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

Joan of Arc and ‘The Great Pity of the Land of France’ by Moya Longstaffe

Joan of Arc and The Great Pity of the Land of France

Joan of Arc played a pivotal role in the Hundred Years’ War and the future of France. Moya Longstaffe returns to the original sources, employs her expertise in languages and brings Joan of Arc alive and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent ? or indeed a great visionary, to…

True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland

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True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland is a documentary that takes you along as archeologists unearth a mysterious Irish lordship dating to the Middle Ages. Powerful Irish lords ruled over this land but very little has been known about their uniquely Gaelic way of life—until now. This excavation promises to rewrite Irish history as the unknown…

Medieval finds uncovered at Newcastle construction site

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Medieval finds that were preserved in an ancient rubbish dump in Newcastle city centre have been described as some of the richest discoveries ever in the city. Archaeologists have uncovered pottery, animal bone and leather in a dig at the old Newgate shopping centre construction site. It is thought the objects, which have been preserved…

Medieval Road Uncovered in Southern England

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A medieval stone causeway has been discovered underneath a field in Oxford during excavations ahead of a flood alleviation scheme. The Environment Agency’s £120m project aims to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the city. Oxford Archaeology has spent three months evaluating the city’s floodplain. It also found evidence of Bronze…

Uncovering Templar church ruins beneath the grounds at Glasgow Airport

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Fly in to Glasgow Airport and you’re likely to see the bright lights of the city to the east, the runway below – certainly a glimpse of the River Clyde winding its way through the city. What you won’t notice as readily is a piece of history dating back to the sixth century – and…

Viking-Era Stone Carved with Runes Found in Norway

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A stone carved with symbols known as runes and dating to the Middle Ages has been discovered during an excavation ahead of a railway-construction project in Oslo, Norway. The runes, which were found engraved on a whetstone (a stone used for sharpening knives), date to sometime around 1,000 years ago when the Vikings (also called…

Incredible Viking weapons and treasure at Nottingham exhibition

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Some of the world’s most important artefacts charting the history of the Vikings and their presence in Britain are on display in a new Nottingham exhibition. Viking: Rediscover the Legend has transformed the Djanogly Gallery at Lakeside Arts into a collection of ancient treasure, weaponry and intricate everyday items from across Britain. The Anglo-Saxon and…

Medieval treasure unearthed at the Abbey of Cluny

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A large medieval treasure has been unearthed during excavations last September at the Abbey of Cluny, a former Benedictine monastery in Cluny, Saône-et-Loire, France. The discovery has already been named the largest cache of silver deniers discovered, numbering 2,200 deniers and oboles, in addition to 21 Islamic gold dinars, a signet ring and several other…

1,500 Skeletons Have Been Found in Record-Breaking Mass Graves in Europe

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Archaeologists in Czechia have uncovered 30 mass graves from the High Middle Ages, containing between them a total of around 1,500 skeletons. That’s a record number of skeletons in Bohemia from the High Middle Ages. And, according to lead archaeologist Jan Frolík of the Czech Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology, a record for the…

NASA reinvented the wheel…and it’s made of chain mail!

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During the mid-2000s, NASA Glenn engineer Vivake Asnani worked with industry partner Goodyear to develop the Spring Tire, an airless compliant tire that consists of several hundred coiled steel wires woven into a flexible mesh, giving the tires the ability to support high loads while also conforming to the terrain. The Spring Tire has been…

Top Templar Sites in Western Europe

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In preparation for the upcoming show Knightfall, HISTORY has released a map of some of the top Templar sites in medieval Europe. La Rochelle One of the key Templar ports on the Atlantic coast, La Rochelle was the site of a persistent Templar legend, in which nearly a dozen ships carrying Templar treasures—and knights—fled from…

Medieval ring found in Cumbria classified as ‘treasure’

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A medieval ring found in a field has been categorised as treasure at an inquest in Kendal. The medieval gold finger ring found at Waitby, near Kirkby Stephen, was found by a metal detectorist in a well-preserved condition. The small, plain band is decorated with a stepped and bevelled rectangular gold bezel mounted with a…

Remains of Viking camp unearthed by Bristol archaeologists to feature in BBC Four series

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Workshops from a Viking camp dating to the winter of 873-4, have been unearthed by a team of archaeologists from the University of Bristol. The campsite, located in the small Derbyshire village of Repton, has been known since the 1970s, but these new discoveries have found evidence over a much larger area, for workshops and…

Viking King’s Bones Recreated With 3-D Printer

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Bones from the famous Danish Viking king, Gorm the Old, have been reconstructed and printed in 3D. Gorm the Old was the first to call himself king of Denmark. He was also the first to use the name ‘Denmark’ for the country he reigned over for decades until his death in 958. Scientists used a…

Ragnar’s Axe – MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED

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We featured a video from Man at Arms: Reforged when the forged a replica of Ulfberht the legendary Viking sword. This year they are creating a replica of Ragnar’s Axe from Vikings just in time for Season 5! Watch the video to see how they forge the axe and how they test it at the…