On the Spot: David Carpenter

History Today

‘Looking at medieval history through the prism of Max Weber is challenging.' [...]
Fri, Jul 10, 2020
Source: History Today

In the eternal battle between cat people and dog people, the latter definitely win as far as the archaeological record is concerned. Many dog burials have been found in archaeological contexts, but cats, be they domestic or wild, are very rare discoveries.

So when the 1,000-year-old remains of a domesticated cat were unearthed in Dzhankent, Kazakhstan, it was a surprising find, not just because of the overall infrequency of archaeological cat burials, [...]

Thu, Jul 09, 2020
Source: The History Blog

Snail shells have revealed that the Cerne Abbas Giant, the figure of a naked man sporting a club and a 30-foot phallus cut into chalk hillside in Dorset, is medieval at the oldest.

Martin Papworth, senior archaeologist at the National Trust, and environmental archaeologist Mike Allen said two species of snail that appeared for the first time in Britain in the Roman period – [...]

Wed, Jul 08, 2020
Source: The History Blog
Isle of Dogs

Alexander Lee

No canine character has played a more crucial role in literature than Bendicò in Lampedusa's The Leopard. [...]
Wed, Jul 08, 2020
Source: History Today

The medieval shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral has been recreated and the videos released 800 years to the day since his body was translated to the cathedral on July 7th, 1220. A project three years in the making, researchers teamed up with digital modelling experts to create CGI models of the four main loci of pilgrimage in Canterbury Cathedral as they would have appeared to pilgrims in [...]

Tue, Jul 07, 2020
Source: The History Blog

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