The sword of a Hispano-Muslim warlord is digitized in 3-D

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Republication from  phys.org/


Photo Credit: Ingheritag3D

At age 90, Ali Atar, one of the main military chiefs of King Boabdil of Granada, fought to his death in the Battle of Lucena in 1483. It was there that his magnificent Nasrid sword was taken away from him, and researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a company from Toledo have now modeled it in order to graphically document and present it on the web.


Χάραλντ Χαρντράντα: Ο μισθοφόρος του Βυζαντίου που έγινε βασιλιάς της Νορβηγίας

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Αναδημοισίευση από το ιστολόγιο cognoscoteam.gr/

Γράφει ο Ηλίας Αναγνωστάκης

Ο πιο διασημος Σκανδιναυος ολων των εποχων, ειναι φυσικα ο Harald Handraada (1015-1066), του οποιου η ζωη λιγο απεχει απο το χαρακτηριστει ενα επος. Γεννημενος στα τελη του 1015 στο Ringerike της Νορβηγιας, ο νεαρος Harald εδειξε απο νωρις τις εκπληκτικες ηγετικες και στρατιωτικες του δυνατοτητες. Με υψος 5 «ells» ( περ 2.05μ) και «δυναμη αρκουδας» ( Heimisgrilla Saga 54-D) ο νεαροτατος (μολις 15 ετων) Harald συμμετειχε με 600 ανδρες απο τα Upplands στο πλευρο του αδερφου του Ολαφ του «Αγιου» στη φοβερη μαχη του Stiklesand, εναντιον των Δανων το 1030. Ο Ολαφ σκοτωθηκε, οι Νορβηγοι ηττηθηκαν, αλλα ο Harald κατορθωσε να διαφυγει παροτι βαρια τραυματισμενος.


Aztec warriors of the Jaguar Order

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A beatiful artwork of Aztec warriors of the Jaguar Order preparing an ambush for the Spanish invaders. Artist unknown. The Spaniards paid a heavy toll till the final subjection of the native peoples of Mexico.

Maya more warlike than previously thought

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Republication from  news.berkeley.edu (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY)


David Wahl (right) and Lysanna Anderson taking a sample from Lake Ek’Naab using a hand-operated piston core on an inflatable platform. (Photo courtesy of Francisco Estrada-Belli, Tulane University)


The Maya of Central America are thought to have been a kinder, gentler civilization, especially compared to the Aztecs of Mexico. At the peak of Mayan culture some 1,500 years ago, warfare seemed ritualistic, designed to extort ransom for captive royalty or to subjugate rival dynasties, with limited impact on the surrounding population.

Only later, archeologists thought, did increasing drought and climate change lead to total warfare — cities and dynasties were wiped off the map in so-called termination events — and the collapse of the lowland Maya civilization around 1,000 A.D. (or C.E., current era).


The Real Assassin’s Creed

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Republication from HeritageDaily

by HeritageDaily

The word “Assassin” is a term that has been used to describe a fedayeen group within the Nizari Ismailis State that formed when followers of Nizarism split within Ismailism, a branch of Shia Islam.

The true origins of the word has been debated for centuries, with one such theory believing that “assassin” has roots in “hashshāshīn” meaning hashish smokers/users.

The first known usage of the term hashshāshīn has been traced back to 1122CE when the Fatimid caliph al-Āmir employed it in derogatory reference to the Syrian branch of the Nizaris Ismailis.


Viking migration left a lasting legacy on Ireland’s population

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Republication from The Conversation


The early medieval period in Ireland (400-1200AD) was a time of key importance. It was a turning point in European history and the origin of much contemporary Irish culture and identity. Ireland, the early medieval “land of saints and scholars”, had much cultural and economic growth during the 5th and 6th centuries. Elsewhere in Europe there were unstable populations in the wake of the fall of Rome.


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