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Multi-period grave swords puzzle experts

Sun, 2014-01-05 14:37

Archaeologists working at the site of a 12th century crusader grave in Hyvikkälä, Janakkala, Finland were puzzled to find the remins buried with two swords from different historical periods.

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Anglo-Saxon game piece found in Kent great hall

Sun, 2014-01-05 13:58

Archaeologists excavating the remains of an Anglo-Saxon in Lyminge, Kent have discovered a game piece "made from a hollow piece of bone closed with delicately turned wooden caps, held in place with a bronze pin," part of a high-end backgammon set. (photo)

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Leicestershire lead coffin opened

Sat, 2014-01-04 22:37

A team of experts from Archaeology Warwickshire and York University have opened the 1,700-year-old lead coffin discovered recently near Hinckley, England, and have begun examination of its contents.

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Tudor Monastery Farm on BBC 2

Sat, 2014-01-04 17:06

Watchers of BBC 2 may want to catch up on the latest episodes of The Tudor Monastery Farm, where modern experts "work as ordinary farmers under the eye of a monastic landlord, learning to master the landscape away from the farm in order to supplement their income."

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Vigils and elevations at Bull's Head Court

Fri, 2014-01-03 17:49

Maol Mhichil mac Giolla Pheadair reports that at Their Courts at Boar's/Bull's Head, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield, offered elevation to the Peerage to seven of Their subjects.

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Rare Celtic "pillow stone" discovered in North Devon

Fri, 2014-01-03 12:45

In 2012, 15-year-old Jack Lawrence discovered an odd stone in the rubble from a wall once part of Shutes Cottage in West Down, England. The stone bears the inscription "Guerngen" and is believed to have been a "pillow stone," placed at the head of a grave.

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Estrella War Promotions A&S Edition

Fri, 2014-01-03 00:12

Estrella War XXX Invites gentle lords and ladies to Teach at our A&S Collegium!

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Prepare for battle with Swordcraft

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:46

The official website describes Swordcraft as "paintball meets medieval/fantasy battle - carnage with a dash of medieval re-enactment, role-playing and cosplay." The medieval LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game was featured in a recent article in the Bendigo Advertiser (Australia). (photo, video)

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Vatican teams with Bodleian for US$3.2 million digitization project

Wed, 2014-01-01 15:20

Thanks to a US$3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation, rare manuscripts from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana will be digitized and made available online through both libraries. NPR's Annaliese Quinn has the story and interview.

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Medieval Society and SCA join forces at Purdue

Wed, 2014-01-01 11:21

"Reenacting medieval combat is one of the main attractions of the Medieval Society, but is certainly not the only one," writes Elizabeth Collins, staff reporter for The Purdue Exponent. Collins spoke with members of the university group and its partner, the SCA.

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Growing your own indigo

Tue, 2013-12-31 18:28

Love that blue? An article from Instructables offers directions on how to grow your own indigo.

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Archaeology fan? Wales has an app for that

Tue, 2013-12-31 04:48

Wales has introduced the Archwilio app, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to "access information about archaeological sites on maps covering the whole country." The free app will also let users connect and post their own updates.

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"How we have heard of the might of the kings"

Mon, 2013-12-30 19:14

The Old English poem Beowulf has been the subject of many translations over the centuries, especially the first word hwæt. Now Dr George Walkden, a University of Manchester lecturer, believes he knows what the poem's first line really says.

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Galen: Prince of Medicine book reviewed

Mon, 2013-12-30 17:02

The online site for History Today recently featured a book review by Andrew Robinson for The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern.

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Plans considered to unearth Roman baths in Exeter

Sun, 2013-12-29 21:15

The Dean of Exeter Cathedral in England is consulting with English Heritage about possible plans to make the Roman baths under Cathedral Green more accessible to the public. The baths were first discovered in 1971.

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Touring Roman Britain

Sun, 2013-12-29 09:45

Jolyon Attwooll has compiled a list of the "must-see" sites of Roman Britain for a recent article in the Telegraph. The article includes photos, descriptions and links of some of the best tourist spots in the country.

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Eggshells and pipes highlight 16th century Swedish kitchen

Sun, 2013-12-29 00:25

Swedish archaeologists were recently given the rare opportunity to excavate a portion of the Södermalmstorg area in Stockholm. The excavation revealed a complete 16th century kitchen, including intricately-carved tobacco pipes and an unexplained pile of eggshells. (photos)

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The history of Byzantium's gates

Fri, 2013-12-27 23:00

No one knows exactly where all of the city gates to Byzantium were located, but the literature of the day speaks of many of them. In a feature for Hürriyet Daily News, Niki Gamm discusses Istanbul's walls and gates and their places in the architectural history of the city.

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Three recognized with Peerages in An Tir

Fri, 2013-12-27 22:28

HL Finn Grim, Court Reporter to TRM Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, reports that at Their Baroness’ Tourney on November 30, 2013, Their Majesties offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

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