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Discovery of Earliest Known Image of Pilgrims on the Road to Canterbury

Researchers have made a remarkable discovery of a stained glass panel picturing pilgrims travelling by horse and on foot to visit the tomb of archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. The newly discovered stained glass panel dates to the mid 1180s, less than twenty years after Becket’s death.

Free Online Course on the Book of Kells starts next month

A new, free, online course developed by Trinity College Dublin will allow learners worldwide to explore the history of Ireland through the remarkable Book of Kells — one of  the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts.

English medieval church restored to beauty after being abandoned for over 50 years

A medieval church dating back to the 13th century is reopening after an impressive campaign led by The Friends of Friendless Churches to restore it.

Medieval stone coffin discovered in England

Archaeologists working on the site of a former car park in the English town of Lincoln were surprised to have uncovered a medieval stone coffin.

Medieval coin hoard discovered in India

A hoard of 254 copper coins dating back to the 16th century were discovered northern India, officials announced this week.

6th-century barbarian cemeteries offer insights into the transformation of Europe, study finds

This research provides the clearest picture yet of the lives and population movements of communities associated with the Lombards, a barbarian people that ruled most of Italy for more than two hundred years

The remains of a victim of the Lithuanian invasion of 1354 discovered in the “Pompeii of Warmia”

Archaeologists conducting excavations near the Polish village Barczewko have discovered the skeleton of a man killed in 1354 during the Lithuanian invasion. This place is called the ‘Pompeii of Warmia’ because the ruins of the city destroyed during the invasion are preserved intact.

What Anglo-Saxon teeth can tell us about modern health

Evidence from the teeth of Anglo-Saxon children could help identify modern children most at risk from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Genetic secrets of early medieval warriors revealed from German burial site

In 1962, an Alemannic burial site containing human skeletal remains was discovered in Niederstotzingen in southwestern Germany. A team of researchers have now examined the DNA of these skeletal remains, and discovered that this was a group of warriors buried between the years 580 and 630 AD.

Mona Lisa suffered from hypothyroidism, doctor says

One physician has taken a closer look at the portrait, and believes it reveals that its subject, Lisa Gherardini, was suffering from thyroid issues.

Have you ever wondered why Disney’s Robin Hood was a fox?

The answer is that Disney originally planned to adapt the story of Reynard the Fox, the vulpine star of medieval Dutch fables, but decided they were too dark for young fans and instead used the character they had created to portray Robin Hood.

700-year-old floor discovered by archaeologists at Bath Abbey

Archaeologists have discovered a stunning 13th century tiled floor during renovation works for Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project.

Why Pisa’s harbour disappeared

New insights into the evolution and eventual disappearance of Portus Pisanus, the lost harbour of Pisa, have been revealed.

How fruits spread along the Silk Road in the Middle Ages

New research reveals that many of the most familiar fruits in our kitchens today were cultivated in Central Asia over a millennium ago

All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court – begins at The Getty

The new exhibition All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court, begins on August 28 at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Thompson set to transform Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Ayanna Thompson joins Arizona State University this semester as the new director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 

Pictish symbol stone discovered in Aberdeen

A Pictish stone carved with mysterious symbols has been discovered in the River Don as river levels drop this summer.

Half the population of the Viking-town Sigtuna were migrants, study finds

New analysis of the remains of 38 people who lived and died in the Swedish town of Sigtuna between the 10th and 12th centuries reveals high genetic variation and a wide scale migration.

Anglo-Saxon burial ground uncovered by archaeologists and military veterans

This summer archaeologists teamed up with volunteers and a group of injured military veterans to excavate a portion of Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain, an archaeological site in southwestern England. They uncovered a burial ground dating to the 6th century AD.

Search begins for Sheffield’s lost medieval castle

A team of archaeologists has begun the search for the lost remains of Sheffield Castle as part of a project that could be used to help regenerate part of the city.

How you can own a medieval piece of York Minster

Medieval stones from York Minster will be going up for auction on August 22nd.

Building Kenilworth Castle on Minecraft

English Heritage has reimagined Kenilworth Castle on Minecraft and will host workshops at Dover and Kenilworth castles for visitors to build their own

Byzantine manuscript, missing for 27 years, to be returned to Greece

A 12th century Byzantine manuscript, which went missing from the University of Athens in 1991, has been discovered in the collections of the Museum of the Bible, and will be returned to Greece later this year.

Heatwave reveals medieval road in England

Keele University scientists have discovered a road created by the Knights Templar after the recent heatwave exposed the long-hidden foundations.

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