Posts Tagged ‘medieval’

Catapult: The Long-Reaching History of a Prominent Medieval Siege Engine

One of the most iconic images of the European Middle Ages is the castle. This defensive structure was often heavily fortified and provided its inhabitants with much-needed safety. It was usually quite difficult for an enemy to capture a castle, and for that, an attacking army needed siege engines. The catapult was one of the […]

HALF of the Men Found in Medieval Paupers’ Cemetery Had Broken Bones

Life in Europe during the Middle Ages was difficult and dangerous for the majority of the population. Poverty, disease, and warfare were common, and the poor and working classes bore the brunt of these hardships including more broken bones. In one medieval cemetery, more than half of all the men and 40 percent of the […]

The Thule Culture: Medieval Mariners Migrating In Search Of Meteoritic Iron

The modern English word, ‘Thule’, first appeared in ancient Greek and Roman cartographic documents as the Latin word Thūlē, describing farthest north location in the known world. Over the centuries historians and archaeologists have variably concluded that word represented northern Scotland, Orkney or Shetland, but according to some researchers even the island of Saaremaa (Ösel) in Estonia and the Norwegian island […]

Helle’s Toilet: Three-Person Loo Seat was Unusual Medieval Status Symbol

Helle’s Toilet is the name given to a Medieval toilet seat that was discovered during an archaeological excavation in London. It is most notable for being a rare example of a triple toilet seat. Apart from that, its state of preservation, in spite of its age, is also noteworthy. Although made of wood, Helle’s Toilet […]

Skeletal Trauma Reveals Class Inequality in Medieval Cambridge

Skeletal trauma has been studied in the remains of hundreds of people who lived in medieval Cambridge excavated from three cemeteries dating back to between the 10th and 14th century. The study has revealed varying levels of physical hardship across lower classes. Founded in 1209 AD and granted a royal charter by Henry III in 1231 AD, […]

Reading Abbey: Ruined Are A Reminder of Medieval Religious Strife

Reading Abbey was erected in 1121 in the town of Reading within in the county of Berkshire, England. It was a royal monastery established by King Henry I to pay homage to his ancestors and his successors and would serve as a burial site for Henry himself in 1136, thus making it a royal mausoleum. […]

Reading Abbey: Ruins Are A Reminder of Medieval Religious Strife

Reading Abbey was erected in 1121 in the town of Reading within in the county of Berkshire, England. It was a royal monastery established by King Henry I to pay homage to his ancestors and his successors and would serve as a burial site for Henry himself in 1136, thus making it a royal mausoleum. […]

Early Medieval Europe – Dark Age Death Practices Spread Quickly

A new study suggests that Europe has been ‘global’ for over a millennium. The evidence for this claim comes from a set of shared cultural practices spread over a wide area in early Medieval Europe. The researcher behind the study demonstrates that new ideas could actually spread rather quickly during the so-called Dark Ages. Dr. […]

Archaeologists Discover a Huge Stash of Medieval Coins in Hungary

Ongoing excavations at a rural spot near the village of Újlengyel in central Hungary recently struck gold, both figuratively and literally. Archaeologists armed with powerful metal detectors found a buried treasure of approximately seven thousand silver and four medieval  gold coins  in Hungary, hidden centuries ago by unknown individuals. This is the largest collection of […]

Italy’s Ancient Home Scheme: Buy A Medieval Property For €1!

Remote Italian towns and historic villages have begun selling homes for €1 euro ($1.13) in a new governmental ancient home scheme to stop a severe drop in rural populations.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Read Later  00 Hits: 2

Mr Bean Slams Leftist SJW Cancel Culture as a ‘Medieval Mob’

    Rowan Atkinson, famous for portraying the characters Mr Bean and Blackadder, has once again hit headlines for slamming the rise of a destructive cancel culture. In an interview with the UK’s Radio Times, Atkinson described online trolls trying to ban everything as “the digital equivalent of the medieval mob.” “The problem we have […]

David Luscombe’s “Medieval Thought” comes to Iranian bookstores 

TEHRAN – A Persian translation of David Luscombe’s “Medieval Thought” has recently been published by SAMT, an Iranian publisher that provides books for university students. The book has been translated into Persian by Meisam Sefidkhosh. The Middle Ages span a period of well over a millennium: from the emperor Constantine’s Christian conversion in 312 to […]

Comedian Rowan Atkinson: Cancel Culture ‘Like A Medieval Mob’

Rowan Atkinson, famous for portraying the characters Mr Bean and Blackadder, has once again hit headlines for slamming the rise of a destructive cancel culture. In an interview with the UK’s Radio Times, Atkinson described online trolls trying to ban everything as “the digital equivalent of the medieval mob.” “The problem we have online is that […]

Ephraim Shoham-Steiner: Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe

Prof. Ephraim Shoham-Steiner is a historian specializing in Medieval Jewish History. He is an associate professor at the Department of Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er-Shevah. He is also the director of The Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at BGU. You’ll love our roundtable. Source 00 Hits: […]

Out of Place Chinese Coins Prompt Wonder: Did Medieval Asia and Britain Interact?

Britain’s antiquities experts have mostly written them off as a loss from a curated collection, but the presence of two Chinese Northern Song dynasty (960 – 1127 AD) coins unearthed at separate sites in England have people wondering about the links between Medieval Asia and Britain. A Cambridge University archaeologist says these coins support the […]

Journey to Knighthood: The Hidden Steps of Becoming a Medieval Knight

The knight is arguably one of the most iconic figures of the Middle Ages. Knights were essentially mounted warriors, and in the hierarchy of medieval society , were considered to be part of the lower nobility. Nevertheless, knights could rise to the ranks of the higher nobility as well by acquiring land and becoming landlords. […]

The Iron Maiden: This Medieval Torture Device Was Used as Recently as 2003!

The iron maiden is a torture device widely believed to have been used in Europe during the Middle Ages. This notorious contraption is known by other names, such as the Virgin (a reference to the Virgin Mary), and Jungfer (German for spinster). The iron maiden is described as being a human-sized box laden with spikes […]

Be Merrie All: Medieval Christmas Celebrations

Just as with the appropriation of Pagan sacred sites by Christian authorities, as recommended by Pope Gregory I to St Augustine in the late sixth century, there was a natural tendency in the late Antique and early medieval Christian world to convert previously well-observed Pagan festivals to newly designated religious observances. This usually took the […]

Inglorious Jewish medieval bastards: New book tells how the bad guys made crime pay

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Ismail al-Jazari: Medieval Muslim Inventor and “Father of Robotics”

The medieval period saw the rise of many new inventions all around the world. Emerging out of the so-called Dark Ages, many prominent scholars and learned minds came up with new inventions to make the lives of humankind easier and to bring the prestige of their sovereigns sky-high. Such inventors and scholars did not only […]

Medieval Church Restoration Project Sidelined By Truck Park Takeover

A historic English medieval church site has been overtaken by a Brexit overflow lorry park and plans to restore the Grade-1 sacred site have been scrapped, in a controversial government move. Sevington is a contiguous suburb of Ashford in Kent County, England, and while it was originally a very small rural village it developed into […]

Glass Beads Help to Map Unknown Medieval African Trade Routes

For several decades, a team of researchers have been carrying out excavations at old cemeteries and villages at sites in central Mali and eastern Senegal. Over the years they’ve come across a handful of glass beads dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries AD. The recent analysis of those beads reveals that Medieval African […]

The Rising Of The Revenant: Medieval Zombies As Ostension

During the mid-to-latter years of the 12th century respected chroniclers working in cathedrals and monasteries across England began writing, in all seriousness, about corpses rising from their graves to wander through the streets of towns spreading pestilence and death in their wake. Similar accounts popped up as late as 1370 AD in continental Europe. To […]

LISTEN: Medieval poop chute exposed in renovations at Jerusalem’s Tower of David

This week The Times of Israel Podcast is taking you on a journey through thousands of years of history and archaeology at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City. While being largely shut due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the museum is undergoing a huge $40 million renewal project. The massive renovation will […]

Metal Detectorist In Scotland Unearths Rare Medieval Knife

Metal detectorists dream of finding something of real historic value. One lucky detectorist in Scotland has made an astonishing find. He has found a very rare and beautifuly decorated early medieval knife in its original scabbard. This find is something of a first and is providing a window into medieval Scottish history. The find was […]

Mass Grave Found in the Netherlands: A Case of Medieval Slaughter?

In the Netherlands, construction workers have made a gruesome discovery. When working in the city of Vianen, they came across an enigmatic mass burial. They have unearthed up to 20 skeletons that could date back to the Middle Ages. Amazingly, it is likely that more skeletons could be found at the mass grave site. Workers […]

Calling Medieval Foodies! Online Courses for Cooking Medieval Food

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This old adage has now been taken to a whole new level in the northeast of England. A team of university history professors and top chefs, passionate about medieval food, have come together to teach online students how to source […]

The Art of Courtly Love: 31 Medieval Rules for Romance

Love is the universal feeling. From the dawn of time, from the earliest epochs of man, and all throughout the rise and fall of world’s many civilizations, the concept of love drove the wheel of time forward. Love is not only familial – it is romantic too. In the early medieval period in Europe, love […]

Medieval Soldier’s Remains Found in a Lithuanian Lake

Divers and archaeologists in Lithuania have found the remains of a medieval soldier in a lake. The discovery is offering researchers the opportunity to understand more about the people of the Middle Ages. This is because many of the medieval soldier’s personal belongings were discovered in a great state of preservation. The remains of the […]

Medieval Metallic Objects Show Alchemical Mastery In Poland

Another amazing medieval discovery has been made in eastern Europe. This time, hundreds of medieval objects were unearthed in east-central Poland. The discovery was made when excavators were preparing for new gas works in the village of Poniaty Wielkie, Poland. Here, Polish archaeologists found the remains of an ancient alchemical workshop containing over 200 metal […]

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