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Returning to the Dark Ages?

In the 21st century, we are looking towards a time when the Middle Ages return, claims a group of political commentators

New Research

Coins from Ribe ca. 800. © Sydvestjyske Museer

Mapping the Viking Age World

11/02/2024

By mapping historical and archaeological evidence of Viking activity c. 793 – 920, a thesis lays bare a new history of the Early Viking age’s geopolitical landscape Read more

Sudely Castle © Saphire Ovadia/Dreamstime 44849072

Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Gardens – From public to private spaces

11/02/2024

A new doctoral dissertation explores tehe private world of Tudor gardens from a historical anthropological perspective Read more

Old Jewish Cemetery in Josefov Prague wikipedia

Jewish Cemeteries in Central Europe in the Middle Ages

01/02/2024

Wherever Jews settled in Central Europe, their first initiative was to plan a cemetery. New research deals with the archaeological and folkloric evedence of these evocative places. Read more

Mausoleum and cemetery at Viminacium- Soruce: Wikipedia

 Balkan was a Cosmopolitan Melting Pot in Late Antiquity

13/12/2023

A recent study of the aDNA from 146 individuals buried in Serbia and Croatia demonstrates the cosmopolitan mixture of people in Late Antiquity Read more

Small garden and house in Spanish Open Air Museum ©Schousboe

Light on the Medieval Green Revolution from an Ecosystem Perspective

25/08/2023

Following the footsteps of the Arabs in the 7th century Mediterranean, a Green Revolution took place, introducing new crops, irrigation techniques, and an innovative agrarian system. A new research project aims to broaden the perspective and explore the agrarian consequences from a broader ecosystemic viewpoint. Read more

Two Medieval Jewish Wedding rings. Collage with rings from Colmar and Erfurt

Why were Medieval Jewish Wedding Rings Embellished with Miniature Architecture?

16/08/2023

One of the exiting finds in the hidden Jewish treasure trove discovered in Erfurt in 1998 was a precious wedding ring featuring an elaborate piece of medieval architecture. What was the symbolic meaning of this? Read more

Giber River in a summer evening. By Janus la Cour 1892. Aarhus City Hall. Source: Wikipedia

What was the landscape like in Medieval Denmark?

10/08/2023

New method overlaying old and modern maps reveals what the medieval landscape in Denmark might have looked like Read more

Wildfires in Tenth-Century Spain

09/08/2023

This summer, 2023, wildfires have once again laid waste large areas of Southern Europe. A tenth-century conflagration provides a fascinating comparison between medieval and present times. Read more

Wilder Europe

White tailed eagle in The Oder Delta © Agdbeukhof/Dreamstime 167383594

Rewilding in the Oder Delta

Germans and Poles living in the Oder Delta strongly support rewilding and the introduction of large animals – including wolves and lynx, returning its landscape to its former medieval glory

WEB Mystical forest in the Vosges ID 135207030 _ Alsace c Tanja Voigt _ Dreamstime

The Vosges in the Early Middle Ages, ca. 400 – 750

n the Early Middle Ages, the Vosges were regarded as a wilderness – by elites, poets and priests. However, the ideas about how to live in and utilise this wilderness were contested

Taurus set free in the Coa Valley © Rewilding Portugal and Claudio NoyReturn of the Mighty Beast, the Aurochs

Backbred Aurochs have been released into the Greater Côa Valley for the first time. The herd will play a vital role in restoring grassland and woodland habitats in the rewilded landscape in Northern Portugal…

Capercaillie. Source: Wikipedia/sighmanb

Is the Capercaille Next on the Extinction List in Europe?

Since 1985 the number of European Capercailles in Middle Bavarian Alps have been reduced with more than 60%. This has happened despite a general hunting prohibition since 1973 and a reform of the administration of the Bavarian forests in 2005. New research points to the influence of climate changes, but also the impact of outdoor tourism

 

Fjallabak Nature Reserve in Iceland.© Krystina Henkeova/Dreamstime 161110920

Wilderness in Iceland?

Iceland is covered with vast stretches of wilderness – plains, rugged hills, mountains and glaciers. The question is, how is this treasure best protected?…

Dehesas in Adalusia. © Daniel Garcia Mendoza/ Dreamstime.com/228949009

Rewilding or Landscape Conservation in Andalusia?

In Andalusia, the dehesa landscape dominates. Situated in the interface between the rural and the natural, the question is whether the protection of the dehesas serves to protect the cultural heritage or the biodiversity

 

In September 2023, UNESCO holds its 45th session of the World Heritage Committee In Riyadh. On the agenda is the Jewish Heritage in Erfurt. Hopefully, this unique assembly of buildings together with the important history of the Jews and their fate will receive the prestigious inscription.

Old Jewish Cemetery in Josefov Prague wikipedia

Jewish Cemeteries in Central Europe in the Middle Ages

01/02/2024

Wherever Jews settled in Central Europe, their first initiative was to plan a cemetery. New research deals with the archaeological and folkloric evedence of these evocative places. Read more

Topf & Söhne were "Technicians of the Holocaust" delivering mateiral for the "Endlösing". Foto: © Stadtverwaltung Erfurt

Were the Roots of the Holocaust Medieval?

21/08/2023

How persistent are cultural traits? Studies of Nazi voting in 1933 show that the roots of Nazi antisemitism and the events from 1928-45 – and later – mirror the pogroms carried out in the mid-14th century Read more

Jesish Wedding. From the Second Nüremberg Haggadah. © David Sofer Collection CCBYSA

The Jews in Erfurt – Ethnicity and Heritage

19/08/2023

The Jews in Germany emerged as a distinctive ethno-religious cultural group in 10th century Rhineland, from where they migrated to Eastern Europe, reaching Erfurt in the 11th century (at the latest). Here, they later encountered an influx of Jews from the Middle East. Read more

Thuringian Synagogue west facade © Thuringia Tourism Board/Florian Trykowski CCBYSA 4.0

Erfurt: A Testament to Jewish Heritage

19/08/2023

Erfurt boasts a handful of buildings from the Middle Ages, bearing witness to the city’s Jewish heritage. Additionally, a remarkable treasure from 1349 narrates the tale of Erfurt’s first Jewish inhabitants, a story paralleled by the Jewish Manuscripts housed in Berlin. Read more

Burning the jews Alive. From Gilles le Muisit: Annales

Erfurt in Germany was Home to a Vibrant Jewish Community Annihilated in 1349

19/08/2023

Since the Middle Ages, Erfurt in Germany was home to several well-documented Jewish communities. Each wiped out by pogroms followed by the holocaust, the city tells a horrifying history. Read more

Two Medieval Jewish Wedding rings. Collage with rings from Colmar and Erfurt

Why were Medieval Jewish Wedding Rings Embellished with Miniature Architecture?

16/08/2023

One of the exiting finds in the hidden Jewish treasure trove discovered in Erfurt in 1998 was a precious wedding ring featuring an elaborate piece of medieval architecture. What was the symbolic meaning of this? Read more

The River Aulne in the autumn© Brittany Flyfishing
Brittany in the 6th century – Abandoned, Wet, Cold and Covered in Forests

New research reveals a marked shift in the landscape of Northwestern France in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

Sélune. Source: Hpotheses. SeluneThe River Sélune – Restoration of an ancient landscape?

The remains of the last of the two hydroelectric dams at the River Selune were finally dismantled in 2022, leaving the landscape to recover. But unfortunately, the restoration is hampered by multiple interests and no clear agenda

Semi feral cattle at Røsnæs in Denmark. 2022 © Schousboe CCBYSA03Rewilding – the Natural Climate Solution

Rewilding can’t alleviate all the climate challenges we face. However, it does offer a precious contribution, namely a decisive upgrade of carbon sequestration in forests, grassland and tundras. With biodiversity as an added bonus

Visents or European Bison in Bornholm. Wikipedia/ThomasLendt ccbysa4.0

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White tailed eagle in The Oder Delta © Agdbeukhof/Dreamstime 167383594

Overwhelming Support for Rewilding and Release of Large Animals in the Oder Delta

03/02/2024

Germans and Poles living in the Oder Delta strongly support rewilding and the introduction of large animals – including wolves and lynx, returning its landscape to its former medieval glory.  Read more

WEB Mystical forest in the Vosges ID 135207030 _ Alsace c Tanja Voigt _ Dreamstime

The Vosges in the Early Middle Ages, ca. 400 – 750

31/01/2024

In the Early Middle Ages, the Vosges were regarded as a wilderness – by elites, poets and priests. However, the ideas about how to live in and utilise this wilderness were contested. Read more

Rewilding near lake Pape in Latvia. © Valeters Peins/ Dremastime.com/213469090

Rewilding is the Best Future for Europe’s Abandoned Farmland

23/08/2023

What is best when considering Europe’s abandoned farmland? Should it be returned to more extensive – traditional and even Medieval – ways of sylvo-pastoral forms of cultivation? Or should it be rewilded with large grazers? Or left to its own devices? Read more

Giber River in a summer evening. By Janus la Cour 1892. Aarhus City Hall. Source: Wikipedia

What was the landscape like in Medieval Denmark?

10/08/2023

New method overlaying old and modern maps reveals what the medieval landscape in Denmark might have looked like Read more

Minor News

Cain and Abel at Mîmes Cathedral. Source: Wikipedia/Finoskov

Adam and Eve in Nîmes is being studied in detail

23/08/2023

The Frieze on the Cathedral in Nîmes is currently undergoing study by a team of archaeologists and art historians, uncovering new insights about this significant Romanesque monument. Read more

Jewish Quater in York. © Street Life in York

Jewish Community in York Recreated

23/08/2023

Unearthing new documents and evidence, historians and archaeologists at York University are shedding light on the medieval Jewish population of York. The research indicates a thriving community where the leading Jewish citizens of the city were also among the most significant figures in England. Read more

Viking Warrior Mwentality - Nordsforsk project

How to Make a Viking Warrior?

24/06/2023

Making a Warrior: the Social Implications of Viking Age Martial Ideologies” is the title of a new research project, which was recently granted substantial funding from Nordforsk. Read more

Bayeux Tapestry Scene by Scene

06/08/2022

NEWS: Discover the entire Bayeux Tapestry scene by scene and follow online the 70 meter-long embroidered canvas which tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066. Read more

New Books

Photo from Poggibonsi © VisitTuscany/Claudia d'Aliasi

The European Countryside in the Migration period

15/01/2024

How transformative were the shifts in the European countryside in the 5th to 7th centuries? To what extent did people resettle less than reuse old structures such as Roman villae? New book presents a series of important casestudies The European Countryside during the Migration Period Ed by Irene Bavuso and… Read more

Chateau de Haut Koenigsbourg in Alsace © koenigsbourg © ID 101897013/Leonid Andronov/Dreamstime

The Enigmatic Majesty of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

17/02/2024

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is one of the the most thrilling experiences in the Middle Vosges in Alsace, France Read more

middelalderlige krigere foran en borg

Returning to the Dark Ages?

15/02/2024

In the 21st century, we are looking towards a time when the Middle Ages return, claims a group of political commentators Read more

Coins from Ribe ca. 800. © Sydvestjyske Museer

Mapping the Viking Age World

11/02/2024

By mapping historical and archaeological evidence of Viking activity c. 793 – 920, a thesis lays bare a new history of the Early Viking age’s geopolitical landscape Read more

Sudely Castle © Saphire Ovadia/Dreamstime 44849072

Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Gardens – From public to private spaces

11/02/2024

A new doctoral dissertation explores tehe private world of Tudor gardens from a historical anthropological perspective Read more

Feudalism – or the Workings of Medieval Society in an Archaeological Perspective

04/02/2024

In the last fifty years, medieval archaeology has uncovered a series of clear breaks around the turn of the first millennium in how the European landscapes were organised regarding economy and society. How do these findings correspond to the written sources? And what is the history of the concept of… Read more

White tailed eagle in The Oder Delta © Agdbeukhof/Dreamstime 167383594

Overwhelming Support for Rewilding and Release of Large Animals in the Oder Delta

03/02/2024

Germans and Poles living in the Oder Delta strongly support rewilding and the introduction of large animals – including wolves and lynx, returning its landscape to its former medieval glory.  Read more

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