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Medieval Coptic wall-paintings uncovered at Egyptian monastery

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Restorers working at the Monastery of St. Bishoy in the Wadi El-Natroun area have uncovered a number of medieval-era wall-paintings and architectural elements in the monastery’s old church. “While removing the modern layer of mortar from the walls of the monastery’s old church, several coloured wall-paintings were uncovered,” Mohamed Abdellatif, deputy antiquities minister for archaeological…

Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free!

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Italy is giving away more than 100 historic castles, farmhouses and monasteries for free in an effort to breathe new life into its disused public buildings. Under a new scheme unveiled by the country’s government run State Property Agency, 103 ancient buildings will be up for grabs to entrepreneurs who promise to transform the locations…

Workmen uncover Hartlepool Anglo-Saxon burial site while rebuilding a wall

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An exciting historic find has been made on the Headland after workmen rebuilding a wall came across an Anglo-Saxon burial site. Remains of at least six people and the corner of a building believed to date back almost 1,400 years have been uncovered by archaeologists in an alley behind Gladstone Street. They are believed to…

Magical Medieval Crypt Holds 7 Male Mummies

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A 900-year-old medieval crypt, containing seven naturally mummified bodies and walls covered with inscriptions, has been excavated in a monastery at Old Dongola, the capital of a lost medieval kingdom that flourished in the Nile Valley. Old Dongola is located in modern-day Sudan, and 900 years ago, it was the capital of Makuria, a Christian…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: News

There was a lot going on in the news regarding the middle ages this year. Viking massacres, Viking shipwrecks, medieval vampires, and even medieval underwear. But the hottest news of the year came out of a car park in Leicester. Instead of re-hashing all the stories I will list a few and hit the ones…

101 medieval coins found at monastery site in Bulgaria’s former capital Preslav

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Archaeologists working at the site of a medieval monastery in Veliki Preslav, one of the former capitals of Bulgaria, have found 101 copper coins said to date from the late 12th to early 13th centuries CE. Preslav was the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom from 893 to 972 CE. The site is about 20km…

Quarr Abbey monks ‘thrilled’ at World Monuments Watch listing

Monks at an Isle of Wight monastery say they are hopeful of saving medieval abbey ruins, after they were recognised in an international heritage survey. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary’s at Quarr is among 67 “most at-risk” sites listed by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). The monks say the listing will make it easier…

Experts uncover unique medieval tile in Cistercian basilica

Archaeologists have uncovered rare finds from the High Middle Ages, including a unique tile with a symbol of dragon, during the archeological research accompanying the restoration of the basilica in Velehrad, a popular church pilgrimage complex. Dragon, embodiment of evil, appears only rarely in the Cistercian premises such as the Velehrad basilica, Zdenek Schenk, from…

Over 800 years of European history in medieval Bohemian monastery

In order to find the monastery in Tepla, in the western Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, a traveller should stamp the image of the church well into his memory beforehand. For there are few signs showing the way. The church’s two steeples do that. And yet Premonstratsky Klaster Tepla, as the monastery is called…

Objects reveal history of Glastonbury Abbey

Medieval artefacts will form part of an exhibition detailing the history of Glastonbury Abbey before and after its dissolution in 1539. The items, including a 14th century seal, Iron age pottery and a church banner, have not been exhibited before. It is hoped these artefacts will give an insight into life at the monastery although…

The Sierra Nevada Brewery helps fund The Abbey of New Clairvaux reconstruction

An order of Cistercian monks in rural northern California lives a quiet life of prayer, contemplation and work. One of their projects is to reconstruct a medieval monastery, also called a chapter house, that dates back to 12th century Spain. The Abbey of New Clairvaux is using original stones carved for the Santa Maria de…

Hermit Monks Plan Monastery On Remote Wyoming Ranch

Plans by a group of Roman Catholic hermit monks to erect an outsized monastery in northern Wyoming have pitted neighbor against neighbor and aroused debate with religious undertones. At the center of the Wyoming controversy is a remote ranch where the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel want to build a…

Leça do Balio Medieval Fair

Medieval fair in Matosinhos celebrates every year the the old Santiago pilgrimage passage, were in the XII century the military order of St. John of Jerusalem decided to choose the Leça do Balio Monastery has it´s headquarters. Placed by the ancient roman road that connected Porto and Braga, the Leça do Balio Monastery is still…

Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 03 – Eustace the Monk

In this episode of the Medieval Archives we discuss Eustace the Monk, the most feared pirate of the 13th Century. Eustace the Monk left the monastery and became an outlaw, a magician and a pirate. We discuss his early life, why he left the monastery and how he turned to piracy. We also look at…

Visiting a medieval monastery in Armenia

The medieval monastery of Geghard in Armenia’s Kotayk province appears almost camouflaged, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. Geghard was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and although the monastery has been in place since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. It…