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"These fascicules in the Archaeology of York series are now out of print, but are available to download:"

And so there is a list, including...
Finds from Anglo-Scandinavian York
Finds from Medieval York
Leather and Leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York


All free! FREE!!!!!!1!!one!!!
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Apparently, a few years ago, there was a bit of media about Viking Age 'braids of hair wrapped in wood, leather... metal and Viking Age jewellery.'

It turns out, that they're actually 11th-13th century, so early medieval really. The Hull and East Riding Museum says they're "part of Finno Ugrian Culture. Grave goods excavated from a tumulus at Efaefsk (Efaevo), Russia, 1900." And there are fairly interesting photographs online, too.

If you go to their online collection catalogue, search for...

KINCM:2008.6067.32
KINCM:2008.6067.33
KINCM:2008.6067.71
KINCM:2008.6067.72
KINCM:2008.6067.73
KINCM:2008.6067.74
KINCM:2008.6067.75 (leather covered, not wood)
KINCM:2008.6067.76 (no cover, just hair and rings)
KINCM:2008.6067.77
KINCM:2008.6067.78 (hair covered in leather, vegetable [f]ibre and textile)
KINCM:2008.6067.80 (a "beard tress"!)
KINCM:2008.6067.81 (just hair and rings)
KINCM:2008.6067.82


This should cheer [livejournal.com profile] cathyr19355 up: KINCM:2008.6067.42, KINCM:2008.6067.55, KINCM:2008.6067.56 and KINCM:2008.6067.58, are "omega brooches." They also have some of the pins with the spiral top that pop up on ebay as so-called Viking hair sticks, too. But haven't seen the style that has perforations and beads threaded through them, though.

According to the museum, in 1905 the British Museum purchased part of the collection, which you can search for using the term 'Efaevo.' No photographs, but more detailed written descriptions.
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á austrvega. Saga and East Scandinavia: Preprint papers of The 14th International Saga Conference. Uppsala 9th-15th August 2009
http://hig.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:224754

Has both (huge!) volumes, but the contents page only mentions the author, not the title.

I haven't had a hard look at it, but there some are papers about(in no order) ...
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I can't remember who, but someone on my friends' list was talking about finding a two-piece grommit from the middle ages in a book?

I hadn't noticed before, but page 229 of Pritchard's Dress Accessories c.1150 – c.1450 has pretty, flower-shaped ones on the tongue of a strap loop. They were made of a cast copper alloy, or iron. This seller on ebay has them in pewter, which I'm not so sure about structurally.
The ebay guy also mentions a item no. from Pritchard that I can't find, so I might be missing something even more grommet-looking.

In the meantine, here's the drawing from Pritchard, of an archers' wrist guard.
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Edit: It was [livejournal.com profile] aeddie's post here I was thinking of. At least, it confirms the grommets-in-leather, and might give a use for buckling leather up.
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Smith, Lesley 'Contraception in the 16th century' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 32, Number 1, January 2006 , pp. 59-60(2)

Is available for free, online. Includes extant condoms.

Edit: See also...

Smith, Lesley 'Sex, medicine and the Tudors' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 31, Number 4, October 2005 , pp. 340-342(3)
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ffp/jfp/2005/00000031/00000004/art00045

Smith, Lesley 'Sexual Allure and the Tudors' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 32, Number 2, April 2006 , pp. 129-130(2)
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ffp/jfp/2006/00000032/00000002/art00020

Smith, Lesley 'Menstruation: curse or blessing?' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 32, Number 3, July 2006, pp. 199-200(2)
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ffp/jfp/2006/00000032/00000003/art00029
(She mentions wearing a loincloth so doctors could collect samples and use it to analyse humours.)

Smith, Lesley 'The French Pox' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 32, Number 4, October 2006, pp. 265-266(2)
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ffp/jfp/2006/00000032/00000004/art00026


I only went looking for this because the hardcopy journal is held at a Monash library, and because it seems I get *some* postgrad perks at the moment, I thought I should hunt it down. I didn't realise it was already online for free.
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All translations from German are my own (fault).
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I was trying to find the devil-masks from a book, but this is just as cool. They also have a lot of 17th century Noh masks for anyone interested.
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From the Travelling to Jerusalem page, there are both travelogues and travel guides. I'm just looking at the guides:

John Poloner's Description of the Holy Land, ca. 1421

A Guide Book to Palestine, ca. 1350

From trying to remember the guidebook for Santiago, I found information about Codex Calixtinus, and Wikipedia has the bibliographic information about the published translation. There are also some photos of the original manuscript online. There is also a partial English translation on the Internet Archive.

There is also the Mirabillia urbis Romae which wikipedia has linked to a Latin transcription.

Viking pilgrimage, I only knew about one of the rune stones they mentioned, but that's because last time I looked at Viking travel I was thinking in terms of womens' travel.
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Articles from Finnish scholars about medieval toilets, in PDF.
http://www.sewerhistory.org/articles/whregion/finland.html

Private privvies, earth closets, and house plumbing in the middle
ages, with photographs of extant toilets from Finland:
http://www.sewerhistory.org/grfx/privbath/toilet1.htm

An article about sanitation and the use of water in Tampere, Finland
(mostly 19th century, however also has medieval information.)
http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/tampere

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