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Writing award recommendations in the Midrealm

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:14

Brynn Herleifsson reports that he has created a series of three video tutorials on how to write award recommendations using the Middle Kingdom's online forms. The tutorials are available on YouTube.

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St Piran's Oratory to be excavated

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 18:41

In 1910, the remains of St Piran's Oratory near Perranporth, Cornwall were encased in a concrete bunker to preserve them from the coast's harsh weather, but now archaeologists have received permission to excavate the sixth century chapel, believed to be Britain's oldest place of Christian worship. (photos)

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The basilica under the lake

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 14:21

The foundations of a 5th century Byzantine basilica have been discovered beneath the waters of Lake İznik near Bursa in northwest Turkey. The discovery was revealed by aerial photosgraphs. (photos)

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Excavations at Cardigan Castle reveal part of original structure

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 09:50

Wales' Cardigan Castle, built in the late 12th century, was the site of recent excavations by NPS Archaeology revealing a section of the structure dating to the 1170s. Archaeologists also found over 9,000 artifacts including medieval pottery and rusted arrowheads. (photos)

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Yorkshire Museum covets Bedale Hoard

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:17

In 2012, a "nationally significant" Viking hoard, including a gold sword pommel and silver neck ring, was discovered in Bedale, North Yorkshire. Now the Yorkshire Museum hopes to buy the collection which is valued at UK£51,636.

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Youth battle in Concordia of the Snows

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:46

Gavin Haley is the youth champion in the Northeast, in the East Kingdom. He, along with his comrades do battle each week, under the watchful eyes of his dad, Don “Asgar” Haley, as part of the youth combat program of the SCA groups Barony of Concordia of the Snows (based out of Albany, New York) and the Shire of Glenn Lynn. Eric Jenks of the Saratogian has the story.

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"Cradle of the law" to display Magna Carta

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:17

In 1214, English barons met in Suffolk to discuss King John and the Magna Carta, a year before it was signed in Surrey. Now the Bury Society will celebrate the event with a display of an original copy of the document at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

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Illuminated almanac: 15th century iPad?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:34

The Wellcome Library has acquired a rare medical almanac, a "combined calendar, astrological chart and medical textbook," that compacts into a small, folded strip, for UK£100,000 from the Edith Sitwell collection. The illuminated alamnac is believed to have been produced in an English workshop in the early 15th century. (photo)

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Seathrun MagAoinghous placed on vigil in Calontir

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:04

Mathurin reports that at Their February 15, 2014 Chieftains event in the Barony of Three Rivers, Their Majesties Martino and Ariel, of the Kingdom of Calontir, placed HL Seathrun MagAoinghous on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Laurel.

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Unofficial Northshield Photo Gallery Shutdown Notice

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:18

After considerable deliberation, procrastination, and vacillation, Mistress Elashava and I have come to the conclusion that the Unofficial Northshield Gallery that I've hosted for nearly a decade is no longer a viable concern.

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A violent end for the Finnish swordsman

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:11

In November 2013, archaeologists working near Hyvikkälä, Finland discovered the grave of an unknown swordsman dating to the Middle Ages. Recent tests showed that the well-fed, fit individual died a violent death from skull injuries.

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How to Join the SCA Grand Council

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:29

Heather Shea (Kelly Magill), Grand Council Chair, reports that the SCA Grand Council is seeking new members.

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Matilda Bosvyle de Bella Acqua made Laurel in AEthelmearc

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:52

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their Court at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle, of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, offered elevation to the order of the Laurel to Mistress Matilda Bosvyle de Bella Acqua.

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Who's buried in Charlemagne's tomb?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:50

In 1988, bones were secretly removed from the tomb of the Emperor Charlemagne for study and for possible identification. Now the results show that the remains are... probably Charlemagne's. (photos)

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Two elevated to Pelican at St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:06

At Their February 15, 2014 St. Valentine's Day Massacre event in the Canton of Three Hills, their Majesties Cellach and Vukasin, of the Kingdom of the Middle, offered elevation to the order of the Pelican to two of Their subjects.

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King Alfred found?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:32

Researchers from the University of Winchester believe they may have found the pelvis of England's King Alfred the Great in a box of bones stored in the city's museum. The bone may also be from Alfred's son King Edward the Elder. The 9th and 10th century Saxon kings are best known for protecting their people from Viking raids.

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Two offered peerages at Kingdom for a Stage

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:43

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Kingdom for a Stage event, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the peerage to two of Their subjects.

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Roman cavalry helmet found at Iron Age shrine

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:26

In the year 43 CE, a Roman cavalry helmet, decorated with a silver-gilt wreath of victory, was buried by an Iron Age tribe at a shrine in Hallaton, England. Experts are still considering how such a helmet came to be in tribal hands. (photo)

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Lilies War Website Updates

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 16:56

Eynon Llangenydd, Deputy Lilies War Webminister, reports that there are new additions to the website for Lilies War.

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O'Neill clan to be celebrated by renovation of Tullaghoge Fort

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 09:08

A UK£4 million renovation project will help Tullaghoge Fort, near Cookstown in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to be developed into a major tourist attraction. The fort was the crowning place of the kings of Ulster, the O'Neills, until the 17th century.

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