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Dracula imprisoned in Turkish castle

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/12/30 - 6:32pm

Iconic baddie Vlad the Impaler seems to have slept more places than George Washington. The latest claim comes from Turkey which says that the young prince was held captive in a fortress there. Rachel Nuwer for Smithsonian Magazine online has the story. (photo)

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14th century caravansary open to the public in Jerusalem

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/12/28 - 10:02pm

Near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem lies a complex of ancient buildings including Ahar Kotlenu a refurbished 14th century caravansary, an inn for caravans, now open to the public. The site includes a 3,500 square feet (325 square meters) grand hall with cross-vaulted stone roof held aloft by six reinforced pillars.

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Gagliana Grossa subject of study by Texas A&M students

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014/12/27 - 4:31pm

In 1583, the merchant ship Gagliana Grossa sank off the coast of Biogradna Moru, in Croatia. Now the shipwreck has become a subject of study by a group of Texas A&M students led by Filipe Castro, in partnership with Irena Radic Rossi from the University of Zadar. (video)

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Rennie killed by police after attack on Mexican Consulate

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014/12/27 - 10:23am

Renaissance fair enthusiast Larry Steven McQuilliams was killed by police recently after firing more than 100 rounds at the Mexican Consulate and other buildings in Austin, Texas. McQuilliams was reportedly upset by US immigration policy. (photo)

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Witches at the British Museum

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/12/26 - 3:47pm

The British Museum has been invaded by witches - at least until January 2015. A new free exhibit, Witches and Wicked Bodies, will look at the history of witches in Great Britain from the 1400s until the Victorian era, and will include artists' renditions, objects of sorcery and magic, as well as artifacts from antiquity depicting famous witches.

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Archaeologists complete geological survey near grave of medieval warrior

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/12/26 - 10:04am

In 2013, archaeologists in Janakkala, Finland were thrilled by the discovery of the grave of a medieval warrior in what might be an ancient burial ground or even a settlement. The discovery has sparked enough interest to support more excavations, depending on the results of a recent survey.

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Marco Polo in America

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/12/25 - 7:19pm

Most historian state that Christopher Columbus came to America in 1492, but new evidence, in the form of period parchments, may show that Marco Polo landed on the west coast nearly two centuries earlier.

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Samurai armor exhibited at the LACMA

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/12/25 - 4:37pm

The Samurai Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Samurai armor in the world, will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California until February 1, 2015.

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Ancient castle found under British primary school

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/12/24 - 12:13pm

Construction workers on a project to replace two classrooms of English Bicknor Primary School in Ross-on-Wye, England, were surprised to uncover the remains of what is believed to be a keep and bailey castle. (photo)

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Unearthing the mysteries of Hammershus

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/12/24 - 7:58am

Hammershus, a 12th century castle ruin on Bornholm island in Denmark, is a well-known landmark, but remarkably little is known about the site, and it has never been professionally excavated. That is about to change. (photo)

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A Beginners Guide to the SCA online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/12/23 - 4:34pm

In an article on the blog HubPages, writer Jeff Johnston introduces the Society for Creative Anachronism with A Beginners Guide to the SCA. The piece features shorter articles on the history of the SCA, newcomer sites, garb, heraldry and awards.

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"Chivalry is far from dead" in Bungendore, NSW

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/12/23 - 2:49pm

"With sun beating down on their heavy armour, combatants tested their mettle in a range of skills at arms including jousting, archery and armoured foot combat at the Fields of Gold tournament, hosted by The Barony of  Politarchopolis," writes reporter Georgina Connery of The Chronicle about the recent SCA event in Bungendore, New South Wales. (photos)

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Large gold medallion centerpiece of new exhibit at the Israel Museum

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/12/22 - 4:46pm

An "exceptional" gold medallion, found in 2013 at the base of the Temple Mount, will be showcased as part of a new exhibit at the Israel museum. Dating to the 7th century, the large golden medallion, embossed with Jewish motifs, is believed to have decorated a Torah scroll. (photo)

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Not the Santa Maria

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/12/22 - 10:03am

Expectations were high recently when archaeologists believed they had found the wreck of the Santa Maria, Columbus' flagship off the coast of Haiti, but it was not to be. New evidence shows that the remains of the ship are from a later period.

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Rebuilding the Temple of Mithras

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/12/21 - 3:51pm

In 1954, there was much debate over what to do with the recently discovered remains of a Temple of Mithras. Unable to reach a conclusion, the ruins were packed up and have led a nomadic existance ever since. Now the ruins are being returned to their original site, underneath a London office block.

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Seaton Hoard - in Pictures

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/12/21 - 8:23am

Numismatists in England found themselves squirming with delight over the discovery in Devon of approximately 22,000 copper-alloy coins, "the largest of its kind ever found in Britain." Now Culture24 allows visitors to take a closer look at some of the coins with a slide show. (photos)

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“Lord, help Veronica”

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014/12/20 - 5:43pm

Since 2000, Nikolai Ovcharov has headed excavations at Perperikon in southern Bulgaria, revealing some amazing finds. The latest includes a 12th to 13th century container inscribed with the words in Greek, “Lord, help Veronica.” (photo)

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Northern Ireland looks to the Isle of Man for preservation of Gaelic languages

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014/12/20 - 10:07am

In the 1980s, Manx Gaelic was nearly extinct, but the language has made a comeback on the Isle of Man, thanks in part to the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, the world's only Manx-speaking school. Now educators in Northern Ireland are taking note and considering how to use the same methods to save Irish Gaelic.

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Beauty from tragedy in Roman Colchester

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 4:28pm

Experts working on the restoration and preservation of the Fenwick Treasure, found in the summer of 2014 under a floor of a house in the town center of Colchester, England, believe that the hoard of jewelry had been hidden during the Boudican revolt of 61 CE. In the future, the treasure will be displayed at Colchester Castle Museum. (photos)

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"A thousand years of history" at the Tiverton Fall Fair demo

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 12:37pm

"We have a thousand years of history to 'play' with. We study how hey did it and then try ourselves. It's really a living history group and involves such a huge range of interests." Baroness Sibylla (Tamara Pasley) told Troy Patterson of Kincardine News (Lucknow, Ontario), about the recent Tiverton Fall Fair demo by members of the Incipient Canton of Northgaeham. (photos)

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