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New research project to illuminate "Dark Age" Scotland

The National Museums of Scotland are launching a new project to shed light on the so-called Dark Ages to educate people about the surprisingly sophisticated cultures of the Picts, Gaels, and Norse.

Roman tombstone found in Scotland

A red sandstone Roman Tombstone, the first Scottish example ever found, has been unearthed near Inveresk, Scotland proving "that Inveresk was a pivotal Roman site in northern Britain."

Stolen Da Vinci recovered

London police have announced the recovery of Madonna with the Yarnwinder, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci stolen four years ago from Drumlanrig Castle in southern Scotland.

Edinburgh's lost tower found

Archaeologists working at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland have found what they believe to be remnants of the Constable's Tower, destroyed during the reign of Elizabeth I. The tower was thought to have been lost forever.

"Lost" coronation abbey unearthed

The location of the abbey at Moot Hill, the original home of the Stone of Destiny, was forgotten centuries ago, but it has now been identified by experts from Glasgow University who have been surveying the grounds of Scone Palace for the first time.

2,000-year-old Iron Age roundhouses may be washed away by storms

A team of archaeologists from St. Andrews University are battling against time to study Iron Age roundhouses on the Scottish island of North Uist. The structures were first exposed in 2005, and are now in danger of washing away in a storm.

Secrets of Scone to be revealed?

Archaeologists working on the grounds Scone Palace in Scotland hope to learn more about the site where the famous Scottish Stone of Destiny was mined, and more about the country's early history.

Jousters in Scotland

"Almost 9,000 people" gathered to watch Knights of Royal England demonstrate their jousting skill at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland recently.

"Awesome Talent with Bagpipes"

Street musicians carry their craft to the edge with a performance caught on YouTube of some drummers and a piper who can really play!

Map reveals English and Scots may have fought on the same side

The discovery of an ancient map may show that the English and the Scots fought side by side at the 16th century Siege of Leith, the battle which brought about the end of the Auld Alliance.

Pre-Iron Age findings in Edinburgh Castle

A team of archaeologists working at Edinburgh Castle believe they have discovered traces of the sites original castle.

Darth Scotland

OK, you'll see anything on YouTube. This time it's "copinated" offering his rendition of "Star Wars"... on the bagpipe...

Dig set for Edinburgh's Cowgate

Archaeologists are preparing to begin a major dig at the site of the 2002 Old Town fire in Edinburgh's Cowgate district. They hope to find the remains of buildings dating as far back as the 12th century.

May Revel

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Dust off your pavilions and air out your bedclothes, the camping season is once again upon us. And what better way to start the year off than with Highland Games! So Lads and Lassies, gather around the field and watch as those who are brave enough compete in Scottish wrestling, tug o'war, the axe hold, the weight walk and our own version of caber tossing!

For those who choose not to compete in the more physical part of the Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)

Tartan Day on the runway

Tartan Week was celebrated in style recently in New York with runway models, Miss Scotland, and Sean Connery in a custom-made tartan Mercedes!

April 6 is National Tartan Day!

On March 9, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 41 recognizing National Tartan Day! This year (2007) it will be observed on April 6, so dust off your plaids, pull on your kilts and do a jig in celebration!

Road to the Isle: Scotland the Ba’a

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Join us for a day of Highland mirth and merriment! “Road to the Isle: Scotland the Ba’a,” is coming on Saturday, April 21! Site opens at 9 am and closes at midnight.

Where:
South Range Community Center
Highway M-26
South Range, MI

Martial activities include:

  • Michael McKay’s Last Mistig Tourney: The Sequel (rapier)
  • Armored Combat Tourney (to be announced) Location:
    Shire of Mistig Waetru (South Range, Michigan)

British history timeline

The website timeref.com is designed to help understand the Middle Ages in Britain (800-1499 C.E.) by way of a timeline, maps and links to related subjects.

School of Scottish Studies offers folklore and song

The School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland has created a website to share historical songs and traditions about the country. The downloadable contents are categorized by subject.

Kilt shortage in Scottish military

The failure to finalize a contract with garment-makers has left more than 5,000 Scottish soldiers out of uniform. As many as fifteen soldiers have been forced to share each ceremonial kilt.

Christian meets Celt in Scottish mythology

Scotland's place in world mythology is explored in an article by Diane MacLean for the Scotsman. Was King Arthur a Scot? Is the blood of Jesus in Scotland, and is Scotland really the lost city of Atlantis?

Surname Profiler Project

University College London has created an online project to share research on the distribution of surnames throughout Great Britain. The project traces the history of family names as well as their geography.

Mistress Signy Dimmridaela Wins Harp Championship

Baroness Signy Dimmridaela, OL (Tracie Brown) won the 2006 U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship, held October 21, 2006 at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also won the championship in 1987 in Alexandria, Virginia, and placed third in the 1985 All-Ireland harp competition in Listowel, County Kerry.

Scottish Swordsmith Takes on Parliament

Swordmaker Paul Macdonald is fighting City Hall - or more appropriately the Scottish Parliament - who recently passed a law strictly regulating the sale of swords in the country. Macdonald crafts historically-accurate weapons for re-enactors which he sells to museums, theatres and collectors.

"Murthly Hours" Online

The National Library of Scotland has posted an online version of the Murthly Hours, a richly decorated manuscript written in Paris in the 13th century.

Dun Or Baronial Anniversary

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In honor of Their Excellencies Colyn and Muiriath, who are celebrating their first Anniversary as our Baron and Baroness, our theme is Scottish: In 1322, Robert the Bruce of Scotland won a decisive victory over King Edward of England at the Battle of Byland. This defeat spurred England to finally accept Scotland ’s independence. (In the words of our Baron: “ Scotland was always free; it just took a while to convince England of that.”) So get out your tartans and kilts and join us in the spirit of Scotland ! Location:
Barony of Dun Or (Quartz Hill, California)

Brits are All Celts Under the Skin

According to a recent study of the genetic makeup of Britain's population, nearly all residents are descended from the Celts. "If one thinks that the English are genetically different from the Scots, Irish and Welsh, that's entirely wrong," said Professor Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford University.

Time Team Seeks 12th Century Monastery in Edinburgh

Experts from Channel 4's Time Team have discovered the foundation of an ancient monastery beneath the manicured lawn of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland.

How to Wrap a Great Kilt

Mystified by the process of wrapping a Scottish great kilt? Tartanweb.com can come to your aid with diagrams and photos to make the process easy.

Animal Sacrifices or Something the Cat Dragged in?

A new study of burial cairns and brochs has led researchers to question whether animal remains found at the sites were offerings to the dead or merely "something the cat dragged in."