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Considering the cockerel

SCAtoday.net - 3 hours 25 min ago

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 - 9 hours 7 min ago

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, 2014/12/17 - 2:25pm

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, 2014/12/17 - 8:04am

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, 2014/12/16 - 4:08pm

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, 2014/12/16 - 11:00am

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, 2014/12/15 - 6:16pm

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, 2014/12/15 - 2:10pm

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, 2014/12/13 - 4:37pm

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

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 12:39pm

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

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 4:23pm

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

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 11:11am

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"

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 6:12am

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?

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 11:21pm

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

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 6:05pm

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

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 3:40pm

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

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APEC Proposal - Commentary Being Accepted

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 12:56pm

Currently open for commentary is a proposal by the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) for a new Rapier Peerage.

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Chinese Yuan Dynasty Treasures at Freer Gallery

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/12/07 - 8:01pm

The Freer Gallery in Washington DC will showcase treasures from the Song and Yuan Dynasties this winter including ceramics and landscape paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Viking silver found in Scotland

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/12/07 - 3:09pm

Retired Ayrshire businessman Derek McLennan has made good use of his metal detector. In 2013, he discovered Scotland's biggest haul of medieval silver coins. Now he has unearthed a new hoard of more than 100 items, including a 9th century Christian cross and possibly the largest silver Carolingian pot ever discovered. (photos and video)

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Codex Chimalpahin to return to Mexico

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/12/07 - 11:43am

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City is celebrating the return of the Codex Chimalpahin, a three-volume, hand-written, indigenous account vividly documenting the history of Aztec Mexico in Pre-Hispanic and 16th Century New Spain. Dan Colen of Art Daily has a feature story (photo)

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