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DNA study shows Viking families traveled together

SCA Today - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:57

A team of experts from the University of Oslo, led by Erika Hagelberg, has recently published its research in The Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B showing that "women played a significant role in Viking migrations." Their findings were made by comparing ancient Norse and Icelandic mitochondrial DNA with mitochondrial DNA of modern Northwestern Europeans.

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Northampton dig reveals chess workshop

SCA Today - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 21:10

Medieval chess pieces have been found in various digs throughout Great Britain, but for the first time, archaeologists have discovered a workshop where such game pieces were made. The discovery was made by a team from the Museum of London Archaeology at the Angel Street excavation in Northampton. (photos)

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2015-10-24 - Drangonsquest

Midrealm Calendar - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:00

English legal documents date the f-word to the 1300s

SCA Today - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 14:24

Paul Booth, an English historian at Keele University, has found the so-called f-word expletive used as an uncomplimentary nickname in several legal documents during the years 1310 and 1311. [NSFW]

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Garden project yields Anglo-Saxon cross slab

SCA Today - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 14:11

“I cleaned it off and realised it was carved. It looked like some of the things you see round here in museums so I contacted a museum and the archaeologists got very excited," said John Wyatt about a moss-covered stone slab he purchased for a garden project. (photo)

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Geophysical survey maps Old Sarum

SCA Today - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 13:28

A geophysical survey carried out by students and archaeologists from the University of Southampton has mapped, for the first time, the layout of historic site of Old Sarum near Salisbury, England, from its origins in the Iron Age to its decline in the 13th century, concentrating heavily on the prosperous medieval town. (photo)

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2015-10-10 - Red Dragon

Midrealm Calendar - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 05:00
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