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Archaeologists to wrap up dig at Flodden

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:08

9 September, 2013 marked the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden between the Scots and the British in the fields of Northumberland, England. In October 2014, excavations of the site will be terminated, ending several years of work. The latest dig will concentrate on the bridge at Ellemford, believed to be the muster site for the Scottish army.

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Byzantine compound shows evidence of wine production

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00

Researchers working 30 kilometers west of Jerusalem were surprised to discover ancient cisterns which led them to a cave. Upon further exploration, they found a Byzantine-era compound where monks once lived and pressed grapes for wine and olives for oil.

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WWII metal detecting leads to discovery of medieval axes

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:16

A group of Polish engineers, tasked with finding and disposing of World War II artillary shells in the Forest District Wipsowo, have discovered the heads of three Teutonic battle axes, dating to the late Middle Ages. (photo)

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Pennsic Announcement From The East

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:10

A note about Pennsic from the East Kingdom's Prince has been published at the East Kingdom Gazette.

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Sistine Chapel visitors to be limited to 6 million per year

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 17:37

In order to protect its precious frescoes, the Vatican has announced that it will restrict visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million each year. Experts say that dust, sweat and carbon dioxide from up to 20,000 tourists a day pose a major threat to Michelangelo’s masterpiece. (photos)

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3D scanning used to study medieval teeth

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:39

Researchers from around the world may benefit from a study of the molars of 22 individuals unearthed during excavation of Periplatz cemetery in Berlin. The remains, dating from between 1200 to c.1600 CE, were analyzed using "3D printing technology to complement strontium isotope analysis in order to better understand the ancient residents of Berlin."

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Getty Museum to return Byzantine manuscript

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:23

In 1960, a rare, 12th century Byzantine manuscript was stolen from the Dionysiou Monastery in Mount Athos. The Getty Museum in California purchased the codex in 1983 and will now restore it to its rightful place in Greece. (photo)

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SCA Membership & Marketplace Now Open

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:11

In an announcement from the SCA Board of Directors, it was reported that Membership and Marketplace portals are now open.

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Hastings 2016 to offer "more action than a Hollywood blockbuster"

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:12

Mark your calendars. Re-enactors will return to Battle Abbey on 14 October 2016 for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

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What lies beneath?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:21

Museum conservationists never know what they might discovered under layers of paint and grime. What lies beneath the surface is the subject of a new display at London's National Portrait Gallery which reveals, for the first time, some of the conservationists' findings.

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Registration closes soon for TMS Bladesmithing Competition

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:05

Registration for the TMS Bladesmithing Competition will close December 15, 2014. The TMS 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibition will take place March 15-19 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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Seeking Households willing to host EMTs for dinner at Estrella War

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:40

Lady Rowan of the Estrella War staff is seeking households willing to host EMTs for dinner at the upcoming War.

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APEC Proposal - Commentary Being Accepted

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:56

Currently open for commentary is a proposal by the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) for a new Rapier Peerage.

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Chinese Yuan Dynasty Treasures at Freer Gallery

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:01

The Freer Gallery in Washington DC will showcase treasures from the Song and Yuan Dynasties this winter including ceramics and landscape paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Viking silver found in Scotland

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 16:09

Retired Ayrshire businessman Derek McLennan has made good use of his metal detector. In 2013, he discovered Scotland's biggest haul of medieval silver coins. Now he has unearthed a new hoard of more than 100 items, including a 9th century Christian cross and possibly the largest silver Carolingian pot ever discovered. (photos and video)

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Codex Chimalpahin to return to Mexico

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:43

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City is celebrating the return of the Codex Chimalpahin, a three-volume, hand-written, indigenous account vividly documenting the history of Aztec Mexico in Pre-Hispanic and 16th Century New Spain. Dan Colen of Art Daily has a feature story (photo)

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