This week there's news of digitized bones, a dictionary a century in the making, an archaeological discovery and -- oh yes -- Viking treasure!
- 1,000 year old Viking treasure found in Aghalee
Silver items were discovered by Polish baker Marcin Sadowski, who used a metal detector to scan a wheat field. Article at the Lurgan Mail.
- Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources completed after 100 years
The seventeenth and final volume of the project, begun in 1913, was published yesterday. Story at Medievalists.net.
- Finally, a Digital Library of Bizarre Human Bones From the Middle Ages
The Digital Diseases website, run by the Royal College of Surgeons in London, has an online library of deformed bones from the medieval era. Item by Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo.
- Medieval Arab mansion unearthed in Ramle
The 11th-century villa has intact plumbing and a fountain. Article by Ilan Ben Zion at the Times of Israel.
The illustration is an adaptation of a Russian postage stamp depicting al-Khwarizmi, issued in 1983. It is in the public domain.
When his father Clovis died, Theuderic and his three half-brothers inherited Frankish Gaul. Though they each controlled a separate piece, the brothers set out to expand their combined territory. See how Theuderic fared in his Who's Who Profile.
This week there's news of modern technology revealing medieval knowledge, and medieval technology surviving disaster. Oh, and there's treasure, too.
- Bressingham scroll: 'Unreadable' parchment's secrets revealed
A 3D X-ray will be used to read the contents of the scroll without unrolling it -- an action that would destroy the artifact. Article at BBC News.
- Viking silver in County Antrim field declared treasure
Two silver items discovered by a metal detectorist are thought to be more than 1000 years old. Item at BBC News.
- Builder discovers 16th Century gold on Lindisfarne
The variety of gold and silver coins include a silver thaler from Germany and a scudo from Italy stamped with Pope Clement VII. Story at the Telegraph.
- Medieval Castle Holds Secret to Earthquake Resistance
An "antiquated structural feature" makes it better able to withstand geological disturbances. Article by Marc Howe at Sourceable.
The collection of early medieval English kingdoms known as the Heptarchy saw the rise and fall of several powers. Though its preeminence was eventually eclipsed by Wessex, the kingdom of Mercia held considerable power for well over a century. Find out more about it in this introduction.
From the Christian Visigothic kingdom in Spain to the court of Charlemagne came a man of extraordinary learning, second only to Alcuin in prestige at the Frankish king's court. He was a poet and a bishop, but his illustrious career came to a sad end. He was Theodulf of Orleans.
If you enjoy voices from the past, then you may like some quotes by Charlemagne. But consider this: the King of the Franks lived 1200 years ago. We are fortunate to have a biography of him by a member of his court, Einhard, who knew him personally and considered him a friend. But although he related many things Charlemagne said and did, Einhard doesn't offer us verbatim quotes. And the emperor, it is well known, couldn't read much and wrote even less.
So how do we know what he really said? Can we know?
Check out out these quotations by Charlemagne and decide for yourself.
- Embroidered into the Bayeux Tapestry
- Inscribed within the Book of Kells
- On the interior walls of the Hagia Sophia
- Carved into the Ruthwell Cross
Recently I added these terms to the Medieval History Glossary: