Palestrina

    08/10/2019 9:55:41 AM PDT · by mairdie · 20 replies
    The Renaissance sculptors Luca della Robbia (1399-1482), his nephew Andrea della Robbia (1435-1525), and Andrea's son Giovanni della Robbia (1469-1529). Music: Chiome d Oro, Monteverdi Never weather-beaten sail, Thomas Campion Agnus, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestria
  • So why did 'Columbus sail the ocean blue' in 1492?

    08/04/2019 8:37:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies ^ | 8/4/2019 | Bill Federer
    “There are but 155 years left … at which time … the world will come to an end,” wrote Christopher Columbus in his book “Libro de Las Profecias,” composed in 1502 between his third and fourth voyages. Columbus continued: “… The sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end of the world is the preaching of the Gospel recently in so many lands.” Though his predictions were off, Columbus’ writings revealed his motivation for setting sail on his first voyage Aug. 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He sought to find a sea...
  • Archaeological evidence verifies long-doubted medieval accounts of First Crusade

    07/28/2019 1:47:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 22, 2019 | University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    The dig's archeological team --- co-directed by UNC Charlotte professor of history Shimon Gibson, Rafi Lewis, a faculty member at the University of Haifa and Ashkelon Academic College, and James Tabor, UNC Charlotte professor of religious studies -- has revealed the rumored, but never physically detected, moat-trench the Fatamid defenders dug along the city's southern wall to protect against siege engines - a defense that contemporary accounts claim helped stymie the southern assault. Through stratigraphic evidence, the archaeologists have been able to confirm the 11th Century date of the 17-meter-wide by 4-meter-deep ditch, which abutted the Fatimid city wall (built...
  • Rome, Tourist Heaven, Is Awash in Bird Poop and Garbage

    07/19/2019 8:53:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 19, 2019 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    On a blistering July morning in Rome, a man in a white hazmat suit is collecting samples from a pile of festering and oddly shimmering liquid that has seeped from a dumpster into the cobblestone lanes near the Roman Colosseum. Around the corner, traffic is backed up on a major street as a massively overfed seagull and a diseased-looking raven tussle over the carcass of a bloated rat. Garbage bags ripped open by rodents spill the contents—rotting food and curdled milk—onto picturesque squares. Citizens have taken matters into their own hands, liberally scattering rat poisoning in the overflowing dumpsters, but...
  • Why Were Medieval Europeans So Obsessed With Long, Pointy Shoes?

    06/08/2019 1:59:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 75 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | 5/22/19 | Sabrina Imbler
    Why Were Medieval Europeans So Obsessed With Long, Pointy Shoes? Going to foolish lengths for fashion. by Sabrina ImblerMay 22, 2019 Why Were Medieval Europeans So Obsessed With Long, Pointy Shoes? 32,379 At a royal Parisian wedding the standard footwear was very pointy. Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty ImagesIn 1463, London outlawed the shoes of its fanciest men. These dapper lords had grown ridiculous in their dapperness, and had taken to ambling streets shod in long, carrot-shaped shoes that tapered to impish tips, some as long as five inches beyond the toe. These shoes were called “crakows” or “poulaines” (a...
  • Medieval beer is brewed for the first time in 220 years (tr)

    05/21/2019 10:51:40 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2019 | James Tweedie
    Belgian monks have revived a medieval beer recipe last brewed in the 18th century. The Order of Canons Regular of Premontre at Grimbergen Abbey in Belgium have begun brewing the ale again after rediscovering the original 12th-century recipe and methods in their archives. But be careful if you get to try the new ancient brew - at 10.8 per cent alcohol content it's likely to blow your cassock off.
  • Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth

    12/03/2014 9:15:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 3, 2014 | Nick Romeo
    As Michelangelo was finishing his famous sculpture David, a powerful patron appeared below the ladder on which he was standing and suggested that perhaps the nose was too thick. The artist came down and stood beside his patron to assess things. When the man looked away, Michelangelo quickly snatched a handful of dust and ascended again, pretending to tap his chisel and letting the dust slip between his fingers. Having altered nothing, he climbed down once more and waited for an opinion. The patron was delighted: “Oh, that’s much better! Now you’ve really brought it to life.” The anecdote is...
  • Michelangelo’s ‘first ever’ work of art discovered which was drawn when he was a young boy

    05/20/2019 7:01:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies ^ | 20th May 2019 |
    THE earliest-known work of art created by Michelangelo when the Italian artist was just 12 years old has been discovered. The sketch, which depicts a robed man in a chair, was identified by leading Italian Renaissance scholar Sir Timothy Clifford. Sir Clifford believes the legendary artist, who painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling and carved the statue of David in marble, created the work when he was just a young child. Describing it as “the earliest drawing efforts of a youth who would one day emerge as one of the most remarkable artists that has ever lived,” Sir Clifford thinks it...
  • Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts from the 8th thru 12th Centuries (700-1199)

    06/17/2018 12:42:47 PM PDT · by mairdie · 42 replies
    Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts from the 8th thru 12th Centuries (700-1199) Music: Alla Venetiana - Joan Ambrosio Dalza. Heth Sold ein meisken garn om win - Josquin Desprei. The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons.
  • Medieval Cheater’s Dice With Double Fours and Fives Found in Norway

    04/16/2018 4:30:29 AM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies ^ | George Dvorsky
    Six-sided dice date back nearly 5,000 years to ancient Persia, so finding 600-year-old dice in Norway isn’t anything special. But this recently discovered dice—with its conspicuously absent one-side and two-side—is unique, pointing to some Medieval-era shenanigans. This cheater’s dice was discovered at a dig in Bergen, Norway by archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU). The researchers are currently excavating the remains of a wooden street from the medieval Vågsbunnen district, which dates back to the 15th century. Back then, it was a densely populated area, filled with pubs and inns. It’s very likely that games—particularly those...
  • Medieval Studies scholars deem field too white

    08/16/2017 9:40:14 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 23 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 08/15/2017 | Kathryn Hinderaker
    ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Medieval Studies’ A growing concern among Medieval Studies scholars is that the field is too dominated by white, male scholars who appreciate its link to Christian values and the fact that it’s been somewhat resistant to identity politics changes seen in other humanities departments. The issue has been compounded by the concern among Medieval Studies scholars that white supremacists and the alt-right have co-opted crusade themes in memes to push for violence against Muslims and people of color. Currently some scholars are planning a “Crusades and Alt Right” symposium this October to discuss the issue, an...
  • Medieval Fight Club Brings Dozens to Brunswick Park

    05/11/2017 9:42:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Fox8 ^ | MAY 10, 2017, | Todd Meany
    For nearly five decades, battle-ready warriors have been roaming Northeast Ohio. They fight for honor, glory and a little Sunday exercise. It's called Dagorhir, a live battle, role-playing game based loosely on "The Lord of the Rings." On a Sunday at Plum Creek Park in Brunswick, nearly 100 fighters gather with polearms, clubs and shields. All the weapons are padded with foam and inspected for safety. Medics are on site, in case someone really gets hurt. There are plenty of other rules, and colors and numbers represent how much damage is done. Red means a person can be taken out...
  • Don't Diss the Dark Ages

    10/28/2016 8:01:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 25 October 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Once dissed as The Dark Ages, the Medieval Era is more properly viewed as a successful adaptation to the challenges of the post-Western Roman Empire era. The decline of the Western Roman Empire was the result of a constellation of challenges, including (but not limited to) massive new incursions of powerful Germanic tribes, a widening chasm between the Western and the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), plague, an onerous tax burden on the non-elite classes, weak leadership, the dominance of a self-serving elite (sound familiar?) and last but not least, the expansion of an unproductive rabble in Rome that had to...
  • Apparently, Medieval-Themed Video Games ‘Legitimize’ ‘White Supremacy’

    07/23/2015 7:24:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 65 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2015 | Katherine Tempf
    If you like playing medieval-themed video games, you might not be just some harmless nerd — you might be a nerd who is also kind of a white supremacist. At least that’s the opinion of Victoria Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds in England, who presented a paper titled “Playing Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games” at the International Medieval Congress earlier this month. “The Middle Ages is a space where white supremacy is legitimized,” Cooper said, according to an article on “The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’...
  • New research reveals what was on the menu for peasants

    05/16/2019 5:28:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies ^ | 05/16/2109 | University of Bristol
    Using chemical analysis of pottery fragments and animal bones found at one of England's earliest medieval villages, combined with detailed examination of a range of historical documents and accounts, the research has revealed the daily diet of peasants in the Middle Ages. The researchers were also able to look at butchery techniques, methods of food preparation and rubbish disposal at the settlement Dr. Julie Dunne and Professor Richard Evershed from the University of Bristol's Organic Geochemistry Unit, based within the School of Chemistry, led the research, published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science. "Much is known of the medieval...
  • New research reveals what was on the menu for medieval peasants

    05/17/2019 8:03:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | May 16, 2019 | University of Bristol
    Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered, for the first time, definitive evidence that determines what types of food medieval peasants ate and how they managed their animals. Using chemical analysis of pottery fragments and animal bones found at one of England's earliest medieval villages, combined with detailed examination of a range of historical documents and accounts, the research has revealed the daily diet of peasants in the Middle Ages. The researchers were also able to look at butchery techniques, methods of food preparation and rubbish disposal at the settlement... The OGU team used the technique of organic residue...
  • 600-year-old 'world's most mysterious text' finally decoded by UK genius

    05/15/2019 8:37:05 PM PDT · by ETL · 53 replies
    The Sun, via ^ | May 15, 2019 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor | The Sun
    A mysterious 600-year-old manuscript that has been deemed "unreadable" by the world's top cryptographers has finally been deciphered. That's the claim by one Bristol academic who has cracked the legendary Voynich manuscript and revealed its secrets. Dr. Gerard Cheshire believes that the document is written in a dead language called proto-Romance. By studying the letter and symbols through the manuscript, he was able to decipher the meaning of the words. According to the linguistics buff, the Voynich manuscript contains sex tips, info on parenting and psychology, and herbal remedies. "I experienced a series of 'eureka' moments whilst deciphering the code,...
  • Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text

    05/15/2019 5:12:44 AM PDT · by vannrox · 52 replies
    PHYS ^ | 15may19 | by University of Bristol
    A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed—by cracking the code of the 'world's most mysterious text', the Voynich manuscript. Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document. In his peer-reviewed paper, The Language and Writing System of MS408 (Voynich) Explained, published in the journal Romance Studies, Cheshire describes how he successfully deciphered the manuscript's...