Tag Archive: 9th Century

Medieval garlic and bile potion kills MRSA superbug

Witches'Familiars Medieval Archives

Could a 1,000-year-old concoction be the answer to stopping superbugs? Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert at the University of Nottingham, found the recipe for a remedy for eye infections in a 10th Century medical volume called Bald’s Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks. The instructions were clear — clear enough to follow today…

Bulgaria’s Vidin Medieval Fortress in Dire Need of Restoration

The medieval fortress in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Vidin, also known as “Baba Vida”, a top tourist spot, is in a dire need of reconstruction, according to its management. The fortress was the capital of the Vidin Principality, and its ruler, Tsar Ivan Sratsimir, in the 14th century, and essentially the last Bulgarian capital to…

In 40 Days, ‘Wings of Tatev’ Brings 7000 People to Medieval Monastery

More than 7,000 people have visited the Medieval Monastery of Tatev in Southern Armenia since the October inauguration of a 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway that transports visitors from the village of Halidzor across the Vorotan gorge to the village of Tatev, within walking distance of the monastery. The cable car line, dubbed “The Wings of Tatev,”…

Archeologists Find Palace of Balhae Epoch in Primorski Territory

For the first time archeologists have found remains of palace-like constructions of Balhae epoch in the Kraskinsky Site in the south of Primorski Territory. Earlier similar monuments were found only in the central parts of the region. A corner of a building with columns has been unearthed during digging works on the Kraskinsky site in…

Restoration of a unique Armenian monastery

It was once a beacon of light for an entire country, home to 500 monks, a seat of learning and spiritual fulfilment. Little remains of the glorious past of the 9th century Tatev Monastery in southern Armenia. But that could soon change thanks to an ambitious restoration project. During the Middle Ages, Tatev was one…

Iron Age gold ring found on Funen

Discovery near the village of Gudme is the second since August Yet another handcrafted gold artifact has been found on Funen, just weeks after the discovery by a local fisherman of a gold bracelet from 800AD. The gold neck ring, estimated to be 1,500 years old, was found by professional archeologists. They say the 140-gram,…

Ancient Bulgar burial ground found

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed a circular mound which they believe used to serve as a burial ground for the ancient Bulgars in pre-Christian times, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) said on September 21 2010 The site, unique in South Eastern Europe, was found near the north coast of the Black Sea, where the Bulgars first…

Cloistered away in New York City

A Little known branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a superb art collection and a magical getaway in Manhattan. Jenny Arsenault likes to imagine she’s legendary medieval maiden Lady of Shalott when she visits The Cloisters, and it’s easy to understand why. The 21-year-old art student from Washington Heights is just a short…

German town yields Persian coins

German archeologists have discovered 1,200-year-old silver coins which they believe were minted in modern day Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and northern Africa. A team of volunteers working with regional authorities and the University of Greifswald found 82 coin fragments and coins, the oldest of which dates back to the year 610 and the most recent one…

Ancient heroic epics return

Men wearing medieval warrior costumes walk to take part in a sword fight performance during an international festival called “Bylinas of ancient Kiev IX-XI centuries” in the village of Kopachev, some 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Kiev August 28, 2010. Participants staged a performance which reconstructed battles, traditions and handicrafts widespread among Slavic people…

Archaeologists discover Byzantine monastic complex in Istanbul

The Küçükyalı Arkeopark, a large archaeological area on the Asian side of Istanbul, hosts the only surviving Byzantine monastic complex in the city, the head of the excavation team says. The 9th-century complex contains gorgeous marble floors, valuable mosaics and beautiful art objects that she hopes to see in a museum someday The only surviving…