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Pennsic Pre-Registration Deadline: June 18th

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-06-11 11:34

Paid registration for Pennsic ends on Saturday, June 18th at 11:59pm EDT.  The size of the land allotted to a group is determined by the number of people who preregister by this deadline. Unpaid online registration is available until July 8th.

Reminder: The last day of pre-registration almost always has technical difficulties, we suggest not waiting until then.

 Preregistration is available at this website.


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A romp through the Prelinger film archive

History Blog - Sat, 2016-06-11 10:43

It’s been a while since I had a proper weekend romp through historic films. The Prelinger Archive, a wonderfully eclectic group of home movies, commercials, government and corporate educational and instructional films and a wide range of other assorted clips is today’s fertile field.

Confused by those newfangled rotary dial phones? Have no fear, AT&T is here (or was, in 1927).

This is how you brush your teeth, boys and girls of 1928. To reinforce the message, Goofus and Gallant apply for a summer job to the man with the pince-nez glasses. Goofus’ blackened grill and busted outfit does not impress, while Gallant’s sparkly whites and sharp suit win the day. Mr. Gorman is pretty mean to poor Bill about it.

This is a 1945 Army picture about insomnia associated with what was then called Combat Fatigue and is now PTSD. It’s not the most compelling of reels — perhaps it was designed to help cure insomnia — but there are two elements of note: 1) the movie within a movie starring Donald Duck, and 2) Dick York, best known as the first Darrin from Betwitched, in the role of the lead insomniac’s friend Lucky who laughs uproariously at Donald Duck’s entirely unfunny antics and generally babbles way too much. Bonus points for the shower scene.

Lessons learned from a 1961 prom. Shake hands with the receiving line of chaperones. The boy fills in the dance card, putting his own name in the first and last positions. Showing off on the dance floor is bad; accompanying a girl off the dance floor “so she’s not stranded” is good. Shake hands with the exit line of chaperones. Enjoy the midnight supper offered by parents afterwards. Say goodnight. Nobody even come close to making out. Enjoy Coca Cola.

The Prelinger Archive was assembled in New York in the 1980s, but it acquired a collection of California pictures so they have quite a few films of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

It starts off in the Western Addition neighborhood which surviving the earthquake with limited damage. Many of its Victorian homes still stand today. A shot at the beginning shows one of those amazing thickets of overhead cables from electric and telephone companies so common in cities before consolidation and monopolies began to thin out the volume of them. Around the 3:07 mark, the view changes starkly from the comparatively unscathed Western Addition to the rubble-filled war zone of Market Street.

This one captures one of the fires that devastated the city even more than the quake had. It’s remarkable how crowded the streets are, and there’s one car zipping down the street, driving around horse-drawn vehicles, people and rubble. The film rate is sped up, so it’s not actually going fast as it looks to be, but you can see later in the film that other kinds of vehicles stayed in their lanes a lot more. There’s a running streetcar and the destroyed dome of San Francisco’s grand City Hall makes an appearance.

This one was taken from Market Street and has a wider view of what was left of the City Hall and Hall of Records complex.

San Francisco passed the first anti-drug legislation in the country in 1875 and opium was its target. The law made it illegal to own or frequent an opium den, but as usual, prohibition did nothing to stop the growth of opium in the city. By the turn of the century there were hundreds of opium dens in Chinatown. In the end it took force majeur to bring down the opium dens. Unfortunately the earthquake also took down the rest of the city with it. In 1907 the sale of the drug itself was outlawed, except for prescription purposes. The police tried to combat the scourge of opium with very public bonfires of confiscated opium and smoking accessories, but other than creating huge, dense clouds of opium smoke in downtown San Francisco for passersby to get inadvertently high off of, the autos-da-fé accomplished little.

Here’s a video of one of these opium bonfires from 1914. In an interesting contrast to the earthquake films, in the background you can see the new City Hall with its dome still under construction. It would open a year after this film was shot.

Speaking of vice, since it’s Saturday and one hopefully doesn’t have to worry about keeping one’s viewing safe for work, perhaps you might enjoy the archive’s significant group of old-timey stripper videos. This is burlesque dancing, mainly from the late 1940s and 1950s, I would guess, although there may be earlier ones in the mix. They are not dated, alas. There is a hint of nudity here and there — sheer undies, the occasional glimpse of underbutt or rhinestone pasties, that sort of thing — but nothing to clutch pearls over.

Red-Headed Riot has a Rita Hayworth thing going on.
Dance of the Doves” involves no doves whatsoever, but rather one cockatoo and one macaw. Nora the Quivering Torso lives up to her name by moving more than the rest of them put together. This lady is unnamed but is notable for her proto-twerking skills and the black censor band built into her panties to obscure her scandalous butt cleavage.

Betty Rowland, “Burlesque’s Ball of Fire,” closes out the show. She starts off with a fine gown and ends up behind the curtain (still in her underwear, of course) à la Gypsy Rose Lee.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

East Kingdom Results From The March 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-10 11:36

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the March 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings; these items were submitted to the East Kingdom at Pennsic 2015.

Acceptances

* Aharon ben Zach. Name.

* Amis Mwyn. Device. Or, a fret azure its mascle gules, a bordure sable.

* Brandr nefsbrjotr Aronsson. Name change from Cian Mac Fhearghuis.

The submitter wanted a constructed byname meaning “nosebreaker”. The form refsbrjotr uses the genitive singular form of “nose”, whereas all of the examples of “breaker of X” or “X breaker” in Old Norse that could be found use the genitive plural form of X. Examples include hornabrjótr (“breaker of horns”), øxnabrjótr (“oxen breaker”), and garðabrjótr (“breaker of fences”), and haugabrjótr(“breaker of cairns, grave-robber”), all found in Geirr Bassi. Therefore, the plural form of the byname would be nefjabrjotr (“breaker of noses”).

We note that at least one prior registration allowed the genitive singular form in a similar name:

Submitted as Ragnarr rifbrjótr, all the documented examples of X-brjótr that were supplied on the LoI and by the commenters have the X element in the genitive case. We have changed the name to Ragnarr rifsbbrjótr [sic] to match the documented examples and fix the grammar. [Ragnarr rifsbrjótr, August 2008, A-Atlantia]

Similarly, a more recent registration stated that the genitive singular form was registerable:

The byname is constructed, with the intended meaning of “stone breaker”. The byname needs to use the genitive form of “stone”, Steins- (“breaking one rock”) or Steina- (“breaking many rocks”). Kingdom confirmed that the submitter prefers the latter, so we have changed the byname to Steinabrjótr. [Óláfr Steinabrjótr, February 2015, A-Æthelmearc]

Therefore, we will allow the submitted form of the byname in this case, but future registrations of “X breaker” in Old Norse should either use the genitive plural form of X or include documentation to support the use of the genitive singular. If the submitter prefers the plural form nefjabrjotr, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

The Letter of Intent incorrectly stated that the submitter’s previous name, Cian Mac Fhearghuis, was to be released. However, in accordance with the submission form, it is retained as an alternate name.

* Charlotte Orr. Name and device. Quarterly argent and sable, a hedgehog statant gardant gules.

Nice late 16th century English name!

* Constancia de Vianne. Name and device. Purpure, a crossbow bendwise sinister and on a chief argent five musical notes inverted sable.

* Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib and Ingvar Thorsteinsson. Joint household name Erlendsstaðir.

Although the form only included Hasanah’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Ignacia la Ciega. Badge. Gules, a chevron between a demi-sun and a shamshir inverted Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a shamshir.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson. Device. Erminois, a boar’s head cabossed sable and a chief gules.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson and Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib. Joint badge for Erlendsstaðir. (Fieldless) A tree blasted and eradicated per fess gules and sable.

Although the form only included Ingvar’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson and Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib. Joint badge. (Fieldless) A tree blasted and eradicated quarterly gules and sable.

Although the form only included Ingvar’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Johannes von Braunschweig. Name.

The byname is found in the title of Gründlicher Bericht, wie es mit Herzog Friderich von Braunschweig und der Stadt Braunschweig in der Belägerung ergangen (https://books.google.com/books?id=ArJKAAAAcAAJ), dated to 1615.

* Margaret of Rochester. Badge. Azure goutty, a chevron argent.

Nice badge!

* Matteo Genovese. Name and device. Vert, a spear and in chief two axes argent, a bordure argent semy of daggers inverted vert.

Nice 15th-16th century Italian name!

* Matthildr Skotsdottir. Name.

* Micchelle Vitalis. Name and device. Or, a bend vert between a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved proper and two arrows in saltire gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Italian any time in our time period”. This is an authentic 13th century Latinized Italian name.

* Michel Almond de Champagne. Name change from Michal Almond de Champagne and augmentation of arms. Per chevron lozengy argent and sable and purpure, in base a fleur-de-lys argent and for augmentation on a canton Or a tyger passant azure.

The bynames Almond and de Champagne are grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Michal Almond de Champagne, is released.

Please advise the submitter to draw the lozengy portion of the field with more and smaller lozenges.

The submitter has permission from the East Kingdom for her augmentation to conflict with the East Kingdom’s populace badge: (Fieldless) A tyger passant azure.

* Moire MacGraha. Badge. (Fieldless) A musical note argent entwined by an ivy vine vert.

* Mountain Freehold, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse argent atop a trimount couped vert.

* Mountain Freehold, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse Or atop a trimount couped vert.

* Nicolae Munteanu. Name and device. Or, a tree issuant from a mountain between in chief two falcons striking respectant vert.

Submitted as Nicolae Muntean, the correct patronymic is Munteanu. We have changed the byname to this form to register this name.

* Nicole la bouchiere. Name and device. Per pale argent and azure, a cleaver bendwise sinister counterchanged.

Nice late 13th century French name!

Nice choice of charge for this occupational byname!

* Oodachi Jirou Tsu’neyasu. Name.

* Osc of the Harbours. Device. Argent, five geese migrant in chevron sable and in base a torteau.

There is a step from period practice for the use of birds in the migrant posture.

* Piers Campbell. Acceptance of transfer of household name Clan Campbell of Applecross from Tomasz Tomashevskoi.

* Richard Holland. Name change from Ragnarr Sigurðarson.

The given name Richard is found in “English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/parishes/richard.html) in 1575, the same year as the byname.

Excellent 16th century English name!

The submitter’s previous name, Ragnarr Sigurðarson, is retained as an alternate name.

* Robyn Wolf Claw. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a phoenix gules rising from flames Or and a wolf’s head cabossed argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for “1580s Tudor England”. All elements in this name and the pattern of double bynames can be documented to late 16th century England.

* Rose Therion Storie. Name.

Therion and Storie are grandfathered to the submitter, as they are elements from the registered name of the submitter’s father, Therion Sean Storie.

After the Pelican decision meeting, the question was raised whether this submitter would also need a letter of permission to conflict from her father, as Therion Storie is a possible use name for her father. PN3D of SENA states:

To be clear of relationship conflict, the submitted name must not unmistakably imply close relationship with a protected person. This includes, but is not limited to, a claim to be the parent, child, or spouse of a protected person. An unmistakable implication generally requires the use of the entirety of a protected name.

In the present submission, Rose Therion Sean Storie would make such an unmistakable claim of relationship. However, the submitted name, which does not incorporate her father’s complete name, does not. Therefore, we are able to register this name within requiring an additional letter of permission to conflict.

* Rowen Cloteworthy. Heraldic title Red Lozenge Herald.

Lozenge is a lingua Anglica form of the period losenge.

* Stanislaw Polaski. Name and device. Azure, a chevron inverted Or between three dragons passant two and one argent.

Both elements are found in Zofia Abramowicz, Lila Citko, and Leonarda Dacewicz, S{l/}ownik Historycznych Nazw Osobowych Bia{l/}ostocczyzny (XV-XVII), vol. 2, s.nn. Po{l/}aski and Wojno, dated to 1580.

Nice late 16th century Polish name!

* Tigernan MacAlpin. Device change. Gules, an alphyn rampant argent and a bordure compony sable and Or.

The submitter’s old device, Sable, a bear rampant, on a chief Or three spruce trees eradicated sable, is retained as a badge.

* Tomasz Tomashevskoi. Transfer of household name Clan Campbell of Applecross to Piers Campbell.

* Tryggvi Stefnisson. Device. Vert, a seal erect and in chief seven gouttes argent.

* Ulrich van Kathen. Device. Per pall inverted vert, azure, and argent, three musimons rampant counterchanged argent and sable.

* Védís Iðunardóttir. Device. Gules, a seal erect and in chief seven gouttes Or.

* Violante Valeriano. Device. Argent, on an ounce rampant regardant azure a comet argent, a sinister tierce urdy azure.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a tierce with another charge.

* Zipora du Bois. Name and device. Purpure, a winged fleur-de-lys Or.

Zipora is a 14th century Jewish name found in Germany and France. The combination of a Jewish name from France and a French byname is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Returns 

* Rowen Cloteworthy. Augmentation of arms. Lozengy argent and sable, a chief gules and for an augmentation a canton purpure charged with four millrinds in cross Or.

This augmentation is returned for contrast issues. SENA A3a3 states “Because an augmentation adds complexity, augmented devices are often allowed to violate certain style rules, such as allowing charges on tertiary charges or a complexity count of greater than eight, as long as the identifiability of the design is maintained. However, they may not violate the rules on contrast.” While the canton is overall and has good technical constrast with the field, it also substantially overlies the gules chief and mostly touches black parts of the neutral field. Thus, the purpure canton largely lies against a color background and does not have good contrast. In consequence, this must be returned.


Filed under: Announcements, Heraldry

Artisan’s Village Event Promotes the Arts and Sciences Community

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-10 09:39

The Shire of Hartshorn-dale held its second Artisans’ Village event over the weekend of June 3rd – 5th. Artisans Village is an event entirely focused around the Arts and Sciences community.

The event featured 8 “villages” where artisans, led by a village coordinator, displayed their art and conducted hands on demonstrations of their crafts. Period blacksmithing, cooking, brewing, and music demonstrations were featured at the event, along with lampworking, bookbinding, the fiber arts, and more.

The event also featured two full tracks of classes, including classes focused on supporting the Arts and Sciences community itself. A round-table discussion about creating positive and supportive A&S competitions was held by Mistress Amy Webbe, current kingdom MoAS; a class on beginning A&S projects was held by Master Magnus Hvalmagi, current King’s Arts and Sciences Champion, and a class on writing effective A&S documentation was led by Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel.

This year, a new feature was also added to the event, the “Artisans’ Progress.” Attendees at the day’s events were encouraged to collect a bead from each village they visited. Those who collected 7 beads could then enter a raffle for a chance to win a basket full of gifts kindly donated by the villages and other artisans. The winner of the “Artisans Progress” was Melanie, who joined the SCA all of two weeks ago.

Thank you to everyone who came out to spend the day at the event, and to the teachers and village coordinators!

For more pictures or information about the event, please visit our photo gallery of the event and the event website.

For those on facebook there is another album available here 


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events

Satellites, drones find huge new structure at Petra

History Blog - Fri, 2016-06-10 01:31

Archaeologists using high-resolution satellite imagery and drone photography have discovered a massive structure in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the Rose City after the red sandstone of the rock cliffs its most famous buildings were cut into, was built by the Nabateans beginning in the 2nd century BC and prospered as a trade hub linking East and West. It was abandoned in the 7th century and rediscovered by Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt in 1812. Since then, it has been extensively explored. Finding a previously unknown structure of monumental dimensions is therefore unexpected, to say the least, especially half a mile south of the main city center.

Archaeologist Christopher Tuttle, who has worked at Petra for nigh on 20 years, collaborated with everyone’s favorite (only?) space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, who scanned the satellite imagery for spots of interest. She saw a large rectangular shape with a smaller rectangle inside it at a site that Tuttle was somewhat familiar with, but the glimpse he’d seen of it looked like there were just a few crumbling terrace walls of a type widely seen all over the city. Tuttle then took to the field to discover if there was anything of note at the site. Aerial drone photography confirmed the outlines of an ancient structure worth exploring further, and then Tuttle took to the field to examine the site with his own eyes.

He realized that it wasn’t busted old terrace walls but rather the remains of a massive previously unknown building. Some pottery found there dates back to 150 BC, which may indicate the platform was built in the early days of Petra’s founding.

The newly revealed structure consists of a 184-by-161-foot (about 56-by-49-meter) platform that encloses a slightly smaller platform originally paved with flagstones. The east side of the interior platform had been lined with a row of columns that once crowned a monumental staircase.

A small 28-by-28-foot (8.5-by-8.5-meter) building was centered north-south atop the interior platform and opened to the east, facing the staircase.

This enormous open platform, topped with a relatively small building and approached by a monumental facade, has no known parallels to any other structure in Petra. It most likely had a public, ceremonial function, which may make it the second largest elevated, dedicated display area yet known in Petra after the Monastery.

Most of the large public monuments, including the Monastery (which is actually a temple), were built between the late 1st century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D., so if the pottery dates pan out, the platform could be the oldest structure in Petra of monumental scale. It’s not clear how the Nabateans used these shrines as they left no written records and few hints carved in the stone since their religious monuments eschewed icons for the most part, or used portable figures that are long gone.

There are no current plans to excavate the site. Tuttle and Parcak have co-authored a study on the find published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. It can be read here if you have a JSTOR login or nine bucks to spare.

You can take a virtual walk through the glories of Petra with Google Street View. Also, PBS’ always excellent NOVA had a fascinating episode last year on how the great buildings and elaborate water systems of Petra were constructed. It’s jaw-dropping at times. The Nabateans were genius engineers, truly.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Throwback Thursday – Joseph of Newby

PainBank - Thu, 2016-06-09 04:00

Throwback from 2005 episodes:

Joseph of Newby from down under in the land of Australia. This was an enlightening and new perspective.

Enjoy!

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First ancient oracle found in Athens

History Blog - Thu, 2016-06-09 01:07

Archaeologists have discovered the first ancient oracle of Apollo in Athens. Others have been found elsewhere in Greece, most famously the Oracle of Delphi, but this one is the only discovered in Athens. It’s in Kerameikos — the old potters’ quarter (hence the name) — northwest of the Acropolis in downtown Athens. It’s the site of a necropolis used over different periods known today as the Street of the Tombs for the funerary moments and stelae that line the road to Eleusis where the mysteries were performed.

Just south of the burial ground is a sanctuary discovered by Kyriakos Mylonas, a pioneer of scientific archaeology in Greece, in 1890. Myolnas unearthed a marble omphalos stone set in a rectangular enclosure between the altar and a triangular statue base in a cult niche. The omphalus, meaning navel, symbolized the center of the world. It was also believed to enable direct communication with the gods. The omphalos stone at the Oracle of Delphi was hollow and is believed to have been part of the ritual reading the oracular gases that came up through it. Because Hecate was frequently depicted as having three forms, Myolnas thought the base once held a statue of Hecate and that the sanctuary was dedicated to her, but Artemis was also sometimes depicted in triplicate, and several inscriptions and other artifacts were later found on the site indicating it was a sanctuary of Artemis Soteira, meaning Artemis the Saviour.

In 2012 during some cleaning work on the site, the German Archaeological Institute found that the omphalos was mounted on a marble slab that covered an opening. Last year, the omphalos was raised with a crane to reveal what it had been concealing for thousands of years: a circular well nine meters (30 feet) deep constructed out of semi-cylindrical clay tiles engraved with more than 20 inscriptions of the phrase “ΕΛΘΕ ΜΟΙ Ω ΠΑΙΑΝ ΦΕΡΩΝ ΤΟ ΜΑΝΤEΙΟΝ ΑΛΗΘΕΣ,” which translates to “Come to me, O Paean, and bring with you the true oracle.” Paean was an epithet of Apollo, son of Zeus and brother of Artemis. The repeated phrase was a prayer, an invocation to the deity that he reveal faithful and accurate answers to believers’ questions.

The shaft is only about 65 cm in diameter (just over two feet) which makes it a very tight fit for archaeologists to explore. Still, researchers were lowered in cautiously by crane. The style of the inscriptions place them in the Roman period, probably the third century, but the well is likely to have been in place much earlier.

Though the powers of the oracle at Delphi and others were famously plied by the ancient Greeks, this is the first ancient oracular edifice to Apollo to have been found in Athens itself, Dr. Jutta Stroszeck, director of the Kerameikos excavation on behalf of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, told Haaretz. The well would have been used for hydromancy, a method of divination by means of water.
The ancients routinely sought oracular guidance not only on the future, for simple everyday matters, such as finding/keeping a lover, ahead of a journey, after falling ill, and so forth – or applying for asylum in the sanctuary.

This find is also significant because it confirms that the omphalos is in its original location. It is the only one in Greece to bear that distinction. The one in Delphi was moved over the years and is now in an unrelated location inside the sanctuary.

A wooden lid with a waterproof cover has been placed over the oracle well for its protection. The plan is to move some of the marble pieces, including the omphalos, to the Kerameikos museum. A replica will be placed in the sanctuary so it can take the brunt of the elements while the original is spared.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Æthelmearc Æcademy Class List

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 17:18

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of AEthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!

Good Gentles,

If you have been wanting to learn a new skill or perfect a technique you haven’t quite mastered, I invite you to attend Saturday’s AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College, hosted by the hospitable Shire of Ballachlagan.

With nearly 60 classes offered, you will surely enjoy a day of learning and doing!

Do you brew?  Do you want to?

  • Documenting Homebrew. What Digby never told you
  • Medieval Malting

Are you interested in classes on clothing and accessories?

  • A Brief History of Undergarments: The Pair of Bodies and the Farthingale
  • Hitatare Kamishimo, Fancy Japanese Menswear
  • Hoods for Everyone
  • Ladies Japanese Outfit
  • Making a Norse Hat or Sewing 101  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Yorkshire and Doublet Buttons

Does a good brawl set your toes a-tapping?

  • Bransles/Brawls of Arbeau f1589
  • Bring Your Own Feet Dance Practice
  • Three 15th century Italian dances

Want to embellish garments that others will envy?

  • Hand Applique
  • To Knot or Not To Knot (Youth-friendly class!)

How about fiber arts?

  • Felted Mitten Fun!  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Fingerloop  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Inkle Loom Make&Take
  • Inkle set-up and beginning weaving
  • Tablet Weaving Play Time

What about food and cooking?

  • Butter Making Experiment for Children (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Grain Milling for Children (Youth-friendly class!)
  • In Charge of the Feast
  • Lunch, Feast, or Sideboard
  • Period Feasts for a Picky Palate
  • Potage Practicum

Maybe you prefer hands-on/how-to classes?

  • Armour Pattern Making
  • Beginning Pewter – Cold and Hot Pewter Look the Same
  • Introduction to Dovetails

Is history your thing?

  • Bling Out Your Dead
  • A Brief History of Carriages
  • I Came, I Saw, I Cocked It Up: Great Military Blunders, And What They Can Teach Us
  • If Not By Prowess Then By Poison
  • Medieval Metrosexual?
  • One Monarch, Two Interments
  • Vampires – Separating fiction from fiction
  • The Way of Saint James: The Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Then and Now

Are you musically inclined?

  • The Ubiquitous Recorder (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Moving Beyond Recorders – Other Period Instruments

Love drawing and painting?

  • Applying gold leaf using period materials
  • Basic Paint Techniques
  • Illumination Play Time
  • Italian White Vine: A Hands-on Introduction
  • Lefties Loving their Letters
  • Wax on, wax off calligraphy

Looking for ways to up your SCA game?

  • Designing armory from period examples
  • Drafting the Sun
  • Fairy tales workshop – composition in performance
  • Heraldry BINGO! (Youth-friendly class!)
  • On Being a Signet
  • Sharing the Wealth: creating a presentation of your work
  • Using Technology to Gather and Organize Documentation
  • Using Technology to Create Images for Documentation

And don’t forget there’s a host of WAR COLLEGE classes, too!

  • Basics of the Japanese Sword
  • Japanese Short Staff
  • Melee For Fencing, how to go from mob to unit
  • Shield man’s survival guide to melee
  • So you want to be a combat archer
  • So you want to be a Thrown Weapons Marshal

Event details can be found at http://www.aecademy.net/spring2016/index.shtml

Looking forward to seeing YOU there!


Categories: SCA news sites

A Message From the Gift Coordinator

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 15:54

Greetings to the noble people of the East!

I am Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh and I have the very great honor to be the Gift Coordinator for Their Munificent Majesties, Kenric and Avelina, may They reign forever!

It is my function to coordinate incoming gifts to be used as largesse or as gifts for exchanges with Their Royal Cousins. Many special projects are in the works, but I wish to communicate a few needs and un-needs to the populace. If anyone should have questions regarding gifts, please contact me (info below).

Some thoughts on gifts:
1. No single person or group needs to make All The Things. It’s very nice, but we don’t need 50 of hardly anything.
2. If you or your friends (household, regional group, etc.) would like to make some gifts and have not done them before, please contact me with your plans and/or ideas.
3. Please remember gifts need to be easily transportable, sometimes on planes. It’s also great if they are actually useful in our Game.
4. Please find a way to include a tag or other kind of label with what the item is (if it’s not obvious), the maker’s name(s), where they are located in the kingdom and “East Kingdom”.
5. Please remember allergies are an issue for many these days. If your gift is scented it could cause discomfort!

At this time we do not need paternosters or soap, we thank those who have made what we have for their brilliant response and creativity, but we have enough for now.

Gift bags of a useful size are in need, big enough and pretty enough to hold gift packages and be used later by the recipient so that they may remember the glory and generosity of our Kingdom. Small lined or lightly padded bags for jewelry and bags big enough for a modern tablet would also be of use. Draw string or strapped are fine. Varied fabrics are fine as well; however I’d like to suggest thinking about kingdom colors and the Anglo Saxon theme of Their Majesties’ reign. Please contact me if you’d like suggestions.

Packets of period spices and dried herbs would be very nice, especially if they include suggested recipes (with the goal of promoting period recipes). Please make sure packets are sealed well to reasonably preserve the contents, which should not expire within the reign.

Specific gift needs: I am looking for a few illuminators/calligraphers who are willing to make some blank note cards and “thank you” cards, about 4”x3” folded with the arms of the kingdoms for Pennsic. Packets of 6 are desired in period (or period-looking) papers. Please contact me off line – I am going to be assigning these to match specific gift-giving occasions. We also need some for Their Majesties’ use as well.

Other ideas are available plus I’m accepting thoughts and suggestions. Several projects are already in process. I thank you all in on behalf of Their Royal Majesties, Kenric and Avelina – long may they reign!

Eleanore MacCarthaigh, OL, OP
East Kingdom Gift Coordinator
eleanoremaccarthaigh@gmail.com


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Display your Arts at Æthelmearc Æcademy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 10:41

Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of AEthelmearc Æcademy, asked to share the following with the populace:

Their Majesties are proud of Their artists and artisans! They enjoy viewing all of the items created and crafted by the hands of the citizens of Æthelmearc.

To that end, a display will be available at Æthelmearc Æcademy on June 11 in the Shire of Ballachlagan, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please bring your works in progress to display.

Registration and set up will open at 10:00 in the Library.

Please provide the following information with your project:

  • Name (optional)
  • Item info (what is it, geographic period location, when would it have been found in period)?
  • What inspired you?
  • What did you learn in the making of this item?

Commentary/feedback sheets will be provided for entrants who request them. The display will be attended through out the day. Entrants are welcome to sit with their items as well.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Baroness Rowena Moore at sodtigger AT gmail DOT com.


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6,000-year-old massacre found in Neolithic silo

History Blog - Wed, 2016-06-08 01:02

Archaeologists from France’s National Institute for Preventative Archaeology (INRAP) have unearthed the skeletal remains of a Neolithic massacre in a silo in Achenheim, Alsace, northeastern France. The silo is pit number 124 of more than 300 used to store grain and other food staples unearthed inside a large Neolithic compound surrounded by a V-sectioned ditch with defensive bastions at the entrances. The silos were only used for food storage temporarily. Once they were emptied, they were used as garbage dumps or graves. The compound dates to between 4400 and 4200 B.C., a turbulent time in Alsace which explains why the settlement needed extensive protective measures.

Silo 124 is one of the larger pits at almost 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in diameter and it was set apart from the other silos either on the site of a dwelling or in a residential area. Inside the silo archaeologists found the complete skeletons of six people, five adult males and one teenage male between 15 and 19 years of age. The fact that the six complete skeletons were all male indicates this may have been a group of warriors, or at least defenders of the settlement. They were found lying on their back, stomach and sides, sometimes intermingled. The position of the bodies indicates they were dumped in the pit and no further attention was paid to them. They were not buried with the care evinced in other silo graves; these bodies were disposed of, pure and simple.

All six of the skeletons have numerous broken bones. There are fractures on the legs, hands, feet, ribs, collar bones, skulls and mandibles. The fractures were on living bone, and the extent and quantity of the broken bones suggest they were brutally beaten to death with blows from a stone axe. The wounds are too extensive to have been received in combat. This was a methodical punishment inflicted off the battlefield on helpless individuals.

The violence wasn’t just perpetrated on the living bodies, but on their corpses as well. Post-mortem wounds were also found on the bones. The corpses were all put in the silo at the same time, meaning they likely died in the same event, a single episode of killing in a larger conflict.

In addition to the complete skeletons, archaeologists found the upper left arms of three adults and the left forearm of a youth 12 to 16 years old. The forearm was cut in the middle of the humerus. The arms are believed to be “war trophies.” It’s not possible from osteological examination to determine the sex of the people’s whose arms were severed and thrown into the silo, nor were archaeologists able to discern whether the arms were severed pre or post-mortem.

The severed left arms are reminiscent of another very similar massacre discovered in Bergheim, 35 miles southwest of Achenheim. In 2012, archaeologists found the skeletons of eight individuals, also tossed in a silo and who also died in a single event. Under the complete skeletons at the bottom of the pit were seven left upper arms. The Achenheim and Bergheim date to the same period, the Middle Neolithic.

(INRAP archaeologists also found skeletal remains in an ancient silo about 70 miles west of Achenheim in the Lorraine town of Marsal. Eight skeletons, two of them children, were discovered tossed haphazardly over each other in the silo, but they were much more recent, dating to around 500 B.C.)

Archaeologists think both the Achenheim and Bergheim massacres could have been the result of raid by locals against newcomers to the area, or a victory by locals against raiders from elsewhere. The victory was celebrated with torture and mutilation of enemy prisoners. Pottery discovered on the site indicates the residents were part of the Bruebach-Oberbergen culture, but that pottery is followed by ceramic shards in a style first made in Paris.

Archaeologists would like to do stable isotope analysis on the bones to find out where the individuals were born and raised. If they were from the Paris area, that would mean they were killed by the fierce local farmers defending their homes and supplies from raiders. If they were local boys, they were likely the victims of a successful raid. INRAP will need to raise money to fund the additional research, however, as they don’t have the budget for it now.

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