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Alamire: composer, scribe, musician, spy?

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 23:46

Bavarian composer Petrus Alamire was a man of many talents including, possibly, a spy. Last year, his choral work, composed for Henry VIII, came in at number 2 on the classical music charts with an album by the choral group Alamire. (photos)

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Evidence of Viking metalworkers found in Canada

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 00:25

A team of archaeologists has discovered early Norse artifacts in Canada and its Arctic islands, including what it believes is a stone crucible, with traces of bronze inside, used for metalworking. (photo)

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"Groundbreaking" discovery may give insight into Fujiwara-kyo, Japan's first capital

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 09:44

Researchers from the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties are studying a series of square holes they believe may have held the foundation for an important building in Fujiwara-kyo, the nation's capital between 694 and 710.

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Vivat to Ailitha de Ainwyk, Drachenwald's newest Laurel

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 10:45

I write to report the happy news that on Friday at Crown tourney their Majesties Thorvaldr and Timoe invited Lady Ailitha de Ainwyk to sit her vigil to consider joining the order of the Laurel, and asked for her reply at court the next day.

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Chivalry Isn't Dead, Just Misunderstood

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 20:15

An article on Myths Retold considers the question of what "chivalry" meant in the Middle Ages, metaphorically and linguistically, and how that relates to modern concepts of chivalry. [PG-13 due to language]

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Hyde Abbey Garden may halt search for bones of Alfred the Great

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 21:55

The Friends of Hyde Abbey Garden are not keen on the idea of archaeologists digging up the garden in search of the remains of King Alfred the Great. The garden was established in 2003 above the site in Winchester, England, believed to be the grave of the king.

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DNA study shows Viking families traveled together

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:57

A team of experts from the University of Oslo, led by Erika Hagelberg, has recently published its research in The Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B showing that "women played a significant role in Viking migrations." Their findings were made by comparing ancient Norse and Icelandic mitochondrial DNA with mitochondrial DNA of modern Northwestern Europeans.

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Northampton dig reveals chess workshop

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 21:10

Medieval chess pieces have been found in various digs throughout Great Britain, but for the first time, archaeologists have discovered a workshop where such game pieces were made. The discovery was made by a team from the Museum of London Archaeology at the Angel Street excavation in Northampton. (photos)

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English legal documents date the f-word to the 1300s

Sat, 09/19/2015 - 14:24

Paul Booth, an English historian at Keele University, has found the so-called f-word expletive used as an uncomplimentary nickname in several legal documents during the years 1310 and 1311. [NSFW]

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Garden project yields Anglo-Saxon cross slab

Sat, 09/19/2015 - 14:11

“I cleaned it off and realised it was carved. It looked like some of the things you see round here in museums so I contacted a museum and the archaeologists got very excited," said John Wyatt about a moss-covered stone slab he purchased for a garden project. (photo)

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Geophysical survey maps Old Sarum

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 13:28

A geophysical survey carried out by students and archaeologists from the University of Southampton has mapped, for the first time, the layout of historic site of Old Sarum near Salisbury, England, from its origins in the Iron Age to its decline in the 13th century, concentrating heavily on the prosperous medieval town. (photo)

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The Middle Ages return to Malta

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:58

Each year in April, Medieval Mdina returns to Malta to offer a variety of entertainments, "from battles and skirmishes to sword fights, live music, falconry displays and historic re-enactments." A number of groups participate, as detailed in a feature story from The Times of Malta. (photos)

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16th century German jetton found in Jamestown cellar

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 08:52

For over 20 years, archaeologists from Preservation Virginia have been working to find out how settlers lived and worked around the 1607 fort at Jamestown, Virginia. Recently, the team has concentrated on a pit or cellar built adjacent to the wall of the fort. (photos)

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Irish reliquary becomes Viking jewelry box

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:46

"Ranvaick a kistu thasa" or in English, "Ranvaik (a female name) owns this casket" reads a runic inscription on the base of a jeweled, Irish reliquary on display in the Danish National Museum. While the casket dates to the 8th century, the inscription was added two centuries later, demonstrating one small effect of Viking raids. (photo)

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Hospital resources used to examine 6th century artifacts

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:04

In 2012, archaeologists discovered the remains of 27 Anglo-Saxon warriors and their grave goods at Barrow Clump in Salisbury, England. Recently experts used an army field hospital x-ray machine to examine a 6th century sword found at the site. (photos)

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Roman treasure found in the Hague

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:13

Archaeologists working on the site of road construction in the Hague, Netherlands were surprised to discover a treasure hoard in a Roman pot. The extent of the treasure was revealed recently at the annual De Reuvensdagen archaeological conference. (photo)

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Pennsic Cryptogram Solved

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 09:31

The first of a set of cryptograms from Pennsic has been solved. Lord Orlando dei Medici (East) successfully deciphered one of the puzzles to reveal a quote from Cynthia's Revels by the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson.

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Pennsic War Point Tally

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 20:03

A final tally of the Pennsic war points was reported by the East Kingdom Gazette.

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First two centuries of English printed books now available online

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 09:50

In an article for the University of Michigan Record, Mary Morris of the University library reports that "more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-1700" will now be available to read online. According to the article, "The texts represent a significant portion of the estimated total output of English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England."

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Alexandre and Eularia newest prince and princess of Insulae Draconis - Vivant!

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:15

In a clean and decisive victory, Master Alexandre d'Avigne, fighting for Mistress Eularia Trewe, won the Insulae Draconis coronet tourney over Lord Johannes of Uffingdon, fighting for Viscountess Susannah of York. The tourney took place on Saturday 8 August AS 50 in the shire of Mynydd Gwyn (mka Wales and borders) on the beautiful grounds of Raglan Castle.

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