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  • Turin Shroud Was Made For Medieval Easter Ritual, Historian Says

    10/23/2014 8:22:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 23, 2014 | Charlotte Higgins
    Turin Shroud Was Made For Medieval Easter Ritual, Historian Says Charles Freeman believes relic venerated as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth dates from 14th century and was used as a prop Charlotte Higgins 23 October 2014. The Turin shroud, revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, dates from the middle ages, historian says. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP When it is exhibited next year in Turin, for the first time in five years, 2 million people are expected to pour into the city to venerate a four-metre length of woven cloth as the shroud in which Jesus Christ was wrapped after...
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • Colonial Crimes and Punishments

    08/10/2014 8:39:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Colonial Williamsburg
    Colonial Crimes and Punishments Crime: assault in sudden anger, blasphemy, counterfeiting, idolatry, murder, rebellion, robbery of a church, witchcraft Punishment: death by hanging Crime: denying God, killing chickens, spying, stealing grapes, striking one’s mother or father Punishment: death (usually by hanging) Crime: forgery, manslaughter, theft Punishment: branding with an “F” for forgery, an “M” for manslaughter, or a “T” for theft Crime: hog theft Punishment: first offense: 25 lashes and a fine of 400 pounds of tobacco (39 lashes for a Native American or mulatto), second offense: time in the pillory, ear nailing third offense: death (usually by hanging)...
  • Archaeologists find 'lost' medieval village... [Scotland]

    05/01/2014 12:13:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 28 April 2014 | Ben Miller
    German and Dutch pots, jugs and mugs, coins including an American cent, spindles, a sheep skull and horse teeth have been found by archaeologists digging in the Scottish Borders, where doors integrated into walls have revealed a “lost” Medieval village of families, farmyards and hearths. Between Edinburgh and the Northumberland National Park, the outskirts of Selkirk have previously been associated with the Battle of Philiphaugh, a 1645 victory for the Scottish Covenanter Army against their under-strength Royalist enemies... A pipeline-laying project by Scottish Water, though, has found stone brick structures including two pivot stones, used as hinges for doors between...
  • Medieval slave trade in Eastern Europe from Finland, the Baltic Countries to Central Asia (Blondes)

    04/21/2014 3:36:20 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4-15-2014 | University of Eastern Finland
    Medieval slave trade routes in Eastern Europe extended from Finland and the Baltic Countries to Central Asia April 15, 2014 University of Eastern Finland Summary: The routes of slave trade in Eastern Europe in the medieval and pre-modern period extended all the way to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. A recent study suggests that persons captured during raids into areas which today constitute parts of Finland, the Russian Karelia and the Baltic Countries ended up being sold on these remote trade routes. The routes of slave trade in Eastern Europe in the medieval and pre-modern period extended all the...
  • Family's $ million medieval-style dream mansion that took three years to build burns to the ground

    01/11/2014 11:16:58 AM PST · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'There is nothing left': Family's $4MILLION medieval-style dream mansion that took them three years to build burns to the ground A sprawling $4 million mansion built by an Ohio family has been gutted after a fire broke out on Friday afternoon. Homeowner Maria Decker, who had only added the finishing touches to her family's dream home last year, was on vacation when the fire broke out. Plumes of smoke and flames as high as 30ft could be seen as the fire ripped through the 22-room stone-built mansion.
  • Medieval Liberals

    10/08/2013 6:14:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | OCTOBER 8, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment. Among elite liberals today, all too few are of this classical mold — guided by...
  • Medieval Liberals

    10/08/2013 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment.
  • This Castle’s Toilet Still Holds Parasites From Crusaders’ Feces

    06/19/2013 5:25:10 AM PDT · by Renfield · 28 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 6-18-2013 | Rachel Nuwer
    Ruins of Saranda Kolones, Cyprus’ feces-preserving castle. Photo by Matthew Wilkinson Cyprus, the Mediterranean island nation just south of Turkey, took centuries to gain its independence. The Greeks, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Ottomans, British and others all took their turns taking over the island, and each left their mark on the archeological record. But in a ruined chamber in a castle on the western corner of the island, it may be more apt to say the invaders left a smear.In 1191, during the Third Crusade, King Richard I of England invaded Cyprus and ordered that a castle be built on...
  • Medieval plague victims unearthed in City of London square

    03/14/2013 10:10:16 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 14 March 2013 | Gwyn Topham
    Seven centuries after their demise, the skeletons of 12 plague victims have been unearthed in the City of London, a find which archaeologists believe to be just the tip of a long-lost Black Death mass burial ground. Arranged in careful rows, the bodies were discovered 2.5 metres below the ground in Charterhouse Square in works for a Crossrail tunnel shaft beside the future ticketing hall for Farringdon station. Tests are needed to confirm the skeletons' provenance, but the discovery should shed more light on life and death in 14th-century Britain and help scientists to understand how the plague mutated.
  • Medieval silver treasure found on Gotland

    08/05/2012 5:12:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 Aug 12 | Clara Guibourg
    A silver treasure from the 12th century has been found on the Baltic island Gotland, where over 600 pieces of silver coins have been unearthed, according to reports in local media. “This is an amazing find. It’s unbelievable that treasures of this scale exist here on Gotland,” Marie Louise Hellquist of Gotland’s County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) told local newspaper Hela Gotland. The medieval treasure was uncovered last Monday, as the landowner was moving soil. Some 500 pieces of coin were discovered in the field, and following further searches conducted once archaeologists arrived on Wednesday, that figure has swollen considerably. “In...
  • (Vavavooom!) 600-year-old bra and underwear discovered in an Austrian castle

    07/20/2012 10:24:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jul 18, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    600-year-old bra and underwear discovered in an Austrian castle Contemporary bras are more comfortable, modified versions of corsets — or so it was believed, until a 2007 discovery changed the way we see women's underwear. Working with a team of her colleagues, archaeologist Beatrix Nutz recently publicized her discovery of several linen bras and some underwear in a medieval castle. Nutz has presented academic papers about her discovery, and even analyzed the underwear for DNA (see picture). But the public didn't hear about the medieval bras until a BBC history program showed pictures of them. Nutz and colleagues also found...
  • Skeletal Trauma from Medieval Oslo

    05/31/2012 5:21:03 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Bones Don't Lie ^ | 5-1-2012 | Katy Meyers
    The Medieval period is one characterized throughout the Western world as one of violence. Artwork from this era shows not only violence done towards other cultural groups, but dangers and suffering from daily life. Historical texts document the violence of heroes and villains, their phrases often loaded with drama. Scholars have argued that this violence was part of the social environment and to some extent was institutionalized. However, judgements from text and art alone are limited by individual perception and bias. Human remains have been vital in understanding the extent and manner of violence in the Medieval period. While they...
  • Unicorn Cookbook Found at the British Library

    04/01/2012 5:12:33 AM PDT · by Méabh · 59 replies
    The British Library ^ | 01 April 2012 | The British Library
    A long-lost medieval cookbook, containing recipes for hedgehogs, blackbirds and even unicorns, has been discovered at the British Library. Professor Brian Trump of the British Medieval Cookbook Project described the find as near-miraculous. "We've been hunting for this book for years. The moment I first set my eyes on it was spine-tingling."
  • Voodoo Strikes 16 Years After Magician’s Murder

    02/25/2012 11:36:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | Friday, 24 Feb 2012
    The police arrested an alleged murderer of a black magic expert here late Wednesday night. According to details, the accused, Muhammad Ali Tarkhan, had killed Baba Fazal Karim, a magician with expertise in black magic, in Iqbal Town area of Lahore in 1996. The accused went underground in the aftermath of the murder but was captured by police during a raid late Wednesday night. In the preliminary interrogation the arrested culprit confessed the killing of Baba Fazal Karim. The detainee claimed that Baba Fazal Karim was making him paralysed with his black magic power to get possession of his shop....
  • Fighting with Swords and Shields Isn't Berserk, It's Awesome

    02/22/2012 5:43:31 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 52 replies · 1+ views
    kotaku.com ^ | Brian Ashcraft
    Exercise is important. Some jog. Others play tennis. In Tokyo, a group of folks don medieval armour, wield swords, and beat the tar out of each other. Welcome to Castle Tintagel, a Middle Ages oasis in a hyper modern metropolis.
  • Medieval mass grave hints at gruesome secret

    01/26/2012 10:32:18 PM PST · by Islander7 · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jan 25, 2012 | Staff
    (CBS News) A gruesome mass grave found in southern England may be the final resting place of some of the most feared marauders of the 11th century. Archeologists say the remains may belong to Viking mercenaries, who were buried in a burial pit in what now is the English town of Dorset. Isotope testing on the men's teeth links their origin to Scandinavia. That's where the easy clues end.
  • The Bailiff and Barack Obama: one Hell of a tale

    01/08/2012 10:29:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/08/2012 | Doug Book
    There is a Fourteenth century story of a Bailiff–the hated town collector of rents and enforcer of labor services—who, while riding to a village one day to collect rents, met the Devil himself in human form. “Where are you going,” asked the Devil? “To the next village on my master’s business,” replied the Bailiff. Upon introducing himself, the Devil asked the Bailiff if he would take whatever was freely offered him. “Yes,” replied the Bailiff who then asked the same question of the Devil. The Devil replied that, although also in quest of gain, he would NOT be willing to...
  • Robber who broke into hair salon is beaten by its black-belt owner (shortened title)

    07/12/2011 1:49:47 PM PDT · by JRios1968 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/12/2011 | Daily Mail
    A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon ended up as the victim when the female shop owner overpowered him, tied him up naked and then used him as a sex slave for three days.
  • Austrians hail a 'fairy-tale find' of medieval riches

    04/23/2011 1:10:48 PM PDT · by workerbee · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 4/22/11 | George Jahn
    VIENNA — A man turning dirt in his backyard stumbled onto buried treasure — hundreds of pieces of centuries-old jewelry and other precious objects that Austrian authorities described Friday as a fairy-tale find. Austria's department in charge of national antiquities said the trove consists of more than 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver plates and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments. It said the objects are about 650 years old and are being evaluated for their provenance and worth. While not assigning a monetary value to the buried bling, the enthusiastic...
  • Face of Medieval Knight revealed

    05/20/2010 4:52:50 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 49 replies · 2,150+ views
    FACE OF STERLING CASTLE WARRIOR RECONSTRUCTED The skeleton of the knight was discovered during refurbishment work A reconstruction has revealed the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered at Stirling Castle. Experts are now attempting to discover the identity of the warrior, who is likely to have been killed in the 13th or 14th Century. The skeleton is one of 10 excavated from the site of a lost royal chapel at the castle. The skeleton of a woman was found near the knight. Forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black is leading the investigation. It is believed the knight could...
  • Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years

    02/17/2010 2:51:51 PM PST · by Southack · 14 replies · 417+ views
    Journal For Climate Research ^ | January 31, 2003 | Willie Soon, Sallie Baliunas
    CLIMATE RESEARCH Clim Res Vol. 23: 89–110, 2003 Published January 31 1. INTRODUCTION Are the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period widespread climatic anomalies? Lamb (1965) wrote, ‘[M]ultifarious evidence of a meteorological nature from historical records, as well as archaeological, botanical and glaciological evidence in various parts of the world from the Arctic to New Zealand . . . has been found to suggest a warmer epoch lasting several centuries between about A.D. 900 or 1000 and about 1200 or 1300. . . . Both the ”Little Optimum” in the early Middle Ages and the cold epochs [i.e. ”Little...
  • DId Your Ancestor Serve During the Hundred Years' War?

    10/26/2009 7:20:45 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 97 replies · 2,669+ views
    Researchers at the University of Reading (UK) and the University of Southampton (UK) recently made available the roster of men who served during the Hundred Years' War.
  • [Tenn.] GOP Congressman: Afghanistan is a 'medieval' country [nation-building could take "decades"]

    09/29/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-29 | Jordan Fabian
    Nation-building in Afghanistan is a tough proposition for the United States since it is a "medieval" country, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told a local editorial board on Monday afternoon. The freshman lawmaker said that the a rebuilding project similar to what the U.S. undertook in Iraq would unlikely to achieve success in Afghanistan because the latter is "medieval" and the former is a "20th century country." Roe added that winning "the war" there would take "decades." He emphasized that the government needs to re-evaluate the mission there and define victory in the conflict against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. "I believe...
  • Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

    08/18/2009 6:27:29 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 42 replies · 1,786+ views
    acton.org ^ | AUGUST 17, 2009 | JOHN COURETAS
    Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe Posted by JOHN COURETAS on MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009 The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008)Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and ecclesiastical center of Europe and, indeed, was responsible for the very survival and flourishing of what we know today as Europe and you’re not likely to get the...
  • Farmer's son unearths medieval ring

    06/03/2009 10:17:01 AM PDT · by BGHater · 41 replies · 1,233+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 June 2009 | Belfast Telegraph
    A medieval silver ring dating back more than 800 years has been unearthed on a farm in Northern Ireland. The 12th century artefact was found by 17-year-old Conor Sandford as he was putting up a fence post at the edge of one of his father's fields near the village of Kilmore, Co Armagh. The teenager told a treasure trove hearing in Belfast today he initially thought the engraved finger ring was a ring pull from an old fizzy drink can. "Only when I was putting the soil back into the hole did I notice this wee thing sticking out," he...
  • Genius of medieval church builders rediscovered with a crucifix illuminated only twice a year

    03/23/2009 6:50:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 2,038+ views
    World Mysteries ^ | March 23, 2009
    It is an unforgettable moment. As the sun traverses the sky its light is suddenly focused into an intense beam which illuminates a carving of Christ on the Cross.  This is not a scene from an Indiana Jones film, however, but a stirring piece of visual synchronicity that dates from medieval times.  At the spring and autumn equinox, the setting sun hits a window at Holy Trinity Church in Barsham, Suffolk, and illuminates the 5ft carving for four spellbinding minutes. The spectacle dates back to the 1300s, when the narrow window was built in the church tower, but it...
  • Year in Review for Medievalists

    01/01/2009 6:47:59 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 16 replies · 523+ views
    News for Medievalists ^ | Sunday, December 28, 2008 | Unknown
    As 2008 winds down, we will take this opportunity to look back at some of the most interesting medieval stories of the year. Here is our list of top articles placed on our news blog: Art Historian recreates 'The Mystic Ark' of Hugh of Saint Victor Polish archaeologists find remains of three Teutonic Knights Byzantine gold coins discovered in Jerusalem Fordham Professor Decodes Hidden Messages in Medieval Text Byzantine art exhibition at the Royal Academy, London Battle of Agincourt Archaeological discoveries in Rome Istanbul project reveals Byzantine discoveries Boyana church in Sofia - Medieval frescos Vikings may have gone out...
  • Medieval Boat Found On Suffolk Coast

    06/25/2008 10:12:32 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 141+ views
    EADT24 ^ | 6-25-2008 | Mark Lord
    Medieval boat found on Suffolk coast 25 June 2008 | 08:00 MARK LORD Rob Atfield of Suffolk County Council Archaeology department works on one of the pieces THE unearthing of a medieval boat on the north Suffolk coast is of “great national importance”, the archaeological team behind the discovery said last night. As reported in yesterday's EADT the remains were found during excavations at Sizewell in advance of the onshore works for the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm. The vessel, which was probably a small inshore fishing boat, was broken up sometime between the 12th and 14th Centuries and parts of...
  • Medicinal Mercury In Medieval Bones

    06/02/2008 8:34:47 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 199+ views
    spectroscopynow.com ^ | 6-1-2008 | Journal of Archaeological Science 2008
    Medicinal mercury in Medieval bones [June 1, 2008] The Middle Ages, often referred to as Medieval times, spanned a long period in history from the 5th to the 16th Centuries. During this time, European society and culture enjoyed many advances and it could be argued that the quality of life improved beyond recognition. One area which progressed steadily was medicine and the treatment of disease, although these days we would not touch some of the medicinal compounds with a bargepole, let alone administer them to patients. One substance in popular use was mercury, used variously in gilding of jewellery and...
  • Boy 9, And Grandfather Find Medieval Silver Treasure In Sweden

    04/28/2008 2:47:11 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 133+ views
    Earth Times ^ | 4-28-2008 | DPA
    Boy, 9, and grandfather find medieval silver treasure in Sweden Posted : Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:36:04 GMT Author : DPA Stockholm - A 9-year-old boy's search for shrapnel on an old battlefield resulted in a huge find of medieval silver coins near the Lund in southern Sweden, local media reported Monday. Alexander Granhof, 9, and his grandfather made the recent discovery, dubbed "silverado" by archaeologists. "We went out on the field looking for cannonballs," Alexander Granhof told the online edition of the Sydsvenskan newspaper. "I found a piece of metal and thought at first it was shrapnel from a...
  • Trading Across Medieval Europe Revealed In Cod Bones

    04/14/2008 4:46:43 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 91+ views
    The Times Online ^ | 4-14-2008 | Norman Hammond
    Trading across medieval Europe revealed in cod bones Norman Hammond, Archaeology Correspondent The catastrophic decline of North Sea cod as the result of over fishing has had an impact on all our menus, from the poshest restaurants to the corner chippie: the fish left are few and small, compared with those of less than a century ago. Cod more than a metre in length are rare these days, whereas archaeological remains show that fish several times that size were common. A new study shows that cod were exploited in the Middle Ages from many, often distant, fishing grounds, with an...
  • Medieval Calculator Up For Grabs

    04/03/2008 5:16:39 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 92+ views
    Nature ^ | 4-3-2008 | Philip Ball
    Medieval calculator up for grabsUK museum seeks cash to keep a rare astrolabe in public hands. Philip Ball The British Museum needs £350,000 to secure this astrolabe. The fate of a fourteenth-century pocket calculator is hanging in the balance between museum ownership and private sale. The device is a brass astrolabe quadrant that opens a new window on the mathematical and astronomical literacy of the Middle Ages, experts say. It can tell the time from the position of the Sun, calculate the heights of tall objects, and work out the date of Easter. Found in 2005, the instrument has captivated...
  • Medieval Belt Buckle Discovered (Perth)

    03/06/2008 2:32:07 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 500+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-5-2008
    Medieval belt buckle discovered The medieval belt buckle Archaeologists unearthed a medieval belt buckle in Perth following work to repair a collapsed sewer. The group were allowed to examine the area in the Kirkgate as Scottish Water repaired the network. The copper alloy buckle is believed to date back to the 12th Century and was found along with animal bones, shells and pottery. A panel of experts will decide where the buckle should be housed, but it is hoped it will end up in Perth Museum. Catherine Smith from SUAT archaeological consultants told the BBC Scotland news website how they...
  • VIKING REVISIONISM

    12/21/2007 7:39:54 AM PST · by finnsheep · 36 replies · 238+ views
    http://www.interweave.com/spin/spinoff_magazine/default.asp | winter 07 issue | Judith MacKenzie McCuin
    Gutefar - The Bronze Age Sheep of Gotland This article claims sheep of the British Isles descended from sheep from Gotland, an Island in the Baltic "...arriving in Britain between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago, doubtless traveling along with the same Viking raiders that brought sheep originally to Gotland." She also claims Vikings are the ANCESTORS of the Visigoths. Only problems is that the Visigoths preceded the Vikings by about 400 years. The Visigoths sacked Rome in 451 AD and the first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles happened around 800 AD with the raid on the monastery at...
  • Norwich: The Second Largest Medieval City (UK)

    11/25/2007 9:13:36 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 85+ views
    Norwich: the second largest medieval city Norwich was the second largest city in Medieval Britain: why? In recent years a number of major sites covering more than 20 acres in all have been excavated in medieval Norwich, which between them have revolutionised our knowledge of this crucial medieval city. Let us take a look at these excavations in order to throw new light on this question of why medieval Norwich was so big, and so successful. The origins of Norwich Norwich was not a Roman settlement, nor does it owe its origins to the early Anglo-Saxon invaders. Settlement along the...
  • Medieval DNA, Modern Medicine (Lessons From The Black Death)

    10/16/2007 12:58:12 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,052+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 11/12-2007 | Heather Pringle
    Medieval DNA, Modern Medicine Volume 60 Number 6, November/December 2007 by Heather Pringle Will a cemetery excavation establish a link between the Black Death and resistance to AIDS? Beneath Eindhoven's modern skin of brick and asphalt lie the bones of its medieval townspeople. Studying their DNA may reveal the origin of the genetic resistance to AIDS. (Courtesy Laurens Mulkens) From the start, Nico Arts sensed that the frail remains of a child buried in front of a medieval church altar had an important story to tell. Arts is the municipal archaeologist in Eindhoven, a prosperous industrial city in the southern...
  • Medieval Women 'Had Girl Power'

    09/11/2007 8:28:04 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 1,304+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-11-2007
    Medieval women 'had girl power' Books, songs and legal documents were studied A new study by an academic says that "girl power" was alive and kicking around 600 years ago. Dr Sue Niebrzydowski at Bangor university said medieval women enjoyed a golden era with a greater life expectancy than men. "We found women running priories, commissioning books, taking early package tours to visit the Holy Land," she said. She added women were also defending their property and property rights. Dr Niebrzydowski's research involving middle aged women in the middle ages will be discussed at a conference at the university on...
  • Mystery of the medieval skulls still has archaeologists scratching their heads

    08/29/2007 5:24:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 24 replies · 652+ views
    Times (UK) ^ | 8-25-07
    A study into the mysterious changing skull shape of medieval man casts serious doubt on current theories. The peculiar shift from long narrow heads to those of a rounder shape, and back again, which took place between the 11th and 13th centuries, has been noted at sites throughout western Europe. But a study of skulls found at the deserted village of Wharram Percy, near Malton, North Yorkshire, suggests that the anatomical blip was not down to an influx of Norman immigrants, or climate change, English Heritage has said. It examined nearly 700 skeletons recovered from the village. Unlike other...
  • Vatican seeks to calm Jewish anger over Polish priest('s anti-semitic comments)

    08/10/2007 3:30:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies · 326+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 9 Aug 07
    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican sought to calm Jewish anger yesterday over the pope's meeting with a prominent Polish priest accused of anti-Semitism, declaring the encounter did not imply any change in the Church's desire for good relations with Jews. The Vatican issued the assurances after Pope Benedict XVI's brief meeting Sunday with the Rev. Tadeusz Rydzyk, which drew protests from worldwide Jewish organizations. Photos showing the pope at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo with Rydzyk, along with two other Polish priests, were published in Polish newspapers on Tuesday. Rydzyk, who runs a conservative media empire that includes the...
  • Archaeologist Uncover Possible Medieval Mosque In Sicily

    07/30/2007 8:41:07 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,335+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | 7-30-2007 | North Illinois University
    Archaeologist uncover possible medieval mosque in Sicily The Normans are believed to have built the medieval castle of Salemi. It fell into ruin during the mid-20th century and was closed after a devastating earthquake in 1968. The castle is shown here prior to recent exterior renovations. Photo by Michael Kolb" Earlier this summer, while standing in an archaeological pit adjacent to an ancient hilltop castle in west-central Sicily, Northern Illinois University graduate student Bill Balco could literally reach out and touch the centuries—even the millennia. The dig site, about 7-by-10 meters near the castle entrance, reveals a crossroads of cultures...
  • Restored – but medieval maze is still a puzzle after centuries[UK]

    06/20/2007 4:47:34 AM PDT · by BGHater · 57 replies · 2,018+ views
    Yorkshire Post ^ | 19 June 2007 | Simon Bristow
    A maze is designed to puzzle, but whoever dreamt up the intricate earth and grass labyrinth that is Julian's Bower can be especially pleased –it remains a mystery after hundreds of years. The medieval maze in Alkborough, near Scunthorpe, has been reopened to the public after a major returfing project, but experts are no closer to solving the riddle of why or when it was made. The 44ft relic cut into the landscape has many interlocking rings, and the theories surrounding its origins are just as complex. Some have observed how Alkborough's maze is strikingly similar to a floor design...
  • (Iraqi "Honour Killing") The Moment a Teenage Girl was Stoned to Death for Loving the Wrong Boy

    05/04/2007 8:29:06 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 56 replies · 5,545+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd May 2007 | Daily Mail
    The Moment a Teenage Girl was Stoned to Death for Loving the Wrong Boy Last updated at 18:28pm on 3rd May 2007 A 17-year-old girl has been stoned to death in Iraq because she loved a teenage boy of the wrong religion. As a horrifying video of the stoning went out on the Internet, the British arm of Amnesty International condemned the death of Du’a Khalil Aswad as "an abhorrent murder" and demanded that her killers be brought to justice. Reports from Iraq said a local security force witnessed the incident, but did nothing to try to stop it. Now...
  • Pakistani man beheaded in Saudi Arabia

    04/03/2007 10:53:47 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 24 replies · 1,191+ views
    RIYADH: A Pakistani man was beheaded on Tuesday for stabbing to death a Saudi national after an argument, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. It identified the Pakistani man as Khalid bin Mahmoud bin Abdel-Ghafour and his victim as Wasfi bin Said bin Abdullah al-Marhoun. It did not say when the killing took place or say what the two men had argued about. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery face the death sentence. Tuesday’s execution took to 25 the number of people beheaded in the kingdom so...
  • Pope branded a medieval crusader in India

    09/15/2006 1:30:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1,117+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Fri Sep 15, 6:31 AM ET | Penny MacRae
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI's attack on Islam has stirred anger in India with the head of the National Commission for Minorities saying he sounded like a medieval crusader. Pope Benedict provoked worldwide outcry with comments Tuesday during a visit to his native Germany in which he talked about the "issue of jihad, holy war", a term used by Islamic extremists to justify acts of terror. "The language used by the pope sounds like that of his 12th-century counterpart who ordered the crusades," said Hamid Ansari, chairman of the influential National Commission for Minorities. The commission's role includes...
  • Lies: The Crusades

    08/29/2006 7:16:55 AM PDT · by JamesP81 · 3 replies · 440+ views
    Southern Pundit ^ | 8-29-2006 | James P
    All of us know that historical revisionism is a favored tool of the liar and those who like to play the blame game. Right after 9/11, this was on display for the whole world to see when Bin Laden and the Left decided to blame the Middle East’s hatred of the West on, of all things, the Crusades. The Crusades were a series of wars that were fought nearly a thousand years before anyone on this Earth was born, yet the extremists hang on to it today like it’s some kind of personal injustice. I find it inconceivable that one...
  • 1410 Grunwald Battle re-enacted (see pictures)

    07/15/2006 11:28:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 522+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 15.07.2006
    1410 Grunwald Battle re-enacted 15.07.2006 The Battle of Grunwald of 15 July 1410, one of the biggest armed clashes of Medieval Europe, is being re-enacted in mid-northern Poland this afternoon. The event began with a holy mass and the Grunwald roll call. Taking part are 1,500 amateur troops from Poland and abroad, who will recreate the battle in which allied Polish and Lithuanian troops defeated the forces of the Teutonic Knights, thus sparking off the collapse of that medieval military order.
  • Unique castle sword found in a suitcase

    06/22/2006 11:41:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies · 675+ views
    Northumberland Today ^ | 22 June 2006 | unattributed
    X-rays of the sword, which predates the Vikings, revealed its blade is made up of six individual strands of carbonised iron bonded together to form the blade, a practice which has rarely been seen before... The sword was discovered in the first-ever excavation at Bamburgh Castle by the late Dr Brian Hope-Taylor in 1960. Following his death in 2001, the sword was found in a suitcase during a clearance of his house along with a rare pattern-welded sword and an axe also from Bamburgh... A replica sword is being reconstructed which will be displayed at Bamburgh Castle with the original...
  • Medieval cemetery destroyed in border conflict (RoP alert & destruction of the Chistendom)

    04/23/2006 1:34:00 AM PDT · by CheyennePress · 5 replies · 509+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 26, 2006 | Jeremy Page
    A MEDIEVAL cemetery regarded as one of the wonders of the Caucasus has been destroyed in an act of cultural vandalism likened to the Taliban blowing up the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 2001. The Jugha cemetery was a unique collection of several thousand carved stone crosses on Azerbaijan's southern border with Iran. But after 18 years of conflict between Azerbaijan and its western neighbour, Armenia, it has been confirmed that the cemetery has vanished. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a London-based non-government organisation that supports independent journalism, said one of its staff had recently been to the...
  • Lucky Coin Found In Medieval Ship

    02/07/2006 10:57:53 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 697+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-7-2006
    Lucky coin found in medieval ship The coin is inscribed in Latin and has a cross on one face A French silver coin has been found embedded in the keel of a medieval ship uncovered on the banks of the river Usk in Newport three years ago. The discovery of the 15th Century coin is being interpreted as a sign that the ship came originally from France. Experts believe the coin was new and was intended to be a good luck charm. Project leader Kate Hunter said a colleague was shaking when she found the coin. She said: "We all...