Tag Archive: Mediterranean

King Arthur’s Home? Archaeologists Investigate Legendary Birthplace

King Arthur Castle dig

Archaeologists are investigating a mysterious coastal settlement that they think may have been home to post-Roman British royalty, at Tintagel in Cornwall, England, the reputed birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. Hundreds of pieces of “high-status” pottery and glass were found at the site, located on England’s southwest coast. The researchers said the headland was…

DNA From Medieval Skeletons Reveals Earliest Muslims In France

Nimes Burial

Archaeologists have long known about Arab-Muslim expansion throughout the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages. Reaching the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD, Arab armies and Muslim troops spread into France, Spain, and Portugal. But while written records document this expansion, archaeological and burial evidence of early Muslims past the Pyrenees is basically non-existent. In a…

Medieval Candelabra Hints at Forgotten Sea Routes

A 10th-century candelabra found off the coast of the Spanish island of Ibiza may be a clue to long-forgotten shipping routes in that era. But the candelabra’s use and origin remain a stubborn mystery, researchers report in the journal Archivo Español de Arqueología. A new dive to the spot where the object was found in…

A Crusader town emerges under an old Israeli port

Off the track beaten by most Holy Land tourists lies one of the richest archaeological sites in a country full of them: the walled port of Acre, where the busy alleys of an Ottoman-era town cover a uniquely intact Crusader city now being rediscovered. Preparing to open a new subterranean section to the public, workers…

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe

For those who consider museum-going a secular religion, here’s a meta-experience: “Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe” opens Feb. 13 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and features 133 objects linked to medieval Europe’s pilgrims – the ones who worshiped saints’ remains the way we worship the “Mona Lisa.” Co-organized…

University of Tennessee Marco Institute History Lecture Asks “Who’s That Girl?”

Historian Cynthia Robinson of Cornell University will deliver the annual Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Hodges Library auditorium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Robinson’s lecture is titled “Who’s That Girl?: Cross-Cultural Narrative, Mysticism and the Lady on the Alhambra Ceilings,” and is presented…

‘Treasures of Heaven’ exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art

Art museums are victims of their own success, although it’s hard to feel sorry for them. To curry favor at the box office, they’ve convinced a generation of visitors that blockbuster exhibitions are defined by how many Egyptian mummies or paintings by Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso they can corral in one place. “Treasures of…