The Newport Medieval Ship in Context: The Life and Times of a 15th Century Merchant Vessel Trading in Western Europe

Newport Medieval Ship in Context

This paper presents a summary of recent research into the broader economic, cultural and political world in which the Newport Medieval Ship was built and operated.

Drone Technology Aids in Discoveries at Medieval Irish Sites

Archaeological Discoveries in Ireland

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have been gaining attention in the news for the last few years, but archaeologists like Saint Louis University history professor Thomas Finan, Ph.D., have always appreciated what aerial photography could accomplish.

Mosaics discovered at Byzantine-era Synagogue in Israel

The newly found mosaic with an inscription in the Horvat Kur synagogue (photographed by Jaakko Haapanen, www.haapanenphotography.com; © Kinneret Regional Project.

Excavations of a medieval synagogue in Israel dating to the Byzantine period (4th—7th c. CE) have uncovered a partially-preserved colorful mosaic floor.

The Last Viking and his Magical Sword?

viking magic sword - Photo: Ellen C. Holthe, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

An amazing discovery of a late Viking Age sword – embellished with gold, inscriptions and other ornamentation – has now been revealed in Norway.

The Afterlife of the Dead: Reform in Attitude Towards Medieval Burials, Corpses and Bones

Rothwell Charnel Chapel. Photo courtesy of ITV.

The International Medieval Congress is taking place at the University of Leeds, I’m on hand this week to report on the conference. This blog post reports on my first session.

Byzantine church discovered near Jerusalem

Remains of a Byzantine church discovered near Jerusalem. Photo by Skyview Company, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of a Byzantine church and road station just west of Jerusalem. The site is believed to be about 1500 years old.

Early Christian Mosaic Floor discovered in Nazareth

mosaic floor nazareth

Mosaic floor found under the Church of the Annunciation is believed to date to the fourth century.

Remains of a Medieval Building Discovered in Lincoln

medieval wall lincoln - photo courtesy Lincolnshire County Council

Construction workers in the English city of Lincoln have discovered a medieval wall, which is believed to have been part of a 12th-century house or shop

Medieval poaching site discovered in England

medieval deer hunting scene - British Library Egerton 1146   f. 5v

Archaeologists working in northern England have uncovered a stone-lined cess pit that was filled with dozens of bones from deer. The evidence suggests that they were dumped here by poachers.

Caliph’s palace on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to be restored

Aerial view of the excavated early Islamic caliph's palace Khirbat al-Minya (photo/©: Yaniv Darvasi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The German government will be funding archaeologists to help restored an Umayyad palace dating back to the early eighth century.

From the Viking’s grave to the sunken ship: how photogrammetry is changing archaeology

Detailed image of a shield boss found in what is likely a Viking’s grave in Skaun. Photo: NTNU University Museum

Mapping archaeological digs takes plenty of time and a lot of measuring, photographing, drawing and note taking. Now, most of this work can be done with a technique called photogrammetry.

Viking dragon’s head discovered in Sweden

dragons head - photo courtesy Stockholm University

Archaeologists from Sweden and Germany have discovered a little dragon’s head while digging in the port of the Viking town of Birka near Stockholm.

Anglo-Saxon skeleton shows leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia

Foot Bones of Anglo-Saxon skeleton - photo courtesy University of Southampton

The bones of the man, probably in his 20s, show changes consistent with leprosy, such as narrowing of the toe bones and damage to the joints, suggesting a very early British case.

New book sheds light on Hereford’s medieval past

Possible knight - a man of Norman origin whose injuries might be consistent with violence or combat - photo courtesy Headland Archaeology

A leading archaeologist, who uncovered the remains of what might be a wounded Knight, will reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford in a new book.

Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age, researchers find

Ribe, Denmark in 1588

Archaeologists from the University of York have played a key role in Anglo-Danish research which has suggested the dawn of the Viking Age may have been much earlier – and less violent – than previously believed.

13th-century Rune Stick discovered in Denmark

13th century runestick - photo courtesy Odense City Museums

Archaeologists working in the Danish city of Odense have discovered a rune stick with Latin writing dating to the early 13th century.

‘The Halved Heads’: Osteological Evidence for Decapitation in Medieval Ireland

Skull 9(a) from No. 16., Eustace Street, Dublin, a young adult female who also displays evidence of cut marks to the face, indicative of the nose being cut off (Image reproduced courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland)

This paper examines the osteological evidence for decapitation from 30 skeletal assemblages dated to the medieval period (6th to 16th century) from Ireland.

13th-century Mongol sabre discovered in Russia

Mongol sabre - image courtesy Yaroslavl State Museum

While Russian archaeologists were conducting a routine examination of an old sabre unearthed seven years ago in Yaroslavl, they discovered that the weapon dates back to the 13th century, making it to be oldest crucible steel weapon in East Europe.

New spectrometer may revolutionize archaeology

Norton Priory foundations

A new carbon dating technology tool being developed by researchers at the University of Liverpool could lead archaeologists to date finds much quicker and easier.

‘Given to the Ground’: A Viking Age Mass Grave on Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth

given to the ground viking age mass grave

This volume describes one of the most exciting and unexpected archaeological discoveries to have been made in Britain in recent years, that of a rare mass grave of executed Vikings on Ridgeway Hill, Dorset.

Over 1,000 People Discovered at Medieval Cemetery underneath the University of Cambridge

Skeletons uncovered at cemetery below University of Cambridge. Photograph: St John's College, University of Cambridg

It is believed to be one of the largest graveyards of its kind found in Britain, with as many as 1500 people buried there.

Philippa Langley: The End of Richard III and the Beginning of Henry I

Philippa Langley placing a rose on Richard's casket. Will Johnston - Leicester Cathedral.

Amidst all the excitement, and the whirlwind that was Richard III’s reburial in Leicester, I managed to catch up with one of the world’s most famous Ricardians, ‘the Kingfinder’, Philippa Langley.

Archaeologists discover medieval castle in France

Viarnes archaeological sites - photo by Denis Gliksman/ Inrap

Archaeologists working at the northern French town of Viarmes have revealed several discoveries, including the remains of a medieval castle and a manor house destroyed in the fourteenth century.

Medieval cesspit in Jerusalem reveals 15th century diseases

British Library Egerton 1070   f. 5   Jerusalem

Analysis of a latrine in Jerusalem that dates back over 500 years finds human parasites common in northern Europe yet very rare in Middle East at the time, suggesting long-distance trade or pilgrimage routes and shedding light on prevalent infectious diseases of the age.

Environmental Crusading: The Teutonic Knight’s Impact After the Baltic Crusades

Malbork Zamek Krzyzacki. Wikicommons

Environmental archaeologist and Professor of Archeology at Reading, Dr. Aleks Pluskowski, examined Malbork and several other sites across Eastern and Northern Europe in his recent paper, The Ecology of Crusading: The Environmental Impact of Holy War, Colonisation, and Religious Conversion in the Medieval Baltic. Pluskowski is keenly interested in the impact the Teutonic Knights and Christian colonisation had on the region. His ambitious 4 year project on the ecological changes in this area recently came to a close at the end of 2014.

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