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Cherven Towns was a fortified settlement located on the frontier between Lesser Poland and Rus (Ruthenia). Fought over since at least the late 10thcentury, archaeological explorations of the region was hampered by the two world wars. Only recently a more scientific exploration has been undertaken.

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Black Death

20. February 2018 by

New Research into the Black Death

Was the plague brought to people by rats or human lice? How severely did the pestilence strike? What may we learn from modern epidemics? New research shed light on some old conundrums.

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Colle Gnifetti © La Scuola di Scialpismo

19. July 2017 by

How Devastating was the Black Death?

New studies of the levels of atmospheric lead as evidenced by icecores drilled from an Alpine Glacier lets scientists gauge the devastating effects of the Black Death on Economy and Society. It appears all ground to a halt.

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Relief of Mithras from the Vatican. Source: Wikipedia

5. December 2016 by

The Merovingians

The Merovingians literally means “The People of Merowech”. But who was Merowech? And what does his name tell us about the first Frankish kings?

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Theotokos from the 6th century. St. Catherine in Sinai. Source: Wikipedia

5. November 2016 by

Cultural Consequences of the Justinian Plague

What were the consequences of the Justinian Plague in the 6th century? How did people react to the pain and suffering, which by all accounts were just as devastating as those in the 14th century?

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Ambling Icelandic Horseriding

14. September 2016 by

The Origin of Ambling Horses

Icelandic Viking horses are known for they ambling gait. Following the gene, scientists now suggest that the first Icelandic horses were in fact English

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West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

13. September 2016 by

A Lost Tribal Hidage?

Bede used charters and other written documents while writing his histories. Careful sifting of the evidence reveals that he also used a now lost "Tribal Hidage".

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Serbian Medieval Documents in the State Archives of Venice 1435-08-14_Djuradj_Brankovic, in: monasterium.net

11. August 2016 by

Chartered Landscapes and Networks

Medieval charters are valuable resources for writing local histories of landscapes and lives. But they are also useful when studying networks through time

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Simon Bening August Moving Wheat Binding Sheaves - detail. Source: Google Art Project

7. June 2016 by

The Economics of the Black Death

How come the economy did not ground to a halt after 1349 - 50, but rather witnessed growth? New article aims to shed light on this conundrum

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