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2015 Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic Seeking Volunteers

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:26

The organizers of this year's Children's Fete are seeking volunteers to assist with, and to sponsor, activities.

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Henry VIII graces stages in New York and New Jersey

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 10:51

Henry VIII and his wives will be on the minds of New Yorkers as two very different productions have been scheduled: King Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (Fall 2014) and Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Spring 2015). The latter is an adaption of the books by Hilary Mantel. Michael Sommers of the New York Times has a review. (photos)

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The dark vengeance of Vlad the Impaler

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:16

For centuries, people have been fascinated with stories of vampires, and at the top of the story list is the dark tale of Count Dracula, a medieval prince also known as Vlad the Impaler. Elizabeth Palermo of Live Science has a feature story.

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Volunteers aid in dig at York's All Saints' Church

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 12:02

The first phase of an archaeological dig at All Saints' Church in York, England has wrapped with the discovery of artifacts from Roman times to the 19th century including "two medieval dice, Roman pottery and a spindle whorl thought to be from the Viking era." Phase two will begin next spring. (photos)

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Metal detector hobbyist finds treasure in English fields

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:41

Treasure hunter Stephen Auker is a bit of a metal detector rock star. In recent years, he has discovered more than 100 Roman coins in a field near Silsden in northern England, offering them to a museum in Keighley. More recently, Auker found a merchant's signet ring dating to the 1550's. (photo)

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St. Francis manuscripts displayed in the US

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:29

In November 2014, 19 manuscripts written by St. Francis of Assisi travelled outside Italy for the first time for exhibition at the United Nations and Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York. The manuscripts include several poems written by St. Francis, including the saint's Canticle of the Sun and his Canticle of Canticles.

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Damaged crypts to be restored at Coventry Cathedral

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 22:13

Coventry Cathedral, a 14th-century Gothic church, was almost totally destroyed by German bombs in World War II. Now three of its medieval crypts are scheduled to be restored and opened to the public.

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Grimms now grimmer

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 07:41

There are no Disney endings for the fairy tales in a newly-released translation of Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes, a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. The original stories, written in the early 19th century, have never been directly translated into English.

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Tower timbers found on Firth of Clyde

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:30

The west Scotland Firth of Clyde may have housed a 13th century harbor and large timber tower, according to archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine and members of the local community who have been studying the site since the destructive winter storms of early 2014. (photos, map)

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Shetland's Up Helly Aa never fails to please

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:55

Winter in Scotland's Shetland Islands can be cold and bleak, but you would never know when the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival lights up the night. (photos)

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The history of the beard

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:49

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, 03/02/2015 - 22:14

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, 03/01/2015 - 12:40

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, 02/28/2015 - 12:13

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, 02/27/2015 - 17:08

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, 02/27/2015 - 13:30

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, 02/25/2015 - 19:27

"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, 02/25/2015 - 11:05

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, 02/24/2015 - 13:06

"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, 02/24/2015 - 09:32

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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