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Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Skuldelev 3: Viking merchant shipping in the 11th Century

Originally posted on Europeenses:
The ‘Roar Ege’ reconstruction of Skuldelev 3 under sail At some point between 1070 and 1090 AD, five ships were loaded with stones and scuttled to…

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Severed Hand, A Hidden Tunnel, and Salisbury’s Oldest Pub

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
The Oldest Pub in England? Probably not, but the Haunch of Venison is definitely the oldest in Salisbury, and the most unique pub that I…

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK.

Norwich Cathedral, located in Norwich, England, is so amazing and impressive that I can’t believe it isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Maybe it will become one in the future). … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 19: “Christ the Redeemer” by Andrei Rublev.

This magnificent Russian Orthodox icon depicting Christ as “the Redeemer” is one of the great European works of art of the 15th century. It was painted probably in the 1420s … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 18: The Erfurt Treasure.

This may look like just another collection of old coins, but the Erfurt Treasure is a collective artifact that shows us in tangible form some of the darkest days in … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Another Byzantine cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey.

This amazing medieval church, dating from the 10th century, is carved from stone in Cappadocia, an ancient Byzantine province. The church is known in Turkish as “Üzümlü Kilise,” or the … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 17: The Domesday Book.

The Domesday Book, compiled in England in the decades after the Norman conquest of 1066, is one of the most infamous documents ever created in human history. Its historical and … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 16: The Harbaville Triptych.

This object is one of the most fabulous treasures of Byzantine art that has survived into the modern world. The Harbaville Triptych is a devotional display with three panels, a … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 15: Chola bronze of Shiva.

This amazing bronze sculpture of the Hindu god Shiva, depicted as “Lord of the Dance”–not to be confused with Michael Flatley–was created possibly more than 1000 years ago by the … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment
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