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Witches at the British Museum

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 16:47

The British Museum has been invaded by witches - at least until January 2015. A new free exhibit, Witches and Wicked Bodies, will look at the history of witches in Great Britain from the 1400s until the Victorian era, and will include artists' renditions, objects of sorcery and magic, as well as artifacts from antiquity depicting famous witches.

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Archaeologists complete geological survey near grave of medieval warrior

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:04

In 2013, archaeologists in Janakkala, Finland were thrilled by the discovery of the grave of a medieval warrior in what might be an ancient burial ground or even a settlement. The discovery has sparked enough interest to support more excavations, depending on the results of a recent survey.

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Marco Polo in America

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 12/25/2014 - 20:19

Most historian state that Christopher Columbus came to America in 1492, but new evidence, in the form of period parchments, may show that Marco Polo landed on the west coast nearly two centuries earlier.

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Samurai armor exhibited at the LACMA

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 12/25/2014 - 17:37

The Samurai Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Samurai armor in the world, will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California until February 1, 2015.

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Ancient castle found under British primary school

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 13:13

Construction workers on a project to replace two classrooms of English Bicknor Primary School in Ross-on-Wye, England, were surprised to uncover the remains of what is believed to be a keep and bailey castle. (photo)

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Unearthing the mysteries of Hammershus

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:58

Hammershus, a 12th century castle ruin on Bornholm island in Denmark, is a well-known landmark, but remarkably little is known about the site, and it has never been professionally excavated. That is about to change. (photo)

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A Beginners Guide to the SCA online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 17:34

In an article on the blog HubPages, writer Jeff Johnston introduces the Society for Creative Anachronism with A Beginners Guide to the SCA. The piece features shorter articles on the history of the SCA, newcomer sites, garb, heraldry and awards.

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"Chivalry is far from dead" in Bungendore, NSW

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:49

"With sun beating down on their heavy armour, combatants tested their mettle in a range of skills at arms including jousting, archery and armoured foot combat at the Fields of Gold tournament, hosted by The Barony of  Politarchopolis," writes reporter Georgina Connery of The Chronicle about the recent SCA event in Bungendore, New South Wales. (photos)

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Large gold medallion centerpiece of new exhibit at the Israel Museum

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:46

An "exceptional" gold medallion, found in 2013 at the base of the Temple Mount, will be showcased as part of a new exhibit at the Israel museum. Dating to the 7th century, the large golden medallion, embossed with Jewish motifs, is believed to have decorated a Torah scroll. (photo)

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Not the Santa Maria

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:03

Expectations were high recently when archaeologists believed they had found the wreck of the Santa Maria, Columbus' flagship off the coast of Haiti, but it was not to be. New evidence shows that the remains of the ship are from a later period.

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Rebuilding the Temple of Mithras

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:51

In 1954, there was much debate over what to do with the recently discovered remains of a Temple of Mithras. Unable to reach a conclusion, the ruins were packed up and have led a nomadic existance ever since. Now the ruins are being returned to their original site, underneath a London office block.

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Seaton Hoard - in Pictures

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 09:23

Numismatists in England found themselves squirming with delight over the discovery in Devon of approximately 22,000 copper-alloy coins, "the largest of its kind ever found in Britain." Now Culture24 allows visitors to take a closer look at some of the coins with a slide show. (photos)

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“Lord, help Veronica”

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 18:43

Since 2000, Nikolai Ovcharov has headed excavations at Perperikon in southern Bulgaria, revealing some amazing finds. The latest includes a 12th to 13th century container inscribed with the words in Greek, “Lord, help Veronica.” (photo)

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Northern Ireland looks to the Isle of Man for preservation of Gaelic languages

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:07

In the 1980s, Manx Gaelic was nearly extinct, but the language has made a comeback on the Isle of Man, thanks in part to the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, the world's only Manx-speaking school. Now educators in Northern Ireland are taking note and considering how to use the same methods to save Irish Gaelic.

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Beauty from tragedy in Roman Colchester

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:28

Experts working on the restoration and preservation of the Fenwick Treasure, found in the summer of 2014 under a floor of a house in the town center of Colchester, England, believe that the hoard of jewelry had been hidden during the Boudican revolt of 61 CE. In the future, the treasure will be displayed at Colchester Castle Museum. (photos)

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"A thousand years of history" at the Tiverton Fall Fair demo

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:37

"We have a thousand years of history to 'play' with. We study how hey did it and then try ourselves. It's really a living history group and involves such a huge range of interests." Baroness Sibylla (Tamara Pasley) told Troy Patterson of Kincardine News (Lucknow, Ontario), about the recent Tiverton Fall Fair demo by members of the Incipient Canton of Northgaeham. (photos)

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Considering the cockerel

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:20

The Romans considered the cockerel a messenger to the god Mercury, and the rooster was often depicted at the feet of the god. In Britain's Roman Cirencester, a rare and beautiful example of the cockerel was found in the grave of a child. Cotswold Archaeology features an in-depth look at the artifact on their website. (photos)

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Javelin head offers proof of Roman army occupation near Dumfries

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:38

Construction workers at Wellington Bridge near Kirkton, Scotland have unearthed a number of artifacts which relate to the Roman occupation of southern Scotland. Among items found were "an iron javelin head, the remains of a Roman boot, samian pottery and tile fragments." (photos)

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Scholars pinpoint site of Columbus' departure

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:25

In the 15th-century, Palos de la Frontera in southwestern Spain was a thriving port. New scholarship, and the discovery of pottery and a reef, have led experts to establish the site as the departure point for Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage.

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Great hall of Llys Rhosyr to be rebuilt in museum

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:04

Llywelyn Fawr of Gwynedd, 13th century Welsh prince,  built Llys Rhosyr as one of his royal courts. Now the site, long ago buried by sand dunes, and rediscovered in 1992, will live again as an exhibit in St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff. (drawing)

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