This week there are two stories about treasures found with a metal detector that are back in the news. There's also more art, and some monks who may have partaken of, ahem, meat!
- Medieval pendant found by boy, 4, on show at British Museum
He was just playing with his dad's metal detector when he came across it. Now it's at the BM. Story by Maev Kennedy at the Guardian.
- 'Extremely rare' medieval seal matrix discovered in East Keal field sells for almost £2,000 at auction
This was also found with a metal detector, although this time by an adult. Article at the Skegness Standard.
- Recently discovered 15th century masterwork to be offered at Sotheby's New York
Before it was discovered earlier this year, this panel by Hans Memling was completely unknown to both collectors and scholars. Feature at Art Daily.
- Urban Byzantine monks gave in to temptation
By testing bone samples from skeletons buried under a monastery in Jerusalem, Lesley Gregoricka determined that many monks ate products like meat or cheese. This doesn't necessarily mean the monks were cheating -- fresh meat was not always prohibited in religious houses. But I think it's cool that science can tell us what their diet may have been like.