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The Archivist brings you news and reviews of all things medieval.

SKARNEN: Kickstart this film!

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A group of filmmakers have embark on a journey into the middle ages. Skarnen tells the story of Prince Edrig and his men on their quest for salvation. The Kickstarter project will help create authentic weapons, costumes and locations. Production begins in October. Being a Kickstart project there are rewards for your contribution. The rewards…

Outlaw King Trailer

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From the director of Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie comes Outlaw King a Netflix original film. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots in an epic struggle to win independence from England. Outlaw King is available on Netflix 9 November 2018. Enjoy the trailer below. The untold, true story of…

Robin Hood (2018) Trailer released

Robin Hood is making his way back to the big screen. It’s been eight years since the last re-telling of the Robin Hood tale and this time around we have a younger Robin Hood. Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle) plays Robin a ‘War hardened crusader’ and Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) plays Little John,…

Uncovering the mysteries of England’s Bayeux Tapestry and its connections to Charlemagne

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A team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, are hoping to raise awareness of a unique, but little-known, medieval fresco which depicts fighting knights on the wall of a village church in Shropshire. The painting, on the north side of the nave of All Saints Church in Claverley, described as England’s Bayeux Tapestry,…

DNA from skeleton puts enteric fever in medieval Europe

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Researchers have detected Salmonella Paratyphi C, which causes enteric fever, in a 800-year-old human skeleton from Trondheim, Norway. This suggests the potentially lethal disease, more common in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe. Now scientists are speculating that the evolution of enteric fever could be linked to the domestication of pigs across northern Europe….

MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

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In today’s lesson we are joined by author Wayne Bartlett to discuss Richard the Lionheart! Wayne’s new book Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England is available through Amberley Publishing. It’s an excellent biography and the first biography of Richard the Lionheart in over 40 years! Wayne and I discuss Richard’s upbringing, the Crusades…

Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany

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A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” trove in Germany which may have belonged to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. René Schön and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Rügen island when they chanced upon what they…

Coventry monastery founded in 1385 to open to the public in 2020

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The remains of a monastery founded in 1385 by Richard II, and the spectacular wall paintings added in later centuries, will open to the public for the first time almost 80 years after being left to the people of Coventry by a wealthy local businessman. A grant of £4.3m from the heritage lottery fund to…

Silk Road nomads ate way better than city dwellers

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Silk Road nomads may have been the “foodies” of the Medieval Ages. New research shows they enjoyed much more diverse diets than did their settled urban counterparts. “Historians have long thought that urban centers along the Silk Road were cosmopolitan melting pots where culinary and cultural influences from far off places came together, but our…

Winterbourne medieval barn awarded £936,600 in National Lottery funding

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A project to help secure the future of Winterbourne’s Medieval Barn has taken a major step forward thanks to a £936,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. South Gloucestershire Council have been working with the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) to develop a £1.76 million…

Early Medieval Bavarians Imported Brides With Elongated Skulls, Archaeologists Deduce

The discovery of nine Early Medieval women in Bavaria with artificially elongated skulls, diverse genetic origins and different dietary habits than local people indicates they came from afar, one possibly from Asia, researchers reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Prof. Joachim Burger and colleagues even speculate at a reason: import…

Medieval David Gareji complex named among Europe’s most endangered sites

The David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage, one of Georgia’s most cherished cultural heritage sites, has been included on a list of Europe’s seven most endangered monuments of this year, facilitating upcoming international efforts for its preservation. The rock complex, dating back to the 6th century, has been named among “gems of Europe’s cultural heritage” by…

St Albans Abbey ‘one of England’s early Norman cathedrals’

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St Albans Abbey has been confirmed as one of England’s early Norman cathedrals after experts uncovered foundations of the early church. Remains forming part of the early Norman abbey have been identified after foundations of the 11th Century church were revealed during excavation. Site director Ross Lane said: “We knew it was probably there but…

Abandoned medieval village is uncovered near Cambridge alongside an archaeological treasure trove

An abandoned medieval village has been uncovered by workers upgrading a stretch of road near Cambridge. The remains of 12 buildings cover an area of six hectares, and the entire layout of the settlement is discernible despite the fact it was deserted more than 1,800 years ago. Earlier remains of up to 40 Anglo Saxon…

This Medieval Mother Had a Gruesome ‘Coffin Birth’ After Medieval Brain Surgery

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In a cramped stone grave beneath the medieval town of Imola, Italy, a 1,300-year-old woman lies dead with a hole in her skull and a fetus between her legs. The fetus, now just a collection of tiny bones trailing below the mother’s skeletal pelvis, was likely delivered in the grave through a phenomenon called “coffin…