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Glassware evidence of East meets West

SCAtoday.net - 5 hours 17 min ago

The discovery of a glass dish in a burial mound in Japan provides new evidence that contact existed between eastern Asia and the Roman Empire in the 5th century. The clear dark blue dish is believed to have originated in Sassanid Persia. (photo)

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Maryport named Research Project of the Year 2015

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:20

Each year, Current Archaeology magazine gives an award for the Research Project of the Year. Senhouse Museum Trust and archaeologists from Newcastle University have been working for over four years at the Camp Farm site near Maryport, and they have been named the 2015 recipients of the award.

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Three tapped for elevation at AEthelmearc's Ice Dragon

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:50

Kameshima Zentar Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their recent Passing of the Ice Dragon event in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed three of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

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Pennsic War Points Announced

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 20:23

His Majesty of the East Kingdom released the listing of Pennsic War Points to the East Kingdom Gazette.

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Mystery of the Viking pot: Solved

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:40

In September 2014, metal detectorist Derek McLennan discovered over 100 artifacts in a field near Dumfries, Scotland. Among them was a 1,200-year-old Viking pot, heavy enough to contain something, but too fragile to open. Now archaeologists have been able to determine what is in the pot with the help of a CT scan. (photos)

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Gulf Wars 2015 photos online

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:31

Giovanni della Torre reports that his lady, Kathy, has posted photos from Gulf wars 2015. The photos are available to view on PhotoBucket.

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Richard III: Just misunderstood?

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:54

Members of the Richard III Society have long believed that the last medieval king of England got a bad rap from the conquering Tudors and their bard, William Shakespeare. Now, with the discovery of Richard's remains, others are beginning to reconsider the monarch. (audio interview)

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Auckland Castle Trust buys Binchester Roman Town

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:23

Plans are afoot for the revamping of the Binchester Roman Town in County Durham, England, with the purchase of the archaeological site by the owners of nearby Auckland Castle. Among those announced are the construction of a glass walkway over the dig, and a visitors' center.

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Higgins Armor Collection sale catalog online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:17

On May 7, 2014, the armor collection of the Higgins Museum was sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd at Southby's Auction House in London. The catalog from the sale is available online in PDF format.

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Elfsea Springfaire Photos

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 20:32

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Elfsea Springfaire which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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ACCEPS - No Longer Approved

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 23:37

The Society Seneschal has indicated that the ACCEPS payment system is no longer approved for use by SCA branches, effective at midnight April 18.

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Vladislav Strelec knighted at Ansteorra Coronation

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:20

At Gulf wars 2015, Their Majesties Lochlann Dunn and Michelle Chantal de Charante of the Kingdom of Ansteorra placed Vladislav Strelec on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

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Knowne World Poetry Competition and Poetry Day at Pennsic

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:00

The Kingdom of Atlantia will again sponsor the Knowne World Poetry Competition on Monday, August 3, at Pennsic in conjunction with Poetry Day at Artisan's Row.

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Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park photos online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:05

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Xerxes and Belana new Calontir royalty

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:54

The Falcon Banner reports that Sir Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxes was the victor of the March 28, 2015 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Sir Xerxes was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress BelAnna de Rouge de Anjou.

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First Female Knight of Lochac Created

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:23

At Rowany Festival this Easter, Countess Eva Von Danzig, Baroness of Innilgard, became the first female knight of Lochac.

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"In 1492, Columbus sailed the oceans blue. And brought back syphilis."

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:51

Medical researchers have long sought the origins of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, but most now believe that the pox was brought back by Christopher Columbus from one of his voyages to the New World. LiveScience recently published an Op-Ed from the Conversation.

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The codpieces of Wolf Hall

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:30

This spring, viewers of the BBC and PBS will be treated to a video version of the Hilary Mantel book Wolf Hall set in the court of Henry VIII. Since its announcement, there has been discussion of the size of the actor's codpiece, perhaps smaller than is historically accurate. Jane Huggett of The Guardian joins the conversation.

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Orange was the new black for London's all-female Henry IV

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:44

It's true that Shakespeare's plays bent gender over backwards by requiring female roles to be played by male actors, but a new version of Henry IV, staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London, took the practice even father by presenting an all-female cast set in a women's prison. (photo)

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Two different Magna Cartas in Washington

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:57

In 2014, the city of Washington DC was privileged to host two copies of the Magna Carta, one permanently housed in the National Archives, and another on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in England, displayed at the Library of Congress. Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post looks at the differences between the two documents.

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