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    Sword related News

    So for some time i have had an email feed of sword news, I thought I would just start a thread and update it with daily (if worth while) Sword, Archaeology and medieval arts news
    Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/dwa...-brett-ratner/

    Derry to replace stole Shakespeare troop's swords
    http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/news/ci_20028319

    And finally in the news, its Sword Swallowers day
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...ef=mostpopular

    No thanks I just ate a battle ax

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    I'm a huge fan of The Rock (dating back from the 90's feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin).. that being said, I have mixed feelings about this but I guess he can't do worse than Arnold?
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    Nice to read some sword related news.

    Unfortunately here in Finland only sword/knife news we get are those of bad kind. We had one situation a month ago where guy defended his wife and kids against wives ex-husband with knife. New husband gave one stab with Falcata that drove away the attacker. Luckily the court decided he was defending his home and close ones and got no charges.

    In my opinion Dwayne Johnson is a good actor. Some of this must be thanks to The Rock days at wrestling. Don't know if he has studied any acting but if not he's just born to act as I think he's probably as good as average Hollywood action film guy.
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    This appears to be older news but Lord Nelson's sword discovered off the coast of Lebanon
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#axzz1nOfkbuLS

    Not a sword per say bout an 11th century coin
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-17027300

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    Hey Dave,

    Thanks for giving the heads-up. We posted the Nelson sword story back in January (it's always good to check the Front Page for some of the latest sword-related news!).
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    youth fencing in Chicago

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ife/702259999/


    i did not catch the Lord Nelson story earlier

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    More of the Nelson discovery! You would think anything down there would be covered in scale. Now hiding the sword for safekeeping??
    What ever happened to photos to prove your story? To compare the value of the sword to a known Nelson sword does not make sense, the other sword didn't rust for over 100 years in salt water. It just brings out the sceptic in me!

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    A new 'Viking' trade town discovered
    http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/ne...nt-discovered/

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    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...313446487.html
    not swords persay, but a dig sight

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    Ancient statue that of female gladiator

    http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012.../?spt=hs&or=sn
    HAMBURG, Germany, April 17 (UPI) -- A 2,000-year-old bronze statue in a German museum may be that of a female gladiator, and a victorious one at that, researchers suggest.

    If true, the statue would constitute only the second visual depiction of a female gladiator known to exist, scientists at the University of Granada in Spain said.

    The statue in a Hamburg museum depicts a topless woman, wearing only a loincloth and holding aloft what researcher Alfonso Manas said he believes is a sica, a short curved sword of a type used by gladiators.

    The gesture with the sword is a "salute to the people, to the crowd," Manas said, as done by gladiators who have been victorious in a fight.

    The "precise real-life" details of the statue suggest the depiction is of an actual person, a real woman who fought, Manas told LiveScience, although where the statue was discovered is not known.

    Females gladiators were banned by Emperor Septimius Severus in A.D. 200 A.D. with only about a dozen references to them found in surviving ancient writings, researchers said.

    The only other known depiction of female gladiators is a carved relief from the site of Halicarnassus, now in the British Museum, that shows a pair of them fighting, they said.



    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012...#ixzz1sP5hX1TT

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    Interesting. Nice catch, Dave!
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    Oooh, interesting! Thanks for posting this, David.
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    Essex Village Recognized as War of 1812 Battle Site

    "The museum has also served as the conduit for newfound artifacts and archeological discoveries relating to the raid, including an 1804 pattern British Naval boarding cutlass found in the river off Hayden Point in Essex Harbor. It is the type of sword that would have been carried by British sailors during the raid."
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    additional story on female gladiator statue


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    Saxon sword found in River Frome

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/new...ed_by_royalty/


    A SAXON sword discovered at the bottom of Wareham’s River Frome 85 years ago may have belonged to royalty, it has emerged.

    The 10th century weapon, inscribed with old English, took pride of place at Wareham Town Museum this week.

    But the nature of the inscription has museum staff in a spin.

    “The wording on the sword’s hilt translates as ‘Ethe owns me’”, explained town museum creator Mike O’Hara. “The rest of the inscription has worn away, but names of that era starting with Ethe are associated with the royalty of the time.”

    Ethelbald, Ethelwulf and Ethelred were all kings of Saxon England.

    Mr O’Hara continued: “A sword like this would have only been owned by high status individuals, with lower ranks owning spears or axes.

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    Major Samurai exhibit coming to the Frazier in May

    http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...sey=nav%7Chead

    The Frazier History Museum has booked a major exhibit focusing on the Japanese samurai, one of the greatest warrior cultures in history.

    The exhibit, scheduled for May 12 through Sept. 30 at the West Main Street museum, will display “myth-busting secrets, exquisite artifacts and interactive features,” a promotional release said.

    The 3,800-square-foot exhibit will “immerse visitors in the mysterious, and often misunderstood, world of this vanished Japanese noble class,” the release said.

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    2500-year old tomb found in E China

    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2012-0...t_25223284.htm

    The tomb was found near a tourist resort in Yishui county in east China's Shandong province in January. Several bronze weapons, musical utensils, pieces of jade jewelry and ritual utensils have been unearthed from the site since then.

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    It's a shame that China is still as closed off as it is, I know it has opened its borders significantly by comparison in recent years. There is just so much history there to discover on so many fronts.

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    errrr, well sort of

    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/sho...highlight=news

    From July 14 to September 17, the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum in Setouchi will showcase swords made by craftsmen based on anime weapons. The centerpiece of this exhibit will be a three-meter-long, 30-kilogram recreation of Evangelion's Spear of Longinus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lewis Smith View Post
    The centerpiece of this exhibit will be a three-meter-long, 30-kilogram recreation of Evangelion's Spear of Longinus.
    This is the spear that legendarily pierced the side of Christ at the Crucifixion?

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    yes, though from what the spear in the photos it looks nothing like a Roman spear

    casca longinus romanus

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