Tag Archive: Sweden

Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka, Sweden

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During spring of 2016 a number of large presumed house terraces were identified by the authors at Korshamn. As a consequence high resolution geophysical surveys using ground-penetrating radar were carried out in September 2016. Korshamn is one of the main harbour bays of the island of Björkö, situated outside the town boundaries of the Viking…

Relic of Beheaded Medieval Swedish King Might Be Authentic

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To open a medieval reliquary containing a saint’s bones, you have to have a good reason, said Sabine Sten. Sten is an osteoarchaeologist (a type of scientist who studiesskeletal remains from archaeological sites) at Uppsala University in Sweden. Two years ago, she got permission to open a reliquary (a container used to hold objects deemed…

Codex Gigas: The ‘Devil’s Bible’ Is Largest And Most Mysterious Medieval Manuscript Ever Found

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There is a mysterious manuscript called Codex Gigas that is housed in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm that has been nicknamed “the Devil’s Bible,” due to the legend surrounding the text’s creation. The manuscript is the largest medieval manuscript ever found, and is believed to have been created in the Benedictine monastery of…

Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

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Archaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft. The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera. The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull…

DNA test set for medieval Swedish king

Eric IX the Saint

Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in Sweden, to display it to the public for…

‘Viking’ shipwreck discovered off Swedish coast

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An 800-year-old shipwreck was discovered by divers off the south coast of Sweden virtually buried under the sea floor. The vessel, which some Swedish reports have claimed is a Viking ship, was found in the Baltic Sea at Sturko, The Local reported. Lars Einarsson, underwater archaeologist at Kalmar Lans museum, told the news website, “This…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures

I have had several questions about the names and locations of the castles in the Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme. Below are the 21 castles included in the theme as well as there names and locations. The original post: Castle of Europe Windows 7 Theme post. Download the Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme

Update: The updated post for the Castles of Europe Theme can be found here –> Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures. It includes pictures of all 21 castles as well as their names and locations. ~The Archivist This theme contains 21 pictures of castles form across Europe. I have it installed on…

‘Priceless’ medieval church artifacts stolen

National alerts were issued for several ‘priceless’ church artifacts stolen overnight on Sunday from Tidersrums church in southeastern Sweden’s Kisa. Among the missing items are an altar cross or crucifix, two candlesticks and three wooden sculptures from the 13th and 14th centuries. The sculptures, which newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten described as “priceless” on its website on…