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New game allows students to explore the art of 15th and 16th century Florence

A new course centered around a video game was launched this fall at Texas A&M University. The course uses the video game ARTé: Mecenas, in which students are transported to the 15th and 16th centuries to commission works of art as a Medici banker.

York Becomes Home of Medieval Christmas Celebrations

York Becomes Home of Medieval Christmas Celebrations York’s historic Barley Hall is hosting a special exhibition exploring the lost Christmas celebrations of ordinary citizens of the city in the Middle Ages. Christmas can be a stressful time, with so many presents to buy, a tree to decorate and so much to food to prepare that […]

Historian explores the Viking connection to Frisia

Frisia, the coastal region between the Zwin (near Bruges) and the Weser (near Bremen), was linked to the Viking world around the North Sea more closely in the Viking age (c. 800-1050) than we supposed – particularly to England and Denmark.

Early medieval loom discovered in northern Iraq

A team of Frankfurt-based archaeologists has returned from the Iraqi-Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah with new findings. The discovery of a loom from the 5th to 6th century AD in particular caused a stir.

Medieval treasure discovered at the Abbey of Cluny

In mid-September, a large treasure was unearthed during a dig at the Abbey of Cluny, in the French department of Saône-et-Loire.

Medieval sites both saved and at risk in the new Heritage at Risk Register

Historic England reveals sites at risk and places rescued, including several medieval buildings, as the 2017 Heritage at Risk Register is published.

Major Michelangelo exhibition to begin next week at The Met

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 13, 2017, through February 12, 2018, will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist.

How medieval theologians debated the humanity of Jesus Christ

New research out of the University of Helsinki shows some of the fascinating and differing viewpoints medieval theologians had about the humanity of Christ.

Viking Age Hoard Acquired by National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has today announced that it has achieved its fundraising target of £1.98 million in order to acquire the Galloway Hoard on behalf of the nation.

Heritage Assessment of the Abbey of St Edmund to be Undertaken

For the first time, all of the historical and archaeological information about the Abbey of St Edmund is to be gathered together to help not only its conservation, but also the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the buildings that once played such a prominent role in everyday life in the town.

Worcester’s Medieval Churches Receive £2.8 Million of National Lottery Funding

Worcester Cathedral and St Swithun’s Church have both received support of over £1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help more people to explore their heritage.

Medieval Fur Trade May Have Led to Spread of Leprosy

The authors of a new study suggest that an explanation for the prevalence of leprosy in medieval East Anglia may possibly be found in the sustained Scandinavian trade in squirrel fur – an animal known to carry the disease.

Historians Challenge Oxford’s Claim of World’s Oldest Zero

An international group of historians of Indian mathematics challenges Oxford’s findings around the age and importance of a manuscript thought to contain the oldest known zero.

Call for Papers: Hype, Transmission and Truth in the Middle Ages

Bristol University’s Centre for Medieval Studies invites submissions for its 24th annual postgraduate conference, taking place on Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th February 2018

England’s best-surviving medieval charnel chapel now accessible through new 3D model

Archaeologists and computer scientists at the University of Sheffield have developed a new 3D model of the most complete remaining charnel chapel in the UK.

Cincinnati Art Museum’s Albrecht Dürer exhibition marks 500 years since the Reformation

‘The Age of Reformation and Renaissance’ follows the development of Dürer’s artistic brilliance from his apprenticeship through the eve of the Reformation.

Historical Jigsaw Puzzle: Digitally piecing together Medieval manuscript fragments

The leading manuscript libraries of Europe and North America have been participating for the last three years in developing the digital research platform Fragmentarium.

UCLA to establish Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture

A $5 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will enable UCLA to create the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture.

York Minster unveils restored grotesques

The first collection of new grotesques to be carved for York Minster’s 11 year project to conserve and restore its South Quire Aisle are being returned to the cathedral today.

Black Death spread to sub-Saharan Africa, researcher finds

After three years of work, Gérard Chouin is adamant that the medieval-era bubonic plague epidemic, the Black Death, spread to Sub-Saharan Africa and killed many people there as it did in Europe and the Mediterranean basin in the 14th century.

Archaeologists uncover Anglo-Saxon, medieval items in Suffolk

One of Europe’s largest archaeological digs this year has uncovered a rich tapestry of information about Suffolk’s history during Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval times.

The making of medieval bling

Gold has long been valued for its luxurious glitter and hue, and threads of the gleaming metal have graced clothing and tapestries for centuries.

Artefacts could reveal closer connection between the Vikings and the Islamic world

Swedish researchers have uncovered Kufic characters, an ancient Arabic script, in artefacts from Viking Age Scandinavia. Their study also indicates that both the names ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’ can be seen in these artefacts.

Support The Big Dig on Wheels

The School of Irish Archaeology is the choice of activity for the curious child. We take pride in introducing children to Ireland’s rich culture and heritage through interactive ‘Big Digs’, where they get a hands-on experience of a real archaeological site. Is your child an adventurer? An explorer? Do they spend enough time in the […]

14th-century Japanese artwork comes to the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s recent acquisitions include a 14th-century Japanese hanging scroll featuring the Buddhist deity Aizen Myōō, Wisdom King of Passion. 

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