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Viking bling had origins in horse harness made in Ireland, researcher suggests

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A female Norwegian Viking who died during the 9th century was buried wearing a status symbol: this repurposed piece of bronze jewellery which was ...
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A female Norwegian Viking who died during the 9th century was buried wearing a status symbol: this repurposed piece of bronze jewellery which was most likely originally created as a fitting on horse harness. Photo: Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyHow did a bronze fitting from horse harness made in a workshop in Ireland more than 1200 years ago end up buried in a Norwegian Fjord? The answer lies in the series of Viking raids on the British Isles that began in AD 793. Researchers have described the likely scenario that took the piece of harness across the ocean. They surmise that a female Norwegian Viking who died some time during the 9th century was buried wearing what was considered a status symbol: a beautiful piece of bro...
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Treasure hunter finds medieval ring in Sherwood Forest

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The ring is currently undergoing tests at the British Museum, and is thought to date back to the 14th century. It is engraved with an infant Christ on one ...
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An amateur metal detector struck gold when he found a medieval ring in Sherwood Forest.Mark Thompson, 34, who spray-paints fork lift trucks for a living, took up metal detecting around 18 months ago. He'd been in the Nottinghamshire woodland for around 20 minutes when he came across the ring.See also: Man finds Roman artefact 'worth £300k' in SomersetSee also: Huge silver bar found on shipwreck in MadagascarThe ring is currently undergoing tests at the British Museum, and is thought to date back to the 14th century. It is engraved with an infant Christ on one side and a female saint not he other. It's estimated it could be worth anywhere in the region from £20,000 to £70,000.Dot Boughton, a regional finds liaison officer, said the case h...
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«Une bague de Robin des Bois» retrouvée dans la Forêt de Sherwood

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"A ring of Robin Bois" found in the Sherwood Forest
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Les experts contactés par le chasseur de trésors estiment que la bague aurait été fabriquée au XIIIe siècle. A l'heure actuelle, la découverte attend ...
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Experts contacted by the treasure hunter believe that the ring was made in the 13th century. At present, the discovery awaits...
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Insolite18:12 20.12.2016(mis à jour 18:40 20.12.2016) URL courteLa bague ornée d'une pierre précieuse semblable à un saphir a été découverte par Mark Thompson, 34 ans, qui chasse aux trésors depuis un an et demi. Selon certaines estimations, le prix de l'artéfact pourrait atteindre 87 000 dollars (83 700 euros). ​« Dès que j'ai déniché cette bague, j'ai pensé que c'était la trouvaille de ma vie. Je suis toujours dans un état de choc quand j'y pense », avoue M. Thompson. Les experts contactés par le chasseur de trésors estiment que la bague aurait été fabriquée au XIIIe siècle. A l'heure actuelle, la découverte attend d'être expertisée par le British Museum qui pourrait acquérir la bague si elle est reconnue authentique. Suivez Sputnik su...
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'Step back in time' at Framlingham castle this festive period

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The castle also has a number of famous chimneys, which are the oldest surviving 12th Century and Tudor chimneys in the country. Heather Redmond ...
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Visitors to Suffolk are being invited to “step back in time”over the Christmas period after the opening times for Framlingham Castle were announced. The historic castle, in Church Street, will be open from Tuesday, December 27 to Saturday, December 31.Visitors will have the chance to embark on a journey of discovery around the castle’s wall walk.Standing 10.5m high and 2.3m thick, the curtain wall has stood for more than 800 years and provides views of Framlingham Mere and the surrounding countryside.The castle also has a number of famous chimneys, which are the oldest surviving 12th Century and Tudor chimneys in the country.Heather Redmond, Area Manager for English Heritage in the East, said the castle provided the “perfect setting” for...
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Medieval ring found in Sherwood Forest could be worth up to £70000

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It is believed the ring, which is engraved with an infant Christ on one side and a female saint on the other, dates from the 14th century. Boughton's ...
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A medieval ring found by an amateur treasure hunter in the heart of Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest could be worth up to £70,000. Mark Thompson, who makes his living spray-painting fork lift trucks, had been in the famous Nottinghamshire woodland for just 20 minutes when his metal detector sounded. The 34-year-old, who had only taken up the hobby 18 months before, was expecting to find something innocuous - perhaps some dropped money or rubbish left behind by holidaymakers. Mark Thompson, just after finding the ring (Photo: MarkThompson/BNPS) Read More But as he shoveled away at the soil he saw a glint of gold, and after removing the surrounding dirt he uncovered an ornate piece of jewellery which appeared to be adorned with a precious sapp...
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12th century inscription throws light on stringent tax regime

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TRICHY: Tamil inscriptions dating back to the 12th or 13th century, found in a temple near Trichy, has thrown light on the strict tax regime for effective ...
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TRICHY: Tamil inscriptions dating back to the 12th or 13th century, found in a temple near Trichy, has thrown light on the strict tax regime for effective management of temples in the region. A team of epigraphists stumbled upon two Tamil inscriptions carved on the basement of Thiruvudai Marutudai Nayanar Koyil at Kuttappar situated near Thiruerumbiyur in Trichy district. The first inscription, in the form of a single line record, found on the southern base of the temple, records the name of an individual, Kakkunathan Dhanmarayan. "It may be presumed that the entrance of this front mandapa was built by this individual since the record is carved near the entrance and the period of construction of this mandapa coincides with the date of th...
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'The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts' Review: Beauty by ...

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... from oral to written transmission in a particularly effective sequence that begins with a page from a late seventh- to early eighth-century manuscript.
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Washington Devoid of illustrations, written in a language only one half of 1% of Americans speak at home, and associated with a religion some terrorists invoke when committing mass murder—the Quran is an ambitious, courageous and somewhat fraught choice for the subject of a major museum show. Hats off to the Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler for tackling it. “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic...
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Facial Reconstruction Experts Release Digital 3D Images of Robert the Bruce

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Robert the Bruce, a fourth grandson through a female line of King David I from the 12th century, believed he had an obvious claim to the Scottish ...
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Robert the Bruce, who defeated England’s Edward II in the early 1300s and brought about Scotland’s independence, is back in the 3D printing news headlines again, a little over a year after his almost 700-year-old destroyed tomb was reconstructed and 3D printed. Facial reconstruction experts with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) recently completed a two-year project in collaboration with Glasgow University, and have released digital 3D images of the Scottish king, who was descended from Anglo-Norman nobles and Scottish aristocrats and beat the English at Bannockburn in 1314. The reconstructions were based on a cast of Robert the Bruce’s skull, which was held at the Hunterian Museum; historians say the skull was recovered, along wit...
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'Word and Image' and 'Martin Luther' Reviews: Genuflecting to the Reformation

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There are also examples of 14th-century statuary, smashed in the 1500s as radical Reformers turned iconoclasts and attacked church imagery.
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Minneapolis and New York Sometime around Oct. 31, 1517, the Western world changed. Before, the fate of the soul was determined by a hierarchal Church; after, it was determined by personal faith. Before, saints and spectacle were the subjects of religious art; after, intimacy and individualism reigned. Such were the transformations associated with Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailing his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg (now in Germany). And it is in anticipation of that event’s 500th anniversary and the Protestant...
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'The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts' Review: Beauty by ...

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A sheet of parchment bears only lines of angular, architectural letters penned in the ninth-century; by contrast, 15th- and 16th-century examples ...
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Washington Devoid of illustrations, written in a language only one half of 1% of Americans speak at home, and associated with a religion some terrorists invoke when committing mass murder—the Quran is an ambitious, courageous and somewhat fraught choice for the subject of a major museum show. Hats off to the Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler for tackling it. “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic...
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