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“Lord, help Veronica”

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 18:43

Since 2000, Nikolai Ovcharov has headed excavations at Perperikon in southern Bulgaria, revealing some amazing finds. The latest includes a 12th to 13th century container inscribed with the words in Greek, “Lord, help Veronica.” (photo)

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Northern Ireland looks to the Isle of Man for preservation of Gaelic languages

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:07

In the 1980s, Manx Gaelic was nearly extinct, but the language has made a comeback on the Isle of Man, thanks in part to the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, the world's only Manx-speaking school. Now educators in Northern Ireland are taking note and considering how to use the same methods to save Irish Gaelic.

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Beauty from tragedy in Roman Colchester

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:28

Experts working on the restoration and preservation of the Fenwick Treasure, found in the summer of 2014 under a floor of a house in the town center of Colchester, England, believe that the hoard of jewelry had been hidden during the Boudican revolt of 61 CE. In the future, the treasure will be displayed at Colchester Castle Museum. (photos)

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"A thousand years of history" at the Tiverton Fall Fair demo

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:37

"We have a thousand years of history to 'play' with. We study how hey did it and then try ourselves. It's really a living history group and involves such a huge range of interests." Baroness Sibylla (Tamara Pasley) told Troy Patterson of Kincardine News (Lucknow, Ontario), about the recent Tiverton Fall Fair demo by members of the Incipient Canton of Northgaeham. (photos)

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Considering the cockerel

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:20

The Romans considered the cockerel a messenger to the god Mercury, and the rooster was often depicted at the feet of the god. In Britain's Roman Cirencester, a rare and beautiful example of the cockerel was found in the grave of a child. Cotswold Archaeology features an in-depth look at the artifact on their website. (photos)

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Javelin head offers proof of Roman army occupation near Dumfries

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:38

Construction workers at Wellington Bridge near Kirkton, Scotland have unearthed a number of artifacts which relate to the Roman occupation of southern Scotland. Among items found were "an iron javelin head, the remains of a Roman boot, samian pottery and tile fragments." (photos)

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Scholars pinpoint site of Columbus' departure

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:25

In the 15th-century, Palos de la Frontera in southwestern Spain was a thriving port. New scholarship, and the discovery of pottery and a reef, have led experts to establish the site as the departure point for Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage.

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Great hall of Llys Rhosyr to be rebuilt in museum

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:04

Llywelyn Fawr of Gwynedd, 13th century Welsh prince,  built Llys Rhosyr as one of his royal courts. Now the site, long ago buried by sand dunes, and rediscovered in 1992, will live again as an exhibit in St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff. (drawing)

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Archaeologists to wrap up dig at Flodden

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:08

9 September, 2013 marked the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden between the Scots and the British in the fields of Northumberland, England. In October 2014, excavations of the site will be terminated, ending several years of work. The latest dig will concentrate on the bridge at Ellemford, believed to be the muster site for the Scottish army.

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Byzantine compound shows evidence of wine production

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00

Researchers working 30 kilometers west of Jerusalem were surprised to discover ancient cisterns which led them to a cave. Upon further exploration, they found a Byzantine-era compound where monks once lived and pressed grapes for wine and olives for oil.

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WWII metal detecting leads to discovery of medieval axes

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:16

A group of Polish engineers, tasked with finding and disposing of World War II artillary shells in the Forest District Wipsowo, have discovered the heads of three Teutonic battle axes, dating to the late Middle Ages. (photo)

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Pennsic Announcement From The East

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:10

A note about Pennsic from the East Kingdom's Prince has been published at the East Kingdom Gazette.

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Sistine Chapel visitors to be limited to 6 million per year

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 17:37

In order to protect its precious frescoes, the Vatican has announced that it will restrict visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million each year. Experts say that dust, sweat and carbon dioxide from up to 20,000 tourists a day pose a major threat to Michelangelo’s masterpiece. (photos)

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3D scanning used to study medieval teeth

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:39

Researchers from around the world may benefit from a study of the molars of 22 individuals unearthed during excavation of Periplatz cemetery in Berlin. The remains, dating from between 1200 to c.1600 CE, were analyzed using "3D printing technology to complement strontium isotope analysis in order to better understand the ancient residents of Berlin."

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Getty Museum to return Byzantine manuscript

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:23

In 1960, a rare, 12th century Byzantine manuscript was stolen from the Dionysiou Monastery in Mount Athos. The Getty Museum in California purchased the codex in 1983 and will now restore it to its rightful place in Greece. (photo)

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SCA Membership & Marketplace Now Open

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:11

In an announcement from the SCA Board of Directors, it was reported that Membership and Marketplace portals are now open.

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Hastings 2016 to offer "more action than a Hollywood blockbuster"

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:12

Mark your calendars. Re-enactors will return to Battle Abbey on 14 October 2016 for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

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What lies beneath?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:21

Museum conservationists never know what they might discovered under layers of paint and grime. What lies beneath the surface is the subject of a new display at London's National Portrait Gallery which reveals, for the first time, some of the conservationists' findings.

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Registration closes soon for TMS Bladesmithing Competition

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:05

Registration for the TMS Bladesmithing Competition will close December 15, 2014. The TMS 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibition will take place March 15-19 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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Seeking Households willing to host EMTs for dinner at Estrella War

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:40

Lady Rowan of the Estrella War staff is seeking households willing to host EMTs for dinner at the upcoming War.

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