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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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Illuminated almanac: 15th century iPad?

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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

SCA Today - 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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