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The history of the beard

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 8:49am

Clean-shaven, mustachioed or heavy-bearded, the fashion of men's facial hair has come and gone over the centuries. In a feature article for the Telegraph, Lucinda Hawksley looks at the fashion from Roman times to the Middle Ages.

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The search for King Harold continues

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/03/02 - 10:14pm

Cousins Terry Muff and Kevin McKenzie, who claim King Harold, of Hastings fame, as an ancestor, believe that the remains of the Saxon monarch lie beneath an ancient church in Hertforshire. Ellie Zolfagharifard of the Daily Mail has a feature story. (photos)

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Staffordshire Hoard gallery as never seen before

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/03/01 - 12:40pm

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard is undoubtedly some of the greatest news in archaeology in the past decade. The incredible collection of Anglo-Saxon gold is on display at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Now you can watch a time-lapse video of the construction of the exhibit.

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Gladiator combat "less about bloodshed and more about drama"

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/02/28 - 12:13pm

Ancient history expert Prof. Garrett Fagan of Pennsylvania State University knows a lot about gladiators and shared some of his knowledge at a 2014 conference. Included in the discussion was his research on Roman gladiatorial combat, more spectacle than blood bath, he found.

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How to research medieval games

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/02/27 - 5:08pm

In a discussion on Linked In, SCA member Jeff Johnston reports that he has published his research on medieval games on his HubPages website. The article is entitled Researching Medieval Games.

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Belegarth takes up swords in Chicago

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/02/27 - 1:30pm

Caleigh Fleming enjoys medieval combat, and also having a safe place to enjoy "nerd" activities, so she helped to bring the Galahad Medieval Combat Society to Columbia University in Chicago. The group takes part in a medieval combat game known as Belegarth. The Columbia Chronicle has the story. (photo)

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"Battle, Bricks and Bridges" lead experts to the truth about the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 7:27pm

"Archaeology is an evolving process so you always learn more and more," said archaeologist Paul Logue from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, about new discoveries on the 16th century Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits in County Fermanagh, Ireland.

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Proposed Change to Corpora -- Chirurgeon's Office

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 11:05am

The SCA Board of Directors is requesting commentary on a proposal to amend Corpora to close the office of the Chirurgeonate.

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Expecting Mongols in Walmart

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:06pm

"During 10 days in June 2016, the SCA will transform the entire fairgrounds into a scene out of medieval Europe, complete with feasts, dancing, blacksmithing, jousting and archery competitions," writes Anthony Schoettle of the Indiana Business Journal about the Society for Creative Anachronism’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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Newcastle Museum to permanently display Lindisfarne Hoard

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 9:32am

In 2003, Richard Mason, a builder from Rothbury, England discovery a pottery jug in the foundation of a Lindisfarne house. The jug, and its contents of gold and silver coins dating to Tudor times, will now be on permanent display at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, thanks to public donations and heritage grants. (photo)

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Re-enactors "cross-pollinate" at Re-enactor Recruitment Day in Pennsylvania

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/02/23 - 1:12pm

Strolling through the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, recently, one would find 16th century pikemen chatting with Confederate soldiers and soldiers from the German Wehrmacht trading resources with buckskinners. The article appeared in The Sentinel. (photos)

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Danish Chef hopes to revive Viking cuisine

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/02/23 - 7:10am

Jesper Lynge, a chef in Aalborg, Denmark, has a passion for Viking cooking, including sauerkraut, and "a sweet and sour supper, combining savoury game meat such as venison with sauces made from foraged berries."

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New Jersey SCAdian hopes fighting will recruit members

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/02/21 - 9:49pm

Experienced SCA member D.W. Smith is hoping to create a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism at Atlantic Cape Community College in Cape May, New Jersey. So far his recruiting includes armored combat. Helen McCaffrey of the Cape May County Herald has the story. (photos)

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15th century Spanish shipwreck found in Greece

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/02/21 - 11:17am

Arcaheologists are intrigued by the discovery of a 15th century Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Zakynthos, Greece. The 2014 underwater explorations of the site have revealed enough of the ship’s wooden frame to allow study of "the transitional art of shipbuilding during the 15th and 16th centuries." (photo)

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Ealdormere Crown XXXIV Fight Videos on YouTube

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 10:28am

Baron RIchard Larmer reports that he has posted video from the october 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

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Winchester Bible on display at the Met

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 12:11am

The Winchester Bible is "magnificent, lavishly ornamented - a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200," and pages from it will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until March 8, 2015. (photos)

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2015

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/02/15 - 5:06pm

THLord Stefan li Rous has publised updates for Stefan's Florilegium for February 2015.

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Farewell to Lord Sedric Edye

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/02/14 - 2:22pm

On January 25, the Middle Kingdom lost Lord Sedric Edye, a founding member of the Marche of Alderford and a close friend of the SCAtoday.net staff.

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Meet Drachenwald's Laurel of the Month: Mistress Lia de Thornegge

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/02/12 - 10:53pm

Each month, the Laurels of the Kingdom of Drachenwald showcase one of their own. For January 2015, it is Mistress Lia de Thornegge of Nordmark (Uppsala, Sweden), who specializes in late period embroidery and late period costuming.

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Estrella War XXXI Collegium

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015/02/11 - 12:10pm

Estrella War is fast approaching and we are still in need of instructors for the collegium. If you have a skill or talent you could pass on to the populace, please consider teaching at Estrella War XXXI. 

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