Medieval gold brooch dug up in Oxfordshire is declared treasure

medieval-broochA Medieval gold brooch dug up in a farmer’s field but “good enough to wear today” was one of a host of precious finds from Oxfordshire declared treasure today.

The rectangular brooch, dating from AD 1230 to 1350, will now be valued by a panel at the British Museum along with other treasures from around the UK.

Oxfordshire County Council’s museum service will then apply for grants so it can buy back local discoveries and put them on public display.

The gold brooch was dug up by Chinnor metal detectorist Kevin Ford in a field not far from his home in the village on Wednesday, August 26.

Finds Liaison Officer for Oxfordshire Anni Byard said today it stood out because it was in “very fine condition”.

She added: “This brooch is unusual because of its quality and completeness: you could almost wear it now, and considering it’s about 800 years old, that is very nice”.

‘Lost’ Medieval Music Performed for First Time in 1,000 Years

lost-medieval-musicThe language of music is universal, but can be lost over time.

After a 20-year reconstruction effort, a researcher and a performer of medieval music have brought “lost” songs from the Middle Ages back to life.

The “Songs of Consolation” were recently performed at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Reconstructed from “neumes” (medieval symbols used to represent musical notation), the tunes accompanied poems from Roman philosopher Boethius’ magnum opus, “The Consolation of Philosophy.”

Enjoy the music below…

Game of Thrones Character Infographic

Game of Thrones Season 6 is only a few days away! If you need a refresher on your favorite characters (or at least the ones that are still alive) you’ve come to the right place. The good folks over at The Luminary created a comprehensive infographic for the Game of Thrones.

Tune into HBO for the Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere at 9:00pm ET, 24 April.

A big thanks to The Luminary for sharing their infographic! Visit the site for the original post and more great content!

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