Tokat Castle in Turkey "is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious,” said archaeologist İbrahim Çetin about the dungeon-laden castle which once held the captive Prince Vlad III the Impaler, AKA Dracula.
On September 18, 2014, RR Auction, in Boston, Massachusetts, auctioned a private letter from Mary Queen of Scots transferring control of her property, Wassy Castle, located in eastern Champagne, France, to her maitre d'hotel, Jacques de la Montaigne. The letter was sold to a private bidder for US$28,750 (UK£17,472). (photo)
The Toast website offers an imagined conversation between two monks creating world maps. Start (or end) your day right with Two Medieval Monks Invent Maps, a bit of medieval humor.
Experts on disease control, working with the Ebola outbreak in Africa, are looking back to medieval Venice to understand how to contain the disease. Dr. Igor Linkov of the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center believes the key is resilience management, "managing physical movement, social interactions, and data collection."
THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates for Stefan's Florilegium for October 2014.
The Instructables website has an online tutorial for primitive net-making from the carving of the needle to the creation of the net. A PDF is available for Instructables members.
In 1927, archaeologists discovered the remains of the fabled city of Gedi deep in the jungles of Kenya, but only recently have they begun to appreciate the advanced nature of the city. (photo)
The discovery of "more than 100 glass cups, which were most likely used for drinking wine," has led experts to believe they have found a medieval tavern. The discovery was made at a site in the town of Misioni, Bulgaria.
Wichita Falls, Texas resident Thomas McGowan had a very bad day recently. He evaded the police by breaking into the home of SCA member Jimmy Morgan Jr., who defended himself with a spear, sending McGowan running into the street and the arms of the law. KFDX Fox-14 has the story.
An 11th century burial site near Omsk in south western Siberia has revealed the remains of Bogatyr, meaning "great warrior," who lost an arm in his final battle. The "giant," measuring 5'11", was buried with amazing grave goods. (photos)
The British newspaper The Telegraph recetly published a history feature showcasing British soldiers' kits through the centuries. The feature consists of a slideshow of the complete set and an annotated list of each item.
More than one thousand people came out to enjoy the medieval festivities recently when Sunbury Revitalization Inc. (SRI) joined members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to present the Lake Augusta Renaissance Festival in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Sarah De Santis of Newsitem.com has the story. (photos)
Officials in Swansea, Wales are trying to bring the city's medieval past to life for citizens and visitors by installing street markers pinpointing major sites in the town. Cemlyn Davies, of the BBC, reports. (video)
What is it about Madison, Wisconsin that attracts passionate followers of such geek genres as gaming, steampunk and the SCA, and why do such folk become politically active? In a feature article for Isthmus the Paper, Julia Burke interviews gamers and con attendees about their culture and activism.
Rosemary Maw's gardening has produced more than just beautiful flowers. Her home, The Old Manor in Stratton, three miles from Dorchester, England, has produced over 100 historical artifacts including "over 150 bottle fragments, almost 20 pieces of medieval jugs, and extensive cobble and flint foundations" from its back garden.
Artifacts unearthed from an 11th century Viking settlement near Cork, Ireland show evidence that the settlers were good at recycling and land reclamation. A new report, Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005 by Ciara Brett and Maurice F Hurley, has been published by the Cork City Council.
The Medieval Archives Podcast vault, maintained by the Archivist (Gary) includes a comprehensive list of topics of interest to those who study the Middle Ages. The podcasts are available for download or through RSS subscription or iTunes.
Archaeologists in York, England will have the rare opportunity to investigate a site which has lain undisturbed for nearly 500 years. The Hidden Guildhall investigation will focus on riverside property once the site of the medieval friary visited by the Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III.
Merton Priory, in Surrey, England, was founded in 1117 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. In recent years, archaeologists have been excavating the foundations of the Merton Priory Chapter House and have uncovered the priory's medieval cloister walls. (photos)
A nearly perfectly-preserved barley malting oven from the 13th century has been discovered by archaeologists working on an excavation in Bridge Street, Northampton, England. The construction was found complete with char marks on the hearth. (photo)