An intriguing article about a very tall man of North African descent who lived in eleventh-century Al-Andalus (Spain). Read the article on Medievalists.net where you will also find the link to the original scholarly article.
There is a great article on Heritage Daily about the future of archaeology. We already know Sarah Parcak used space archaeology to discover various potential (previously undiscovered) archaeological sites. New technical innovations such as Lidar also allow for non-invasive detection of potential site without needing to disturb the ground. What more can be expect from future archaeology?
From a gold hoard to a silver hoard. This treasure consisting of 600 coins was found by metal detector enthusiasts in Ruds Vedby, Zealand. The coins are from the time of Cnut the Great and Sweyn II, so about 1,000 years ago. They are of Danish, English and German origin. According to the short and only article available at this moment on The Copenhagen Post.
In the The Mystery of the Viking Age Helmet, I describe the Viking Age helmet in the Staffordshire. An early helmet that is, as the hoard is dated to the 6th-7th century. The Staffordshire hoard is now quite famous and has a wonderful web site and display at the museum. A further promotional approach to the hoard, is the creation of a huge statue. Read more about it in an interesting article on ArchaeoDeath blog.
A metal-detector enthusiast discovered this brooch from the ninth or tenth century on a farmland in Somerset, UK. It is a round brooch with Trewhiddle-style decorations. See the BBC for more information.
There is a fine introduction to why we view the male and female roles in the Viking Age as we do, and why it’s time to also consider other viewpoints. The video can be found via Medievalists.net.