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  • Missing pieces of 6th-century Byzantine bucket finally found at Sutton Hoo

    07/12/2024 7:25:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 4, 2024 | Kristina Killgrove
    While working at the Anglo-Saxon site of Sutton Hoo in England, archaeologists found the missing pieces of a 1,500-year-old copper bucket imported from Turkey. The bucket, which is at least a century older than the famed ship burial, may provide a window into how people lived in early medieval times.A team of archaeologists, conservators and volunteers from Time Team, the U.K.'s National Trust and FAS Heritage discovered the metal fragments in late June during excavation and metal-detecting work at Sutton Hoo.Sutton Hoo is best known for its magnificent seventh-century ship burial, whose 1939 discovery was featured in the 2021 movie...
  • ‘Excalibur’ sword lodged in rock for 1,300 years mysteriously disappears

    07/03/2024 10:19:34 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 35 replies ^ | July 3, 2024 | Ben Ashton
    An ancient French sword has mysteriously vanished after 1,300 years wedged inside a rock 32ft off the ground. The Durandal, which is France’s version of King Arthur’s legendary Excalibur, was reported missing from the clifftop village of Rocamadour on Monday. It belonged to Roland, a famous knight in French literature who was said to own the ‘indestructible’ sword, which had become an iconic part of the area.
  • Who Owns Alexander the Great? It’s a Diplomatic Minefield.North Macedonia has claimed historical figures as part of a drive to build a national identity. That has ruffled the feathers of the Balkan nation’s neighbors.

    06/19/2024 7:39:23 AM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19th June 2024 | Andrew higgins
    The center of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, a Balkan country born just 33 years ago as an independent state, is awash in history. A statue of Alexander the Great looms over the central square. One of his father, Philip II of Macedon, towers above a nearby piazza atop an oversize pedestal. The city is also littered with tributes in bronze, stone and plaster to generations of other heroes from what the country sees as its glorious and very long history. The problem, though, is that most of the history on display is claimed by other countries. Present-day North...
  • Israeli Soldiers, Facing Hezbollah, Use Medieval Trebuchet to Fling Balls of Fire

    06/13/2024 2:16:38 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jun 2024 | JOHN HAYWARD
    A video went viral on Thursday that showed Israeli troops using a trebuchet to lob fireballs over the wall near the Israeli border with Lebanon, apparently to clear brush. The Israeli broadcaster KAN published a video of the “creative solution” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers used to reportedly clear dense brush near the border with Lebanon. Trebuchets, which drop a heavy weight to propel a long throwing arm with a sling assembly on the end, have considerably longer range and better accuracy than older catapult designs. They were regarded as such a marvel of technology in their day that...
  • Israel Uses Medieval Trebuchet Against Hezbollah in Lebanon

    06/14/2024 3:49:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies ^ | June 14, 2024 | WSJ News
    Israel said its forces launched flaming projectiles from a trebuchet to burn vegetation in an effort to prevent Hezbollah militants from using the brush as cover.
  • Today in history: King St. Louis IX scores major victory for Christians over Islamic jihad

    06/07/2024 8:08:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 6, 2024 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today in history: King St. Louis IX scores major victory for Christians over Islamic jihadOn June 6, 1249, King Louis IX of France—better known to posterity as Saint Louis—scored a dramatic victory over the Islamic jihad at the start of the Seventh Crusade.uly 7, 2017 - St. Louis, Missouri - The sunset over the Apotheosis of St. Louis statue of King Louis IX of France in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri.Today in history, on June 6, Louis IX of France – better known to posterity as Saint Louis – scored a dramatic victory over the Islamic jihad.It was late May,...
  • What if Belisarius had accepted the Gothic offer to become Western Roman Emperor in AD 540 ~ And why he didn't

    06/06/2024 10:28:37 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 14 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | June 5, 2024 | Florentius
    I left off the previous post considering what might have happened if Belisarius had accepted the imperial diadem of the Western Empire when it was offered to him at the end of the first war in Italy in AD 540. Could he have remained on the throne? How would Justinian have reacted? Did Belisarius have the diplomatic and administrative skills to manage the Western Empire? Would his men have remained loyal to him and willing to advance his military goals abroad? In a best-case scenario that's perhaps not too far-fetched, the answer is yes, Belisarius could certainly have ruled...
  • Medieval Woman Stood Less Than 5 Feet Tall. She May Have Been Deadly Warrior, Study Says

    06/06/2024 6:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/5 | Brendan Rascius
    While excavating a cemetery for medieval knights in Spain, archaeologists came across something unexpected: the remains of a woman. Pierced by sharp objects, her bones suggest she fought and died in battle, likely over 800 years ago. The discovery prompted a flurry of questions about her role in the male-dominated society. Who was she? Why was she buried there? Did she fight alongside the knights? By analyzing her skeleton, archaeologists shed light on her diet, lifestyle and status, allowing them to venture several hypotheses about her identity, according to a study published May 14 in the journal Scientific Reports.
  • GP Issues 'Fever and Rashes' Warning as Cases of Medieval Disease Rise in UK

    06/06/2024 6:53:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Mirror ^ | 6/5 | Rom Preston-Ellis
    A GP has shared his expertise on two common sexually transmitted infections - gonorrhoea and syphilis - as cases of the infections in the UK are at an all-time highUK Health Security Agency's latest figures have shown that cases of gonorrhoea and syphilis are at a record high across the UK. As summer approaches, a lack of education about these common STIs could lead to an even greater increase in cases, warns a doctor. Dr Donald Grant, a GP and senior clinical advisor at The Independent Pharmacy, has offered his expert advice on these two sexually transmitted infections, highlighting the...
  • Woman Goes For A Walk And Accidentally Discovers Huge 900-Year-Old Treasure Trove

    05/31/2024 9:02:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    IFL Science ^ | May 31, 2024 | DR. KATIE SPALDING
    They'll probably look more impressive when they're clean. Image credit: ARCHEOLOGICKÝ ÚSTAV AV ČR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you’ve been trying to convince yourself to exercise more lately, consider the recent case of a woman in the Czech Republic who went out for a walk one day and accidentally found a treasure trove of more than 2,150 silver coins dating from more than 900 years ago. It’s a discovery that “can be compared to winning a million in the jackpot,” said Filip Velímský, an archaeologist from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague, in a statement translated from the...
  • Ancient Mycobacterium leprae genome reveals medieval English red squirrels as animal leprosy host

    05/19/2024 6:15:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Current Biology ^ | May 03, 2024 | Christian Urban et al
    Leprosy, one of the oldest recorded diseases in human history, remains prevalent in Asia, Africa, and South America, with over 200,000 cases every year.1,2 Although ancient DNA (aDNA) approaches on the major causative agent, Mycobacterium leprae, have elucidated the disease’s evolutionary history,3,4,5 the role of animal hosts and interspecies transmission in the past remains unexplored. Research has uncovered relationships between medieval strains isolated from archaeological human remains and modern animal hosts such as the red squirrel in England.6,7 However, the time frame, distribution, and direction of transmissions remains unknown. Here, we studied 25 human and 12 squirrel samples from two...
  • Debunked: 5 Myths About Medieval Europe

    05/15/2024 8:48:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    History Facts ^ | 05/15/2024
    Arguably no period in European history is as misunderstood as the Middle Ages, which stretched from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century CE to the rise of the Renaissance roughly 1,000 years later. The myths surrounding this fascinating period of kingdoms and peasants are so prevalent that they led medieval historian Winston Black to write, “The first thing to understand about the Middle Ages… is that they do not actually exist.” The popular perception of life in feudal Europe (exacerbated by Hollywood depictions) is that it was prudish, brutish, and excessively foul, but society was...
  • Magna Carta case damaged by Just Stop Oil protesters at British Library

    05/11/2024 4:55:10 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/11/24 | Harry Low
    Two Just Stop Oil protesters have been arrested after damaging the case around the Magna Carta at the British Library. Reverend Sue Parfitt, 82, and Judy Bruce, 85, a retired biology teacher, targeted the glass enclosure around the historic document on Friday. The pair then held up a sign reading "The Government is breaking the law" before gluing themselves to the display, footage posted online shows. The British Library said security had "intervened to prevent further damage". The Metropolitan Police said two people had been taken into custody having been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. The British Library...
  • Just Stop Oil supporters, including 82-year-old priest, smash glass surrounding Britain’s historic Magna Carta

    05/10/2024 9:41:28 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 44 replies
    CNN, MSN ^ | 5/10/24 | Catherine Nicholls
    Two supporters of the climate activism group Just Stop Oil have smashed the glass protecting the Magna Carta, an iconic British manuscript from the 13th century, on Friday. According to Just Stop Oil, Reverend Dr. Sue Parfitt, 82, an active Anglican priest and author, and Judy Bruce, 85, a retired biology teacher, entered the British Library in London on Friday morning and “smashed the glass enclosure that surrounds the Magna Carta.” After this, the pair glued themselves to the document’s enclosure and held up a sign that said “The government is breaking the law,” Just Stop Oil said.

    05/10/2024 9:25:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 10, 2024 | Micah Hanks
    A curious-looking stone inscribed with a mysterious ancient language uncovered by a teacher near Coventry, England, has revealed a rare window to the region’s ancient history. While working in his garden, geography teacher Graham Senior discovered a peculiar rock amidst the overgrown weeds in his flowerbed. Removing it from the surrounding earth revealed a rectangular wedge of sandstone bearing a series of unusual markings along its face. Unable to decipher the strange set of inscriptions along the face of the artifact, Senior reached out to a local archaeologist for assistance with the unique find. Soon, experts were able to determine...
  • Walpurgis Night of Songs and Bonfires

    05/01/2024 10:05:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 30 Apr 2024 | Anna Akopyan
    Sweden kicks off for spring with a traditional night of songs and bonfires on April 30. Walpurgis Night, “Valborg” in Swedish, is the last day of April, spent in celebration of spring and community spirit. Dating back to the Middle Ages, it was initially the Germans who brought the festive tradition to Sweden, in honour of the 8th century German saint, Walpurgis. In medieval times, April 30 marked the end of the administrative year; local merchants and craftsmen celebrated by dancing and singing in anticipation of spring. It was also a significant day for peasants and farmers, who attended the...
  • The Persian Conquest of Jerusalem (614 CE) ––An Archaeological Assessment

    04/24/2024 3:29:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Bible interpretation arizona ^ | October 2010 | Gideon Avni
    The Persian conquest of Palestine in 614 CE is described in historical sources as a most violent military raid that dramatically affected the political and administrative stability of Byzantine Palestine, involving large scale damage to churches and a mass killing of the local Christian population. Common view has it that the conquest marked a turning point in the history of the Near East and was one of the causes for the rapid Early Islamic conquests, twenty years later. Although the Persian domination - lasting only 14 years (614-628), was a very brief episode in the long historical sequence of Palestine,...
  • The Titles of British Nobility, Explained: From Barons to Earls to Dukes

    04/21/2024 1:33:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    History Facts ^ | 04/21/2024 | Tony Dunnell
    The British nobility is divided into tiers or ranks, known as the peerage. The roots of this hierarchical system date back around a thousand years; it began to gain a defined structure (as with many things in British history) after William I conquered England in 1066. The peerage has five ranks: baron, viscount, earl, marquess, and duke, in ascending order. And within each tier, superiority is given to the holder of the oldest peerage. So, for example, the Duke of Devonshire is more senior than the Duke of Marlborough because the former title was created in 1694, eight years before...
  • Thirteen Medieval Words Ripe for a Comeback

    04/20/2024 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Chicory · 54 replies
    13. Sparple This word is not only fun to say, it can also come in handy. It means to deflect attention from one thing by making a big deal of something else entirely.
  • Voynich Manuscript Finally Decoded? Medieval Sex Secrets May Hide in Mysterious Text

    04/17/2024 10:07:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Science Alert ^ | April 17, 2024 | Keagan Brewer, the Conversation
    This late-medieval document is covered in illustrations of stars and planets, plants, zodiac symbols, naked women, and blue and green fluids. But the text itself – thought to be the work of five different scribes – is enciphered and yet to be understood.In an article published in Social History of Medicine, my coauthor Michelle L. Lewis and I propose that sex is one of the subjects detailed in the manuscript – and that the largest diagram represents both sex and conception.Late-medieval sexology and gynaecologyResearch on the Voynich manuscript has revealed some clues about its origins. Carbon dating provides a 95%...