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French necropolis offers "rich grave goods"

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:03

Archaeologists in Saint-Aubin-des-Champs, France have discovered a burial ground containg more than 300 graves dating from the 5th through 7th centuries. The graves were single burials and included "rich grave goods." (photos)

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Alamanda de la Roca elevated to Laurel at Battlemoor

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:27

Mariah reports that Their Majesties Walrick and Cecilia of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to THL Alamanda de la Roca.

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SCAdian Nick Marcelja turns hobby into business

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:42

In an installment of the The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington) series Working in Clark County, news assistant Mary Ricks interviewed blacksmith and SCA member Nick Marcelja, who turned his hobby into a business.

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Masters thesis studies veracity of period combat manuals

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 15:03

In his Master of Arts Dissertation for the University of Exeter, Johann Keller Wheelock Matzke examines bioarcheology studies from five medieval digs for skeletal injuries to check the veracity of sources on medieval combat. A PDF of his paper, Armed and Educated: Determining the Identity of the Medieval Combatant, is available online.

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Viking longboat to draw visitors to the public library

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 09:50

In 1838, the remains of a Viking longboat were discovered at Stanley Ferry, near Wakefield, England, at a natural crossing point for the River Calder. Now the 1,000-year-old vessel will be on display at the Wakefield Library. (video, photos)

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Battle of Grunwald search to include lakes

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 14:31

Archaeologists working near the site of the Battle of Grunwald, between the army of King Jagiello of Poland and the Teutonic Knights in 1410, plan to use an electromagnet to drag the bottom of several lakes in the area, hoping to find weapons lost lost before and during the battle.

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Medieval tagging: what it means

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:10

"We want to record it before it's lost," said Brian Porter of Lincolnshire's medieval graffiti project about thousands of medieval doodles found on the walls of English churches. Porter is co-chair of the volunteer project to record the graffiti and learn more about the thoughts of the people of the time. (photos)

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Sutton Hoo brooch replica added to exhibit

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:58

In the 1840s, a ploughman in Suffolk, England discovered what remained of an Anglo-Saxon gold brooch, and traded it for a set of teaspoons. Recently, as part of the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial, a replica of the brooch, complete with gold, silver, bone and garnet stones, has been included in the exhibit. (photo)

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What killed Richard III?

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:40

A new report, published in The Lancet, reveals that King Richard III was "probably killed by two blows to the head during a 'sustained attack'" when he perished August 22, 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth. (photos)

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Fun and a history lesson in North Carolina

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:26

Attendees of Pamlico Community College's second annual renaissance fair in Grantsboro, North Carolina come for a number of reasons: the fun, the music and the history. This year's fair was visited by Charles Hall of the Sun Journal. (photos)

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Medieval Italian died of brucellosis, say scientists

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:22

DNA testing has revealed that a man, whose skeleton was found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village, died of an infection called brucellosis usually acquired by ingesting unpasteurized dairy products. The report, by Warwick Medical School's Professor Mark Pallen and his colleagues, was published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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John C. Reilly at the ren faire

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:07

Any self-proclaimed geek will appreciate actor John C. Reilly's story about his attendance at a Renaissance faire. He shared the story, as well as a photo of himself from the time, on Late Night with David Letterman. (video)

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More Pennsic 43 photos online

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:28

Brita of the East Kingdom reports that she has created an album of photos from Pennsic 43. The photos may be viewed on her Shutterfly website.

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The diet of a king

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:11

The discovery of the remains of Richard III has given the scientific community an unparalleled glimpse into royal lifestyles in the Middle Ages. The latest published research involves the diet and drinking habits of the 15th century monarch.

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An SCA Challenge

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:43

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield has posed a challenge to SCA members in her kingdom and to the Known World: Do five things to better the SCA and your experience of it.

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A day in the park with Stormwrath

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:11

It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside Park, Wichita, Kansas, but that doesn't deter Eric Simoncic and Andrew Walker, members of Stormwrath, the local chapter of the Midwest Dagorhir Union, who spent the hot day practicing with foam weapons. Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle has the story.

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Medieval tithe barn unearthed at Croxton Kerrial dig

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:59

Project leader Tony Connolly of the Framland Local Archaeology Group has been hoping to find the "lost" 12th century manor house at Croxton Kerrial, near the Lincolnshire border in England. This summer's excavations have revealed several structures including a tithe barn.

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Atlantian peers accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:36

Lady Sophia the Orange of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that a challenge by Mistress Branwen Wallis to the Atlantian Order of the Laurel to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out by Mistress Rosalind Delamere and Mistress Rosalind Jehanne at Atlantia University, September 20, 2014. A video of their misery is available online. (video)

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SCA Board Meeting October 25, 2014

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:15

Patrick Anderson reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. will meet October 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mysterious "pierced pottery" among the finds at Bridge Farm

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:42

Archaeological excavations at the Romano-British settlement at Bridge Farm, near Barcombe Mills, England have given experts much to ponder, including evidence of a large post-built building, coins and late Roman pottery with pierced bases.

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