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Second oldest church "a big surprise"

SCA Today - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:15

Archaeologists in Mainz, Germany have discovered the second oldest church and the only surviving Carolingian cathedral in Germany. Within the walls of the city's Church of St John lie the remains of a 9th century structure whose walls "stretch from the basement to the roof."

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Ludus on the Danube

SCA Today - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:37

For over 100 years, archaeologists have been stydying Roman Carnuntum, on the Danube River near Vienna, but only recently were they aware of the existence of a ludus, or gladiator school, covering 30,138 square feet (2,800 square meters). The new research has been used to construct a 3D model of the site. (photos)

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Ancient barley virus carried by Crusaders

SCA Today - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:45

A team of British scientists from the University of Warwick has been able to sequence the genome of ancient RNA thanks to the study of ancient barley from Egypt. The fossilized grain contained the Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus, believed to be a modern disease, which may have been transported to Egypt by Crusaders in the Seventh Crusade.

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Murder declared in Scotland

SCA Today - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:10

An unidentified 20-year-old man has been found murdered in Kirk Ness in East Lothian, Scotland, but the murderer will not likely be found. The victim, fatally stabbed four times in the back, was killed in the 12th or 13th century.

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Vikings gather for Ragnarok

SCA Today - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:39

How did you spend Ragnarok? If you are British, you might have celebrated at the JORVIK Viking Festival where warriors fought the Norse gods in an epic battle. Festival director Danielle Daglan spoke with NPR's All Thing's Considered about the event. (podcast)

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Dark ages less barbaric than Roman, says historian

SCA Today - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:18

Dominic Selwood is a lawyer, writer and historian. He is also a blogger on a mission: to take the "dark" out of the Dark Ages. Selwood recently blogged on the subject for The Telegraph with Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire.

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Early Saxon graves unearthed in Cambridgeshire

SCA Today - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 20:00

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

SCA Today - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:10

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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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”

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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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2014-05-16 - Border Raids

Midrealm Calendar - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:00

Count Walrick de Blakeney new Prince of the Outlands

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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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2014-05-16 - Border Raids

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