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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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Society Knight uses both Pen and Sword

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/04/07 - 8:26am

An SCA member from An Tir, Sir Brand deux Leons has achieved his dream, as his Shakespearean-style play "To Each Their Own" is now in publication. Sir Brand seeks funding and participation from the SCA performing arts community to help drive a full stage production of the work.

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Excavations show connections between Paganism and early Christianity in Ireland

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/04/06 - 6:00pm

Recent excavations at Caherconnell, County Clare, by the Caherconnell Archaeology Field School are shedding light on the transition from Paganism to Christianity in 5th century Ireland. Burials found in stone cists show that mourners used a combination of both religions to honor their dead.

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Maiden crown artifacts found in Danish church

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/04/06 - 3:32pm

The discovery of the remains of a "maiden crown" in Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark have shed new light on women's fashion of the time. A maiden crown was worn by an unmarried woman in the Renaissance. The recently-discovered headpiece consisted of small flowers made of copper wire and silk thread. (photos)

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Pennsic War Points and Schedule

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/04/04 - 12:32pm

Duke Edward Grey, the Pennsic Warlord, has posted the early agreements from War negotiations with the Middle Kingdom.

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Dream of building a medieval town comes true

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014/04/04 - 7:53am

Since 1967, Bert Geuten has dreamed of re-creating an authentic medieval town using period tools and techniques. Now the first step of that dream has come to pass. In the small German town of Meßkirch in Baden-Württemberg, a team of craftsmen has started construction on a small church. (photos)

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It's six books in one!

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/04/03 - 5:24pm

Medieval bookbinders may have been the precursors of eReaders when they developed the dos-à-dos (or "back-to-back") book with two or more separate texts and multi-hinged covers. One example is the beautiful devotional dos-à-dos book owned by the National Library of Sweden which includes six works. (photos)

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More photos from Anteorra Winter Crown 2014

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014/04/03 - 8:27am

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted an album of photos from the recent Winter Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on his Flickr website.

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Medieval church wall and remains unearthed by electrical workers

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/04/02 - 7:20pm

The excavation of a ditch to bury an electrical cable has led to the discovery of a medieval church wall at St Ffinan's Church in Anglesey, England. The original church, believed to have been built in 620 CE, was mostly destroyed when the newer church was built in the 19th century.

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EtymArab created to help study history of the Arabic language

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/04/02 - 3:10pm

Stephan Guth, Professor of Arabic at the University of Oslo, has created EtymArab, an electronic database designed to collect and make available research on the history of the Arabic Language. The first part, containing 1,000 words and concepts, is now online.

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Cooking and defense in the Midrealm

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/04/02 - 10:47am

Before the recent St. Valentine’s Day Massacre event in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rebecca Thiele of NPR affiliate station WMUK spoke with several SCA members about life in the Society, including such diverse topics as combat, cooking and real life defense. The article is available in both print and audio.

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"Astonishing" find in St. Bartholomew's Church

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/01 - 4:16pm

In 2006, St Bartholomew's Church in Much Marcle, England received UK£500,000 for restoration of the church. During the project, workers discovered a lead coffin in the tomb chest of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of 14th century traitor Sir Roger Mortimer, who overthrew King Edward II. English Heritage described the find as "astonishing." (photos, video)

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Barony of Whiterun event showcases Nordic theme

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/04/01 - 9:44am

Just in time for spring, an upcoming event in the Barony of Whiterun will feature Nordic-themed combat, arts and sciences, merchants, and especially archery.

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Funds needed to restore haunted Wymering Manor

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/03/31 - 4:51pm

Even before it was damaged by death watch beetles, Wymering Manor in Portsmouth, England was pretty creepy. Tradition holds that the 400-year-old building, once featured on the Most Haunted Live television program, is the most haunted house in England. Today the manor's worst problem is its deterioration, which has led the owners to seek to raise the UK£2.5m needed for the project.

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Kitty 1; scribe 0

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/03/31 - 12:39pm

Any cat owner who participates in needlework or scribal arts will sympathize with a 15th century Dutch monk who indicated a stain on his work and wrote "Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book." (photo)

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Last Day for Feast Survey

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/03/31 - 8:49am

Monday, March 31, 2014 is the last day to take the Feast Survey online.

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Wanted: Swordsmith apprentices for Edinburgh master-at-arms

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014/03/31 - 6:26am

Master-at-arms Paul Macdonald, of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for two apprentices. Qualifications include the ability to learn quickly and a passion for history.

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"Impressive basilica" unearthed at Moshav Aluma

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/03/30 - 7:06pm

Archaeologists from the Israel Land Authority have discovered a 6th century Byzantine basilica, featuring "magnificent mosaic" floors, at Moshav Aluma, near Pelugot Junction, in Israel. (photo)

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Construction workers uncover mass grave at the Uffizi

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014/03/30 - 2:46pm

Construction workers at the site of a new elevator for Florence, Italy's famous Uffizi gallery were surprised to find not the usual Roman artifacts, but a mass grave that might contain over a thousand bodies.

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