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Medieval church wall and remains unearthed by electrical workers

SCA Today - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:20

The excavation of a ditch to bury an electrical cable has led to the discovery of a medieval church wall at St Ffinan's Church in Anglesey, England. The original church, believed to have been built in 620 CE, was mostly destroyed when the newer church was built in the 19th century.

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EtymArab created to help study history of the Arabic language

SCA Today - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:10

Stephan Guth, Professor of Arabic at the University of Oslo, has created EtymArab, an electronic database designed to collect and make available research on the history of the Arabic Language. The first part, containing 1,000 words and concepts, is now online.

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Cooking and defense in the Midrealm

SCA Today - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:47

Before the recent St. Valentine’s Day Massacre event in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rebecca Thiele of NPR affiliate station WMUK spoke with several SCA members about life in the Society, including such diverse topics as combat, cooking and real life defense. The article is available in both print and audio.

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"Astonishing" find in St. Bartholomew's Church

SCA Today - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:16

In 2006, St Bartholomew's Church in Much Marcle, England received UK£500,000 for restoration of the church. During the project, workers discovered a lead coffin in the tomb chest of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of 14th century traitor Sir Roger Mortimer, who overthrew King Edward II. English Heritage described the find as "astonishing." (photos, video)

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Barony of Whiterun event showcases Nordic theme

SCA Today - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:44

Just in time for spring, an upcoming event in the Barony of Whiterun will feature Nordic-themed combat, arts and sciences, merchants, and especially archery.

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Funds needed to restore haunted Wymering Manor

SCA Today - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:51

Even before it was damaged by death watch beetles, Wymering Manor in Portsmouth, England was pretty creepy. Tradition holds that the 400-year-old building, once featured on the Most Haunted Live television program, is the most haunted house in England. Today the manor's worst problem is its deterioration, which has led the owners to seek to raise the UK£2.5m needed for the project.

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Kitty 1; scribe 0

SCA Today - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:39

Any cat owner who participates in needlework or scribal arts will sympathize with a 15th century Dutch monk who indicated a stain on his work and wrote "Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book." (photo)

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Last Day for Feast Survey

SCA Today - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:49

Monday, March 31, 2014 is the last day to take the Feast Survey online.

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Wanted: Swordsmith apprentices for Edinburgh master-at-arms

SCA Today - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:26

Master-at-arms Paul Macdonald, of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for two apprentices. Qualifications include the ability to learn quickly and a passion for history.

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"Impressive basilica" unearthed at Moshav Aluma

SCA Today - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:06

Archaeologists from the Israel Land Authority have discovered a 6th century Byzantine basilica, featuring "magnificent mosaic" floors, at Moshav Aluma, near Pelugot Junction, in Israel. (photo)

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Construction workers uncover mass grave at the Uffizi

SCA Today - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 14:46

Construction workers at the site of a new elevator for Florence, Italy's famous Uffizi gallery were surprised to find not the usual Roman artifacts, but a mass grave that might contain over a thousand bodies.

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Writing award recommendations in the Midrealm

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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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