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Sailing Through History On The Tennessee River

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... says Captain Morgan Sanger, “We hope to offer people the opportunity to step back in time and see what life was like for people in the 15th century.
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Discover what Columbus and his sailors experienced in person  Historically accurate representations of the Pinta and Nina, two ships from Christopher Columbus’ fleet when he sailed the ocean blue in 1492, will be docking at Ross’s Landing and will open to the public beginning early Thursday morning. The replica of the Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of modern power tools or any form of electricity by a group of twenty-eighth generation shipwrights in Brazil. The Nina has since been branded by Archaeology magazine as, “the most historically accurate representation of a ship ever created.”  This life-size replica would have been the same ship that Columbus used to sail across the Atlantic on his two of the four voyage...
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Forging ahead: The United League of Armorers gathering

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Among his collection were examples of 15th century, delicately articulated gauntlets from Germany; 16th century Spanish breastplates; and a 17th ...
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The ringing sound of hammers on steel echoed through the valley at the Smith Mill Works, a small business community in West Asheville. The source of the clatter was the inaugural gathering of the United League of Armorers, held Nov. 4-6 at the Surly Anvil, a local armorer’s shop operated by John Gruber. The event was an opportunity for aspiring and master armorers alike to network and share techniques. “We’re trying to rekindle the fire of armoring. Nobody is holding back any trade secrets here,” said David Halliburton of Fieldstone Metal Craft, based out of Northwest Arkansas. “Everyone is giving everything they know so the next guy doesn’t have to reinvent it, and we don’t lose another 50 or 100 years in this beautiful craft.” Hallibur...
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Were Viking Raiding Parties Just Lonely Hearts Clubs?

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The new explanation for Viking raids has historic precedent, as ancient historians dating back as far as the tenth century claimed that the bloody forays ...
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New research has suggested that the influx of Viking raiders in England, starting in 793 CE with the terrifying raid of Lindisfarne, might have been motivated by nothing more than the search for a mate. An international team of researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Aberdeen in Canada says that the Viking Age, characterized by violent Norse incursion and settlement in the British Isles over the course of several hundred years, was caused in part by societal changes in Scandinavia that made it difficult for young men to find marriage partners. With social inequality and polygamous marriage on the rise in the late Iron Age, the number of single women shrunk, creating intense competition among men – especially t...
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Eindrücke aus Japan: Burg Odawara

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Impressions of Japan: Odawara Castle
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Die Geschichte der Burg Odawara reicht zurück bis in das 15. Jahrhundert, als diese vom Omori-Klan erbaut wurde. 1495 wurde sie vom Fürst Hojo ...
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The history of the castle of Odawara dates back to the 15th century, when it was built by the Omori clan. in 1495, it was by the Lord Hojo...
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© Sumikai/Claudia Yoko-chanEtwa eine gute Stunde mit dem Zug entfernt von Japans Hauptstadt Tokyo liegt die Stadt Odawara. Angebunden an die Tokaido-Shinkansen-Strecke zwischen Tokyo und Osaka/Fukuoka, ist Odawara vor allem ein wichtiger Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge in den Fuji-Hakone-Izu-Nationalpark. An Sehenswürdigkeiten hat Odawara leider nur wenig zu bieten. Hauptattraktion ist die Burg Odawara (小田原城).Die Geschichte der Burg Odawara reicht zurück bis in das 15. Jahrhundert, als diese vom Omori-Klan erbaut wurde. 1495 wurde sie vom Fürst Hojo Soun eingenommen und war für mehrere Generation im Besitz der Hojo-Familie. Zu dieser Zeit wurde die Burg stark ausgebaut und war mit seinen Verteidigungsanlagen und Gräben Hauptquartier der Famil...
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© Sumikai/Claudia Yoko chanEtwa a good hour by train away from Japan's capital Tokyo is the city of Odawara. Connected to the Tokaido Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka/Fukuoka, Odawara is mainly an important starting point for excursions in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Sights, Odawara has unfortunately only little to offer. Main attraction is the castle of Odawara (小田原城). The history of the castle of Odawara dates back to the 15th century, when it was built by the Omori clan. in 1495 it was taken by the Prince Hojo Soun and was generation in the possession of the Hōjō family for several. At that time, the Castle has been greatly expanded and was headquarters of the family with its fortifications and ditches...
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Ausgrabungen : Archäologen legen uralten Adelssitz frei

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Excavations: Archaeologists uncover ancient nobility
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Im 14. Jahrhundert erwarben die reichen Stadtpatrizier Münsters, die sogenannten Erbmänner, Großbauernhöfe im Umland und bauten sie zu ...
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In the 14th century, acquired the rich city patricians of Cathedral, the so-called heritage men, big farms in the surrounding area and built to...
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Blick auf die Ausgrabungen am Clemenshospital: Foto: Stadtarchäologie Das Wetter wird zusehends winterlicher, für die Stadtarchäologen ist die Grabungssaison am Clemenshospital damit beendet. Die Fläche, auf der sie ein halbes Jahr lang Mauern und Bodenverfärbungen freilegten sowie eine Reihe interessanter Einzelfunde machten, ist Ende vergangener Woche verschlossen worden – doch es bleibt eine Reihe unbeantworteter Fragen.Zum Beispiel, wie alt die hölzernen Überreste eines Bauernhauses sind. „Gut möglich, dass sie aus dem 9. oder 10. Jahrhundert stammen“, betont Stadtarchäologin Dr. Aurelia Dickers. Mit Spannung erwartet sie nun das Ergebnis dendrochronologischer Untersuchungen an der Universität Köln, mit denen das Alter der Hölzer bes...
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View of the excavations at the Clemens hospital: Photo: urban archaeology is increasingly wintry weather, the season at the Clemens hospital that is finished for the city archaeologists. The area on which they half a year uncovered walls and floor stains and made a number of interesting finds, has been closed late last week - but it remains a series of unanswered Fragen.Zum example, how old are the wooden remains of a farmhouse. "Quite possible that they come from the 9th or 10th century", emphasizes Dancel city archaeologist Dr. Aurelia. She awaited with now the result of dendrochronological investigations at the University of Cologne, that the age of wood especially.
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1382: A Controversial Example of Early Yiddish Writing Is Published

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Additionally, there is an untitled fable about a sick lion that is said to be similar to a story written by the late 12th-century Jewish storyteller Berachia ...
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November 9, 1382, is the date of publication appearing on the “Cambridge Yiddish Codex,” a compilation of eight texts that to date constitutes the oldest known compilation of Yiddish writing. Adding to the mystery surrounding the collection is the fact that the codex was found not, say, in an archaeological dig in Germany, where Yiddish flourished among Ashkenazi Jews for hundreds of years. It was discovered in the Cairo Geniza, the storehouse of discarded Jewish documents that was found in the Ibn Ezra synagogue in Fostat, Egypt, late in the 19th century. How the Cambridge Codex – called that because it is today in the collections of the University of Cambridge, where it was brought by scholar Solomon Schechter in 1896 – came to be in E...
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Yale publishes facsimile of mysterious manuscript

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The Yale University Press published a photo facsimile edition of the mysterious 15th-century Voynich manuscript Nov. 1, making the artifact available ...
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The Yale University Press published a photo facsimile edition of the mysterious 15th-century Voynich manuscript Nov. 1, making the artifact available to the public in a way it has never been before. The Voynich manuscript, owned by the Beinecke library, is a 234-page volume filled with unreadable text, unidentifiable plant drawings, and depictions of strange astrological symbols and nude women. The facsimile recreates both the size and the foldouts of the original manuscript — features that are absent in the online version of the text, which was made available in 2004. The replica also includes extra components, including a number of scholarly essays that explain the manuscript’s scientific, historical and cultural significance. Staff me...
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Pierre-de-Bresse : des instruments de musique du Moyen-Age se font réentendre

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Pierre-de-Bresse: medieval musical instruments are hear again
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Ils s'appellent cromorne, courtaud, sacqueboute, ou encore psaltérion. Ce sont des instruments reconstitués du Moyen-âge et de la Renaissance pour ...
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They're called cromorne, Shorty, Sackbut, or even psaltery. They are reconstituted from the middle ages and the Renaissance instruments for...
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C'est un voyage dans le temps. Fermez les yeux, et écoutez ce son unique qui a traversé les siècles et qui suscitent autant d'émotions. Un son qui provient d'instrument très ancien. Ce sont des répliques rares d'instruments, issus du 9e au 17 siècle, dont la musique ne résonne que rarement.Ils ont pour nom musette, cromorne, courtaud, hautbois, chalémie, bombarde, dulciane, chalumeau, sacqueboute, rebec, psaltérion, chifonie, luth, théorbe, pandore, psaltérion… Ils font partie des 90 instruments avec lesquels joue l’Ensemble Laostic Bourgogne depuis 35 ans. Pour la première fois exposés, ces instruments sont exposés à l'écomusée de de la bresse bourguignonne et ils n’hésitent pas à sortir de leurs vitrines pour de nombreuses animations e...
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It is a journey in time. Close your eyes, and listen to this unique sound which has survived the centuries and raise many emotions. A sound that comes from very ancient instrument. These are replicas of rare instruments, from the 9th to the 17th century, whose music resonates only rarely. They have to name musette, cromorne, Shorty, Oboe, Shawm, bombard, dulcian, torch, Sackbut, rebec, psaltery, chifonie, lute, theorbo, Pandora, psaltery... They are part of the 90 instruments with which the whole Laostic Burgundy plays for 35 years. For the first time exposed, these instruments are exposed to the Ecomuseum of the Burgundian Bresse and they do not hesitate to get out of their windows for many e animations...
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The Ghost of a Castle

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Hinoe Castle was built in the 14th century and was the Arima Clan's original stronghold. As a sign of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's favor, the Arima were ...
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It’s less a castle ruin and more the ghost of a castle ruin.On the Shimabara peninsula, there is a series of inclines by the sea. The land rises like green walls and forms terraces, layered as they gain height like a castle of earth. It’s a strange combination of shapes that are at turns natural and man-made. Tilled fields spread across the broad terraces and among the walls, holding the shape of a majestic fortress reduced to amputated earthen stumps.This series of hills was once Hara Castle, a sprawling 4-kilometer late Sengoku (Warring States) period castle with four palaces and baileys built on a promontory overlooking Shimabara Bay, opposite today’s Kumamoto prefecture, home of the more famous and, until the earthquake, fully rebuil...
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1382: A Controversial Example of Early Yiddish Writing Is Published

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Some postulate that there was already an Ashkenazi-Jewish community living in Egypt and Palestine by the 14th century, while other academics ...
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November 9, 1382, is the date of publication appearing on the “Cambridge Yiddish Codex,” a compilation of eight texts that to date constitutes the oldest known compilation of Yiddish writing. Adding to the mystery surrounding the collection is the fact that the codex was found not, say, in an archaeological dig in Germany, where Yiddish flourished among Ashkenazi Jews for hundreds of years. It was discovered in the Cairo Geniza, the storehouse of discarded Jewish documents that was found in the Ibn Ezra synagogue in Fostat, Egypt, late in the 19th century. How the Cambridge Codex – called that because it is today in the collections of the University of Cambridge, where it was brought by scholar Solomon Schechter in 1896 – came to be in E...
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