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SCAtoday.net is a news portal for those interested in the history of the Middle Ages, and the living history community (including the Society for Creative Anachronism) for that historical period.
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Mysterious Gedi: Kenya's Machu Picchu

Wed, 2014/10/29 - 9:03am

In 1927, archaeologists discovered the remains of the fabled city of Gedi deep in the jungles of Kenya, but only recently have they begun to appreciate the advanced nature of the city. (photo)

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Early medieval tavern found in Bulgaria

Tue, 2014/10/28 - 12:17pm

The discovery of "more than 100 glass cups, which were most likely used for drinking wine," has led experts to believe they have found a medieval tavern. The discovery was made at a site in the town of Misioni, Bulgaria.

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SCA man defends hearth and home with a spear

Tue, 2014/10/28 - 8:02am

Wichita Falls, Texas resident Thomas McGowan had a very bad day recently. He evaded the police by breaking into the home of SCA member Jimmy Morgan Jr., who defended himself with a spear, sending McGowan running into the street and the arms of the law. KFDX Fox-14 has the story.

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"Great warrior" unearthed from Russian burial site

Mon, 2014/10/27 - 4:12pm

An 11th century burial site near Omsk in south western Siberia has revealed the remains of Bogatyr, meaning "great warrior," who lost an arm in his final battle. The "giant," measuring 5'11", was buried with amazing grave goods. (photos)

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Soldiers' kits through the centuries

Mon, 2014/10/27 - 2:28pm

The British newspaper The Telegraph recetly published a history feature showcasing British soldiers' kits through the centuries. The feature consists of a slideshow of the complete set and an annotated list of each item.

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A "faire day in Sunbury"

Mon, 2014/10/27 - 6:55am

More than one thousand people came out to enjoy the medieval festivities recently when Sunbury Revitalization Inc. (SRI) joined members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to present the Lake Augusta Renaissance Festival in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Sarah De Santis of Newsitem.com has the story. (photos)

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Swansea remembers its medieval past

Sun, 2014/10/26 - 3:43pm

Officials in Swansea, Wales are trying to bring the city's medieval past to life for citizens and visitors by installing street markers pinpointing major sites in the town. Cemlyn Davies, of the BBC, reports. (video)

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Madison, Wisconsin: Hub of geekery and activism

Sun, 2014/10/26 - 8:20am

What is it about Madison, Wisconsin that attracts passionate followers of such geek genres as gaming, steampunk and the SCA, and why do such folk become politically active? In a feature article for Isthmus the Paper, Julia Burke interviews gamers and con attendees about their culture and activism.

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Dorchester garden produces wealth of medieval pottery

Sat, 2014/10/25 - 8:12pm

Rosemary Maw's gardening has produced more than just beautiful flowers. Her home, The Old Manor in Stratton, three miles from Dorchester, England, has produced over 100 historical artifacts including "over 150 bottle fragments, almost 20 pieces of medieval jugs, and extensive cobble and flint foundations" from its back garden.

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Green Vikings

Sat, 2014/10/25 - 12:35pm

Artifacts unearthed from an 11th century Viking settlement near Cork, Ireland show evidence that the settlers were good at recycling and land reclamation. A new report, Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005 by Ciara Brett and Maurice F Hurley, has been published by the Cork City Council.

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Podcasting the Middle Ages

Fri, 2014/10/24 - 3:12pm

The Medieval Archives Podcast vault, maintained by the Archivist (Gary) includes a comprehensive list of topics of interest to those who study the Middle Ages. The podcasts are available for download or through RSS subscription or iTunes.

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Medieval site with a royal connection

Fri, 2014/10/24 - 9:55am

Archaeologists in York, England will have the rare opportunity to investigate a site which has lain undisturbed for nearly 500 years. The Hidden Guildhall investigation will focus on riverside property once the site of the medieval friary visited by the Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III.

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Medieval cloister walls found at Merton Priory dig

Thu, 2014/10/23 - 1:02pm

Merton Priory, in Surrey, England, was founded in 1117 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. In recent years, archaeologists have been excavating the foundations of the Merton Priory Chapter House and have uncovered the priory's medieval cloister walls. (photos)

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Barley malting oven found in Northampton, England

Wed, 2014/10/22 - 2:20pm

A nearly perfectly-preserved barley malting oven from the 13th century has been discovered by archaeologists working on an excavation in Bridge Street, Northampton, England. The construction was found complete with char marks on the hearth. (photo)

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Plague burial discovered in Barcelona

Wed, 2014/10/22 - 10:49am

Spain in the 14th century was one of the countries hardest hit by the Black Plague, yet no burial of plague victims had been discovered, until now. Recently archaeologists working on the Basilica of Sant Just i Pastor in Barcelona unearthed a burial of 120 bodies "packed like sardines" under the sacristy.

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Trust bids to buy Roman fort from the Church

Mon, 2014/10/20 - 6:37pm

A Roman dig considered "the Pompeii of the North" is being sold in order to keep the site out of the hands of developers. Binchester Roman Town, in Bishop Auckland, England, owned by the Church of England, has drawn a UK£2m bid from the Auckland Castle Trust.

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Discovery of large church to shed light on early Czech religious history

Mon, 2014/10/20 - 4:02pm

Excavations at Prague’s historical Vyšehrad fort have recently revealed a large church, dating to the 11th century. The discovery of such a large building is expected to shed light on the nation’s early Christian history, and "help fill some blank spots on the map of early mediaeval Prague."

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Roman soldiers "meditated" in comfort

Sun, 2014/10/19 - 6:54pm

Finding objects relating to everyday life is common for archaeologists at Vindolanda, the Roman fort near Hadrian's Wall, but the recent discovery of a wooden toilet seat - the oldest known - was special moment.

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Anglo Saxon buckle declared rare find

Sun, 2014/10/19 - 3:25pm

Archaeologists in Suffolk, England are pondering the discovery of a silver buckle, dating to the 9th century, by a metal detectorist on a Suffolk farm. "The costumes worn at this time don't appear to need buckles and so they are rarely found," said Dr Helen Geake, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme. (photo)

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The face of medieval Edinburgh

Sat, 2014/10/18 - 7:14pm

In 2009, archaeologists discovered the burial site of 400 14th century citizens of the Leith area of Edinburgh, Scotland. 30 skeletons were chosen for intense study, and now forensic artists have put faces to a few of the remains. (photo)

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