Seafaring Material Culture in 18th-Century Ship Logs

‘Scene at Bideford Bridge’, by Mark Myers, showing the crowded waters of the Torridge during the heyday of colonial trade. / Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Wikimedia Commons Attention to the material cultures of the eighteenth-century log-book and journal reveal that media of navigation, through which to imagine distant, and not proximal, relations, might not be[…]

What Material Culture Tells Us about How the Vikings Lived

Chieftains house replica / Photo by Juanjo Marin, Wikimedia Commons Archaeological artefacts found in places such as Viking graves and former villages – including animal bones, brooches, weapons, pottery, etc. – can tell researchers many things about the Vikings, including how wealthy they might have been, what they wore, what items they used in their[…]

Book Illumination in Antiquity

Image of Timbuktu manuscripts / Wikimedia Commons The history of illuminated manuscripts goes back to antiquity. In this article, Cillian O’Hogan describes the surviving fragments of ancient and late antique illuminated Greek books now held in the British Library. By Dr. Cillian O’Hogan Assistant Professor of Medieval Latin Centre for Medieval Studies University of Toronto The relationship[…]

Making Books in the Ancient World

Papyrus Bodmer VIII / Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Wikimedia Commons What did books look like in antiquity? In this article, Cillian O’Hogan tells how ancient books were made, and traces the process by which the bookroll was replaced by the codex. By Dr. Cillian O’Hogan Assistant Professor of Medieval Latin Centre for Medieval Studies University of[…]