Cultures of the Middle Eastern lands, such as the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Israel, and Arabia
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-05-28 20:05
A display of 9th century Chinese pottery, discovered in 1998 in the wreck of an Arabic ship near Indonesia, has sparked controvery in the archaeological community. Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds, was scheduled to be exhibited at Washington's Smithsonian Institution.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-05-22 13:05
The Egyptian gods must have been angry when 6th century Coptic nuns used the walls of their temple for personal comments. The graffiti has been discovered at the 3200-year-old temple at Abydos.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-05-04 07:28
Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Why not plan a truly period trip to the City of Acre. Robyn Young and Tom Hall of BBC History offer travel trips.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-04-28 17:29
Their Highnesses of the Mists, Mikolaj and Vittoria, invite all to witness and celebrate the Investiture of Their Heirs.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-04-24 16:35
Auction houses have long profited from the 19th century practice of destroying precious painted manuscripts from Iran, India or Turkey by selling pages ripped from the books. Souren Melikian of the New York Times looks at this phenomenon.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-03-31 07:52
“The Hafla is my favorite event because they get the sights and smells right,” said SCA member Janet Johnston about a recent event in the Shire of Quintavia (East Kingdom). Rebecca Alty of The Item spent the day at the Hafla and reported her experience.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-03-23 07:08
Tired of the same, old tourist attractions? Huffington Post has some ideas for the Most Overlooked Historic Sites In The World in slideshow format.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-03-19 15:23
In a recent online issue of Saudi Aramco World Magazine, the history of fabric in the Middle East from the 11th century forward is discussed. Such fabrics as gauze and muslin were once very different from the way they are known today.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-03-16 17:39
Are you interested in dance? Do you want to learn some new and interesting dances? Do you need to brush up on the old standards? Do you have a favorite dance you'd like to teach? Do you just want to get out on the floor with the kingdom's best dancers? If so, this is the event you've been waiting for!
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-03-06 08:53
The recent political protests in Egypt have brought together strange bedfellows, some of whom must have included engineers, according to photographer David Degner, who caught a group of protesters using a siege engine.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-03-05 20:21
Israeli archaeologists are excited over the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church in the desert southwest of Jerusalem. The small basilica features "exquisitely decorated" mosaic floors.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-20 14:16
A 500-year-old, handwritten copy of the Koran, owned by the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has been scheduled to be digitized and available online. The manuscript is the size of a large-screen television, and it is too fragile to be displayed. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-02-19 12:49
A team of Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) professors and their students will spend the summer studying Tall Dhiban, an archeological site near the modern town of Dhiban in west-central Jordan.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-02-17 13:18
Please join us on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 6pm until midnight for a night of drumming, dancing, good food, and great company as we share Estrella War "No S**t" stories.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-02-15 11:43
The discovery of several luxurious Roman bathhouses in Bosra, Syria demonstrates that the area was an important part of Roman social life in the area, according to Director of Bosra Antiquities Department Wafaa al-Audi.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-02-09 17:53
Welcome to the Shire of Quintavia's annual Hafla. Come join us for a day of Middle Eastern dancing, classes, food and performances. We invite you to bring your Persian rugs, pillows, dancing shoes, musical instruments, and a warm smile, and join us for a day and evening in the Middle East.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-02-02 09:16
Archaeologists working at Jabal al-Sin, Syria on the Euphrates River have found cemeteries dating to the era of the Byzantine Empire.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-01-21 17:07
The Barony of Dun Carraig invites you to return to another day in the Medieval Middle East. There will be the usual drumming, dancing and enough fabulous food & drink to keep all attendees happy throughout the day.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-01-21 15:39
Tymothe Rankyn of Cathanar (Sgt Eric Rankin, USMC) reports that gentles serving in the military at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan have created an SCA group, and are in need of rapier equipment.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-01-18 16:34
Sometimes crime does pay, at least when it comes to archaeological discoveries. An illegal 2007 excavation of a home in southeast Turkey has revealed the Roman-era city of Germenicia. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-12-29 09:23
For many centuries, western Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, while those of the Eastern Orthodox faiths have celebrated it a week later. How did experts determine the date? Andrew McGowan of Biblical Archaeology Review has some answers.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-12-19 17:29
An exhibition of maps from the Ottoman Empire will be on display at the Vatican this winter. The Ottoman Worldview from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi', a traveling exhibit, was created in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Katip Çelebi'.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-12-12 10:36
On the Middle Eastern Dance Guild website, Melinda Haren (Mistress Roxane Farabi Shahzadeh) has posted a number of patterns for Persian garb that she has created.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-11-23 09:34
Those interested in Middle Eastern music and dance may want to visit George Dimitri Sawa's website, which offers information and links on period Arabic musical instruments and dancing.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-20 18:34
Workers at the Tall al-Shir archaeological dig in Syria have so far uncovered three layers of history dating back to the Roman and Greek eras. A recent find including walls from the late Byzantine period.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-13 12:57
In honor of the 10,000th birthday of the city of Jericho, officials gave visitors a rare glimpse of a 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet) which once graced the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-11-10 10:43
Thanks to several major gifts, the Israel Antiquities Authority plans to digitize the entire Dead Sea Scrolls collection and "make the images freely available and accessible to anyone anywhere in the world on the internet."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-10-30 16:29
Archaeologists from the Alamut Castle Research Center in Iran believe they might have discovered the 13th century observatory of polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi, who accepted the position of scientific advisor to the Mongols in 1256.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-10-28 18:40
Are you looking for something fun and different to do to spice up your winter season? Looking forward to the drums of the upcoming War? Well, look no further.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-10-19 16:38
"The discovery of Arabic coins at the coast of the Baltic sea proves that there was global trade more than 1,200 years ago," said Greifswald historian Fred Ruchhoeft about the discovery of 82 Arabic coins in a northern German field.