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Early Saxon graves unearthed in Cambridgeshire

2 hours 3 min ago

Archaeologists in the English village of Haddenham have uncovered nine burials dating to the Early Saxon period (6th century CE) in the car park of the Three Kings Pub. The graves, of both men and women, contained a wealth of grave goods including a spear and shield and a beaded necklace. (photos)

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From the Laurel King of Arms: Silent Herald Deputy Applications Sought

5 hours 53 min ago

The Laurel Sovereign of Arms invites interested candidates to apply for the job of Silent Herald Deputy, overseeing the Heralds who translate auditory information for non-hearing attendees at Court.

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Christians in Denmark by 9th century

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:13

New studies of the Domskirke in Ribe, Denmark show that Christians may have lived in the area 100 years before Denmark officially became a Christian country. Excavations at the site have unearthed over 70 Christian burials dating to the mid-to-late 9th century.

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Illegal metal detectorist tears Roman gold from ground in Germany

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:24

Investigators in Germany are untangling the case of a metal detectorist who illegally dug up more than EU€1 million worth of Roman gold in a forest in southern Rheinland-Pfalz. The perpetrator may already have sold some of the pieces on the Black Market. (photos)

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Ken Theriot Celebrates “Outlaws and Bystanders”

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:27

Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory introduces his new album of historical and SCA-focused music, written by himself and his wife, Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont.

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Removing hair - not flesh - in the Renaissance

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:38

Ladies, no more spending your hard-erned money for salon waxing. Simply follow the renaissance recipe for hair removal: arsenic, cat dung and vinegar. Read the article by Rose Eveleth in Smithsonian.

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Next Baron and Baroness of Innilgard announced

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:02

Aeschine of Arran, Seneschal of the Barony of Innilgard, reports that Their Majesties Alfar and Angharat of the Kingdom of Lochac have announced the names of the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Innilgard.

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Count Walrick de Blakeney new Prince of the Outlands

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:23

Conrad von Zollern reports that Count Walrick de Blakeney was victorious in the March 8, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

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Conor and Isa new Prince and Princess of the West

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:38

Baron Khevron reports that Duke Conor Weisszhan was the victor of the March 22, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Isa von Speyer.

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"Oldest graffiti in Scotland" found in Mingary Castle

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:08

The builders of Mingary Castle on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland may have been illiterate, but they left their mark on history through their graffiti. The markings, discovered recently in the castle's chapel, were probably inscribed when the chapel was first built, between 1265 and 1295. (photo)

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Anglo-Saxon artifacts discovered near Maidstone

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:49

A metal detectorist from Medway History Finders has uncovered a collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts dating to the 6th century near Maidstone, Kent, England. The hoard, valued at more than UK£40,000, includes silver brooches with red garnets and hairpins. (photos)

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Rocket cats?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:21

Proof that gun powder technology captured the imagination of 16th century military minds can be found in a manual written by artillery master Franz Helm of Cologne, Germany who proposed strapping rockets to the backs of cats in order to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise." (photos)

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Kolskeggr skialdarbriótr fra Einknnir new Lord of the Mists

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:18

Hirsch reports that Kolskeggr skialdarbriótr fra Einknnir was the victor of the April 5, 2014 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Katla von Walravensijde.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2014

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:58

THLord Stefan li Rous reports that he has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2014.

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Position Opening: Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:43

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism are seeking applicants for the position of Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms.

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1,500-year-old Christian church unearthed near Tel Aviv

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:48

Construction work for a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma, 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, has unearthed the foundations of a 6th century Byzantine church. The remains of the basilica and its artifacts discovered include "a cistern, a pottery workshop, cooking implements, oil lamps and central halls with a pair of side aisles divided by marble pillars."

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Medieval superpowers of the Swahili Coast

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:26

Great civilizations of the Middle Ages were not located solely in Europe or Asia. Some of the world superpowers grew up along the coasts of Africa. In a feature article for i09, Annalee Newitz takes a look Songo Mnara, a city that thrived from the 10th to 15th centuries. (photos)

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Anglo-Saxon tool papers online

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:45

On its website, Daegrad Tools of Sheffield, England offers an extensive list of papers on Anglo-Saxon tools. The papers are available for free download in PDF format.

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Wyoming college hosts Biduum Latinum

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:03

Latin is alive and well at Students at the college are required Wyoming Catholic College where students and professors recently participated in Biduum Latinum, a Latin immersion weekend, where everyone spoke only Latin. KCWY News 13 has the story.

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State Library of Victoria completes digitization project

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:39

The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia has just completed a project to digitize medieval and renaissance manuscripts from its own collection as well as some from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. The manuscripts are available to view on the library's website.

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