Building a Monastery the Medieval Way
Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way. Working conditions will be strictly 9th-century, without machines, rain jackets or even coffee. It will take decades, but they hope to garner fresh insights into everyday life in the 800s.
Read the article (03-2012)
The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a “sword in the stone” kingship ritual. The perpetuation of the importance of the “sword in the stone,” which comes from Arthurian legend, demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
An Grianan of Aileach by Child of Danu on Flickr.
This is An Grianan, an iron age ring fort dating back some 3000 years sitting on a hill near where I live. There are many myths and legends regarding the site, including one in which it was built by Dagdha himself, and it is believed by archaeologists that there has indeed been a fort of some king on this hill for over 5000 years.
I don’t mean to overdo it on the corbels (aka consoles), but this guy’s face is just fantastic. This is from 15th century France and is on display at The Cloisters.