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Issue #7 Beltaine,
a.s. XXIII

A drawing from a Merovingian gold disk brooch from Pliezhausen.
Kingdom of the Franks by Peter Lasko, Thames and Hudson, 1971.

Early Period Herbs
Knotted Trim from Birka
Chinese Chess
Coppergate Helm
A Norse Banquet
A Gladiator in the SCA
More Celtic Boots for Men
More Extant Trim Patterns
The Angon
Merovingian Calligraphy
Merovingian Dress
Early Period Camp Sites
Getting a Head
On Persona

EARLY PERIOD is published quarterly for the personal amusement of Fuiltigherne ni Ruadh O'Finn and for the advancement of early period arts, crafts, sciences and research. EARLY PERIOD deals in the pre-1066 A.D. topics of interest to persons with early period personae in the SCA or similar organizations.

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Be sure to look at the March/April issue of Archeology for their article on Celtic Death Rituals by Barry Cunliffe. Also interesting, if a little heavy on the 'Druid ritual' stuff is the article on bog burials in Smithsonian.

Speaking of Celts, check out McCall's pattern #3353. While it only comes in children's sizes, the "Power Hero" muscle suit pattern reworked to adult size would make a great beginning for a really period set of Celtic armor. Get busy, Andras has already started on his!

Next month: More Birka knotted trim, more sprang techniques, more period embroidery stitches, early war hammers and Part II of the SCA gladiator.

Fuil and Andras

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