In Norway, a repaired arrow from an unlucky hunter was found that had melted from under the ice.

Archaeologists have discovered in Norway the shaft of a medieval arrow, the broken shank of which was repaired by a hunter using sinew. However, apparently, then he was unsuccessful again and his shot missed the target, burying the arrow for several centuries under snow and ice. As the Secrets of the Ice project team reports… Continue reading In Norway, a repaired arrow from an unlucky hunter was found that had melted from under the ice.

The burial of a “vampire woman” with a sickle on her neck and a castle on her leg was found in Poland.

Archaeologists have discovered the burial of a “vampire woman” in Poland dating back to the 17th century. An iron sickle lay across the deceased's neck, and there was a padlock on the big toe of her left foot. As reported by Arkeonews, perhaps the reason for the unusual ritual was the appearance of the deceased.… Continue reading The burial of a “vampire woman” with a sickle on her neck and a castle on her leg was found in Poland.

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze figurine of Jupiter in Taman

Archaeologists explored the ancient settlement of Red October-1, located in Taman. As a result of this work, they established that the fortified settlement arose at the turn of the 6th–5th centuries BC and existed until the modern era. Among the rare artifacts discovered at this site were a gray clay lamp in the shape of… Continue reading Archaeologists have discovered a bronze figurine of Jupiter in Taman

Burial of a woman with a 1,400-year-old folding chair unearthed in Germany

Archaeologists have discovered the burial of a woman in Middle Franconia who died at approximately 40–50 years of age around 600 AD. Among her accompanying equipment was a folding iron chair. This is only the second such discovery from the early Middle Ages made in Germany. This was reported in a press release from the… Continue reading Burial of a woman with a 1,400-year-old folding chair unearthed in Germany

People buried in an English well turned out to be victims of a medieval pogrom

Scientists from the UK and Germany examined the remains from a collective burial in a well, discovered in the center of Norwich, England in 2004. Radiocarbon dating showed that these people, many of whom were children, died between 1161 and 1216 AD. Paleogenetic research and historical evidence indicate that the remains belonged to Ashkenazi Jews,… Continue reading People buried in an English well turned out to be victims of a medieval pogrom

Archaeologists found a birch bark letter in Staraya Russa with a request to buy deer mittens

Archaeologists reported the results of excavations in Staraya Russa. This season they managed to discover the oldest city necropolis, dating back to the 11th – early 12th centuries, as well as two birch bark letters. In the text of the 54th letter, the author is a certain Donkey. Perhaps this is a version of a… Continue reading Archaeologists found a birch bark letter in Staraya Russa with a request to buy deer mittens

Thousand-year-old remains of a man with XXY chromosomes discovered in Portugal

The remains of a man who lived more than a thousand years ago were discovered in Portugal. This adult was found to have a very wide ilium, malocclusion, and maxillary prognathism. Genetic analysis showed that the man had Klinefelter syndrome – he belonged to the karyotype 47, XXY. This was reported in an article published… Continue reading Thousand-year-old remains of a man with XXY chromosomes discovered in Portugal

Archaeologists have found a bronze cheekpiece in the Borre style in Novgorod

Archaeologists discovered a rare bronze cheekpiece made in the Scandinavian Borre style in the Trinity excavation site in Veliky Novgorod. The artifact was found during a study of cultural layers of the first half – mid-10th century. This was reported in a press release from Moscow State University. In 1932, the famous Russian scientist Artemy… Continue reading Archaeologists have found a bronze cheekpiece in the Borre style in Novgorod

Medieval English monks suffered from intestinal parasites

Paleoparasitologists conducted a study of materials from two medieval necropolises in Cambridge. It turned out that the Augustinians suffered from intestinal parasites almost twice as often as ordinary townspeople. In total, scientists studied samples from 44 burials, 19 of which contained eggs of helminths – human roundworms and whipworms. This was reported in an article… Continue reading Medieval English monks suffered from intestinal parasites

Remains of a medieval dwarf found in Poland

The remains of a medieval dwarf man, whose height was only 115 centimeters, were discovered in Poland. Paleopathologists believe that the cause of this anomaly was achondroplasia. Among other pathologies, scientists noted Lery-Weil dyschondrosteosis, as well as ulnar hemimelia. This was reported in an article published in International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. The concept of dwarfism… Continue reading Remains of a medieval dwarf found in Poland