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Unearthing the mysteries of Hammershus

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:58

Hammershus, a 12th century castle ruin on Bornholm island in Denmark, is a well-known landmark, but remarkably little is known about the site, and it has never been professionally excavated. That is about to change. (photo)

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A Beginners Guide to the SCA online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 17:34

In an article on the blog HubPages, writer Jeff Johnston introduces the Society for Creative Anachronism with A Beginners Guide to the SCA. The piece features shorter articles on the history of the SCA, newcomer sites, garb, heraldry and awards.

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"Chivalry is far from dead" in Bungendore, NSW

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:49

"With sun beating down on their heavy armour, combatants tested their mettle in a range of skills at arms including jousting, archery and armoured foot combat at the Fields of Gold tournament, hosted by The Barony of  Politarchopolis," writes reporter Georgina Connery of The Chronicle about the recent SCA event in Bungendore, New South Wales. (photos)

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Large gold medallion centerpiece of new exhibit at the Israel Museum

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:46

An "exceptional" gold medallion, found in 2013 at the base of the Temple Mount, will be showcased as part of a new exhibit at the Israel museum. Dating to the 7th century, the large golden medallion, embossed with Jewish motifs, is believed to have decorated a Torah scroll. (photo)

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Not the Santa Maria

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:03

Expectations were high recently when archaeologists believed they had found the wreck of the Santa Maria, Columbus' flagship off the coast of Haiti, but it was not to be. New evidence shows that the remains of the ship are from a later period.

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Rebuilding the Temple of Mithras

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:51

In 1954, there was much debate over what to do with the recently discovered remains of a Temple of Mithras. Unable to reach a conclusion, the ruins were packed up and have led a nomadic existance ever since. Now the ruins are being returned to their original site, underneath a London office block.

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Seaton Hoard - in Pictures

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 09:23

Numismatists in England found themselves squirming with delight over the discovery in Devon of approximately 22,000 copper-alloy coins, "the largest of its kind ever found in Britain." Now Culture24 allows visitors to take a closer look at some of the coins with a slide show. (photos)

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“Lord, help Veronica”

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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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