The official website describes Swordcraft as "paintball meets medieval/fantasy battle - carnage with a dash of medieval re-enactment, role-playing and cosplay." The medieval LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game was featured in a recent article in the Bendigo Advertiser (Australia). (photo, video)
Thanks to a US$3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation, rare manuscripts from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana will be digitized and made available online through both libraries. NPR's Annaliese Quinn has the story and interview.
"Reenacting medieval combat is one of the main attractions of the Medieval Society, but is certainly not the only one," writes Elizabeth Collins, staff reporter for The Purdue Exponent. Collins spoke with members of the university group and its partner, the SCA.
Love that blue? An article from Instructables offers directions on how to grow your own indigo.
Wales has introduced the Archwilio app, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to "access information about archaeological sites on maps covering the whole country." The free app will also let users connect and post their own updates.
The Old English poem Beowulf has been the subject of many translations over the centuries, especially the first word hwæt. Now Dr George Walkden, a University of Manchester lecturer, believes he knows what the poem's first line really says.
The online site for History Today recently featured a book review by Andrew Robinson for The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern.
The Dean of Exeter Cathedral in England is consulting with English Heritage about possible plans to make the Roman baths under Cathedral Green more accessible to the public. The baths were first discovered in 1971.
Jolyon Attwooll has compiled a list of the "must-see" sites of Roman Britain for a recent article in the Telegraph. The article includes photos, descriptions and links of some of the best tourist spots in the country.
Swedish archaeologists were recently given the rare opportunity to excavate a portion of the Södermalmstorg area in Stockholm. The excavation revealed a complete 16th century kitchen, including intricately-carved tobacco pipes and an unexplained pile of eggshells. (photos)