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"Oldest graffiti in Scotland" found in Mingary Castle

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 7:08am

The builders of Mingary Castle on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland may have been illiterate, but they left their mark on history through their graffiti. The markings, discovered recently in the castle's chapel, were probably inscribed when the chapel was first built, between 1265 and 1295. (photo)

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Anglo-Saxon artifacts discovered near Maidstone

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/15 - 5:49pm

A metal detectorist from Medway History Finders has uncovered a collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts dating to the 6th century near Maidstone, Kent, England. The hoard, valued at more than UK£40,000, includes silver brooches with red garnets and hairpins. (photos)

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Rocket cats?

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/15 - 1:21pm

Proof that gun powder technology captured the imagination of 16th century military minds can be found in a manual written by artillery master Franz Helm of Cologne, Germany who proposed strapping rockets to the backs of cats in order to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise." (photos)

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Kolskeggr skialdarbriótr fra Einknnir new Lord of the Mists

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/15 - 9:18am

Hirsch reports that Kolskeggr skialdarbriótr fra Einknnir was the victor of the April 5, 2014 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Katla von Walravensijde.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2014

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/04/14 - 7:58pm

THLord Stefan li Rous reports that he has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2014.

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Position Opening: Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/04/14 - 5:43pm

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism are seeking applicants for the position of Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms.

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1,500-year-old Christian church unearthed near Tel Aviv

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/04/13 - 2:48pm

Construction work for a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma, 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, has unearthed the foundations of a 6th century Byzantine church. The remains of the basilica and its artifacts discovered include "a cistern, a pottery workshop, cooking implements, oil lamps and central halls with a pair of side aisles divided by marble pillars."

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Medieval superpowers of the Swahili Coast

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/04/13 - 10:26am

Great civilizations of the Middle Ages were not located solely in Europe or Asia. Some of the world superpowers grew up along the coasts of Africa. In a feature article for i09, Annalee Newitz takes a look Songo Mnara, a city that thrived from the 10th to 15th centuries. (photos)

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Anglo-Saxon tool papers online

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014/04/12 - 9:45am

On its website, Daegrad Tools of Sheffield, England offers an extensive list of papers on Anglo-Saxon tools. The papers are available for free download in PDF format.

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Wyoming college hosts Biduum Latinum

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/04/11 - 4:03pm

Latin is alive and well at Students at the college are required Wyoming Catholic College where students and professors recently participated in Biduum Latinum, a Latin immersion weekend, where everyone spoke only Latin. KCWY News 13 has the story.

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State Library of Victoria completes digitization project

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/04/11 - 2:39pm

The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia has just completed a project to digitize medieval and renaissance manuscripts from its own collection as well as some from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. The manuscripts are available to view on the library's website.

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Stonehenge bluestones may have been local

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/04/09 - 1:05pm

Legend says that the bluestones of Stonehenge were transported from a quarry in Wales to the site on the Salisbury Plain, but a new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows that the stones may actually have come from a site only three kilometres from the structure.

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Walking Acre

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/04/09 - 8:22am

"The Old City incorporates a multitude of forts, synagogues, mosques and churches, as well as a labyrinth of alleyways that date back centuries to the early Ottoman era and before. And there are plenty of the eight-centuries-old remains of an era when the Crusaders ruled this part of the world," writes Barry Davis in a recent touristy article about Isreal's city of Acre for the Jerusalem Post.

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Manx returns to the Isle of Man

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/08 - 9:12pm

Manx was once the endangered list. Not the cat - the language. But now a new generation of young people, such as singer Ruth Keggin, is doing its best to breathe new life into the speech of the people of the Isle of Man.

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New portraits of Shakespeare revealed

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/08 - 5:00pm

"I subjected the images to fundamental tests of identity and authenticity, and these revealed that we are dealing with true-to-life portraits of Shakespeare, one from his youth, the second from his old age," said Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel about two recently-discovered portraits of William Shakespeare. (photos)

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Britain's fifth-century cultural revolution

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/04/07 - 5:31pm

"Dark Ages" history traditionally considers the transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon culture in England a time of bloody conquest, but in a new article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggest that the evolution may have been more cultural than brutal.

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Earthquake may explain Shroud of Turin mystery

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/04/07 - 12:46pm

An article by Alberto Carpinteri and a group of researchers in Springer's journal Meccanica suggests that an earthquake might explain the mystery of the famous Shroud of Turin, whose cloth has been carbon dated to the 13th century.

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