To an untrained eye, the artefact looks brown and dull, but it is actually something very special: embroidered wool fabric more than 1000 years old, preserved on top of a turtle brooch.
The Māori people may have been sailing through Antarctic waters and perhaps visiting the continent as early as the seventh century, according to new research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Shoes with a pointed tip led to a sharp increase in bunions in the late Middle Ages, new research finds.
A new exhibition taking place at the Cleveland Museum of Art is offering visitors a look at some outstanding treasures. Here are views of five of the items.
While excavating a medieval cesspit dating back about 1,000 years ago, archaeologists working in the Israeli city of Yavne were astonished to find an unbroken chicken’s egg.
Organic residues on ceramic pottery are a valuable resource for understanding medieval cuisines of Islamic-ruled Sicily, according to a study published today in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
The National Library of Scotland was able to purchase a manuscript known as the Chronicle of Fortingall during an auction last month.
The long-awaited exhibition Galloway Hoard has begun, now open at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Discovered in 2014, the hoard is one of the richest collections of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in the British Isles.
Scientists examining the remains of 36 bubonic plague victims from a 16th-century mass grave in Germany have found the first evidence that evolutionary adaptive processes, driven by the disease, may have conferred immunity on later generations of people from the region.
New detailed surveys of Viking age ship settings in Hjarnø, Denmark have been completed by archaeologists examining the origins and makeup of the Kalvestene grave field, a renowned site in Scandinavian folklore.
The Fontes Anglo-Saxonici database is back online.
Thieves have broken into Arundel Castle in southern England, and have stolen gold and silver items worth more than £1 million.
The J. Paul Getty Museum is reopening on May 25th. With it comes a new exhibition: Power, Justice, and Tyranny in the Middle Ages, that will showcase how medieval Europe struggled with many of the same issues of power and disenfranchisement that contemporary society faces today.
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has announced the purchase of a copy of the first printed sea chart and navigational guide for Scotland.
An interactive five-day online medieval cookery course with recipes from the Forme of Cury, the most famous English cookbook of the Middle Ages, is being hosted by Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle in collaboration with Durham University’s Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies.
A new tool to create memes using medieval images, has been developed by KB, the national library of the Netherlands.
One of the great technological accomplishments of the ancient Romans was the aqueducts they built to bring water long distances. New research has revealed that an aqueduct built in fourth-century Constantinople would remain in operation for over 700 years.
The origins of the Cerne Giant have been speculated about for hundreds of years. Now, new research reveals that it was likely made in the early tenth century.
After being delayed for six months, the British Museum is now ready to show its new exhibition, Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint. The museum reopens on May 17th, with the exhibition starting three days later.
The Royal Mail, which is the United Kingdom’s postal service, has unveiled a set of eight stamps to mark the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury, one of the defining battles of the Wars of the Roses.
Medieval scholars from around the world will meet virtually this week, as the 56th session of the International Congress on Medieval Studies begins online.
An ‘extremely well preserved’ sword, dating to the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century, has been discovered near the city of Olsztyn in north-eastern Poland.
In 1491, French forces laid siege to the city of Rennes. A team of researchers have now discovered two mass graves that contain the remains of over thirty soldiers who fought and died during the conflict.
An impressive 1600-year-old mosaic found during archaeological excavations in central Israel. It shows a floor decorated with colorful geometric motifs and having a black rectangular frame.