A Viking-era mixed hoard of coins and hack silver has been discovered on the Isle of Man. The group of 87 coins and 13 pieces of cut up silver arm-rings were discovered in April by retired police officer Kath Giles who has redefined beginner’s luck by finding four, count’em, four hoards since she began metal…

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Pieter Brueghel the YoungerPeasant Wedding Dance, 1623Private collection, WikiStrasbourg’s Dancing Plague of 1518 was not the first. Previous dancing plagues had inv­olved people who were in towns and cit­ies close to the River Rhine, along with the merch­ants, pilgrims and soldiers who plied its waters.A] In the 1020s in Bern­burg in Saxony, a group of peasants started…

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Archaeologists have discovered a cluster of 12 rare carved brick tombs dating to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) in Jinan, capital of Eastern China’s Shandong province. Inscriptions found in the tomb indicate they all belong to one elite family, the Guo, who lived in the late Yuan Dynasty. Eleven of the 12 are elaborately frescoed and…

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Belarus and its 5 neighbouring countriesI knew the history of Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia very well, from school, university and family. But I knew precious lit­t­le about Belarus (pop 9.5m). So thank you Andrew Wilson. In 862 the Slavic tribes united with Scandinavian tribes and formed the medieval Kievan Rus state, existing from C9th-C13th.…

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