This weekend, there's news of bones, castle excavations, manuscript treasure, and more bones.
- Skeleton discovered may be Viking King Olaf Guthfrithsson
The bones could belong to , who was King of Dublin and Northumbria from 934 to 941; or they could belong to one of his followers of high rank. Feature at Heritage Daily.
- Archaeologists investigate east side of once-mighty 13th century Welsh castle
The castle was abandoned in the mid-17th century, and was later used as a source of stone. Item by Ben Miller at Culture24.
- Venerable Bede treasure bound for Durham Cathedral
The cathedral has purchased a 15th-century book that includes manuscript fragments from a copy of a work by Bede. Story at The Northern Echo.
- No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead
The bones that have been identified as those of King Richard III of England show no signs of the hunched back that he had long been described as having (particularly by Shakespeare), but they do indicate a possible case of scoliosis. Article by Nancy Shute at Capital Public Radio.
He was the grandson of Charlemagne and the youngest son of Louis the Pious, and when he was born to his father's second wife, trouble started brewing. He would become King of the Franks and, later, Emperor. He was Emperor Charles II, known to history as Charles the Bald.
The eldest son of Edward III was a renowned military commander and was considered a chivalrous knight. However, he was not quite so successful in governing Aquitaine. And, sadly, he would not live to become king. Find out more about Edward, the Black Prince.
The image is from from Cassell's History of England - Century Edition, published c. 1902. It is in the public domain.
This week there are several archaeological discoveries, including another vampire burial, and the opportunity to smell like a Viking. Assuming you'd want to.
- Drum excavations unearth medieval sanitation system
What does it say about history geeks like me that the exploration of a waste-disposal system is just as intriguing as the discovery of jewels? Item at the Donside Piper.
- Medieval skulls found in Coventry's Old Grammar School
Discovered during the restoration of a 12th-century building. Article at BBC News.
- Unique Crusader-era monastery seal found in Jerusalem
It bears a depiction of St. Sabas, and is believed to date back about 800 years. Feature by Nir Hasson at Haaretz.
- Medieval animal hide tanning, architecture and ditch revealed by archaeologists in Edinburgh
Coins, clay pipes and animal bones are among the discoveries. Item by Ben Miller at Culture24.
- 'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die
Yet another discovery of remains interred with signs that those who buried it feared it might rise as a vampire. Article by Laura Chubb at CNN.
- You Could Smell Like A Viking
It's a new body spray developed in collaboration with the experts at York's Jorvik Viking center. Article by Mary Beth Griggs at Smithsonian.com.
The image is from The Hundred Greatest Men, published by D. Appleton & Company, 1885. It is in the public domain.
Learn more about Augustine of Hippo:
- Get the basics facts in his Who's Who Profile
- Check out his Concise Biography
- Read his thoughts in these quotations
This week, just a few items about treasure and science.
- Byzantine ancestors of tablet computers found in Yenikapı diggings
They also found organic remains and hope to get the sunken ship afloat again. Article at the Hurriyet Daily News.
- Historical artefacts unearthed across Notts
Along with Roman coins, a gold posey ring from the Middle Ages. Item at the Nottingham Post includes a clear photo.
- Did the Vikings invade MADEIRA?
The DNA of mouse bones suggests they did. Feature by Sarah Griffiths at the Daily Mail.
- Were medieval Britons more resilient to disease following the black death?
Analysis of well over 500 skeletons from 14th-century London indicates lower mortality rates among those who faced later instances of plague than those struck in the first wave of the Black Death. Article at Medical News Today.
History is written by the victors, which is one reason why Phocas has had such a bad reputation through the centuries. After overthrowing Emperor Maurice, Phocas faced a plethora of challenges, and he would not conquer them all. Perhaps it was a matter of inexperience, or maybe he really was a jerk. But you can probably guess his ending.
Or maybe you can't, 'cause it was fairly, um... Well, find out for yourself in Emperor Phocas' Who's Who Profile.
Maurice is credited with helping to create an organized, well-run Byzantine Empire, and he was a notable military leader. When he succeeded Tiberius II to the throne, he discovered that the empire was in a bad financial situation. So he raised taxes -- which, as you can imagine, did nothing to engender warm, fuzzy feelings from the people. Lots of rulers are disliked for their parsimony, but Maurice's reputation for miserliness would prove catastrophic for him.
Find out more about Emperor Maurice in his Who's Who Profile.