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Quivers and Quarrels: Winter issue

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/01/18 - 2:24pm

Sir Jon reports that the Winter edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter is now available online.

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NBC News goes to Pennsic

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/01/17 - 12:12pm

Do you remember why you joined the SCA? If you don't, or need to remember why you are still a member, watch For Glory & Honor: Medieval Reenactors Go To Battle, an NBC News feature showcasing the SCA at the Pennsic War. (video)

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First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 5:00pm

The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, January 17, 2015.

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Doctoral thesis changes history of Swedish glass

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 3:40pm

Archaeologist Anna Ihr's doctoral dissertation, Becoming Vitrified, shows that the glass industry in Sweden is much older than previously believed, as early as the 13th century. The thesis describes how different vitrified, or glassy, materials can be interpreted and analysed.

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SCA Inc. discontinues Known World Mail

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 11:05am

Effective February 1, 2015, the SCA is discontinuing its Known World Mail, a hosted mail service previously offered to SCA members.

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Stonehenge in 8th century poem?

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/01/13 - 12:53pm

The 8th century, Old English poem called The Ruin may be the oldest surviving literature to mention Stonehenge, says medieval liguist Dr Graeme Davis. The poem refers to stones called "the old ones" or the "elders."

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Pennsic Registration Office: Preregistration is live

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 8:18pm

The Pennsic Pre-reigistration Office reports that pre-registration for Pennsic 44 is now live

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Stefan's Florilegium files for December 2014

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 12:28pm

THLord Stefan li Rous provides updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2014.

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"Magical mud" of Novgorod reveals treasures

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 12:58pm

“Send me a shirt, towel, trousers, reins, and, for my sister, send fabric. If I am alive, I will pay for it,” wrote a 14th century father, Onus, to his son, Danilo, in the block letters of Old Novgorod language on a birch bark scroll. The note, among a dozen others, was discovered recently in the "magicial mud" of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.

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Staffordshire Hoard teaches lesson in Anglo-Saxon metallurgy

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/01/08 - 11:04am

Gold was believed to have magical powers in Anglo-Saxon society, which may have led to discovery of special processes to make the metal appear "more golden than gold." These findings are part of a new study of the Staffordshire Hoard which "showed goldsmiths knew how to remove alloyed metals such as copper and silver from the surface of objects."

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Richard III burial timetable and appeal for funds

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015/01/07 - 10:50am

As the reburial of King Richard III approaches, the city of Leicester, England and Leicester Cathedral prepare for the festivities by calling on the locals to help with fundraising. The diocese has raised only UK£1.9m of the £2.5m cost of the celebration.

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"One of the most important Viking hoards ever found in Scotland" unearthed near Dumfriesshire

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/01/05 - 9:39am

September 2014 was a great month for British metal detector enthusiast Derek McLennan. The retired businessman discovered "one of the most important Viking hoards ever found in Scotland" in a field in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. (photos)

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Remains of "witch girl" found in Italy

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/01/04 - 2:03pm

In early medieval Italy, "burying the dead facedown was a way to prevent the impure soul threatening the living,” says anthropologist Elena Dellù. This might explain the remains of a teenage girl discovered recently at the complex of San Calocero in Albenga, Italy. (photo)

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Medieval friary stonework among finds at Yorkshire dig

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/01/03 - 7:55pm

A team of archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group, along with members of the community, were intrigued by discoveries resulting from two weeks of excavations near York, England's Guildhall. The workers found artifacts dating from Roman times through World War II, including evidence of a medieval friary.

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Lavenham seeks World Heritage status

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/01/02 - 11:06am

According to Wikipedia, Lavenham, England "is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England noted for its 15th-century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk." Now the town's business forum and parish council plan to apply to UNESCO for a World Heritage grant to "help balance tourism, the local economy and traffic." (photos)

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Where is Harold?

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/01/01 - 4:16pm

The Bayeux Tapestry famously depicts King Harold II's death by arrow to the eye during the Battle of Hastings, but new evidence may show that the king survived the battle.

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Community gets involved in Sudbury's "big dig"

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/01/01 - 11:12am

Dr Carenza Lewis is well known to audeinces of Channel 4’s Time Team and the BBC’s The Great British Story, but now she has a different role: leading members of the community of Sudbury on an archaeological survey. Lewis heads up the "big dig" organized by the Sudbury Society, the Sudbury History Society, and the Sudbury Museum Trust.

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Catholics and Protestants unite over Richard III funeral

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/12/31 - 3:10pm

Richard III died before the Reformation, but Leicester Cathedral, where the king will be buried, is staunchly Anglican, facts which should have produced strife. The funeral of a king, however, has brought the two faiths together to offer Richard III a burial "with the dignity befitting his rank."

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Peter Joyner placed on vigil in Northshield

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014/12/31 - 12:43pm

Master Yehudah nagid ben Yitzhak, Minister of Protocol, reports that at Their Feast of St. Maurus. Their Majesties Vladimir and Petranella of the Kingdom of Northshield placed Peter Joyner (fka Petro Petrovitch) on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

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Mongol warship found near Japanese island

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014/12/30 - 7:15pm

Twice in seven years, 1274 and 1281, the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan. On one of those missions a ship sank in a typhoon off the island of Takashima. Now arhaeologists hope to learn the secrets of the Mongol warship from the recently-discovered wreck.

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