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From archaeological discoveries in Russia and England, to a 15th century recipe on 'Caudell of Almondys', here is some of the things we found in the news, on the blogs, and on Twitter.
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Baron Phillip Reed the Facetious, OP (Scott P. R. Berk, MD), became Chairman of the Board of Directors on Saturday, October 25.
Says Master Phillip of his new position, “I am honored to continue the progress the SCA has made to this point and look forward to continue leading the changes necessary for our organization to grow in the future.”
Filed under: Corporate
An 11th century burial site near Omsk in south western Siberia has revealed the remains of Bogatyr, meaning "great warrior," who lost an arm in his final battle. The "giant," measuring 5'11", was buried with amazing grave goods. (photos)
The British newspaper The Telegraph recetly published a history feature showcasing British soldiers' kits through the centuries. The feature consists of a slideshow of the complete set and an annotated list of each item.
More than one thousand people came out to enjoy the medieval festivities recently when Sunbury Revitalization Inc. (SRI) joined members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to present the Lake Augusta Renaissance Festival in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Sarah De Santis of Newsitem.com has the story. (photos)
Officials in Swansea, Wales are trying to bring the city's medieval past to life for citizens and visitors by installing street markers pinpointing major sites in the town. Cemlyn Davies, of the BBC, reports. (video)
On Saturday October 25, in Carolingia, over 70 Easterners participated in a new way to hold an event. There was a autocrat, gate, classes, even a musician playing in the social hall throughout the day. There was even a dayboard, unconventional as it was. (Those who pre-registered had the option of ordering a burrito lunch catered in) What there wasn’t, was garb, court, or people in persona.
Autocrat Lady Aildreda de Tamworth has spent a lot of time talking with people over the last year or so about how the current Arts and Sciences model works really well for some subjects, and less well for others. Most of what we do at events and in persona is based on finished products, and competition. She learned from others that was what missing, what people truly wanted, was a place to talk about process, a place to talk about what went wrong, what they did not understand, where to go next. The idea came up again and again. What if we talked like researchers?
The concept for Voyages of Discovery was born. A non-garb event, run like a research conference. With the help of Lady Eadgyth aet Staeningum, the Massachusetts Convention Fandom Inc loaned the event projectors and screens, Baron Colin Ursell loaned computers as well as ran the technology team that helped all of the presenters use the equipment to help share their work.
The staff also assembled a team to put together and run a research library, staffed throughout the day by reference consultants, many who work as modern librarians or researchers.
There was an impressive collection of books on many topics of interest to Scadians, organized by subject. A great moment occurred when one attendee, who had brought a book in Russian for the great pictures of iconography, discovered that one of the reference assistants in fact spoke and read Russian fluently. They spent much of the afternoon translating the explanations of each photo on sticky notes.
There was a slate of classes on topics varying from Geometric Art in the Renaissance to Medieval Mortuary Rolls, Persian Plants, and the effect on volcanos on medieval weather. Some of the topics deeply benefitted from the technology available. Others were sort of meta-topics, hard to talk about at a traditional SCA event, such as Mistress Lakshmi’s discussion on adopting another culture.
In addition to the classes and reference library, the other new concept was that of a poster session. Researchers used tri-fold boards used most often for science fairs to present information on their works in progress, show their process, and share research. Don Donovan Shinnock presented his work on the similarities and differences between the fencing masters Capo Ferro and Fabris. In addition to his poster, throughout the day he modeled the two different styles.
Mistress Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka presented a poster on her process in creating a 15th century paintbrush for illumination, which included her works in progress as well as her finished paintbrushes available for people to try out.
Throughout the day, people had nothing but compliments for this style of event. Many described it as a “rabbit-hole event” People started with one idea or topic, and stumbled down the rabbit-hole through others, moving to different conversations, or running to the research room to check out a new topic they hadn’t considered.
Her Excellency Imigla Venture, Baroness of Carolingia, was excited to leave her coronet and regalia at home, saying that, “This type of event was much less stressful to prepare for, making it much easier to truly focus on the Science aspect.” Don Donovan echoed this, saying, “Without all the other responsibilities of a normal event, we really get to just sit around and geek.” Many others appreciated the conference-like name badges, which had both SCA and modern names on them, helping people connect names to faces and research.
Countess Marguerite inghen Lachlan also held one of her discussion salons, which was perfectly suited for this concept, as they are designed to be regalia and precedence-free discussions of meta-SCA issues. This one discussed the responsibility and feasibility of citing sources and doing research within an SCA context.
As the event ended, many echoed the sentiment that the event be repeated again. People left enthused, ready to begin new avenues of research, and with fresh ideas on how to implement what they learned in a day to day SCA context.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: events, research
What is it about Madison, Wisconsin that attracts passionate followers of such geek genres as gaming, steampunk and the SCA, and why do such folk become politically active? In a feature article for Isthmus the Paper, Julia Burke interviews gamers and con attendees about their culture and activism.
Rosemary Maw's gardening has produced more than just beautiful flowers. Her home, The Old Manor in Stratton, three miles from Dorchester, England, has produced over 100 historical artifacts including "over 150 bottle fragments, almost 20 pieces of medieval jugs, and extensive cobble and flint foundations" from its back garden.
Artifacts unearthed from an 11th century Viking settlement near Cork, Ireland show evidence that the settlers were good at recycling and land reclamation. A new report, Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005 by Ciara Brett and Maurice F Hurley, has been published by the Cork City Council.
The Medieval Archives Podcast vault, maintained by the Archivist (Gary) includes a comprehensive list of topics of interest to those who study the Middle Ages. The podcasts are available for download or through RSS subscription or iTunes.
“Unto the mighty East Kingdom do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,
As many of you know by now I have been selected to take the reins of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s position. I would like to start by thanking Don Caine Ramsey for his years of service and guidance, you have earned a well deserved rest my friend.
Quite a few questions have been floating around, so I’ll try to answer a few of them. As a brief introduction, I have been in the Society for 25 years, with Rapier my primary focus in those years. I have held Rapier-related offices in two separate Kingdoms, both here in the East (my home Kingdom) and in AEthelmearc, where I served briefly as KRM before moving home to the East.
Second, the question of Rapier Spears. Rapier Spears will remain as they are now in this Kingdom. I have no plans to legalize them for any sort of use in the near future. I have a Rapier Spear Committee with which I will be working closely to examine these new weapons to determine their viability to our game. Beyond that, as I have stated, they will remain as they are.
Third, I have been asked about my Deputy position. I have chosen my Deputy Kingdom Rapier Marshal, and that is Don Donovan Shinnock. I have discussed this position with Donovan and he has expressed a willingness to step into the role and I am happy to have him.
Lastly, my contact information should be updated as of the December issue of Pikestaff. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or the phone number provided if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to the next several years with great anticipation.
Don Frasier MacLeod, Kingdom Rapier Marshal”
Filed under: Fencing, Official Notices, Tidings
Archaeologists in York, England will have the rare opportunity to investigate a site which has lain undisturbed for nearly 500 years. The Hidden Guildhall investigation will focus on riverside property once the site of the medieval friary visited by the Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III.
The Crown Province of Østgarðr will be welcoming musicians from throughout the Kingdom to their Musicians’ Day event on November 21st – 23rd.
The event organizers would like the populace to be aware of the following additional information which is not, at present, available on the event announcement:
Send reservations to
Make checks payable to “SCA-NY / Ostgardr”
Full and up-to-date information can be found on the Østgarðr website.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Ostgardr
Merton Priory, in Surrey, England, was founded in 1117 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. In recent years, archaeologists have been excavating the foundations of the Merton Priory Chapter House and have uncovered the priory's medieval cloister walls. (photos)
Sir Osgkar of the Wood, Earl Marshal of the East has announced that Don Fraiser MacLeod has been chosen to succeed Don Caine Ramsey as East Kingdom Marshal of Fence. Sir Oskar described the choice as difficult, but expressed his confidence that Don Frasier was the correct choice to continue to guide the rapier community in the East and help keep it dynamic and growing.
The transition in the office will occur at Crown Tourney in Stonemarche on November 1st.
Don Caine has expressed his gratitude to the rapier community at large for their support over the past three years. “It has been my sincerest joy and pleasure to serve you all” he said in an email.
Filed under: Fencing Tagged: EKMOF, fencing
This week's roundup finds some stories on how York is promoting its connection to its Viking past, wonderful images of writing on tree bark from medieval Novgorod and the troubles of being a historian in Cambodia.
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A nearly perfectly-preserved barley malting oven from the 13th century has been discovered by archaeologists working on an excavation in Bridge Street, Northampton, England. The construction was found complete with char marks on the hearth. (photo)
Spain in the 14th century was one of the countries hardest hit by the Black Plague, yet no burial of plague victims had been discovered, until now. Recently archaeologists working on the Basilica of Sant Just i Pastor in Barcelona unearthed a burial of 120 bodies "packed like sardines" under the sacristy.
A Roman dig considered "the Pompeii of the North" is being sold in order to keep the site out of the hands of developers. Binchester Roman Town, in Bishop Auckland, England, owned by the Church of England, has drawn a UK£2m bid from the Auckland Castle Trust.