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Ancient mosaic discovered in Church of the Nativity

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The restoration – the first of its kind on the church since the 15th century – began in September 2013 and has so far cost around million dollars.
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Piacenti S.p.a An ancient mosaic hidden for centuries has been uncovered in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. An eight-foot tall angel was found by a team working on the restoration of the fourth century church, which was built by the Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena in 339 AD over what is believed to be the place of Jesus' birth. It is revered by many Christians as a place of spiritual and cultural significance. The angel is one of seven to decorate the walls of the church, and was found on the north wall between the fourth and fifth windows. According to the National Geographic, other mosaics made from glass, mother-of-pearl and local stones depict Jesus, his disciples, and his mother, Mary. The restoration – the first of it...
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War of the Roses brought to life at Skipton Castle

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The soldiers and their families set up camp in their multi-coloured tents for three days of demonstrating how 14th and 15th century military folk lived ...
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THE Wars of the Roses and Butcher Clifford of Skipton Castle were brought to life at Skipton Castle with the invasion by the Red Wyvern medieval re-enactment group over the Bank Holiday weekend. The soldiers and their families set up camp in their multi-coloured tents for three days of demonstrating how 14th and 15th century military folk lived their lives. Like 31-year-old Helen Perriman, of Barnoldswick, who settled down in a tent with one-year-old son Edmond as her husband, Wesley, worked nearby in the Red Wyvern forge demonstrating how to cast pewter. Centre stage of the camp was the cookery tent where soldiers and other camp followers had their main meal. Particularly popular among the living history demonstrations was the muster of...
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SLIDESHOW: Battle Medieval Fayre brings out the crowds

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Battle was transformed into a scene from the Middle Ages as the town held its annual Medieval Fayre over the weekend. Visitors and residents alike ...
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Sorry, we're having problems with our video player at the moment, but are working to fix it as soon as we can Waiting for Video... Battle was transformed into a scene from the Middle Ages as the town held its annual Medieval Fayre over the weekend. Visitors and residents alike were treated to medieval entertainment and merry-making on the Abbey Green on Sunday (May 29) and yesterday (Monday, May 30). Battle Medieval Fayre 2016. SUS-160531-073216001 Battle’s resident jester, Devil Sticks Peat, made a welcome return to the popular event, creating mayhem with a mix of juggling, jesting, and general tomfoolery. Hands on History demonstrated medieval warfare, which also offered the opportunity for people to try on suits of armour and handle m...
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War of the Roses brought to life at Skipton Castle

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The days also included the demonstration of how a trebuchet - a Middle Ages catapult - worked and how to use a long bow. The Red Wyvern group ...
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THE Wars of the Roses and Butcher Clifford of Skipton Castle were brought to life at Skipton Castle with the invasion by the Red Wyvern medieval re-enactment group over the Bank Holiday weekend. The soldiers and their families set up camp in their multi-coloured tents for three days of demonstrating how 14th and 15th century military folk lived their lives. Like 31-year-old Helen Perriman, of Barnoldswick, who settled down in a tent with one-year-old son Edmond as her husband, Wesley, worked nearby in the Red Wyvern forge demonstrating how to cast pewter. Centre stage of the camp was the cookery tent where soldiers and other camp followers had their main meal. Particularly popular among the living history demonstrations was the muster of...
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Can ancient seeds solve a human migration mystery?

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But on the mainland sites, African crops dominated, with few Asian crops appearing in the archaeobotanical record before the 11th century. "The fact ...
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Madagascar may be an African nation but the national language on the island, Malagasy, is rooted in southeast Asia. Linguists have long said that this suggests a migration of people who spoke a similar Austronesian language once colonized the island nation. Although genetic evidence also hints at such a settlement, the details of that migration have remained mysterious.With few classic archaeological clues like pot shards, a team of scientists decided to look for a different line of evidence: seeds.By unearthing ancient seeds, the archaeologists pinpointed crops that originated from southeast Asia, as they reported in a paper published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And dating those old plants coul...
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Historic Hay Castle to be saved after winning £4.5m Heritage Lottery investment

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Hay Castle was built in the late 12th century by Norman Lord William de Braose. It was sacked by Llewelyn II, the last prince of Wales, in 1233, before ...
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As thousands of book enthusiasts descend on Hay-on-Wye for this year’s literary festival, a historic building closed off from the public could feature in future events thanks to a multi-million pound scheme to bring it back to life. Hay Castle will be opened to the public for the first time after winning a £4.5m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Much of the imposing 800-year-old castle in the picturesque Powys town fell into disrepair after centuries of neglect. But the investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund to allow its doors to open to the public. The Marcher Castle was occupied by Lords guarding the English-Welsh border – and is one of the few continuously occupied medieval strongholds in the UK. The multi-million-pound aw...
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How to visit the real Horn Hill from Game of Thrones (Randyll Tarly won't be there)

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It was expanded in the 14th century under Ferrer de Canet, a noble knight and advisor to the kings of Aragon. He added fortifications including two ...
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Samwell Tarly’s return to Horn Hill in the latest episode of Game of Thrones introduced viewers to yet another new filming location. His palatial ancestral home is actually Castell de Santa Florentina in the town of Canet de Mar in the Spanish region of Catalonia. The castle dates from the 11th century but was built, by Guadimir de Canet, on the foundations of an ancient Roman domus. It was expanded in the 14th century under Ferrer de Canet, a noble knight and advisor to the kings of Aragon. He added fortifications including two towers to protect it from pirates. Inside the beautiful Spanish castle It passed into the hands of Felipe Dimas de Montaner, a lawyer from Barcelona, in the 16th century. His ancestors, who still own the castle t...
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Ancient rice and mung beans reveal Madagascan ancestors were from South-East Asia

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An ancient 10th century trading port in north-west Madagascar, Mahilaka, gave important clues as to the origins of the Malagasy as scientists ...
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Scientists have unearthed ancient charred remains of mung beans and rice from Madagascar. This is the first archaeological evidence that ancestors of people from Malagasy, an East-African island, had South-East Asian origins. The findings of the study add to the linguistic and genetic evidence that Austronesians made a dangerous journey across the Indian Ocean to colonise Madagasy around 1,100 to 1,300 years ago. The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Genetic studies have also revealed that Southeast Asian ancestry co-mingled with African ancestry. However, archaeological evidence such as pottery, which link these early populations with South-east Asia, has been sparse. Lead aut...
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Ritterkämpfe, Schatzsuche, Handwerkskunst: Langenorlaer Grundschüler ins Mittelalter versetzt

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Knight fights, treasure hunt, arts and crafts: Langenorlaer primary school students transferred to the middle ages
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Mittelalter-Schulfest in Langenorla: Die Kinder im gemeinsamen Angriff auf die Ritter. Foto: Kerstin Büchel. Langenorla. Klirrende Schwerter, zerbeulte ...
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Medieval school Festival in Langenorla: the children in the joint attack on the Knight. Photo: Kerstin Büchel. Langenorla. Clanking swords, zerbeulte...
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31.05.2016 - 07:31 Uhr Grundschüler feiern Mittelalterfest mit Ritterkämpfen, Schatzsuche und allerlei Handwerkskunst Mittelalter-Schulfest in Langenorla: Die Kinder im gemeinsamen Angriff auf die Ritter. Foto: Kerstin Büchel Langenorla. Klirrende Schwerter, zerbeulte Helme, Spinnrad und mittelalterliche Musik – all das gab es am vergangenen Samstag in Langenorla zu sehen und zu hören. Die Schüler und Schülerinnen der Grundschule feierten ihr Schulfest, bei dem sich diesmal alles ums Mittelalter drehte. Und da gab es für die Kinder und deren Familien jede Menge zu erleben und auszuprobieren. An acht Stationen, die die Lehrerinnen betreuten, galt es Rätsel zu Ritterrüstung und Zugbrücke zu lösen und eine Geheimschrift zu entziffern. Gesch...
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31.05.2016 - 07:31 elementary school students celebrate Medieval Festival with Knight battles, treasure hunt and all sorts of Arts and crafts school medieval festival in Langenorla: the children in the joint attack on the Knight. Photo: Kerstin Büchel Langenorla. Zerbeulte clanking swords, helmets, spinning wheel, and medieval music – all of this was to see it last Saturday in Langenorla and listen. Students of the elementary school celebrated its school Festival, where this time everything to the middle ages turned. And there was for the children and their families to experience a lot and try out. At eight stations, caring teachers, had to solve puzzles to Knight's armour and drawbridge and decipher a cipher. Gesch.
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Wegberg: Zurück ins Mittelalter

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Wegberg: Back in the middle ages
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Wegberg. Sehr ursprüngliche handwerkliche Tätigkeiten wie Schmieden, Filzen oder Arbeiten mit Holz können bei einem "Ausflug ins Mittelalter" in ...
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Wegberg. Very original craft activities such as forging, felting, or work with wood can a "trip to the middle ages" in...
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Wegberg. Sehr ursprüngliche handwerkliche Tätigkeiten wie Schmieden, Filzen oder Arbeiten mit Holz können bei einem "Ausflug ins Mittelalter" in der Kreaktiv-Schmiede von Dirk Peters und Sabina Peters-Janssen ausgeführt werden. Von Nicole Peters Hammerschläge hallen kraftvoll durch die Luft. Ein niedriges Feuer erhellt einen Teil des Raumes. Es brennt in der Schmiedeesse, der Luft mit einem elektrischen Gebläse zugeführt wird. Die Teilnehmer eines vierstündigen Workshops, der den Titel "Ein Ausflug ins Mittelalter" trägt, lassen die Stahlteile so lange im Feuer liegen, bis sie gelb-orangfarben glühen. Temperaturen von bis zu 1200 Grad verändern die Struktur des Materials in der Form, dass es sich nun mit ihren Hammerschlägen bearbeiten l...
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Wegberg. Very original craft activities such as forging, felting, or work with wood can run a "trip to the middle ages" in the Kreaktiv forge of Dirk Peters and Sabina Padilla-Janssen. Nicole Peters, hammer blows resound powerfully through the air. A low fire sheds light on a part of the room. There's a fire is fed into the blacksmith forge, the air with an electric fan. The participants of a four-hour workshop titled "A trip to the middle ages", so long leave the steel parts in the fire until they glow yellow orangfarben. Temperatures of up to 1200 degrees change the structure of the material in the form that's now edit with their hammer swings l...
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