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Historian examines medieval grafitti at IMC
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Historian examines medieval grafitti at IMC

Scholars attending the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds heard today about the role of graffiti in the Middle Ages. In 2010, graffiti is widely seen as an eyesore and an act of vandalism, holding for many distinctly negative connotations. Like today, graffiti was common in the medieval society.

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Garima Gospels found to be oldest surviving Christian illustrated manuscripts

Radiocarbon testing has revealed that a pair of illustrated gospels kept in a remote monastery in Ethiopia may have been made as early as the 4th century and are perhaps the oldest surviving illustrated Christian works in existence. The Garima Gospels were first reported on in the 1950s, but it has only been within the last couple of years that scholars have been able to examine the work and help conserve it.
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The Pontifical Academy of Archaeology celebrates its 200th anniversary

Become a PatronWe& 39;ve created a Patreon for Our Site as we want to transition to a more community-funded model.We aim to be the leading content provider about all things medieval. Our website, podcast and Youtube page offers news and resources about the Middle Ages. We hope that are our audience wants to support us so that we can further develop our podcast, hire more writers, build more content, and remove the advertising on our platforms.
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Professor Peter Mack appointed Director of Warburg Institute

Peter Mack, Professor of English at the University Warwick, has been appointed as the new Director of the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He will begins his appointment on October 1, 2010, overseeing one of the most important academic institutions for the study of the influence of classical antiquity on all aspects of European civilization, particularly the medieval and Renaissance periods.
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Poland celebrates 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

The county of Poland is marking the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, which helped to secure the country’s independence, with various celebrations and re-enactments. Among those who took part in ceremonies were Polish president-elect Bronislaw Komorowski, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and the Grand Master of the Order of Teutonic Knights, bishop Bruno Platter.
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The Pillars of the Earth – the Amplified Edition

The Amplified Edition of Ken Follett’s international bestselling novel The Pillars of the Earth has been released by Penguin Books and Starz. It combines the novel with new content from the upcoming mini-series. This electronic edition is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod in the United States.Beyond just offering an e-version of the novel, the amplified edition showcases exclusive videos with the author about his research and the process of bringing his book to the screen, and an innovative Character Tree that provides a remarkable aid to keeping the story’s myriad characters straight.
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Historian examines medieval grafitti at IMC

Scholars attending the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds heard today about the role of graffiti in the Middle Ages. In 2010, graffiti is widely seen as an eyesore and an act of vandalism, holding for many distinctly negative connotations. Like today, graffiti was common in the medieval society.
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Conservation work begins on the medieval village of Barforth

Urgent repairs to three buildings that are the last traces of a lost medieval village in the English county of Durham are now underway, and this week there is a chance for the public to join the restoration experts at work.The current conservation work at the deserted village of Barforth on the River Tees near Gainford will protect the 12th century St Lawrence’s Chapel, an unusual medieval dovecote, and a historic bridge from further deterioration.
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Historian Wins Grant for Study of Medieval Automata

Elly Truitt, Assistant Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College, has received a Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation to fund a year’s time doing research for and writing her new book, tentatively titled Magical Mechanisms: Automata in the Medieval West.“Automata—artificial objects that are, or appear to be, self-moving—were culturally significant in medieval Europe,” says Truitt in describing her research subject.
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12th-century Crusader fresco to go on display in Israel

An enormous Crusader-era fresco that was discovered in Jerusalem will go on display next month at the Israel Museum. At nine meters long and 2.7 meters high, it is the largest painting ever discovered by archaeologists in Israel.In 1999 the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted excavations in Nahal Kidron, next to the Garden of Gethsemane of the the Monastery of Miriam, under the direction of Jon Seligman.
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Public asked to help created world’s largest archive on Anglo-Saxon England

An Oxford academic has challenged the public to help create the world’s largest archive of online material concerned with the Anglo-Saxons, after being inspired by the considerable interest shown in last year’s discovery of the Staffordshire hoard.The Archive, called Project Woruldhord (Old English for ‘world-hoard’), is being launched this month by Dr Stuart Lee, of the University of Oxford’s English Faculty and Computing Services.
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International Medieval Congress to focus on Travel and Exploration

The International Medieval Congress (IMC), the largest academic conference in Great Britain, will be featuring some of the world’s finest medieval minds as they present the advantages yet inevitable dangers of travel in the medieval world.From 12-15 July, over 1,500 scholars from around the world will gather at the University of Leeds for the eighteenth International Medieval Congress.
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More videos on the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

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Checkmate! Medieval People at Play – Manuscript Exhibition Examines Aspects of Play in Medieval Society

We are all familiar with praying monks, but playing monks? A Book of Hours from Flanders finds them deep in a game of “Blind Man’s Bluff,” while on the opposite page peasant boys enjoy a rigorous game of hockey. Such delightful images of play are unexpectedly ubiquitous in medieval manuscripts. Neither stodgy nor perpetually pious, medieval people found time for amusement in the margins of their lives and their manuscripts.
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Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece restored

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Virgin of the Rocks has gone back on display at the National Gallery in London, England, after 18 months of specialist conservation work. The painting had been covered with a layer of badly discoloured varnish from the late 1940s. Following expert cleaning, the painting has been restored to its former glory and has revealed new details about how Leonardo created this work.
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Recession hurts efforts to preserve heritage buildings in England

English Heritage has published its annual Heritage at Risk Register today, which shows a significant slow-down in the number of historic buildings being saved from neglect and decay prompting fears that England might lose the very thing which makes it most special in the eyes of the world and could help to underpin economic recovery.
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New light on Leonardo Da Vinci’s faces

How did Leonardo Da Vinci manage to paint such perfect faces? For the first time a quantitative chemical analysis has been done on seven paintings from the Louvre Museum (including the Mona Lisa) without extracting any samples. This shows the composition and thickness of each layer of material laid down by the painter.
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York’s Barley Hall celebrates 650th anniversary

It’s survived the Black Death, a siege during England’s civil war and second world war air raids and still the medieval Barley Hall in York is standing strong and preparing to mark its 650th anniversary this weekend.York Archaeological Trust, owners of York’s restored Barley Hall town house, is inviting visitors to experience two weekends of dance, plays, medieval games and birthday cake on 23rd and 24th July to mark 650 years of its existence.
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Winthrop University begins offering Medieval Studies minor

Undergraduate students attending Winthrop University in South Carolina can now study for a new minor program: medieval studies. Approved in April 2009, the 18-hour interdisciplinary minor offers three dozen courses – both existing and newly created – that are particularly useful to students studying fields such as history; English; political science; philosophy and religious studies; art history; music; theatre and dance; and modern languages.
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Texas Medieval Association hosts 20th Annual Meeting in September

The Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Texas Medieval Association will be taking place this year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, from September 24-26, 2010.In the call for papers the organizers note that this year’s theme is “Majesty, Memory, and Mourning in the Middle Ages,” but that papers are welcomed on all aspects of medieval history and culture, including medieval art, languages, literature, medievalism, and music.
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Isle of Man hosts Festival of Archaeology

The Isle of Man will be celebrating all things archaeological from July 17th to August 1st. The celebrations are to coincide with the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of British Archaeology, and will be the first time the Island has run its own Festival of Archaeology.Manx National Heritage in association with other organisations has devised an exciting and diverse programme of events, which has something to offer all ages and taste.
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