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Abbey Library of St. Gallen manuscripts to go online

Gwynedd reports that "One of the oldest and most valuable collections of handwritten medieval books in the world, housed in the magnificent baroque halls of the library in this town's abbey (St. Gallen, Switzerland), is going online with the help of a US$1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

16th century Venetian fortress walls discovered in Cyprus

Archaeologists are examining the ruins of walls belonging to a 16th century Venetian fortress discovered recently during construction work on Eleftheria Square in Nicosia, Cyprus.

16th century mechanical doll at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna website features a 16th century mechanical, wooden doll which "plays the cittern, turns its head and seems to mince along with tiny steps while in fact running on wheels." (photo)

Medieval synagogue speaks of Jewish history in Vienna

The 15th century forced conversion of Vienna's Jews led to the community's expulsion from the city, but now archaeologists have discovered the remains of the walls and foundations of the Viennese Synagogue destroyed in 1421.

A genetic map of Europe

A genetic map of Europe constructed by Dr. Kayser, Dr. Oscar Lao and others from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, shows where 23 populations live in Europe and the genetic relationships between them. (graphics)

[ART] Wee Bit 'O Scotland

description:
http://www.myscaphotos.com/2k8Scotland_Nov_15.html

This day will include the highland games, a heavy tournament, a rapier tournament, games and classes.

The armored tournament is Damsel in Distress, the rapier tournament is save the Damsel from the mystical creatures and the highland games will include the caber toss, the hammer toss and others surprises. Location:
Boise, Idaho (Arn Hold, Artemisia)

[ART] A Call To Arms (with Siege Weapons)

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The Barony of Arn Hold will be holding an Archery and Fighting event on the weekend of October 17-19th.

http://www.myscaphotos.com/2k8CallToArms.html

We are putting out a special challenge to the Populace of this great Kingdom to bring your bows, your swords, your rapiers and YOUR SIEGE WEAPONS!

That's right, the first ever "Fetchez la Vache" (or as we like to call it, "Fetchez la Moose") will be happening that weekend at the Call to Arms event. Location:
Emmit, Idaho (Arn Hold, Artemisia)

Museum Comes to Life

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Join other local re-enactment groups in showing the denizens of the noble city of Boise what we do!

Share your passion of history with other willing victims!

http://www.myscaphotos.com/2k8museumdemo.html

There will be three armored tournaments throughout the day. These will include The Baronial Warlord Tourney (The format will be at the whim of the Baron and Baroness), Fortune /Misfortune Tourney (Bring your toys and spin to win?), and the return of the ever popular Cake or Death! Location:
Julia Davis Park in Boise, ID (Arh Hold, Artemisia)

Academy da Cavalaria 2

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"Teaching the History of Horsemanship and the art of riding well."

http://www.myscaphotos.com/eventannouncements/2k8AcademydaCavalaria2.pdf

(25 Minutes East of Boise, ID)

September 6th, September 20th, & October 25th, 2008

Also see:
ht Location:
Dream River Ranch, Arh Hold, Artemisia. (25 Minutes East of Boise, ID)

[ART] Academy da Cavalaria 2

description:
"Teaching the History of Horsemanship and the art of riding well."

http://www.myscaphotos.com/eventannouncements/2k8AcademydaCavalaria2.pdf

(25 Minutes East of Boise, ID)

September 6th, September 20th, & October 25th, 2008

Also see:
ht Location:
Dream River Ranch in Arn Hold, Artemisia. (25 Minutes East of Boise, ID)

3rd century Finnish burial site found

Archaeologists in Opolye, Suzdal, Finland have uncovered an ancient burial ground dating to the 3rd-4th centuries. Thus far, they have discovered 11 tombs shedding light on early burial customs.

Malta center of new study on ancient wine

New research by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage in Malta may show that the island was a center of the wine trade in the 3rd-4th century BCE. The archaeologists are currently mapping wine production sites and will present their findings in Rome this fall.

Palmyra Traders

Palmyra Traders began merchanting in 1993. They specialize in top quality, hard to find merchandise for the medievalist.

Pennsic 37 aviculture class available as podcast

Biya Sama Fujin (Lady Biya), guildmistress and founder of the Known World Avilculturists (formerly the Company of Medieval Aviculturists), is pleased to announce the first of her aviculture classes available in podcast format for those who cannot attend them in person at East Kingdom University.

Reconstructing History

Reconstructing History aims to be your one-stop shop for the finest patterns for historical clothing and the supplies you need to make them. Owned and operated by internationally-noted historical clothing researcher Kass McGann, Reconstructing History has patterns for clothing from 10th-century Heian Japan to the Napoleonic era (1812).

Neal Stephenson on Rapier vs. Katana...

Neal Stephenson reconsiders a storyline from his novel "The Confusion" in light of his recent experiences with rapier [and dagger].

Duke Student creates 3-D virtual medieval cathedral

The Duke University daily online newsletter has a short movie about the student who created a 3-D virtual cathedral, with a great deal of footage of the cathedral itself and links to other related items.

European Dance at Pennsic 37

The European dance schedule for Pennsic 37 has been finalized and posted online.

Heather Whipps' "How the Spice Trade Changed the World"

LiveScience columnist Heather Whipps writes a weekly column on world-changing events. A recent article discusses how the Spice Trade brought East and West together.

Justinian Plague victims found in Italy

1500 years ago, the Justinian Plague swept through the world killing as many as 100 million people. Recently the remains of hundreds of people, believed to have been victims of the plague, were discovered in Castro dei Volsci, Italy.

Macedonia's Skopje Stone Bridge restored

Originally built by the Romans over the Vardar River in Macedonia, the Skopje Stone Bridge has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries, and described by travels throughout the Middle Ages. Last year parts of the bridge fell into the river, forcing the most recent reconstruction.

Wood turning Video

A brief look at a tiny wood lathe powered with a hand-pumped bow is available on YouTube.

1600 volcano affected world climate

UC Davis geology professor Ken Verosub believes that a volcano which erupted in 1600 in Peru may have affected global weather, causing famine in Russia and a late wine harvest in France.

Crusaders left genetic mark on the Middle East

Scientists from the Genographic Project, which is tracking human migrations through DNA, have found traces of a particular DNA signature in Lebanon which they link to European crusaders.

Cod bones tell tales

"Fish heads, fish heads..." A recent study of European cod bones shows that "cod were exploited in the Middle Ages from many, often distant, fishing grounds, with an international trade in dried stockfish." The fish were much larger in medieval times, and began to began to be traded around the year 1000 C.E.

Dragon Swords N Daggers

Dragon Swords N Daggers offers medieval weapons and armor as well as articles on medieval history and information about medieval times and the period that spawned Europe from the V to the XV century. The articles include medieval weaponry and torture devices, the life within a castle walls, and knighthood.

Washing through history

The rise of Christianity in Europe may have led to reduced practice of washing, according to Katherine Ashenburg in Clean: An Unsanitized History of Washing. Judith Flanders has the review for The Telegraph.

Lord Edward Mac Tavish achieves Veneur at Gulf Wars XVII

Lord Edward MacTavish was recognized as Veneur, the highest level of Hunter in the Hunt Guild Persona Challenge. He challenged each level over the course of several years at Gulf Wars.

V&A's medieval and renaissance treasures at Atlanta's High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia will host Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum September 13, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

3rd century amulet places Jews in Austria

A gold amulet dating to the 3rd century CE inscribed with a Jewish prayer has been discovered in the grave of a Roman child in Halbturn, Austria proving that people of the Jewish faith inhabited the country at the time.