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Mostrando las entradas de septiembre, 2014

Researchers are trying to solve a Danish castle mystery

Who built the lengendary Hammershus castle? Archaeologist are trying to find the answer. ...... Hammershus, perched on the cliffs of northwest Bornholm in the Baltic, is perhaps Denmark’s best known ruin. It was excavated and renovated at the end of the 1800s up until 1940, but the ruined castle is still shrouded in a mystery with significance to the history of Denmark: who actually built Hammershus, and why?
For that reason it has been crucial to date the almost thousand year old structure, something archaeologists hope they will now be able to do as the ruins are posed to receive their first proper archaeological excavation.
“We’re aware that the parts of Hammershus we know date from the middle ages but the burning question is precisely when,” says Nils Engberg, archaeologist with The National Museum of Denmark and leader of the excavation. “Exactly when it was built is of huge importance to the …

5000-Year-Old Water Pipeline Discovered in Western Iran

A 5000-year-old water system has been unearthed during the second season of a rescue excavation project at the Farash ancient historical site at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran.
An archaeological team led by Leili Niakan has been conducting the second season of their rescue excavation since March, when the Seimareh Dam came on stream.
The team plans to save ancient artifacts and gather information about the ancient sites that are being submerged by the reservoir of the dam, which became operational in early March.
This system, which comprises a small pool and an earthenware pipeline, was discovered on the eastern shore of the reservoir of the dam on the border between Ilam Province and Lorestan Province, Niakan said.
Niakan said part of the water system has been submerged as the water level has risen. However, the team covered that part of the system beforehand to s…

“Great Warrior” Burial Unearthed in Siberia

OMSK, RUSSIA—The grave of an eleventh-century warrior of the Ust-Ishim culture who had been killed in battle has been unearthed in southwestern Siberia. Nicknamed “Bogatyr,” or “Great Warrior,” the man’s severed left arm had been placed near his body, and a death mask made of fabric had been put on his face. Caskets made of birch bark covered his eyes and mouth. Inside the caskets were metal fish figurines with their heads broken off. “It is interesting that the fish figures were cast as one, and then broken in two," archaeologist Mikhail Korusenko of the Omsk branch of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences told The Siberian Times. "It was an intentional action, definitely. Perhaps, it had some religious importance. Then, next to his nose was the fang of a big predator, a bear, this beast being traditionally associated with streng…

DNA study uncovers ancient ancestor of Europeans

A groundbreaking study of fossil genomes reveals that modern Europeans were shaped in a melting pot of immigrants. This skull belonged to a woman who lived in Stuttgart some 7,000 years ago. Scientists have used samples of her DNA to uncover new truths about European history. (Photo: Fredrik Hallgren) Using molecules of genetic material from ancient archaeological human remains, an international team of scientists has drawn the clearest picture of the Europeans' origins ever.
The study shows that present-day Europeans are descendants of at least three different groups and that they have a far more complex prehistory than the traditional tale of our descending from Homo sapiens, who came, saw, and conquered some 40,000 years ago.
“We are all the outcome of immigration,” says one of the study's leading researchers, the geneticist Johannes Krause from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in …

Rising temperatures could destroy Greenland's archaeological treasures

Climate changes on Greenland are currently threatening areas of archaeological importance that have not yet been excavated. Therefore, The National Museums of Denmark and Greenland have started several projects where decomposing wooden artifacts and bones will help identify the areas, which are most seriously threatened — and save them There is an increasing risk that wooden and bone implements from the first people on Greenland will be consumed by the sea, destroyed by fungi or pierced by willow scrub roots in the future. This is partly happening, because the average temperature has risen by two to three degrees.
To secure the many archaeological finds, which have not yet been excavated, the National Museums of Denmark and Greenland have started a new project that, among other things, will result in an interactive map showing which places are most threatened by future climate change.
"To safeguard the more than 6,000 archaeological sites on Greenland, it is import…

Viking raid may have saved British artefact

A gold object was stolen by Vikings and later buried with its new owner in Norway. That twist of fate probably saved a part of one of the oldest known British croziers. By: Maria Gilje Torheim
If Norwegian Vikings had not stolen this part of a British crozier, it would have almost certainly been lost. (Photo: Åge Hojem/NTNU University Museum) Griffin Murray, an Irish archaeologist, visited the University Museum of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, last year. He then took a closer look at the museum’s grave finds.
His visit resulted in new information about the find that is now known to be part of a crozier from northern England –  what it looked like and how the Vikings might have plundered it.
“This bit has been part of the decoration in the middle of a staff, or a crozier, from the late 700s, or the beginning of the 800s," says Murray
"It has probably come f…


This Russian website shows stunning photos of what appears to be Stonehenge being built. The author provides a detailed information about how the British government/military built this new age cult site and speculates the fact that it may have actually built from scratch or at least remodeled. The author also contends it may be a replica of the original. The pictures are stunning nonetheless.


The Anglo-Saxon Sword Discovered by a Former Soldier

The Anglo-Saxon Sword Discovered by a Former Soldier A sword dating back to Anglo-Saxon times has been x-rayed by the Army at their field hospital in Aldershot. The sword was discovered by a former soldier during an archaeological dig on Salisbury Plain in July. Hannah Gurney has more.

The Viking Age Compendium

The Viking Age Compendium contains our ongoing research into the material culture of Viking Age Britain. The Compendium details the kinds of items and clothing worn by people both living in or possibly visiting Britain between 800 and 1100AD. Currently our concentration is on Wargear, Clothing and Jewellery. Going forwards we hope to also add articles on Viking Age crafts as well as everyday items found in the home.

The articles found here are largely works in progress and so we have rated them out of 5, with 1 star being a planned article for the future and 5 stars being an article completed to the best of our current knowledge. If you are aware of any information that we have missed, or any errors we have made, please feel free to contact us at

The Compendium is divided into two main areas. The first is our collection of articles, some of these are more finished than others. The articles present inf…

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Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases

 This Greek cup, dating from around 510 B.C., depicts an Amazon warrior on a horse. Scholars suggest wording on the vase names the woman Worthy of Armor in ancient Circassian.

Ancient Greek vases have revealed the hidden names of Amazons, mythology's warrior women, in a report deciphering ancient languages unspoken for millennia.
In the forthcoming study of pottery dating from 550 B.C. to 450 B.C., study lead author Adrienne Mayor and J. Paul Getty Museum assistant curator David Saunders translated Greek inscriptions into their phonetic sounds for 12 ancient vases from Athens. The inscriptions appear next to scenes of Amazons fighting, hunting, or shooting arrows. They next submitted just the phonetic transcriptions without explanation to linguist John Colarusso of Canada's McMaster University in Hamilton, who is an expert on rare languages of the Caucasus. He translated th…

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Mystery of strange pattern in ground near Coventry

Spiral shape spotted on satellite maps is just half a mile from site of 2011 crop circle

Mystery surrounds a strange pattern carved into the ground near Coventry.
The spiral shape was spotted on satellite maps by a historian researching the fabled Knights Templar, who founded the tiny hamlet of Temple Balsall, near Balsall Common, 1,000 years ago.
Intriguingly the pattern, which is about 30m in length, is just half a mile from the site of an intricate crop circle which appeared in 2011.

A Google Map image of the mysterious pattern in Temple Balsall

The researcher, Chris McCauley, said: "I was looking at Temple Balsall trying to locate the hall of the Knights Templar.
"I was looking at the map and noticed something quite distinctive in the landscape; it appears to be some kind of spiral."
He said he searched the internet for more information, but could only find a story …

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The Mystery Object

Our latest video exploring the treasures from the Staffordshire Hoard is a mystery story.

After hours of research, this is an object which still baffles the team of Anglo Saxon experts in the project team. As far as they know no comparable piece has ever been found and it has no immediately obvious use.

A storytelling room inspired by Norwegian Sami turf huts

This is a place to play and sit around an open fire listening to Norwegian fairy tales. Kindergarten kids in Norway stay outdoors all the time and only go indoors in the winter if the temperature falls below -10C (14F). This story room is at Skjermveien Barnehage (kindergarten) in Trondheim, Norway. It was built on a small budget using leftover materials from a nearby construction site. It was inspired by Norwegian turf huts. The story room is 80 circles each made from 24 pieces of pine separated by oak sticks. You can see more pictures on the architect's website at

The Storytelling Roundhouse at Cae Mabon in WalesIf you happened to be taking a walk around a little place in Wales called Fachwen, you may come across a sign pointing to a pl…

La batalla perdurable - En relación a la Saga de Hedin y Hogni -


En el capitulo cuarenta y nueve de la Edda Menor está escrito: «Para decir batalla se dice también tempestad, o nevada, de los Hjadnings, y para decir armas se dice varas, o fuego, de los Hjadnings, y la razón la da este relato: Un rey llamado Högni tenía una hija que se llamaba Hildr, y Hildr fue robada por Hedinn, hijo de Hjarrandi, mientras Högni se había ido a la Asamblea. (Que el rey estuviera en la Asamblea puede ser un rasgo cotidiano agregado por Snorri, para rebajar lo maravilloso.) Cuando Högni supo que su reino había sido asolado y su hija robada, fue con su ejército a buscar al raptor, y oyó que éste se dirigía al norte.

Llegó a Noruega y le dijeron que Hedinn había navegado hacia el poniente, Högni se embarcó y lo siguió hasta las Islas Orcadas, y cuando arribó a la Isla de Hoy, Hedinn estaba en ese lugar con su ejército. Hildr salió al encuentro de su padre y le ofreció un collar enviado por Hedinn, como prenda de paz, pero dijo que si Högni lo rechaza…

Ancient bog body found in Ireland may be Iron Age sacrifice

Archaeologists in Ireland made an amazing discovery this week when they unearthed another ancient bog body in County Meath, adding to the collection of ancient human remains, some incredibly well- preserved, which have been pulled from the bog. Studies on previous Iron Age bog bodies have shown evidence of sacrifice, and the latest discovery may be yet another victim.

 According to the Irish Times, the human remains, which consist of adult leg and foot bones and flesh, were found by Bord Na Móna workers at Rossan Bog close to the Westmeath border in Co Meath on Saturday. The finding was made close to where another bog body, now known as ‘Moydrum Man’, was found in December 2012, which was dated to between 700 and 400 BC. Most bog bodies date back to between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.

National Museum of Ireland Director Raghnall Ó Floinn welcomed the new discovery and said, “every new find helps to bring us closer to understanding the lives and b…

Sobre la Saga de Ásmund Matador de Guerreros

Este es un resumen de la saga.

La Saga de Ásmund Matador de Guerreros


Budli era el rey de Suecia. El arte de la forja de armas y objetos era su pasión. Estaba casado y tenía una hija llamada Hild. Su mujer fallece al poco tiempo.

Al reino llegan dos hombres llamados Olíus y Alíus quienes le solicitan pasar el invierno allí. El rey les preguntó si tenían alguna habilidad en la forja, ellos contestaron que sí.

Hacen una fiesta para el rey y llegan artesanos que presentan sus mejores trabajos al rey, y reciben los halagos de todos menos de Olíus y Alíus. Al ver esto, el rey les pide que hagan su mejor trabajo y traten de superar el que habían visto, o serían considerados embusteros. Ellos aceptaron y le forjaron un cuchillo tan afilado que cortó el bigote del rey; luego les pide un anillo de oro, y lo hacen a la perfección. Por este motivo, fueron nombrados servidores del rey.

El rey les pide que forjen dos espadas, cuya característica principal debía ser que no dañar…