Tag Archive: Cambridge

Archaeologists find 25 skeletons in medieval Cambridge friary

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More than 25 skeletons have been unearthed by archaeologists investigating the site of a medieval friary in the centre of Cambridge. Archaeologists say the skeletons are in good condition and they expect to find as many as 40 in the coming weeks. The land was home to a friary between 1290 and 1538, making many…

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts. The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events – and according to some – act as propaganda. It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge the Welsh…

Medieval cemetery discovered under Cambridge college will help unlock secrets of the Black Death

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More than 1,200 human skeletons discovered beneath a Cambridge college will help shed new light on the city’s medieval past. The medieval cemetery was discovered by archaeologists working at the Old Divinity School at St John’s College, which was built on the site of a 13th century hospital. The remains of men, women and children…

Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts – free online course

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Stanford University is offering a free online course called Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts starting Tuesday, 20 January 2015. The class is taught by a fantastic group of medievalists, including Professor Elaine Treharne, if you’re not following Elaine on twitter, you really should! In fact you can connect with all the instructors on Twitter, they are…

Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusaders’ Poop

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Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings paint a less than pretty picture of the health and hygiene of crusaders stationed on the Mediterranean island 800 years ago. Poor sanitation likely meant that food and water supplies were contaminated…

Free Seminar: Tools and Materials of the Medieval scribe

Medieval Scribe

On Wednesday, 21 Nov the FitzWilliam Museum in Cambridge will host a talk and demonstration by Patricia Lovett. If you go to the talk please leave a comment below and tell us about your experience. Get the complete details, time and location on BBC

Medieval Law and the Romans

Today we have a guest post by Jonathan Arnold on Medieval Law. Jonathan is a practicing attorney in California. He teaches law and is a legal historian. I would like to thank Jonathan for his contribution. Enjoy the article… ~The Archivist Some More Medieval Law BY Jonathan Arnold, Esq. arnoldandassocs@gmail.com The very term Medieval connotes…

Medieval remains discovered at Cambridgeshire pub

Extensive work is underway to renovate the historic pub near Duxford during which two burial sites dating back to up to 700 years ago were discovered. This prompted Cambridge University’s archaeological unit to be called to excavate the site, originally founded as a priory in the 13th century. The site is said to have welcomed…

Michael Wood’s Story of England: Big historical secrets – in a humble Midlands village

Story of England, which begins on BBC Four tonight, is a very simple idea: to tell the story of one place through the whole of English history, from Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to the Somme and D-Day – and from the point of view of the people, not the rulers. It tries to show the slow…

Best Bites Goes With Medieval Feast Theme

Cambridge, Ontario: This year’s Best Bites – A Taste of the Region, sponsored by RBC, was announced recently at The Groove Kitchen in uptown Preston. The popular annual event will take you back even further, to a medieval kingdom! Come experience the fashion, the spectacle, the décor and even court entertainment (jugglers, jousters) and live…