What started as a journey into the history of the Celtic Peoples has now expanded into the Ancient and Medieval times. I aim to look into the different peoples of these times and share their culture, history, language, and hopefully a few things I did not expect. Since I primarily study Europe, most of the posts I create will explore the people there. I hope that I will be able to bring in other posts that highlight other areas and peoples. Submissions are welcomed and greatly appreciated. I am open to questions and I shall try answer them to the best of my ability.

 

eadfrith:

ALL 4000 objects from the incredible Staffordshire Hoard laid out for study.  Images from the Staffordshire hoard website

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/

Video: http://youtu.be/CcriG8UIRVI

archaicwonder:

Greek Chalcidian Type Bronze Winged Helmet, Circa 4th Century BC

 In relief on the brow a central gorgoneion flanked by griffins between contoured ribs, a moulded spiral on each temple with restored wings attached above, the helmet crown with median ridge and attached plate with three plume holders, with cheekpieces, restored.

archaicwonder:

Greek Chalcidian Type Bronze Winged Helmet, Circa 4th Century BC


In relief on the brow a central gorgoneion flanked by griffins between contoured ribs, a moulded spiral on each temple with restored wings attached above, the helmet crown with median ridge and attached plate with three plume holders, with cheekpieces, restored.

The surprising discovery of an Anglo-Saxon feasting hall

bythegods:

britishhistorypodcast:

The opening of that article is really misleading. Paganism lasted much longer than one or two generations in Anglo Saxon Royal circles. 100’s of years, in fact. And even longer among the lower classes.

But other than that quibble, this is a good read. 

I’m a big fan of this podcast, and an EVEN BIGGER FAN of archaeological discoveries relating to Anglo-Saxon kings!

Stay Pagan-Proud, Cerdic and co.!

Charity On The Fringes Of The Medieval World - Medievalists.net

loveforkraft:

Gilded decorated disk

The silver disk was gilded. The decoration shows a kneeling man fighting with a lion. Above him a ram is depicted, flanked by two lions with gaping maws. At the bottow there are two dogs and a cow’s head in the middle. 

The style indicates a thracian orgin and ended up in the Netherlands either as booty won by the Celts or a piece of merchandise. 

1st century BC

Found in the Netherlands, Limburg, Helden

Source: Leiden Museum of Antiquities

Persian silk worn by Vikings, researcher finds

How did ancient Greek music really sound?

likeavirgil:

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D’Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University. He describes what his research is discovering.

Halloween Customs in the Celtic World - Medievalists.net

of-the-ages:

"In Wales it is known as Hollantide, in Cornwall Allantide, and in Brittany Kala-Goanv. Samhain’s equivalent on the Christian calendar is All Saints’ Day, introduced by the Catholic church partly to supplant the pagan festival of the dead."

Archaeological News: 'Roman child's coffin' found in Leicestershire

archaeologicalnews:

A child’s coffin believed to date back to the 3rd Century AD has been found beneath a Leicestershire field by metal detectorists.

The Digging Up The Past club found the lead coffin and Roman coins at a farm in the west of the county.

Club spokesman David Hutchings said: “I knew it was something…

foodsgodsandotherthings:

The Germania of Tacitus is available to read online here, if you’re interested in that kind of thing and didn’t already know.

I’m still early in the text, but so far, it’s fascinating.

I like knowing stuff.

effervescentaardvark:

Helmet from grave XIV at Vendal, Uppland - Sweden. The cheeck and neck-guards are of iron. The cap is also iron, but covered by impressed bronze sheets which portray a procession of warriors around the brow and fighting-men above the eyebrows. The cap is crossed by bands of bronze plates impressed with interlaced patterns.source: “The Vikings and their origins” by David M. Wilson. Published by Thams & Hudson, 1989 ISBN: 9780500275429

effervescentaardvark:

Helmet from grave XIV at Vendal, Uppland - Sweden. The cheeck and neck-guards are of iron. The cap is also iron, but covered by impressed bronze sheets which portray a procession of warriors around the brow and fighting-men above the eyebrows. The cap is crossed by bands of bronze plates impressed with interlaced patterns.

source: “The Vikings and their origins” by David M. Wilson. Published by Thams & Hudson, 1989 ISBN: 9780500275429

☉ denned earth decay and rebirth ☉: 1500 year old Swedish fortress massacre revealed

archaeologicalnews:

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Archaeologists at Lund University have found what they describe as a moment frozen in time by a brutal massacre, leaving a fort untouched since the 5th century.

Excavation of the Iron Age Sandby borg – ringfort on Öland, an island off the southeastern coast of…

ancientpeoples:

Bronze helmet
Archaic Period, Late 7th century BC. 
Part of a set. Shows two (young) people strangeling a pair of snakes. Decoration is elaborate with many floral elements. 
Greek, Cretan. 
Source: The Metropolitan Museum 

ancientpeoples:

Bronze helmet

Archaic Period, Late 7th century BC. 

Part of a set. Shows two (young) people strangeling a pair of snakes. Decoration is elaborate with many floral elements. 

Greek, Cretan. 

Source: The Metropolitan Museum