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Below you will find 241 items from around the world on many different topics in the news concerning the Middle Ages. These might range from obituaries of great scholars of the period to articles about the last efforts to preserve a medieval barn. The Middle Ages comes up quite regularly in the news and so we will aim to bring you the latest. To help with that we have also set up two methods for you to get these items:

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Restoration of medieval manor house opens up a mystery
Turn right off a quintessentially dull suburban parade of shops and 1930s houses, down a lane past the scrapyard and the playing fields, and there is something so bizarre it seems a hallucination: a medieval manor house, still surrounded by a moat and flanked by its tithe barn, as it has been for almost 700 years.
Source: Guardian Unlimited       Date: 30 Dec 2005

Blazing bull will make it all light on the night
A wicker bull is to be set alight to herald the start of Edinburgh's Hogmanay festivities tonight. A crowd of 15,000 people is expected to attend the annual torchlight procession, which will end in a blaze of glory with the burning of a seven-metre-high wicker bull on top of Calton Hill. And the flaming bull will not be the only fiery spectacle as a traditional 33ft Viking Longship will also be set alight, along with various fire sculptures. A display of fireworks will complete the show.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 29 Dec 2005

Burning effigies launch Hogmanay
A river of fire and the burning of a Viking longship and a Catalonian wicker bull kicked off four days of New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. A torchlight procession through the capital's historic heart on Thursday night signalled the start of the city's annual festivities.
Source: BBC News       Date: 29 Dec 2005

No Saxon find for archaeologists
Archaeologists who started excavations to uncover the remains of an ancient Saxon rotunda have been disappointed. A radar scan of Grange Court, in Leominster, showed what the team believed to be a 1,000-year-old round church and a dig began in August. At the time the area, which is used as a council car park, was hailed as a site of international importance.
Source: BBC News       Date: 29 Dec 2005

Candle-lit service at medieval church
Christmas Communion will be held by candlelight tonight at a mountainside church which dates back to 900 years ago. At 11.30pm the annual candlelit service will take place at the church of Llanfihangel Rhos y Corn, high up in Brechfa Forest.
Source: icWales       Date: 24 Dec 2005

New area of castle is reopened
Visitors are being urged to enjoy the view from Nottingham Castle's south terrace, which has opened for the first time in nine years. It collapsed on Christmas Day, 1996, when a water main burst. Costing over £500,000, there have been repeated delays to the renovations because of the exposed position and its scheduled ancient monument status.
Source: BBC News       Date: 24 Dec 2005

Step up to a castle and trim your waistline
Forget step aerobics and cross-training machines for the inevitable New Year health kick. English Heritage says some of Yorkshire's monuments provide a perfect backdrop for exercise – and will save hundreds of pounds on gym membership into the bargain.
Source: Yorkshire Post       Date: 23 Dec 2005

'Santa Pope' woos Vatican crowds
Pope Benedict XVI appears to be getting into a different kind of Christmas spirit, donning a Santa-style hat for his weekly appearance at the Vatican. At a chilly St Peter's Square, the Pope draped a red cloak over his shoulders and covered his head with a red velvet hat lined with white fur. Vatican officials said the hat, known as a camauro, has been part of the papal wardrobe since the 12th century.
Source: BBC News       Date: 22 Dec 2005

Ancient prayer book to be shown at Victoria and Albert
For 300 years it has been a book without a beginning, middle or end. But thanks to scholarly detective work, a 15th century Book of Hours, written for King Louis XII of France, has been pieced back together and will go on display for the first time at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in February.
Source: Telegraph       Date: 22 Dec 2005

Maurice Beresford - Obit
A historian on the trail of England's lost villages
Source: Guardian Unlimited       Date: 22 Dec 2005

City castle set for big switch on
The new floodlights at Lancaster Castle will be officially switched on in a formal ceremony on Thursday. The castle has been in the dark since Lancaster City Council said it could not continue to repair the old lights which were being repeatedly vandalised.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 Dec 2005

Council unveils £3m castle scheme
A £3m scheme to refurbish 800-year-old Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire, is being revealed on Thursday. The scheme - the biggest heritage project in Clitheroe's history - is expected to be completed by 2008. It follows a successful bid for £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the launch of a local campaign to promote the castle.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 Dec 2005

George Painter - obit
George Painter won instant fame for his biography of Marcel Proust when the first volume came out in 1959 (volume II followed in 1965). The book immediately became the standard biography of the novelist, and was hailed in France as warmly as it was in Britain. From time to time Painter was also in the news defending the authenticity of the Vinland Map, a supposed 15th-century copy, discovered in 1957, of a much earlier Norse or Icelandic map of the North American coast.
Source: Times Online       Date: 21 Dec 2005

Lottery revamp for historic castle
Lottery chiefs have approved a £2m bid to revamp Clitheroe's historic castle. The cash windfall will be used to kick-start the town's biggest restoration project yet, linking the site with the town's museum and the North West Sound Archive and allowing the castle to become an all-weather attraction. More than £159,000 will be released by the Heritage Lottery Fund immediately with more cash likely to follow once strict conditions have been met.
Source: Preston Today       Date: 20 Dec 2005

Hospital dig is a dead end
The whereabouts of a medieval hospital in Peterborough still remains a mystery after an archaeological dig failed to unearth any clues. A team from York Archaeological Trust (YAT) were commissioned to investigate the Westgate area of Peterborough city centre ahead of the the proposed £400 million North Westgate development.
Source: Peterborough Today       Date: 19 Dec 2005

Devon treasure hunters strike a rich seam
This is the hoard of treasure dug up around Devon - and it's set to earn a windfall for the metal detector enthusiasts who found it. The Viking gold ingot, silver gilt dress hook, silver huntsman's whistle and medieval gold and sapphire ring have all been officially declared treasure and have become the property of the Crown.
Source: Hoovers       Date: 17 Dec 2005

Internet search finds stolen shield
When a bronze shield commemorating the site of a bloody battle was stolen from a Yorkshire monument four years ago no one ever expected to see it again. The bronze emblem on the Battle of the Standard monument at Northallerton was thought to have been sold for scrap by someone unaware of its historic significance.
Source: Yorkshire Post       Date: 17 Dec 2005

£6M Gorton Monastery restoration now on track
A start on restoration work at Gorton Monastery has been announced almost a year after campaigning began. The Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust has announced the appointment of a specialist heritage contractor to carry out the £6 million restoration on the former friary.
Source: The Advertiser       Date: 16 Dec 2005

Medieval archive could be history
A massive archive detailing the history of medieval medicine is set to be made homeless. The archive, weighing around four tonnes, is the work of archaeo-botanist Dr Brian Moffat, who has spent the past 20 years investigating the work of medieval monks at the former Soutra Hospital site at Soutra Aisle, Midlothian. Dr Moffat has housed his archive at the nearby former Fala Primary School, Fala, for the past three years, since he was forced to move it from its original home at a cottage in the village.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 16 Dec 2005

Return of Burgess roll could be just the ticket
The historic roll of the Burgess is poised to be reinstated in Edinburgh. The position will be reincarnated to stop the historical Incorporated Trades or Guilds dying a death. The history of the Burgess can be traced back as far as 1406 when workers needed to get a Burgess ticket in order to join a guild of the Incorporated Trades.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 16 Dec 2005

Medieval find halts car park rebuilding work
Unsuspecting workmen have unearthed mysterious medieval artefacts below Lichfield's Cross Keys car park. Plans to construct the controversial multi-storey car park were passed by Lichfield District Council in October and work began on the site last month. But in recent days, nearby residents noticed that development had stopped, with workmen apparently staring and pointing at structures within the site.
Source: Lichfield Mercury       Date: 15 Dec 2005

Medieval sewerage unearthed in Brno
Archaeologists have unearthed parts of a sewerage from the 13th century and a ceramic water pipe system, dating from the 15th century that are considered an extraordinary find, the local daily Rovnost writes today. "It has never happened before that we could examine such an old water system in the very location where it was originally placed," archaeologist Antonin Zubek told the paper.
Source: Prague Daily Monitor       Date: 15 Dec 2005

Get your bone skates on!
They are neither stylish nor very practical. But these ice skates, made of animal shinbones, are exact replicas of the winter footwear favoured by our ancestors. Skating is enjoying a boom time in the capital, with a record number of ice rinks open this winter at venues including Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens and Hampstead Heath. But Londoners have been skating for hundreds of years, as was proved when a pair of almost perfectly preserved medieval skates was discovered in the earth below an office block in Moorfields.
Source: This is London       Date: 14 Dec 2005

Going Medieval
One hears a lot about the Crusades when studying the terrorist threat, and almost exclusively in the form of an accusation. These centuries-old conflicts are raised whenever someone, whether from the region or not, seeks to activate the Western guilt complex. We have to understand this conflict from their point of view, one is told. Memories are long in the region. The time of Saladin is as though yesterday. Had the Europeans (and by extension Americans) not started it all with the Crusades, we might not have the problems we face today.
Source: CBS News       Date: 14 Dec 2005

Lottery cash for medieval ship
The immediate future of a medieval ship was secured today with an award of nearly £800,000 in lottery money. The Heritage Lottery Fund cash will allow experts to examine the timbers of the 15th century Newport ship and uncover its origins and history. The £799,950 grant will also fund exhibitions for school children, as well as talks, workshops and exhibitions for the public.
Source: icWales       Date: 14 Dec 2005

Lottery cash helps medieval ship
The team studying one of Wales' most important archaeological finds will receive an extra £799,500 in funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant will help pay for the project to examine the medieval ship buried in the banks of the River Usk, Newport.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Dec 2005

Historic castle illuminates city
One of Lancashire's most famous landmarks is to light up the skyline. Lancaster Castle, which dates back to the middle ages, is to be floodlit in time for Christmas, Lancaster City Council has announced.
Source: BBC News       Date: 13 Dec 2005

Historic dwellings face uncertain future
Their foundations date back more than a thousand years, to the times when the Vikings invaded Scotland's remote islands. But now campaigners fear that dozens of historic shielings – tiny stone dwellings used by crofters and farm tenants – could be damaged or even destroyed on the Isle of Lewis.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 13 Dec 2005

Almost a saint
Fra Angelico was the model of a self-effacing medieval monk, whose art was an expression of religion. How is it, Jonathan Jones asks, that his name and his genius are still celebrated 550 years on?
Source: Guardian Unlimited       Date: 10 Dec 2005

Castle tree makes a festive return
Carlisle Castle was back to its festive best last night after Mayor Sandra Fisher threw the switch to light the Christmas tree on the city’s battlements. Last year English Heritage bosses responsible for the castle’s upkeep, were dubbed Scrooges when they said they could not afford to buy and install a tree. When local businessmen offered a 20ft tree to the castle, they were told it could not be installed as they might have damaged the stonework.
Source: News and Star       Date: 10 Dec 2005

Historic site seeking volunteers
Wardens at an historic site in Cornwall are asking for help to conserve the archaeological remains on the landmark. Volunteers will be involved in work to preserve the industrial past of Kit Hill near Callington, including a tin and copper mine. Kit Hill has been an important natural feature in south east Cornwall since prehistoric times.
Source: BBC News       Date: 9 Dec 2005

Historic gem restored
The historic Church House at South Tawton was packed to bursting point last Wednesday (November 30) as visitors came to marvel at the extensive restoration work on the 500-year-old building. The Church House was built around 1490 as a place where villagers could meet to enjoy church ales, have wedding and funeral parties and hold feasts.
Source: Okehampton-Today       Date: 8 Dec 2005

Skeleton secrets revealed by test
Experts examining an Iron Age skeleton found discovered buried beneath a medieval ship in Newport, south Wales, say it is "remarkably well preserved". Tests on the bones, by forensic archaeologists at Lampeter University, mid Wales, have shown that they date back to 170 BC. The bones were found three years ago, and the findings mean they are 1,500 years older than the 15th century ship.
Source: BBC News       Date: 7 Dec 2005

Viking in the Blood? Volunteers needed for DNA tests in Newcastle
Predisposed towards battleaxes, but never understood why? The answer maybe in your genes. On Sunday December 11 2005, volunteers willing to spare a little blood will be able to join in a nationwide project that aims to find out how many of us has a little Viking, Saxon, Angle, Celt, Jute, Roman or Norman in them.
Source: 24 Hour Museum       Date: 7 Dec 2005

Grant boost for minster
A £50,000 grant will pay for a tour of Dewsbury Minster, showcasing its 'lost' heritage. It will also pay for improvements to the Grade II listed building’s outdated lighting, heating, access, signs and literature in the west end. The Rev Kevin Partington, Dewsbury team rector, said the cash would mean people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a ‘unique heritage experience’.
Source: Dewsbury Today       Date: 6 Dec 2005

Sacrifice theory for ship skeleton
A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning. Kate Hunter, Newport Ship project leader, said there was no firm evidence that the man, discovered to be from the Iron Age, had been decapitated - but she believes he could have fallen foul of a sacrificial killing which were common during the period.
Source: This is Gwent       Date: 6 Dec 2005

Skeleton under ship is Iron age
The remains of a skeleton found underneath a medieval ship discovered buried in the banks of the River Usk in Newport are that of an Iron age man. Tests carried out on the bones which were found in December 2002, have shown that they date back to 170BC. It makes the skeleton about 1,500 years older than the 15th century ship.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Dec 2005

Blow for church repairs plan
Residents desperately trying to repair a huge window at their church near Bewdley have been turned down for funding – despite growing fears that pieces of stonework could start falling from it. Villages are hoping to raise £150,000 for a huge refurbishment of St Peter and St Paul church in Rock, near Bewdley. However the £40,000 bid for their Great West Window, which is 25 feet by 12 feet and unusually large for a church, has been recently turned down by English Heritage.
Source: Express and Star       Date: 3 Dec 2005

Saxon warrior remains may stay in county
Ambitious plans to house at a Suffolk museum the “internationally important” discovery of the skeleton of a Saxon warrior buried with his horse have been launched. A massive £400,000 fund-raising drive to extend the Mildenhall Museum has begun after project chiefs were offered the 6th Century Lakenheath Warrior, found at the USAF base eight years ago.
Source: East Anglian Daily Times       Date: 3 Dec 2005

Edward the Confessor's original grave discovered
Christian pilgrims have flocked to visit the altar shrine of Edward the Confessor every year since he was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey in 1066. The site of the saint's original grave has remained a mystery since his body was moved twice in the 12th and 13th centuries, finally being laid to rest at the tiered shrine at the altar of the Abbey. But now the original tomb has been discovered in a forgotten, underground chamber at the Abbey.
Source: The Independent       Date: 2 Dec 2005

Funding saves city's festive tree
An illuminated festive tree will grace a medieval fortress in Cumbria after a deal to secure funding. Carlisle Castle was without the traditional Christmas attraction last year, due to a shortage of cash. English Heritage, which manages the historic building, has collected the £1,500 needed by contributions from local partners and stakeholders.
Source: BBC News       Date: 2 Dec 2005

Greg praises Battle Abbey renovation plans
Major renovation plans for Battle Abbey have been give the thumbs up by the town's MP. Greg Baker has branded the plans "exciting" and said they would help to further boost the town's economy. He pledged his support. English Heritage, which owns Battle Abbey, took the Conservative MP on a tour of the historic site last week, before work on the £2.3 million programme of improvements begins.
Source: Rye and Battle Today       Date: 2 Dec 2005

Grizedale Farmer Makes History Restoring Cumbria's Ancient Woodland
As Britain celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Tree Week, one Cumbrian farmer is making a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the county's woodland - and uncovering some fascinating facts about the region's industrial heritage into the process.
Source: Stackyard.com       Date: 2 Dec 2005

Piece of history from Priory to go on display
An archaeological gem which gives an insight into the lost world of Merton Priory has gone on display at the Museum of London. An Augustinian foundation established in 1117, the priory was once one of the most important and influential monasteries in southern England, attracting royal patronage and many distinguished visitors.
Source: Edgware and Mill Hill Times       Date: 2 Dec 2005

Radar pinpoints tomb of King Edward the Confessor
The ancient tomb of Edward the Confessor, one of the most revered of British saints, has been discovered under Westminster Abbey 1,000 years after his birth. The original burial chamber of the Anglo-Saxon king, who died in 1066, months before the invasion of William the Conqueror, was revealed by archaeologists using the latest radar technology.
Source: Telegraph       Date: 2 Dec 2005

Ancient royal tomb is uncovered
Experts believe they have uncovered the tomb of English Saint Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey. Archaeologists using radar have also discovered a series of royal tombs dating back to the 13th and 14th Centuries in under-floor chambers. The discoveries were made as experts investigated the construction of the Abbey's Cosmati mosaic pavement.
Source: BBC News       Date: 1 Dec 2005

Valuable medieval manuscript completed the Blago Fund Archive
The Blago Fund team made a tour of the Manasija monastery where they paid a visit to the monastery library and were acquainted with the precious cultural heritage lying there. The first copy of the valuable medieval manuscript has been digitalized and will be submitted to the Blago Fund Archive.
Source: Serbian Unity Congress       Date: 30 Nov 2005

The long road from 1128..
The plans for a £180 million redevelopment of the Canongate, including offices, modern apartments and a five-star hotel, mark a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of this part of the Royal Mile. Whether or not they go ahead - they face protests from the newly-formed Canongate Community Forum - they do at least show that this once regal, then neglected area is on the up again.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 29 Nov 2005

Archaeologist dates nine skeletons to settlement
The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, reports that the archaeologist Hildur Gestsdottir has dated nine skeletons that have been excavated out of ancient grave-sites to the period of settlement. According to Hildur, the residual levels of Strontium found in the teeth of nine skeletons indicate that the individuals were born not in Iceland but abroad.
Source: Iceland Review       Date: 28 Nov 2005

Ancient Coins found in Iceland
Morgunbladid reports that two coins from the 11th century reign of Norwegian King Haraldur which were found in the ruins of three houses which were discovered last year at Háls at Kárahnjúkar have now been examined. The house ruins are almost 600 metres above sea level. Páll Pálsson, farmer at Adalból, found them, and Landsvirkjun (the National Power department) decided to have them examined, a process that was only completed this year.
Source: Iceland Review       Date: 25 Nov 2005

Knights lay curse on developers
Insanity, illness and a lingering, painful death are in store for the developers behind an £85 million shopping centre, a controversial group claimed after calling down a 1,000-year-old curse on them. On Sunday, the Knights of St Edmund led a procession through the town named in honour of their patron, before cursing the site of the Cattle Market development, as well as flagship store Debenhams.
Source: Bury St Edmunds Today       Date: 25 Nov 2005

Landmark given radical face lift
One of Kent's most recognisable landmarks - Canterbury's Westgate - will disappear for six weeks as part of an innovative arts project. The medieval gateway will be transformed by a large projection show onto its facade.
Source: BBC News       Date: 24 Nov 2005

Project reveals details of abbey's past
Detailed information collected from hundreds of pieces of stone at the site of an historic abbey will be used to create the first computer-generated image of the building. Volunteers have spent two years sifting through stones at Tupholme Abbey, near Bardney, to discover clues about its past.
Source: This is Lincolnshire       Date: 24 Nov 2005

Woodland provides Mabinogion lessons
Children living on the doorstep of one of the Mabinogion's magical woods have been exploring its mysteries. Pupils from Ysgol Edmwnd Prys of Gellilydan in Snowdonia were joined by Welsh poet Twm Morys as they discovered more about Coed Felinrhyd - where the leaders of two warring factions in the Welsh folk tales did battle.
Source: icWales       Date: 24 Nov 2005

Cimabue’s Assisi fresco reconstructed
A fresco by Cimabue, believed destroyed in the 1997 earthquake, has been partially reconstructed from thousands of fragments. It is to be reinstalled in the Basilica of St Francis next March. The restoration is the last in an extraordinary eight-year conservation project co-ordinated by the regional government of Umbria and the State-run Istituto Centrale del Restauro in Rome, and financed by the State.
Source: The Art Newspaper       Date: 23 Nov 2005

Conservationists clash over castle
A bitterly contested public inquiry into the future of Riber Castle drew to a close yesterday. Inspector Philip Wilson heard testimonies for and against proposals for a housing development in and around the historic ruin in a week-long hearing.
Source: Matlock Today       Date: 23 Nov 2005

Fire at 13th Century manor house
Fire crews have been fighting a blaze at an historic house in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Brigades were called to 13th Century Malmesbury House at The Close on Wednesday afternoon.
Source: BBC News       Date: 23 Nov 2005

Lottery cash for historic Rattray Chapel
Banff and Buchan MP Alex Salmond has welcomed the news from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that an award of £49,800 has been made to Aberdeenshire Council for the Historic Kirkyards Project.
Source: Buchan Observer       Date: 23 Nov 2005

Real story of medieval capital told at the Museum of London
From the decline of Rome to the Protestant Reformation, the medieval period lasted more than a millennia and saw London transformed from ruins to a flourishing capital city, ready to take on the world. The Museum of London’s new Medieval Gallery, which opens on November 25 2005, is tackling this huge subject, with an ambitious and intelligently displayed selection of some 1,200 objects, from miniature toy soldiers to an entire section of riverfront.
Source: 24 Hour Museum       Date: 23 Nov 2005

Sad plight of manor house highlighted
A fire-ravaged 14th-century manor house in Peterborough has been highlighted in a new report about buildings at risk. English Heritage and the Countryside Agency says traditional farm buildings and rural buildings are more at risk of falling into disrepair than in towns. Its annual audit of historic properties in the countryside, Heritage Counts, reveals that thousands of barns, wagon sheds, dovecots, outhouses and stables are falling into ruin as farmers go out of business.
Source: Peterborough Today       Date: 23 Nov 2005

In pictures: Medieval London
Source: BBC News       Date: 22 Nov 2005

Binge-drinking an age-old problem
A culture of 24-hour drinking and bingeing on alcohol may not be unique to modern society, say historians. Experts have uncovered evidence that 12th century Londoners drank ale by the gallon, starting at breakfast time, due to poor quality drinking water. Exhibits at the Museum of London, including a selection of old Toby jugs, depict tubby men with beer bellies.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 Nov 2005

Binge-drinking not a modern trait
Beer bellies and binge-drinking may not be uniquely modern curiosities, historians suggested. Experts at the Museum of London have uncovered evidence of "inflated" stomachs and a 24-hour boozing culture in medieval London, during preparations to open a new gallery. Due to poor quality drinking water back in the 12th century, "unlucky" Londoners were forced to drink ale - as much as a gallon a day.
Source: Daily Mail       Date: 21 Nov 2005

Mystery Saxon whip goes on display in London
A small leather whip found in a 1,000-year-old rubbish dump may be evidence of the brutal treatment of slaves in Saxon London. Archaeologists at the Museum of London have been puzzling over it for 15 years since it was excavated just off Cheapside, one of the oldest continuously inhabited streets in the city. Explanations have ranged from sexual sadism to religious fanaticism, but curator John Clark now believes it was probably kept for disciplining slaves. The whip will be on display for the first time at the Museum of London's new medieval gallery, which opens on Friday.
Source: Guardian Unlimited       Date: 21 Nov 2005

Entering the realm of the divine through icon paintings
It's a pity some people think the Middle Ages were a great big bore, a time in history when nothing much happened beyond the usual pillaging, pestilence and slaughter. They may miss out on a terrific new show. Called Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod, this marvelous exhibition, which opened this weekend at the Walters Art Museum, centers around some of the greatest Russian artworks of the Middle Ages, the magnificent icon paintings created by anonymous artist-craftsmen.
Source: Baltimore Sun       Date: 20 Nov 2005

Medieval attraction makes appeal
People in York are being invited to make "a present to the past" and help preserve part of the city's heritage. The Barley Hall is a recreation of a merchant's home from the time of the wars of the roses.
Source: BBC News       Date: 20 Nov 2005

Trim Castle developers breached EU planning law
The European Union’s environment commission has ruled that developers at the controversial Trim Castle site in Co Meath have breached EU planning law. Trim Castle, on the banks of the River Boyne, is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. It has been at the centre of a scandal since 2002, when Trim Urban District Council sold land to a developer to build a 68-bedroom hotel on the perimeter of the 12th-century site.
Source: Daily Ireland       Date: 20 Nov 2005

Medieval drama simply well done
Opera Sacra has, over the course of 30 years, presented operatic works built upon biblical texts or situations involving the Christian church. Composers such as Puccini, Poulenc and Ravel all turn up in the Opera Sacra repertoire, but the ensemble has also delved deep into history for medieval liturgical dramas by Hildegard von Bingen, along with "The Play of Daniel" and this weekend's offering, "The Play of Herod," from the pen of the world's most prolific composer - Anonymous.
Source: Buffalo News       Date: 19 Nov 2005

The castle battle in focus
Originally a Norman motte and bailey castle, Raglan Castle was rebuilt in the mid 15th century by Welsh knight, Sir William ap Thomas. Although it suffered during the Civil War, the structure still remains and it is a Grade One listed building. But according to local action groups, the National Assembly's conservation arm Cadw and the Environment Agency, plans to build a cattle market under its ramparts will threaten its future.
Source: icWales       Date: 19 Nov 2005

Pilgrim's tales
The Royal Shakespeare Company brings its touring production of The Canterbury Tales to Ellesmere Port from February 14-18 next year and there is a bonus for young theatre-goers... The regular visits of the RSC to the Epic Leisure Centre are eagerly awaited, sell-out events and the next one will be no exception. It's the first time the company has presented Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and this major production in two parts will feature all 23 of these famous medieval stories.
Source: icCheshire Online       Date: 18 Nov 2005

Take a virtual castle tour
A new tour of Stirling Castle is providing unparalleled access to visitors with disabilities. The virtual tour provides an on-screen guide to the top attraction combining audio, video, stills, aerial photography and drawn reconstructions to create an hour-long journey into the past.
Source: icStirlingshire       Date: 18 Nov 2005

Prodi promises pilgrims progress
Italian opposition leader Romano Prodi says he hopes to revive the medieval route that took Christian pilgrims from Canterbury to Rome. The Via Francigena from Britain to Italy dates back to the 10th Century.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Nov 2005

Days Out: Battle Abbey
The one date in English history that everyone knows is 1066, and this is where it all happened: the site of the Battle of Hastings. On this field William the Conqueror led his Norman army to victory and set the start date for modern British history. As you walk around the battlefield, an exceptionally effective audio guide (suitable for all ages) allows you to hear Aelfric the Saxon thane and Edith Swan-neck, common-law wife to King Harold of England, describe the events of the day.
Source: The Independent       Date: 13 Nov 2005

Knight School changes U.K. town
The town of Spilsby, England, has taken a page out of medieval history and formed a Knight School for its youth to teach manners and values. Police Sgt. Gary Brown created the school after he learned that 9-year-old children vandalized a church and a cemetery of war dead. Brown formed the Knight School to instill a chivalrous code of courtesy, respect and pride for those age 6 to 8, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Source: United Press International       Date: 13 Nov 2005

Team to probe castle hauntings
A team of ghost investigators will be at a Cornish castle on Saturday night to try to find evidence of haunting. The Paranormal Site Investigators (PSI) will use a range of equipment to record high frequency noise and changes in temperature at Pengersick Castle.
Source: BBC News       Date: 11 Nov 2005

10 lessons from the medieval knights
Police are putting unruly youngsters through their paces on an eight-week "knight school", to teach them some of the ways of medieval knights. The Lincolnshire scheme has been hailed a success in improving behaviour, so what kind of lessons could knights teach youngsters today?
Source: BBC News       Date: 10 Nov 2005

Ancient well discovery sheds light on city's medieval past
Archaeologists have unearthed a medieval well over 3m (9ft) deep which had lain undiscovered for over 800 years. The University of Sheffield's archaeological consultancy firm ARCUS made the unexpected find in Sheffield's city centre. The discovery was made during the team's excavation at Carmel House on Fargate in Sheffield city centre, as part of the redevelopment of the site by Hermes Property Unit Trust.
Source: Yorkshire Post       Date: 10 Nov 2005

Caernarfon turns spotlight on its medieval castle
A few decades ago the Welsh town of Caernarfon seemed on the verge of something big. It was vying with Cardiff to become the Welsh capital and, in 1969, it was the focus of world attention when the Prince of Wales was invested at Caernarfon Castle. Now, the weekend getaway town of 10,000 inhabitants on the Irish Sea is hobbled by high unemployment -- with a rate twice the British average -- and its once-lively streets are deserted at night.
Source: Reuters UK       Date: 9 Nov 2005

Human remains unearthed in Wiltshire
Builders have unearthed what appear to be the oldest human remains ever to be found in Malmesbury. Workmen discovered the two skeletons last Thursday morning (October 27) as they began to dig foundations for an extension to a conference room at the Old Bell Hotel, in Abbey Row. The findings led to work being immediately halted while police and then archaeology experts were called in to examine the skeletons.
Source: This is Cirencester       Date: 9 Nov 2005

Anyone seen an abbey around here?
Archaeologists turned up in force to examine the history of Bisham Abbey last month. About 20 enthusiasts were told of the little-known fact that the existing building once home to the Knights Templar is actually a manor house as opposed to an abbey. However, as John Laker, of Archaeology In Marlow, insists: "The house is still of immense interest, with parts of it dating back over 800 years."
Source: This is Local London       Date: 7 Nov 2005

Historic castle goes up for sale
An 11th Century city centre castle is going on the market this week. Rougemont Castle in Exeter is being sold by the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Bids must be submitted by 20 December. The sale is being handled by Lambert Smith Hampton of Bristol, who said no guide price was being quoted. Sums of £1.5m have been mentioned locally.
Source: BBC News       Date: 7 Nov 2005

Place-names and surnames in Malta’s medieval history
The next in the series of educational presentations organised by Din l-Art Helwa will be a lecture by Prof. Godfrey Wettinger on place-names and surnames in Malta’s medieval history. Ever since the time of Commendatore Abela, Maltese historians used random references to Maltese place-names that abound in the islands of Malta and Gozo in order to illustrate their reconstructions of Maltese medieval history.
Source: The Malta Independent       Date: 7 Nov 2005

Skeletons uncovered at airbase
Skeletons and flint tools thought to date from Anglo-Saxon and earlier times have been found at an airbase. They are the latest archaeological finds at the Lakenheath US Air Force base which has previously yielded important discoveries including a warrior who had been buried together with his horse and weapons. Students from the Suffolk branch of the Young Archaeologist Club have helped at the site of a burial mound on land which is to become a new housing area for service personnel.
Source: Cambridge Evening News       Date: 7 Nov 2005

You've never had it so rude
In 13th-century England, it was considered bad manners for lords to pick fleas from their breeches during meals. Urinating in the dining hall was similarly frowned upon, unless you were the head of the household - in which case you could drop your trousers anywhere you pleased and spell out "Lancelot was here" in the dirt.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 6 Nov 2005

Royal seal of approval for 800th anniversary
The Princess Royal will visit Huntingdon this month to view the town's earliest borough charter. It was granted by King John in 1205 to confirm the town's status as a royal borough and the parchment document has been put back on display in the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon. It was on show during the summer where it formed the centrepiece of the Huntingdon 800 celebrations.
Source: Cambridge Evening News       Date: 4 Nov 2005

Ancient hall 'saved by lottery'
A 14th century guildhall in Lincolnshire that has been used as a courtroom, museum and jail is being restored with a lottery award. The £877,000 grant to upgrade St. Mary's Guildhall in Boston brings the total lottery funds allocated to the project to £1m.
Source: BBC News       Date: 3 Nov 2005

Church sells bits of Boston Stump
Church officials are selling off chunks of a medieval Lincolnshire landmark to raise money for its restoration. St Botolph's Church, also known as the Boston Stump, is the largest parish church in England. The church said that the Princess Royal has agreed to be patron of the £3m appeal to raise money for the restoration work.
Source: BBC News       Date: 3 Nov 2005

Ancient Pisan Church Unearthed
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an ancient church in Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the famed Leaning Tower . The structure, dating back to the 9th century, was discovered during the installation of a new irrigation system for a lawn between the cathedral and the nearby walled Camposanto cemetery .
Source: ANSA       Date: 2 Nov 2005

Belgian and Dutch archaeologists join forces to find medieval farm in Schoondijke
(In Dutch) Dutch and Belgian archaeologists believe a medieval farm is buried under the modern village of Schoondijke (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen). In the coastal plain of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen medieval settlements are generally difficult to find, as they are buried under marine sediments, caused by inundations in the 16th century. The new excavations in Schoondijke, which will start next week, should improve the knowledge about the cultural landscape of the coastal region and its transformation in the middle ages.
Source: ArcheoNet.be       Date: 2 Nov 2005

Roman and Medieval Warm Periods in Spain
The five scientists determined that the mean temperature of the Medieval Warm Period in northwest Spain was 1.5°C warmer than it was over the 30 years leading up to the time of their study, and that the mean temperature of the Roman Warm Period was 2°C warmer. Even more impressive was their finding that several decadal-scale intervals during the Roman Warm Period were more than 2.5°C warmer than the 1968-98 period, while an interval in excess of 80 years during the Medieval Warm Period was more than 3°C warmer.
Source: CO2 Science       Date: 2 Nov 2005

£3m project for historic castle
A £3m project is under way to transform one of Lancashire's oldest buildings. A £2m bid has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help to fund work on Clitheroe Castle and modernise its museum.
Source: BBC News       Date: 1 Nov 2005

Obit: Professor Angus Mcintosh
Angus McIntosh, linguist and medievalist: born Cleadon, Co Durham 10 January 1914; Lecturer, Department of English, University College, Swansea 1938-46; Lecturer in Mediaeval English, Oxford University 1946-48; Lecturer in English, Christ Church, Oxford 1946-47, Student 1947-48; Forbes Professor of English Language and General Linguistics, Edinburgh University 1948-64, Forbes Professor of English Language 1964-79 (Emeritus), Honorary Consultant, Institute for Historical Dialectology (formerly Gayre Institute for Medieval English and Scottish Dialectology) 1986-2005; President, Scottish Text Society 1977-89, Honorary President 1989-2005; FRSE 1978; Director, Middle English Dialect Atlas Project 1979-86; FBA 1989; Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of English Language, Glasgow University 1993-2005;
Source: The Independent       Date: 1 Nov 2005

Student launched from catapult died after missing safety net
A university student died after being hurled 100ft through the air by a medieval-style "trebuchet" catapult, an inquest heard yesterday. Kostydin Yankov, 19, an Oxford University student, suffered multiple injuries and serious spinal damage when he fell short of the safety net. He was on a day trip with the extreme sports club, The Oxford Stunt Factory, to Bridgwater, Somerset, in November 2002 when tragedy struck.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 1 Nov 2005

Historic castle begins spook hunt
A reputedly haunted Cumbrian castle is recruiting online ghost hunters to monitor spooky goings-on there. A web camera has been installed in the tapestry room at Muncaster Castle in the Lake District.
Source: BBC News       Date: 31 Oct 2005

Call for returning Wallace document
A Scottish parliamentarian is seeking the return of a document once carried by William Wallace. A letter, known as The Safe Conduct, was in Wallace's possession when he was captured in August 1305 in Robroyston, near Glasgow. Written by the King of France, the paperwork was meant to grant the Scots hero safe passage to visit the Pope. However the document has been archived in London since Wallace was tried and executed on charges of treason.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 28 Oct 2005

Madonna sculpture miraculously discovered among burning thatch
A rare medieval wooden sculpture of the Madonna miraculously discovered among the burning thatch as a fire gutted the Cosy Thatch pub at Kilmeaden, is to go on permanent display at Waterford Museum of Treasures. The statue, which is thirty-one inches in height and dates back to the 15th century, has been donated to the museum by the proprietor of the Cosy Thatch, Martin Doyle.
Source: Waterford News and Star       Date: 28 Oct 2005

Medieval film dream is made real
A first time filmmaker remortagaged his house to raise the funds for a medieval comedy film set in a Gwynedd village. Featuring the members of the Harlech Medieval Society, the filming of The Baron, was a dream come true for history re-enactor Michael Fairbridge.
Source: BBC News       Date: 28 Oct 2005

Marshall Clagett, historian of science in medieval times, dies
Marshall Clagett, one of the world's pre-eminent historians on medieval science and the work of mathematician Archimedes, has died. Clagett's death at age 89 on Oct. 21 was announced by the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton where he worked for the last four decades. He lived in Princeton.
Source: Newsday.com       Date: 26 Oct 2005

Digital bid to calm gospels row
An ancient manuscript containing some of the earliest surviving examples of written Welsh is returning to Wales - but only in a digital format. Scholars are divided over whether the St Chad Gospels - or St Teilo Gospels - originated in England or Wales.
Source: BBC News       Date: 25 Oct 2005

Archaeological sites are discovered near new dual carriageway in Republic
Nineteen archaeological sites including a Neolithic settlement and an early medieval cemetery have been found along the route of the next stage of the Belfast to Dublin road upgrade. Construction of the nine-mile high quality dual carriageway between Dundalk and Newry is under way and it is due to open in 2007.
Source: Belfast Telegraph       Date: 24 Oct 2005

Big cats prowled London's tower
Two lion skulls unearthed at the Tower of London have been dated to Medieval times, shedding light on the lost institution of the "Royal Menagerie". It also shows the relationship between England's early monarchs and the "king of beasts" was not just a symbolic one.
Source: BBC News       Date: 24 Oct 2005

Lion skulls from Tower of London dated back to 13th century
There’s not much evidence of animal liberators taking offence at the time, but contemporary ones be warned – you won’t be pleased to hear how early English monarchs treated the king of beasts. Whatever your position, big cat remains found in the Tower of London moat offer an intriguing glimpse into that earliest of zoos, the Royal Menagerie, and point to the real-life relationship between the monarchy and its heraldic symbol, the lion.
Source: 24 Hour Museum       Date: 24 Oct 2005

Church celebrates 550th birthday
A small town's church, built when Henry VI was king, is celebrating its 550th birthday with a special service. All Saints' in Weymouth was built in 1455, though it is believed there has been a church on the site since 1172.
Source: BBC News       Date: 23 Oct 2005

Gold ring treasure found in field
A metal detector enthusiast has told an inquest how he uncovered a 1,200 year old gold ring in a field near Mold. Welding engineer David Robinson from Garden City, Deeside, discovered the artefact, thought to date from the 9th or 10th Century, in October 2004.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 Oct 2005

Illuminated Pages Capturing a Fading World
The New York Public Library is a great national resource. If it were a natural one, it would be forested with oil rigs and pocked with mines of gold and silver. Being a cultural resource, the library's riches are truly inexhaustible, benefiting succeeding generations. But this doesn't rule out the bibliographical equivalent of a freshly struck mother lode. The latest proof is "The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library."
Source: New York Times       Date: 21 Oct 2005

Viking action group looks back and ahead
The Save Viking Waterford Action Group held its first Annual General Meeting on Thursday last in Dooley‚s Hotel, the Quay, Waterford. The AGM, which was attended by activists in the campaign as well as supporters, presented an overview of the first thirteen months in the existence of the SVWAG and outlined future campaign tactics.
Source: Waterford News and Star       Date: 21 Oct 2005

Church tower repairs reveal medieval mess
Stonemasons renovating the tower of a parish church have discovered cowboy builders existed 800 years ago. The shoddy workmanship was uncovered when the team started to repair 10ft cracks at St Dionysius, Market Harborough. Instead of finding a solid wall inside to support the tower, there was rubble and clay.
Source: Leicester Mercury       Date: 20 Oct 2005

Experts unearth an Iona of the east
When St Columba landed in Scotland in the Dark Ages, he set about creating a centre of learning that would illuminate the Christian world. His monastery on Iona, founded in 563AD, became a place of pilgrimage for saints and kings. It is believed to have produced the Book of Kells, one of the world's most famous religious manuscipts.
Source: The Herald       Date: 17 Oct 2005

Ancient relic is 'once in a lifetime' finding
An ancient relic worth thousands of pounds was recently dug up on an Aughton farm – by a man who thought it was a milk bottle top...Tim found the 9th century artefact eight inches beneath the surface. At first he thought it was a milk bottle top, then a Victorian pendant, but once he got it home he found it was much more interesting.
Source: Dinnington Today       Date: 14 Oct 2005

Archaeologists dig the dirt on rare medieval farm find
The remains of a medieval farm settlement have been uncovered in the walled garden of a city hotel. A team of archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 12th-century building, a garden wall and fragments of pottery from the same era in the grounds of the Norton House Hotel, near Ingliston.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 14 Oct 2005

Grant Expands Medieval Program
The Barker Center’s Thompson Room was abuzz with excitement on Wednesday, as Goelet Professor of Medieval History Michael McCormick approached the podium to introduce the inaugural lecture in a series on migration and medieval culture. For the 50 audience members, the lecture, which focused on the collaboration of a physicist and an archaeologist, was more than a speech. It signaled a renewed commitment to medieval studies at Harvard.
Source: The Harvard Crimson       Date: 14 Oct 2005

Rosslyn Chapel's extraordinary carvings explained at last
The doors of Rosslyn Chapel have shut behind the cast and crew of The Da Vinci Code. But grail tourists will continue to travel to this place of 21st century pilgrimage and walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 13 Oct 2005

£2m rescue plan for Abbey
Time is taking its toll of Tewkesbury's magnificent Abbey. Now the Parochial Church Council is launching a £2 million appeal to pay for desperately needed work on its fabric. Much of the lead and all the guttering and drainage need to be renewed to stop water getting into the Norman tower.
Source: This is Worcestershire       Date: 12 Oct 2005

77 years late, but fourth volume of epic history series was worth the wait
Gill Cookson is the first to admit that her new volume on the history of Darlington is not exactly bedtime reading. But she is equally quick to assert that the 288-page book will soon establish itself as the main point of reference for anyone interested in the town and its past. She is also immensely proud of the end result of six years' work as editor of A History of County Durham IV: Darlington.
Source: Darlington and Stockton Times       Date: 12 Oct 2005

Lynx 'still in UK in medieval period'
Important prehistoric sites on Somerset's moorland are being destroyed because water is being drained from the land for farming, a report has revealed. Two Bronze Age trackways dating back nearly 3,000 years have been lost as the peat they were preserved in has dried up, and 11 further sites are under threat, said the report by English Heritage and Somerset County Council.
Source: icWales       Date: 11 Oct 2005

Low tide reveals lost city find
Archaeologists believe that photographs taken along the Suffolk coast may prove that the ancient city of Dunwich may have been connected with shipbuilding. Recent exceptionally low tides have revealed timbers and banks that experts say may be connected with shipbuilding at Dunwich nearly 500 years ago.
Source: BBC News       Date: 10 Oct 2005

Never give up - Bruce fights back in war of Scottish heroes
One was a national hero and guerrilla fighter who restored Scottish pride before dying a glorious, if bloody, martyr's death. The other was a self-serving opportunist who betrayed his countrymen in his own ambitious quest to become the King of Scotland. Well, according to the movies anyway. Now aristocratic descendants of Robert the Bruce are fighting to restore the legendary king's reputation as the true saviour of Scotland after Hollywood gave the honours to William Wallace.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 9 Oct 2005

Apartment in castle up for rent
Flat hunters have the rare chance to rent an apartment inside one of the most striking castles on the Northumberland coastline. The price tag for the six-bedroom luxury flat in Bamburgh Castle is £24,000 a year.
Source: BBC News       Date: 7 Oct 2005

Art of glass
Archaeological evidence of stained glass making traces the craft back as far as the early centuries of the first millennium BC with finds of coloured glass made in Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as the ancient civilisations of Chaldea and Phoenicia. But the English who were relatively late starters since historical references date back only to the 7th century took until the 12th century to develop it into a sophisticated art form.
Source: Suttong Guardian       Date: 6 Oct 2005

Medieval Remains To Stand Along Side By-Pass
Work has begun this week open preserving the remains of a medieval church discovered in Ballyshannon during the construction of the N-15 bypass. Just over two years since archaeological excavations began along the bypass route, archaeologists are now preserving one of the most significant discoveries in Donegal in recent years.
Source: Donegal Democrat       Date: 6 Oct 2005

Online for Anglo Saxon rubbish
The Department for Culture Media and Sport is backing a web service aimed at introducing children to the wonders of archaeology. A database cataloguing rubbish dropped down the toilet, what to do if you find buried treasure and a guide to the sixth century village of West Mucking, are all featured on the latest website set up by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
Source: Kable       Date: 6 Oct 2005

£3m bid to restore town landmark
An appeal to raise £3m is being launched to carry out restoration and improvement works to Boston Stump. The appeal has attracted royal backing with HRH The Princess Royal agreeing to be patron.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Oct 2005

Chapel work to finish by summer
Officials involved with the restoration of a medieval Guernsey chapel hope the work will be completed by next summer. St Appoline's Chapel in St Saviour, which was built in 1392, has had increasing problems with damp, damaging a wall painting of the Last Supper.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Oct 2005

Middle aged fun factories
On Mediaeval Mischief: Wit and Humour in the Art of the Middle Ages by Janetta Rebold Benton (Sutton, £20). Witty, clever or humorous imagery has a long history in art - and the Middle Ages were no exception. In her new book, Rebold Benton demonstrates that, although mediaeval art is primarily religious, it is not always solemn nor was it only aimed at the public, as members of the clergy often needed spiritual guidance.
Source: This is Worcestershire       Date: 5 Oct 2005

Thirsty cows damage ancient well
Work has begun to save an ancient well in Gloucester that is being damaged by cattle hunting for a drink. The herds are trampling over land next to 600-year-old Lady's Well, in the Hempsted area of the city, making the ground around the well unstable.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Oct 2005

Labyrinth lets walk do the talk
A medieval-style labyrinth has been created in a city centre church in a bid to woo new and younger followers. Joanne Hood, the 28-year-old minister at Broughton St Mary's in Bellevue Crescent, believes the interactive puzzle she has installed on the floor of the 19th-century church will attract younger people who may be put off by traditional methods of worship.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 4 Oct 2005

Walking in the footsteps of Wallace
The advent of the internet has meant that it has never been easier to research your background from the comfort of home. This has proved invaluable to the many Americans whose Scottish surname suggests that their DNA hails from somewhere in the old country. Yet an increasing number of amateur genealogists are no longer content to get to grips with their grandfather's past through faded birth certificates. They want to see what he saw and walk in his footsteps.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 4 Oct 2005

Medieval Faire benefits Camelot Project
A fund-raiser for the Historic Camelot Project which provides educational programs for schools and has plans of building a replica of an English medieval village was held at the Dodge County Fairgrounds at Beaver Dam over the weekend. The event featured a variety of musical entertainment, jousting, sword-play, games and educational programs.
Source: Watertown Daily Times       Date: 3 Oct 2005

Moving the earth to find our past
To most people, it looks like nothing more than an enormous hole in the ground. But to the archaeologists squelching about in the mud, 15 or 20 feet down, it is the most exciting "dig" Cambridge has seen in decades. The experts, from Cambridge University's archaeological unit, are hard at work on the site of the city's massive new shopping centre, Grand Arcade.
Source: Cambridge Evening News       Date: 3 Oct 2005

Talent reveals lost castle
Dowsing for water is a concept familiar to most but few will know the ability is also used for archaeological searches, soil testing, healing...and much more. In fact last month dowsing was used to locate the site believed to be that of Dursley's ancient castle. Feature writer Kirsty Ramsden met the man who dowsed for the castle - Peter Golding, founder of Slimbridge Dowsing Group - to find out more.
Source: This is South Cotswolds       Date: 1 Oct 2005

Medieval texts preserve African heritage
A collection of medieval manuscripts from Timbuktu which academics hail as proof of an African scholarly tradition go on public show on the continent for the first time on Friday. Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa, has been trumpeted as the epicentre of Africa's intellectual heritage and the discovery of about 30 000 lost texts has challenged the stereotype of Africa as a continent with no written history.
Source: IOL       Date: 30 Sep 2005

TV series unveils our Viking ancestry
The history of the Border region doesn’t revolve around Romans, Reivers and railways but the Vikings. They were far more influential in shaping and influencing this region than anyone else. That’s the conclusion of Border’s new six-part series Viking, which starts on Thursday at 7.30pm.
Source: The Cumberland News       Date: 30 Sep 2005

Metal detector enthusiast gets lucky with Viking find
The finder of a 1,200-year-old Viking silver ingot on the banks of the lower Bann is to share in a reward for the unusual discovery. The artefact, along with remnants of a bronze brooch dug up within 10 yards of it, in the townland of Moneygran, outside Kilrea, Co Derry, have been legally declared treasures.
Source: Belfast Telegraphy       Date: 29 Sep 2005

Mysterious origins of the cattle clones
There is a farm in Morayshire that is home to a remarkable breed of livestock. The few remaining members of this endangered animal live in a protected area away from other breeds. These rare animals – with a history that dates back thousands of years – have only been inbred to protect their singularity.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 29 Sep 2005

State is taking 'Viking treasure'
The property of a Viking raider has been seized again, this time by the state. A silver ingot and part of a brooch thought to date from the Viking era, have been declared 'treasure trove' after a court hearing.
Source: BBC News       Date: 29 Sep 2005

Virginie Greene studies medieval attitudes toward contradiction, ambivalence
Ambivalence is such a common condition in our complex and uncertain times that it is astonishing to learn that the word has existed for less than a century. It was coined by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler in 1911 to describe a condition in which a person holds contradictory feelings toward someone or something. But does the word's recent coinage mean that in pre-Bleuler times no one was ever of two minds about anything? Virginie Greene's current scholarly project is to trace the concept of ambivalence back to the literature and philosophy of the Middle Ages.
Source: Harvard University Gazette       Date: 29 Sep 2005

Visitors' centre approved for Kenilworth Castle
English Heritage has been allowed to proceed with its changes to Kenilworth Castle - despite strong opposition from historians and residents. Warwick District Council's planning committee has given permission for a new shop, ticket office, railings and gates, which are part of a scheme to attract more visitors.
Source: Kenilworth Today       Date: 26 Sep 2005

14th century bones found on beach
A second set of bones, thought to date from the 14th century, has been found at Sand Bay. A member of the public discovered the relics 400m from the shoreline.
Source: The Weston Mercury       Date: 23 Sep 2005

Antiques of Medieval Ages Found in Barkur Government College Campus
Some antique things dating back to the Medieval Ages when Vijaynagar Empire was reigning the state have recently been found in the campus of Government College of Barkur near here.
Source: Daijiworld.com       Date: 23 Sep 2005

Medieval pottery in the Basque Country (VIII-XIII centuries)
This work tackled that apparently Janusian nature of pottery artefacts and, though risking stating the obvious, underlined the importance of this two-sided character of this branch of archaeology. One facet is the taxonomic tool (chronological indicator) and the second is the hermeneutic tool (historical record or document).
Source: Basque Research       Date: 23 Sep 2005

Medieval pottery in the Basque Country (VIII-XIII centuries)
This work tackled that apparently Janusian nature of pottery artefacts and, though risking stating the obvious, underlined the importance of this two-sided character of this branch of archaeology. One facet is the taxonomic tool (chronological indicator) and the second is the hermeneutic tool (historical record or document). Nonetheless, to transform ceramic artefacts into items of historical knowledge, they need to have been previously transformed into reliable chronological indicators. Only after this phase has borne fruit, and aided by other material evidence, are we in a position to obtain information about past societies.
Source: Basque Research       Date: 23 Sep 2005

Neglected tower will rise again
A forgotten ruin in Princes Street Gardens is to be restored to revive interest in the building and uncover its history. The 14th century Well House Tower, in West Princes Street Gardens, has been little more than a crumbling ruin for 100 years and is virtually ignored by visitors to the beauty spot.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 23 Sep 2005

Archaeologists Find 6th Century Monk in Dig
Archaeologists excavating the site of a Pictish monastery in Easter Ross have unearthed an extremely well preserved cist burial, thought to be the grave of a 6th or 7th-century monk. And the skeleton found at Tarbat, Portmahomack, has been taken away to the University of York archaeology department for further analysis.
Source: This is North Scotland       Date: 21 Sep 2005

Volunteers dig for Piran church
Volunteers are starting to excavate one of Cornwall's historic sites linked to the county's patron saint. St Piran's Church near Perranporth is partially buried in sand dunes.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 Sep 2005

Caesarea Byzantine mansion site inaugurated
The remains of a lavish Byzantine mansion with pictorial mosaic flooring and a rare table with gold-encrusted glass platelets have been uncovered in the coastal city of Caesarea during an archaeological excavation, Israel's Antiquities Authority announced Monday.
Source: Jerusalem Post       Date: 19 Sep 2005

Medieval ancestors measured up to our height standards
Our ancestors were as tall as we are, contrary to popular belief. Over the past five millennia the average height of men in Britain has remained stable at about 170cm (5ft 7in), and that of women at 160cm (5ft 3in). We may be surprised at how small the armour worn by the Black Prince or King Henry V was, but such giants on the battlefield were not physically large and were towered over by contemporaries of all classes.
Source: Times Online       Date: 19 Sep 2005

The Medievalist Who Is Watchdogging the Media
“Citizens” of the USSR called it “information vertigo.” When you can’t trust anything you hear about through the media, what do you do? A friend told me that as a child, her father would sit her down, have her read an article in Pravda (“Truth”), and then say, “okay, tell me what you think really happened.” That’s also what medieval historians do.
Source: History News Network       Date: 19 Sep 2005

Churches display art from marsh
The landscape and medieval heritage of Romney Marsh are the inspiration for 15 artists whose work is being displayed in the marsh's churches. Paintings, sculpture and videos are included in the Art in Romney Marsh project, now in its third year.
Source: BBC News       Date: 17 Sep 2005

Brussels exhibit to highlight medieval Russian artwork, artifacts
Medieval Russian artwork and artifacts from Veliky Novgorod will be showcased at an exhibition opening in Brussels in early October, Novgorod's City Hall said Thursday.
Source: RNIA       Date: 15 Sep 2005

Can Elves Help Us Heal? Why Medieval Literature Is Good For The Soul
In the aftermath of any crisis, tragedy, or sudden loss, we are confronted with the need to heal, and sometimes this entails healthy distraction. Rather than taking us away into a realm of impossible expectations and false hopes, therapeutic distraction helps us stop unnecessarily dwelling on our sorrow or problems, while it simultaneously keeps us in touch with meaningful insights into our own identity.
Source: eMediaWire       Date: 15 Sep 2005

Secrets of buried treasures
Visitors to Norwich Castle were given an insight into some of the secrets of the Buried Treasure collection currently on show. Buried Treasure, a British Museum touring exhibition, showcases some of the UK's most spectacular archaeological discoveries.
Source: Norwich Evening News       Date: 15 Sep 2005

Normans invade
Almost 950 years since they entered Cheshire to crush an English rebellion, the Normans are coming back - but unlike in 1070, they are welcome guests. On Saturday and Sunday, Middlewich hosts its first ever Norman Festival to celebrate William the Conqueror's invading forces' influence on the town.
Source: icChester Online       Date: 14 Sep 2005

Wallace is still relevant
Allan Strang's glib dismissal of William Wallace as a merely "parochial" icon of Scottish national identity (Platform, 7 September) should not go unchallenged. While it is true that his historical significance is firmly located in the medieval struggle for Scottish independence, the universal appeal of the story of Wallace's fight for Scottish freedom from the imperialism of a neighbouring tyrant is surely beyond dispute.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 14 Sep 2005

Glyndwr flag flies at city castle
The flag of Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr will fly above the battlements of Cardiff Castle all week from Monday. It is believed to be the first time the standard bearing his coat of arms has been hoisted above the castle for more than 600 years.
Source: BBC News       Date: 12 Sep 2005

Opera star Pavarotti receives medieval British honour for charity work
Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti received a medieval British honour Monday in recognition of his fundraising and humanitarian work with the Red Cross. Pavarotti, 69, was given the Freedom of the City of London, a privilege which in medieval times allowed recipients to trade within the commercial centre of the British capital. The largely symbolic honour formerly bestowed the right to drive sheep across London Bridge and be hanged with a silken cord if handed the death penalty.
Source: Canada.com       Date: 12 Sep 2005

'Da Vinci Code' tours to Rosslyn Chapel fuel fears
Fresh fears over the impact of spiralling visitor numbers at the historic Rosslyn Chapel have emerged after VisitScotland announced the launch of "Da Vinci Code city breaks". The chapel's director, Stuart Beattie, said restrictions on visitors were being considered amid concerns that the scheme by Scotland's national tourism agency to cash in on Midlothian's link with Dan Brown's best-selling book might exacerbate overcrowding problems.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 10 Sep 2005

Secret Norwich opens its doors
A number of churches rarely seen by visitors will be open to the public throughout today as part of a major heritage festival in Norwich. The hugely-successful four-day Heritage Open Days (HOD) event has already seen thousands of people gain a fascinating insight into some of the city's hidden cultural gems.
Source: EDP24       Date: 10 Sep 2005

Medieval Morality, Mirth and Masks Make History
The medieval morality play gets a modern makeover in the Hexham Abbey Festival next month. Four dramas in Chaucerian style have been created by schoolchildren from Corbridge, Hexham, and Prudhoe, specially for the nine-day annual festival of music and drama.
Source: Haxham Courant       Date: 9 Sep 2005

Saving babies the medieval way
Italy is to restore the medieval "foundling wheel" to let desperate mothers abandon newborn babies anonymously and curb the number of infants left to die in bins. A prototype of a new version of the device, a common feature at convents and monasteries until the 19th century, will be ready by Christmas.
Source: Telegraph       Date: 9 Sep 2005

Woodstown Viking site gives up more of its secrets
The release of new information on the Woodstown Viking site, which was made at the Viking Congress recently, has been welcomed by the Save Viking Waterford Action Group.
Source: Waterford News & Star       Date: 9 Sep 2005

Kilcullen residents bid to reclaim their royal roots
Kilcullen residents are striking back at what they see as the neglect of an important local historical site. Dun Ailinne, located just outside the town, is being billed as the “forgotten royal site”, ranking in importance alongside Tara, Knockcruachain (Ros-common) and Amhain Macha (Armagh). The hilltop site once marked the home of the Kings of Leinster but it has drawn relatiely little attention over the years, in comparison with similar sites elsewhere in the country.
Source: Kildare Nationalist       Date: 8 Sep 2005

Search starts for lost settlement
Archaeologists are investigating two Notts fields to see if folklore about a lost settlement is true. The scientists from the University of Oxford are examining land close to St Mary's Church in Greasley near Eastwood for signs of a medieval village.
Source: BBC News       Date: 8 Sep 2005

Work to protect medieval moat
Archaeologists are set to carry out restoration work on the moat of a medieval manor house this month.
Source: Buckingham Today       Date: 8 Sep 2005

Getting to the roots of Soutra's old cures
They were the original hoodies. But instead of lashing out at members of the public, these men, their heads swathed in coarse woollen material, tried to clear up the effects of others' antisocial behaviour. For 500 years, the black-cowled Augustinian canons of Soutra Hospital served the diseased and the battle-ravaged who were travelling to and from - or marauding through - Edinburgh.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 7 Sep 2005

Stirling pays tribute to Wallace
A weekend filled with re-enactments, historical presentations and entertainment are in store at Stirling Castle to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 6 Sep 2005

13th Century church unearthed in Vevchani, Macedonia
Residents of Vevchani, that endearingly ornery and well-kept mountainside village in southwestern Macedonia, made an exciting discovery just five days ago: the walls of what was probably an Orthodox church, several centuries old, buried under a hillside in the very center of the village.
Source: Balkanalysis.com       Date: 5 Sep 2005

Archery on show for Abbey visitors
An ancient art which was instrumental on the battlefields of medieval England was showcased to visitors at a 13th century abbey in Yorkshire during the weekend.
Source: Yorkshire Post       Date: 5 Sep 2005

Exciting Finds at the Rushen Abbey Excavations
This year’s archaeological excavations at Rushen Abbey have come to an end with some intriguing discoveries being made. Digging near the heart of the Medieval Abbey complex, archaeologists from the Centre for Manx Studies and the University of Liverpool came across some interesting and unexpected finds.
Source: ManxNet       Date: 5 Sep 2005

Python fans in castle pilgrimage
Hundreds of fans are making a pilgrimage to the Scottish castle which was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Organisers were bowled over when 1,400 people attended the first Monty Python day at Doune Castle last year.
Source: BBC News       Date: 4 Sep 2005

Vandalised Priory get a Revamp
Work was under way yesterday on one of Gloucester's most historic buildings. In recent years, the remains of St Oswald's Priory have become a target for vandals and fallen further into disrepair. But now scaffolding is up around the at-risk building, which dates back to the 9th century.
Source: Western Daily Press       Date: 3 Sep 2005

Boys' booty turns out to be Viking hoard
At first, the Kruze family thought they were just toys their kids had been given. In among the usual clutter which small boys like to brandish were a strange necklace with a dragon motif, and an enigmatic medallion.
Source: Guardian Unlimited       Date: 2 Sep 2005

9th Century Monastery Remains Unearthed in Bulgaria
Well-preserved monastery vault arches dated back to the IXth century were found during excavation works in the Karaach Tepe area near Varna.
Source: Sofia News Agency       Date: 1 Sep 2005

Battle Lines Drawn on Abbey Plans
The battle for Senlac Field is being re-fought between English Heritage and the town's Historical Society. English Heritage say a new £2.3m visitor centre and cafe in Battle Abbey grounds will boost falling visitor numbers and help bring prosperity back to the town.
Source: Rye and Battle Today       Date: 1 Sep 2005

Calls For Action On Medieval Church Remains
A call has been made for funding to restore the site of a 15th century church which was unearthed during work on the N15 Ballyshannon-Bundoran bypass.
Source: Donegal Democrat       Date: 1 Sep 2005

History rises from the ashes
Thousands of everyday items from the 15th century homes of bishops, lords and ladies have been uncovered in a four-metre deep seam of archaeological remains discovered beneath the Cowgate.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 1 Sep 2005

Praise for restoration of medieval listed wall
A piece of Torrington's medieval past has been returned to its former glory. Traditional materials have been used to restore the listed stone and cob wall on the south side of the cemetery at St Michael and All Angels Church.
Source: Devon 24       Date: 31 Aug 2005

Chivalry Rides Back Into Fashion As Youngsters Enrol For Knight School
Primary school children will be learning chivalric manners and values first hand from a knight in armour at special courses run by Historic Scotland. Knight School, piloted last year, is now being rolled out to castles across the country for the 2005 to 2006 academic year.
Source: Historic Scotland       Date: 30 Aug 2005

Dieting hope for monastic elixir
A herbal remedy developed by Scottish medieval monks could be turned into a new dieting pill. The monks of Soutra Aisle, just south of Edinburgh, used the bitter vetch plant as a means of suppressing hunger.
Source: BBC News       Date: 30 Aug 2005

Hamptons Too Pricey? Scottish Castle Is for Sale at $27 Million
A castle 13 miles (21 kilometers) east of Edinburgh, where Mary Queen of Scots played one of the first recorded games of golf, is on sale for $27 million, the highest price ever for a Scottish home.
Source: Bloomberg       Date: 30 Aug 2005

History of Binham Priory revealed
The hidden history of one of Norfolk's most evocative religious sites has been revealed for the first time in hundreds of years. Work to improve access and visitor facilities at Binham Priory, near Wells, has led to some of the church's 13th-century foundations being uncovered during archaeological investigations.
Source: EDP24       Date: 30 Aug 2005

Battle to save £1.2M Viking centre scheme
The future of a project to create a heritage village in Chaddesden hangs in the balance after delays, resignations and confusion caused the scheme to grind to a halt.
Source: This is Derbyshire       Date: 29 Aug 2005

Castle tower finally re-opens . . . after 15-year revamp
A historic castle tower has been restored to its former glory to form part of a hi-tech visitor attraction. The south-west tower at Mugdock Castle has been re-opened after being painstakingly refurbished over 15 years to become a feature of a new tour of a Milngavie country estate.
Source: Glasgow Evening Times       Date: 29 Aug 2005

20th century threatens a medieval Muslim jewel
To hear historians tell it, this buried city three miles west of Cordoba was the Versailles of the Middle Ages, a collection of estates and palaces teeming with treasures that dazzled the most jaded traveler. "Travelers from distant lands, men of all ranks and professions in life, following various religions, princes, ambassadors, merchants, pilgrims, theologians, and poets all agreed that they had never seen in the course of their travels anything that could be compared to it," wrote the 19th-century historian Stanley Lane-Poole in his book The Story of the Moors in Spain.
Source: Houston Chronicle       Date: 27 Aug 2005

Ancient tower is standing tall
One of the oldest churches in Cumbria has been shored-up for at least a few more hundred years as the final touches were added to a major refurbishment project. The tower of the 1,100-year-old St Mary and St Michael's Church at Urswick is once again standing proud and with a few new additions following five months of building work.
Source: This is the Lake District       Date: 26 Aug 2005

Castle centre defended from attacks by public
English Heritage has hit back at criticisms of its proposed new visitors centre for Kenilworth Castle, claiming its scheme would remove two "ugly" and "incongruous" buildings from the grounds.
Source: Kenilworth Today       Date: 26 Aug 2005

12th Century Caesarean Burial Suggest Medieval Life was Precious
A perplexing mother and baby grave at England’s best preserved medieval village is shedding new light on attitudes to life in the Middle Ages. The village of Wharram Percy, near Malton, North Yorkshire, has been the site of the longest running excavation in British archaeological history. Between 1950 and 1990, 687 skeletons were recovered, dating back to around the 12th century.
Source: 24 Hour Museum       Date: 25 Aug 2005

Ancient bones yield secrets
A collection of 900-year-old bones is helping to shed new light on the struggle for life in medieval England. Twelfth-century attitudes to death have been revealed with evidence of the struggle to save an unborn infant.
Source: This is the North East       Date: 25 Aug 2005

Experts to dig into the centuries
Experts are due to begin digging into the past of Southwick's oldest surviving house tomorrow. Archaeologists and local history enthusiasts will excavate the area around Manor Cottage's west wing in Southwick Street. The building dates from the 14th Century and was an open hall.
Source: The Argus       Date: 25 Aug 2005

Grave reveals medieval Caesareans
The medieval remains of a mother and daughter found in North Yorkshire shows signs of an attempted Caesarean operation, scientists have revealed. The 900-year-old grave at Wharram Percy held the remains of a woman aged between 25 and 30 with a baby.
Source: BBC News       Date: 25 Aug 2005

In the footsteps of Braveheart - 700 years later
Scottish patriots retraced William Wallace's final journey through London yesterday to mark the 700th anniversary of his death. It was on 23 August, 1305, that Wallace was taken from Westminster Hall, where he had been found guilty of treason, tied to a horse and dragged though crowds of baying Londoners to be executed at Smithfield.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 24 Aug 2005

Playing the fool
Surely there are easier ways of making a living than donning a padded costume and walking on stilts to entertain a bunch of heckling children? There may be, but Dan Osbaldeston has rejected the nine-to-five existence in favour of life as a court jester.
Source: BBC News       Date: 24 Aug 2005

Secrets of Ancient Iceland, Dispatch 2: Connect the dots
"If I knew what was in there, I wouldn't have to dig a hole." My first day with a trowel and shovel, digging toward the Viking Age in a hayfield in northern Iceland, this offhand remark by John Steinberg became my motto.
Source: BBC News       Date: 24 Aug 2005

Work begins on historic barn thatch restoration
Work is underway to restore the thatched roof of the historic Tithe Barn in Abbotsbury. Master thatcher Ed Coney, from Somerset, will begin re-thatching the roof with locally-grown reeds.
Source: This is Dorset       Date: 24 Aug 2005

Did Buckle Once Keep Norman Trousers Up?
A bronze buckle which dates back 1,000 years has been discovered in a garden. The buckle is believed to be a one-off and was spotted on the surface of the land in Lincoln. It was found by Chris Robinson, a senior technician in the department of conservation and restoration at the University of Lincoln.
Source: This is Lincolnshire       Date: 22 Aug 2005

Grant Will Enhance Virtual Medieval manuscript Collection
A pioneering effort to digitize versions of one of the most popular romances of the Middle Ages, and to share digitized copies with students and scholars around the world, has won a $717,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to enhance and expand the project.
Source: The Johns Hopkins University Gazette       Date: 22 Aug 2005

Remains of Byzantine church found in Jordan
The remains of an ancient Byzantine church have been unearthed near Jordan's central-western town of Karak, the head of a team of Jordanian archaeologists announced.
Source: Hindustan Times       Date: 22 Aug 2005

Secrets of Ancient Iceland: Dispatch 1: Digging into the Viking Age
"Science is at the junction between the expected and the real," Penn State anthropologist Paul Durrenberger told me. "The whole point of it is figuring out what's real and what's not." I am standing in a hayfield in Iceland in a gale-force wind, one of six volunteers holding down a 100-meter measuring tape with our toes. Bundled in raincoats and stocking caps, we are feeling fortunate that at least the sun is shining. Tourists visiting the Glaumbaer Folk Museum, a collection of historic buildings up on the hill, stop and stare down at us.
Source: Penn State Live       Date: 22 Aug 2005

Ancient Scots documents mark Wallace anniversary
The Declaration of Arbroath is the centrepiece of a new exhibition unveiled yesterday marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Scots hero William Wallace. It is one of three historic documents brought together for the first time as part of the For Freedom Alone exhibition at Holyrood.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 16 Aug 2005

Dig reveals more of isles' bloody history
New evidence of bloody clan battles at a medieval stronghold in the Western Isles has been unearthed by archaeologists. A team from Glasgow University has revealed a fortified settlement on Dun Eistean, a sea stack on the north-east coast of Lewis, thought to have been a refuge and spiritual home for the Clan Morrison 400 to 800 years ago.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 16 Aug 2005

Viking lollystick longboat sails
A replica Viking longboat made out of 15 million ice cream sticks has been launched in Amsterdam harbour.
Source: BBC News       Date: 16 Aug 2005

Archaeologists reveal signs of bloodier times for Western Isles
Archaeologists have discovered a medieval fortified settlement on a sea stack on the Western Isles, it was revealed today. A team of archaeologists from the University of Glasgow made the finding on the north-east coast of the Isle of Lewis. They believe the natural fortification is evidence of bloodier times for the site's history.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 15 Aug 2005

Fears over neglected city archive
Priceless historical documents dating back to the tenth century are under threat because of a lack of staff and equipment at the city's archives. Thousands of artifacts detailing the history of Edinburgh are stored underneath the City Chambers, while even more are kept in an office at Murrayburn.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 15 Aug 2005

Medieval peasants had 'better teeth'
Medieval peasants had better teeth than people today because they spent longer chewing their food, say researchers. Professor Wolfgang Arnold, from the University of Witten/Herdecke, studied the remains of people buried between the 5th and 9th centuries.
Source: Ananova       Date: 15 Aug 2005

Team discovers medieval settlement
A team of archaeologists from the University of Glasgow has unearthed a medieval fortified settlement on a sea stack in the Western Isles. A lookout tower and musket balls have been discovered at the site on the north-east coast of the Isle of Lewis.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 15 Aug 2005

Medieval grace in the digital age
Scholars have been pondering the "Roman de la Rose" for several centuries. A French allegorical love poem begun by Guillaume de Lorris around 1230, continued by Jean de Meun about 40 years later and preserved in some 300 illuminated manuscripts, it's packed with romantic adventures, social and historical insights, and advice to the lovelorn. Popular and controversial through the 15th century, the illustrated story of a young man hopelessly enamored of a flower still captivates many people who delve into medieval studies.
Source: LA Times       Date: 14 Aug 2005

Experts excavate Saxon discovery
Excavations begin this weekend at the remains of an ancient Saxon rotunda discovered in Herefordshire last month. The 1,000-year-old round church, in Leominster, is thought to be part of a Saxon monastery founded by one of Britain's ancient rulers.
Source: BBC News       Date: 13 Aug 2005

Bring Wallace to life, says SNP
The SNP is using the 700th anniversary of the execution of William Wallace to demand a bigger place for Scots history in the country's schools.
Source: The Herald       Date: 12 Aug 2005

V&A Museum Success in HLF Bid
The V&A has been awarded an HLF grant of £9.75 million towards the Museum's new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. Opening in 2009, these galleries will be the culmination of the £75 million first phase of the V&A's FuturePlan project to transform the museum through new galleries and beautiful displays.
Source: ArtDaily.com       Date: 12 Aug 2005

Digging deep into medieval history
A 1951 farthing was just one of Stephen Brunning's finds at the Hendon and District Archaeological Society (HADAS) excavation at Church Farmhouse Museum.
Source: This is Hertfordshire       Date: 11 Aug 2005

Gibson leads calls for Wallace history lessons
SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Rob Gibson, today (Tuesday) called on the Scottish Executive to ensure that the history of Sir William Wallace and Andrew de Moray is taught in Scottish schools.
Source: SNP.org       Date: 11 Aug 2005

Maiden voyage: Vikings ready new ship
While the Patuxent River has long been a physical divide between St. Mary's and Calvert counties, during the last few weeks it has also taken on the role of a divide between the future and the past. On one side of the river, the technology of tomorrow is developed and honed for the air vehicles of the future. On the other side, a group of volunteers work feverishly to make their 39' Viking warship seaworthy for an early-mid September christening.
Source: DCMilitary.com       Date: 11 Aug 2005

Medieval wine cellars found in Georgia
Medieval wine cellars, a grape press and the remains of an irrigation system have been excavated along a pipeline in southern Georgia.
Source: Washington Times       Date: 11 Aug 2005

'Braveheart,' Edward I & George W. Bush
In a dark and musty bar in Stirling, Scotland, a working-class fellow named Colin reminded me why wars – especially invasions – are to be avoided, lest they engender hatreds that can divide people and lands for generations and even centuries.
Source: Consortium News       Date: 10 Aug 2005

Ruins discovered at Kárahnjúkar
Ruins of three houses from the 10th and11th centuries have been discovered at the archaeological excavation site at Hál by Kárahnújukar. Morgunbladid reports that the three houses are underneath a layer of ash from the Hekla eruption of 1104.
Source: Iceland Review       Date: 10 Aug 2005

Grave of Egil Skalla-Grímsson found?
Icelandic State Radio reports that the possible grave site of Egil Skalla-Grímsson, one of Iceland's most famous vikings, has been found under the altar of a church from the settlement period. No bones were found at the burial site.
Source: Iceland Review       Date: 9 Aug 2005

Medieval cliff cemetery unearthed
A medieval cemetery, along with remains of some of those buried there, have been unearthed near cliffs in Pembrokeshire. Archaeologists are now speculating the site at West Angle Bay may house an even older burial ground and possibly the remains of an ancient chapel.
Source: BBC News       Date: 9 Aug 2005

Work begins on medieval paintings
Medieval paintings that were hidden for centuries in a village church in Suffolk are being uncovered. Experts have started a 10-week project to conserve the 14th Century paintings in St Andrew's Church in Ilketshall St Andrew, near Beccles.
Source: BBC News       Date: 9 Aug 2005

Archeologists Discover Medieval Monastery In Kyrgyzstan
Archaeologists in Kyrgyzstan say they have discovered the remains of a medieval Christian monastery on the northern bank of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Source: Radio Free Europe       Date: 8 Aug 2005

The medical world of medieval monks
Anaesthetics and disinfectants are thought to be a modern medical invention but evidence is coming to light that medieval doctors knew of them too.
Source: BBC News       Date: 6 Aug 2005

Medieval party marks charter's 800 years
A medieval party will take over Huntingdon this weekend - celebrating 800 years since King John signed the town's charter in 1205. Celebrations have been taking place throughout the year ahead of this weekend's events to mark the actual anniversary of the signing on Sunday, August 7.
Source: Cambridge Evening News       Date: 5 Aug 2005

Abbey oak door 'Britain's oldest'
A 900-year-old door - once thought to be covered in human skin - has been identified as the oldest in the UK. Archaeologists discovered the oak door in Westminster Abbey was put in place in the 1050s, during the reign of the Abbey's founder, Edward the Confessor. It makes it the only surviving Anglo Saxon door in Britain.
Source: BBC News       Date: 3 Aug 2005

Wallace walk sets off for London
A Scots historian is today embarking on a 450-mile walk to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace. David R Ross, convener of the William Wallace Society, will span the route from Wallace's capture in Robroyston, Glasgow, to his execution in London. He calls the walk a personal tribute to the Scottish hero.
Source: Scotsman.com       Date: 3 Aug 2005

Public consulted on castle future
People in Nottingham are being urged to get involved in the future of one of the city's main landmarks. A consultation weekend is under way on Nottingham Castle with displays at the Broadmarsh Centre. Plans examining the significance of the features on Castle Rock and how they can be conserved are on show.
Source: BBC News       Date: 30 Jul 2005

Chaucer's tales become rap songs
A rap artist has translated some of the best known works of poet Geoffrey Chaucer into hip-hop to make them appeal to schoolchildren. Canadian Baba Brinkman wants modern teenagers to warm to the 14th-century Canterbury Tales.
Source: BBC News       Date: 28 Jul 2005

Search on for cliff-top cemetery
Finding a medieval cemetery on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire is the aim of a three-week dig by a team of archaeology students. The group, from Cardiff University, are carrying out the first investigation of the site at West Angle Bay.
Source: BBC News       Date: 26 Jul 2005

Church anger over abbey's upkeep
Catholic church officials say they are "appalled" at the lack of upkeep of the ruins of a medieval abbey in west Wales. They said the remains of Whitland Abbey had been totally neglected and had become overgrown and inaccessible.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Jul 2005

Psalter returns to cathedral city
A nearly exact copy of a 12th Century manuscript originally created at Canterbury Cathedral has been acquired by a university in the city. The copy of the medieval illustrated Book of Psalms even recreates natural blemishes on the original pages.
Source: BBC News       Date: 28 Jun 2005

Dunwich sculpture project fails
Plans for an £18m sculpture scheme off Suffolk's coast have fallen through. The Dunwich sculpture shortlisted in a competition for a landmark of the east has failed to win financial backing.
Source: BBC News       Date: 15 Jun 2005

Bees could damage medieval church
A medieval church in Worcester is showing signs of damage due to an ever expanding nest of bees. The colony, which set up home in the roof of St Cassians in Chaddesley Corbett, has grown so large the ceiling is starting to crack above the altar.
Source: BBC News       Date: 14 Jun 2005

Medieval ship welcomes visitors
History enthusiasts have the chance on Sunday to view progress on restoring a medieval ship found on the banks of the River Usk. Newport City Council is planning to hold three open days for the public to see the restoration project.
Source: BBC News       Date: 12 Jun 2005

Award for manor house restoration
The restoration of a medieval manor house in Kent by the National Trust has won a European prize for heritage. Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks, dates back to the 14th Century and was damp, rotten and decaying when the charity bought it in 1985.
Source: BBC News       Date: 3 Jun 2005

Ancient bones found near church
A group of workmen laying water pipes near to a Worcestershire church have uncovered the remains of about 20 people dating back to the Middle Ages.
Source: BBC News       Date: 2 Jun 2005

World's largest catapult planned
A 22-tonne wooden catapult, which is said to be the world's largest, is to be installed at an historic castle and fired daily during the summer.
Source: BBC News       Date: 30 May 2005

Castle rebuild can start at last
Work begins this week to rebuild the south-facing terrace at Nottingham Castle destroyed nine years ago. A rock-fall saw 200 tons of rubble, mud and infill material collapse after a leak in a water main. The six-month project will see a new stone wall anchored into the base of the rock to support a concrete terrace.
Source: BBC News       Date: 24 May 2005

'Grand vision' sought for castle
The people of Nottingham are being offered the chance to have their say over the future of the city's most famous landmark. Design consultants want to create what's described as a "grand new vision" for the castle. In the past it has been criticised as being disappointing for tourists and, of course, not a real castle.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 May 2005

Medieval Muslim burial ground unearthed
Skeletons belonging to some 35 corpses have surfaced from a Portuguese excavation site which archaelogists believe could be one of the the largest medieval Muslim burial grounds in Europe. The corpses, found in vaults carved out of the rockface were buried facing due west in the direction of the Muslim holy city, Mecca. The remains were unearthed at the Largo de Candido Dos Reis park, near the northern Portuguese city of Santarem.
Source: AdnKronos       Date: 12 May 2005

£100,000 for Glyndwr monument
A bronze statue of Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr on horseback is to be built in Corwen, his ancestral home, after a £100,000 campaign. A mix of public and private funds have been raised for the monument which will replace one behind the town's church.
Source: BBC News       Date: 10 May 2005

Medieval works found at LNG site
Archaeologists working on the site of a natural gas terminal in Pembrokeshire have uncovered what they believe may be a medieval metal works. The team was working at the site of the controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Milford Haven when they found the works, which may date from 800AD.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Apr 2005

Medieval friary remains reburied
The remains of 20 followers of St Francis of Assisi, discovered at a new development in Glasgow, have been reburied at a cemetery in the city.
Source: BBC News       Date: 18 Mar 2005

Budget worries over medieval ship
Long term cash to help preserve the medieval ship found in mud in the river Usk needs to be secured, Newport Council has warned. Hundreds of timbers from the ship are being kept in clean water in special tanks at a warehouse in the city, with a multi-national of experts working on them.
Source: BBC News       Date: 15 Feb 2005

Burial chamber's secrets revealed
More details are being released of a Saxon burial chamber unearthed in Essex. The 12-feet-wide, five-feet-high wood-lined chamber - dating from the 7th Century - was crammed with gold coins and ornaments.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Feb 2005

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