Random news on a Friday: Crusades, Vikings, and Archeology

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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TGIF?  Maybe…This has been quite an exhausting, but also satisfying, week so far.  I always count it a successful week when I end with fewer library books on the shelves than when I started.  Add to that significant work on a chapter (or two, as it happens), getting my fall course in order, and working on some outstanding articles, and things are rolling.  Oh, and some punishing, but rewarding, physical training. I so needed karate yesterday night–after working with Close Roll entries for nearly 9 hours, I just felt ready to scream. Such a relief to leave all that behind for  while. Downright cathartic.  And afterward, life returned to its proper proportions.

So, as Craig Ferguson might say, “here ye are, then.”  What follows are a few random links that I’ve come across, and that I’m anxious to get rid of before the weekend. No rhyme or reason to it…

First, Viking massacre–those of you attuned medieval news have probably already heard of this one (I’m pretty sure Medievalists.net posted something about it), but archaeologists recently uncovered a Viking settlement in Oxford that was massacred, probably around 1002.  The article I read is here, but the main notice comes from BBC News.  Reminds one of the Towton mass graves, and the horror conjured up by the imagination when reading the cold, scholarly prose of these poor people’s fate.

National Geographic has a (I think) fairly recent photo article on one of the very oldest known temples in the world, at Göbekli Tepe. Fascinating stuff.  Amazing to think of a complex so large, but so long ago.  Wonder what else once was, but which has left no trace for our eyes…

And finally, Medievalists.net has put together a page of resources on the crusades.  Well worth checking out!

Ok, that’s all. Another list of CFPs for Kalamazoo should be coming soon, as they’re building up in the Inbox.  Have a great weekend.


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