Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at Northern Region War Camp, in the Shire of Glenn Linn on July 4. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald Lady Maria von Ossenheimn for providing the following list of business conducted.
1. Sophia of Ragnesfolke, AoA, Scroll by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir
2. Lisabetta Vidova de Allesandro, AoA, Scroll by Leonete d’Angely
3. Kit de Coldwood, AoA, Scroll by Onóra ingheann Uí Rauirc
4. Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina, Seamstress to the Crown, Scroll by Brangwyne of Wentworth
5. Olivia Baker, Burdened Tyger, Illumination Robert of Stonemarche Words: Aislinn
6. Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuircc, Burdened Tyger, Illumination Robert of Stonemarche Words: Aislin
7. Rory MacLellan CB with GoA, Scroll by Shadiyah Al-Zhara
8. Kamini, CB with GoA
9. Vladimir Bathory, CB with GoA
10. Ophelia of Serpentius, CB with GoA, Scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev
11. Albert Faulke of Sandford, Golden Rapier, Scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir
12. Marguerite ingen Lachlainn, Silver Rapier, Scroll by Heather Rose DeGordoun
13. Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Silver Rapier, Scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel
14. Christophe de Frisselle, OSC
15. Geoffrey de Tosni, OSC
16. Nathaniel Wyatt, OSC, Scroll by Charis Accipiter
17. Geoffrey de Tosni, Maunche Scroll by Lada Monguligin
18. Yvan Wolvesbane, Maunche Scroll by Ignacia la Ciega
19. Aiden of Coldwood Writ for Chivalry, Scroll by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski
20. Ketilfastr Thorkilson Writ for Chivalry Scroll by Catarina Giaocchini
21. Marietta da Firenza CB with GOA, Scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel
22. Ogedei Becinjab, Writ for MoD Scroll by Eleanor Catlyng
23. Pascual del Mar MoD, Illumination: Melisande of the Griffon Wood Calligraphy: Jonathan Blaecstan Words: Alys Mackyntoich
24. Caine Ramsey MoD Illumination: Adrienne d’Evreus, Calligraphy: by Alexandre St. Pierre, Words: Alys Mackyntoich
25. Jean Paul Ducasse MoD Scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan
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There was a minor error in yesterday’s Court Schedule. The Correct Court List is as follows: SUNDAY, AUGUST 2: Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. Battlefield Court at 2:30 p.m. (will start immediately after the Century Battle concludes). This Court will include the Children’s Toy Box and Newcomer Tokens. MONDAY, AUGUST 3: Small Court with two Elevations before Rapier Battle at 12:00 noon TUESDAY, AUGUST 4: Short Battlefield Court at 12:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5: Main Court at 6:00 p.m. in the Barn FRIDAY, AUGUST 7: Short Court on the Battlefield at 12:00 noon Closing Ceremonies at 4:00 p.m. I apologize for the typos in yesterday’s post.
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Greetings unto my beloved friends and Kingdom. I want to take the time to thank everyone who has been an exchequer over the last 4 years and thank you for your patience with me at times when things went sideways. It has been a long 4 years and I am ready to retire. As Master Tofi will be taking over the position of Kingdom Exchequer as of Pennsic Aethelmearc Court, this will be my last official missive as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Society Audit has been completed by the outside auditors and based on their recommendations the following changes are effective immediately.
1) All groups MUST submit a signed, balanced statement of all accounts monthly to the Kingdom Regional Exchequer.
The bank statement must be balanced with the check register and account for all outstanding items. The statement (and if separate, the accounting form) must be signed and dated by both the Exchequer and the Seneschal. The documents can be scanned and emailed, but must be to the Kingdom by no later than the last day of the following month. Please send all prior months for 2015 by August 31st. Any group needing assistance with how to complete this should send someone to the Exchequer meeting at Pennsic or contact Master Tofi after Pennsic.
2) All NMS must be turned into the Kingdom NMS Secretary by 10 Calendar days after the close of the event and this includes mail time. The kingdom will be required from July on to turn in all NMS funds to the Society Monthly so this is a hard deadline. I ask that you prepare the form and check when closing gate at the event and put it in the mail on the way home to ensure receipt. We will be contacting Seneschals and Exchequers privately for events occurring in July, August and September to ensure they are aware of the changes.
3) No signer on a checking account may sign a check for themselves or any family member. To accommodate this, I am going to suggest strongly that whenever possible each group have 3 local signers plus the Kingdom signer on the account. If this is not possible, checks will need to be endorsed by the Kingdom signer in cases of conflicts with this rule.
If anyone would like to discuss anything with me, I will be camping in Æthelmearc Royal this year and I will be available for private conversations.
Thank you all.
Yours In Service,
Is your head spinning with all there is to do at Pennsic? Not sure how you’ll keep it all straight? The Gazette is here to help! Here’s the first in a series of articles on Æthelmearc Kingdom Happenings at Pennsic.
Æthelmearc Royal, the Kingdom encampment at Pennsic (block N04), is much more than just the home our our Royalty and their staff; it’s a hub of Kingdom activity – gatherings, order meetings, parties…. We also show our famous Æthelmearc hospitality by hosting Known World functions, the Medieval Food Lab, a robust Scribal Track, and this year, the A&S War Point!
Below is a list of the meetings, gatherings, and classes at Æthelmearc Royal. The schedule in the Hospitality tent on site will guide you to which area within Royal each activity takes place.
Kingdom Order meetings
Millrind Meeting* Saturday August 1, 9-10am
Officer, etc meetings
Exchequer Meeting Sunday August 2, 11am-noon
Haakon Oaktall Anniversary Bardic Wednesday, July 29 8:30-10:30pm
Official Pennsic Activity
Pennsic A&S War Point Wednesday, August 5, 9am-5pm
Food Lab Schedule
Thursday July 30:
Friday July 31:
Saturday August 1:
Sunday, August 2:
Tuesday, August 4: Baking Day
Wednesday, August 5:
Assuming the weather holds and the oven lasts, they will also be firing the oven each morning for baking. If you have something that you’d like to get into the oven one morning, please make sure to touch base with Baron Janos (firstname.lastname@example.org) the day prior so they can make sure there is room enough for everyone.
Scribal Track Schedule
All classes are registered with the Pennsic University (Again, check it out!), where you can find class descriptions and other details. Classes are an hour unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday July 29:
Thursday July 30:
Friday July 31:
Saturday August 1:
Sunday, August 2:
Monday, August 3:
Tuesday, August 4: Baking Day
Wednesday, August 5:
Thursday, August 5:
*Event not open to the public
Thank you Mistress Ts’vee’a, Maestro Philip, Baron Janos, and the Pennsic University Thing for providing content for this article. ~Hilda
On October 10th of last year, licensed metal detectorist Florian Bautsch struck gold on the outskirts of Lüneburg in the northern German state of Lower Saxony. Nazi gold. Scanning an area with hillocks that archaeologists suspected might be ancient burial mounds, Bautsch first found a single gold coin and then nine more in the hollow under a pine tree. He recorded the find location by GPS and notified the relevant authorities at the Lüneburg Museum .
Thanks to Bautsch’s conscientiousness, archaeologists were able to do something they rarely get the chance to do: excavate a portable treasure in its proper context. The two-week excavation unearthed another 207 gold coins buried under that three, bringing the total up to 217. The oldest coin dates to 1831, the newest to 1910, and none of them were minted in Germany. The majority — 128 coins — are Belgian. Another 74 coins were minted in France, 12 in Italy and the last three in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Despite their diverse origins, all of the coins have the same diameter (21 millimeters) and weigh the same (6.45 grams). The total coin weight is 1.4 kilos (3 lbs). These are not circulation coins. They were minted in large batches to be purchased by individuals and banks for investment purposes.
Archaeologists also found two aluminium seals bearing the swastika, the imperial eagle and stamped “Reichsbank Berlin 244.” They also found remnants of tar paper and some individual fibers. These elements are what’s left of two coin bags, lined with tar paper and sealed by the Berlin Reichsbank during World War II. Those type of seals were used starting in 1940 and the chemical composition of the tar paper identifies it as a type produced before 1950. It is the greatest treasure from this period ever found in northern Germany. Had the finder just dug it all out himself and taken the gold, nobody would have been the wiser and the key evidence identifying it as Nazi gold, as fragile as it is important, would have been lost forever.
The working theory right now is that the gold coins, likely looted by Nazis from occupied territories before being grouped by exact size and weight, bagged and sealed, were stolen in the waning days of the Second World War. If so, it was almost certainly an inside job, a theft by a bank employee looking for some financial security in the most insecure of times.
As the coins were buried relatively recently under shady circumstances, at first authorities gave any potential legitimate owners the opportunity to claim the treasure. It was a long shot (although it has been known to happen) and indeed, nobody stepped forward to claim ownership. Then, because the find bears the marks of a previous government bank, state authorities contacted the German Ministry of Finance but they weren’t interested in claiming the coins either. Finally the orphaned gold was adopted by Lower Saxony which of course had wanted it all along.
England’s Treasure Act has a mechanism that gives finders and landowners a reward in the amount of the discovery’s market value as assessed by a valuation committee. German monument protection laws (they differ from state to state) have no such mechanism, so while the estimated value of the coins is €45,000 ($49,000), Florian Bautsch will receive a €2,500 ($2,710) reward from the state of Lower Saxony. He’s a proper history nerd, bless his heart, so the money isn’t what matters to him. The archaeological significance of the find is reward enough.
The gold coins went on temporary display at the Lüneburg Museum yesterday. Curators are now discussing how best to integrate the hoard into the museum’s permanent display in the future.
With the amount of Court Business occurring at Pennsic War, Their Majesties have asked that a listing of the scheduled Courts be posted. The list is as follows: SUNDAY, AUGUST 2: Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. Battlefield Court at 2:30 p.m. (will start immediately after the Century Battle concludes). This Court will include the Children’s Toy Box and Newcomer Tokens. MONDAY, AUGUST 3: Small Court and Rapier Elevation before Rapier Battle at 12:00 noon TUESDAY, AUGUST 4: Short Battlefield Court at 12:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5: Main Court at 6:00 p.m. in the Barn FRIDAY, AUGUST 7: Short Court on the Battlefield at 12:00 noon Closing Ceremonies at 4:00 p.m.
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Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at the Dinner at the Kasbah, in the Barony of Ruantallan on June 20. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen and additional Court Herald Lady Maria von Ossenheim, for providing the following list of business conducted. Here is the Unofficial Court Report. (Additional items of business supplied by Mistress Bess Darnley)
The Court opened with Baron Guthfrith and Baroness Isobel of Ruantallan swearing fealty to the Crown, after which they opened a brief court to award new-comers tokens to the populace in attendance for whom this was a first event or a first visit.
Then began the business of the Royal Court. First to be called in was Augustine the Treacherous who, after explaining how he received this descriptor, was awarded a Tyger’s Cub. Scroll: Illumination by Laurentia of Caledonia, Calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.
The children in attendance were then summoned into court and a game of chase Lord Spurius with the toys ensued. He lead them on a merry chase but soon he was subdued and toys were received by all the young people who ran him down.
Next called was Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton who swore fealty to the Crown. Syr Yesungge Altan was then presented with his peerage coat, not having received this item of regalia upon his elevation in 2007.
The following people were called and the awards bestowed in absentia, to be given out by the Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan at their next court:
Juliote de Castlenou D’Arry – AoA Scroll by Svea the Short-sighted
Mairead of Ruantallan – AoA Scroll by Inga Torgandottir
Alison nic Angus – AoA Scroll by Elena O’ Sirideain.
Greta Thorfinsdottir – Maunche Scroll by Robin dit Dessaint
Mistress Zanetta Gavlinne Angiolieri was called forth and awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy, then the Queen gave the staff of Dinner at the Kasbah her personal tokens.
Next to be called before the throne was Ellice de Valles who was made a Baroness of the Court. Scroll: Words by Conogan mab Rioc , Calligraphy & Illumination by Mergriet van Wijenhorst.
Katherine Murray, Tir Mara Prince’s Champion of A&S, was called forth and, shortly there after, the rest of the maunches assembled joined this newest recipient. Scroll by Nest verch Tangwstel
Lastly, Their Majesties had Hedda Bonesetter called forward and she, too, was presented with a coronet and made Baroness of the Court.
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Kiera Naylor collected the tweets from the Australian and New Zealand Medieval Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference at University of Queensland in Brisbane. The conference was held from July 14-18, 2015. [View the story "ANZAMEMS 2015 - Medieval Conference in Australia" on Storify]
Our latest medieval news roundup takes a look at cancer research in Iceland, a new Byzantine research centre in Turkey, and the discovery of the remains of a boy in Siberia who lived back in the 12th century.
[View the story "Could the Vikings slay cancer? - Medieval News Roundup" on Storify]Photo credit: Yamalo-Nenets regional Museum and Exhibition Complex
Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at The War of the Roses, in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows on May 23. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, and additional Court Heralds Lady Maria von Ossenheim, Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, and Master Ryan McWhyte, for providing the following list of business conducted.
1. Goerijs Goriszoon Silver Crescent, scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel
2. Adam de Gallus Maunche, scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan
3. Katrusha Skomoroch Maunche, scroll by Lada Monguligin
4. Celia of Midland Vale Tyger’s Cub i: Edelfuica Diadre c: Nest
5. Gwwendolyn of Midland Vale Tyger’s Cub i: Margaret Twygge c: Nest
6. Newcomers to the SCA Presented with tokens
7. Marjorie de Catesby Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Conrad Connor MacAllyn
8. Marcus Isenax Award of Arms, scroll by Magdalena Lantfarerin
9. Loretta de Siena Presentation
10. The Baroness of Concordia, Lylie of Penhyll Presentation
11. Concordian Brewers Guild Presentation
12. Aislinn Chiabac Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Svea the Shortsighted w: Muirgheall
13. Gwenhwyfar atte Lake Award of Arms, scroll by Henna Sinclair
14. Maria de Moura, also known as Seonaid MacPhie Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev
15. Bakkar al-Bukhari, called Bruka the Saracen Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Eleanor Catlyng
16. Melisande of the Griffon Wood Laurel, scroll by Vettorio Antonello
17. Nadezhda Voronova or Nadia Laurel, scroll by Altani Khatagidai
NOTE: There are several Court Reports that will come out, most without photographs.
Filed under: Court, Tidings
Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at Crown Tournament, in the Barny of An Dubhaigeainn on May 2. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, and additional Court Heralds Mistress Rosalind Bennett, Master Thomas de Castellon, Mistress Alys Macyntoich, Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Master Ryan McWhyte, and Lady Azure Brennan, for providing the following list of business conducted.
1. Brennan mac Feargus Prince
2. Caoilfhoinn ingan Faoilan Princess
3. Ionus Aurelius Serpentius Admiral of the Armies
4. Randall of the Dark Shield of Chvalry
5. Uilliam Twit of Witlow, called Twit Tyger of the East, scroll by Emma Makilmone
6. Sterling of House Three skulls Tyger’s Cub No scroll
7. Children of the East Presentation
8. Cassandra Backlog AoA
9. Eliayhu Al-Talhi Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Vettorio Antonello
10. Sandrine de Berry Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan
11. Goerijs Goriszoon Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Shadiyah Al-Zhara
12. Katheryn Fontayne Court Barony with Grant, i: Conor O Ceallaigh c: lada
13. Lucius Aurelius Serpentius Court Barony with Grant, scroll by Palotzi Marti
14. Eanraig the Bonesetter Award of Arms, scroll by Leonete d’Angely
15. Eanraig the Bonesetter Silver Rapier No scroll
16. Antonio Patrasso Order of Defense, scroll by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt
17. Frasier MacLeod Order of Defense scroll by Alexandre St. Pierre w: Alys Mackyntoich
18. Donovan Shinnock Order of Defense, scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova
NOTE: There will be several Court Reports posted, without photographs.
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Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at The Tourney of Daffodils, in the Shire of Midland Vale on April 25. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald and Eastern Crown Herald, Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, as well as Court Heralds, Mistress Rosalind Bennett, Lady Maria Erika von Ossenheim, and Baroness Mathilde deCadent for providing the following list of business conducted.
1. Johanne aff Visby – Vicerene Ostgardr Fealty
2. Midland Vale Presentation
3. Aislinn Chiabach QAE
4. Brochfael the Anglespurian QAE
5. Lorenz Greylever QAE
6. Mark Groob von Appenzell QAE
7. Arthur le Taverner QAE
8. Hassan ibn ‘Abd al-Malik QAE
9. Yasemin bint al-Hajjar QAE
10. Ekaterine of Anglespur QAE
11. Wentliana Benegrek QAE
12. Liam St Liam QAE
13. Aislinn Chiabach Seamstress to the Crown C&I: Sorcha Dhocair inhean Ui Ruairc W: Ulrich Reinhart
14. Children’s Toy Chest
15. Newcomers to the SCA received Queen’s favors
16. Alexia Reid QoC No scroll
17. Wentliana Benegrek Seamstress to the the Crown Despina de la Brasov (No Scroll)
18. Briony of Chatham QoC
19. Mark Grob von Appenzell AoA I: Lorita de Siena; C: Nest Verch Tangwistel (2nd Scroll C: Harold von Auerbach; I: Carmelina da Vicari)
20. Wir Coleshulle AoA Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook
21. Brochfael the Anglespurian QoC (No scroll)
22. Ibrahim al-Rashid Maunche Promissory scroll by Faolán an Screcain
NOTE: More Court Reports to come, many without photographs
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Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court Balfar’s Challenge, in the Barony of Dragonship Haven on April 18. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald and Eastern Crown Herald, Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, for providing the following list of business conducted.
1. Peter the Red QAE
2. Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch QAE
3. Alec Craig QAE
4. Asher de Lincolia QAE
5. David of Quintavia QAE
6. Thomas of Carolingia QAE
7. Arlyana van Wyck QAE
8. Astrid Elfvensdottir QAE
9. Clarice d’Allaines le Comte AoA C & I – Heather Rose DeGordon
10. Bronwen rose of Grayling, known as B’Rose Writ for Laurel C & I Henna Sinclair
11. Isabeau du Valle Court Barony with Grant C & I – Mikel Almond de
12. Auriana Filia Germani Writ for Pelican C & I Jonathon Blackston W – Nest Verch Tangwistel
13. Sara di Salaparuta AOA C – Nest Verch Tangwistel I Angelo the Bookmaker
14. Michel Almond de Champagne Augmentation of Arms C & I – Nest Verch Tangwistel
NOTE: Further reports to follow, many will not have photographs.
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Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Their First Court at The Coronation of Omega V and Etheldreda IV, in the Barony of Bhakail on April 11. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald and Eastern Crown Herald, Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, for providing the following list of business conducted.
1. Thank You Scroll Edward Grey C&I by Mistress Eloise of Coulter
2. Duchess þóra Eiríksdóttir C&I by Mistress Rhonwen glyn Conwy W: Mistress Aildreda de Tamwurthe and Master Lucien de Pontivy
3. Queen’s Guard
4. Edict: Order of Defense Polling
5. Moment of silence for Master Adhemar de Villarquemada
6. Her Grace Persephene Psaras di Salaparuta, Sovereign Queen of Acre Presentation
7. Vachir Arslajin AoA (Backlog) Scroll by Aestrid Feilan
8. Kit of Serpentius AOA (Backlog) C – Kayleigh McWhyte I – Lady Lilly of the Valley
9. Patraic O’Donagal AoA Vettoria Antonello
10. Melody of Bhakail AoA C – Nest Verch Tangwistle I – Robert of Stonemarch
11. Patrick of Bhakhail AoA
12. Damiana Almodóvar de Sevilla OSC C- Nest verch Tangwistle I – Lady Lilly of the Valley
13. Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen Troubadore C- Nest verch Tangwistle
14. Markus der Yaeger AoA C&I – Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova, W: Alys Mackyntoich
15. Roseia Poseia AoA I – Pam Ansi C- Constance de St. Denis W – Alys Mackyntoich
16. Antonio Patrasso Writ for MOD Henna Sinclair
17. Frasier MacLeod Writ for MOD C&I: Elenor Catlyng W – Alexandre Lerot d’Avigne
18. Donovan Shinnock Writ for MOD Aesa Sturludottir
NOTE: More Court Reports to come, many without photographs.
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The cracked and weathered Winchester ’73 rifle found leaning against a Juniper tree in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park like its owner just stepped away for a moment 132 years ago and forgot to come back gets more mysterious the more it’s studied. The rifle was found in November of last year by park archaeologists and was sent to the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming, for conservation and additional research.
When the rifle arrived, the wood of the stock was chipping and a white salt encrusted it. Museum curators first stabilized the wood with a solution of adhesive, distilled water and ethanol and then sent the weapon to nearby West Park Hospital for non-invasive examination of its insides. At the hospital patient “Rifle” — literally, that’s the name on the file — was X-rayed and found to have an object lodged in its butt stock, namely a cartridge stuck in the trap. To remove the cartridge, conservators lubricated the butt plate with penetrating oil* so it would loosen up enough that it could be unscrewed without damaging the splintered stock. The cartridge was taken out and identified as a Union Metallic Cartridge Company .44 WCF cartridge, manufactured between 1887 and 1911.
The Winchester also had an unusual modification. The carrier block and carrier lever are missing. These parts are necessary for the rifle to fire repeatedly, so that means someone deliberately customized the a repeating rifle so that it could only fire a single shot. As a single shot rifle it could still be used for hunting, but it would be less than adequate for personal defense. What the advantage might be to the modification is unclear to me. It’s not like you have to fire back-to-back shots just because it’s a repeater. What’s to prevent hunters from firing one cartridge at a time, if that’s what they want?
As far as identifying the owner or even any elements of the story behind the rifle’s century of Rip Van Winkling, that continues to be an enterprise with a very remote chance of success. When the Winchester was first discovered, Great Basin Cultural Resource Program Manager Eva Jensen found the serial number of the lever action repeating rifle listed in the Cody Firearms Museum’s archive of Winchester factory data, but the only information noted was its year of manufacture: 1882. The information of the cartridge shaves five early years off the possible date of the rifle’s abandonment.
So far nothing else has been discovered to help narrow down the dates. Park archaeologists examined the find site for clues, maybe even human remains, and found nothing. Nor do area records help. Researchers perused fire records to see if there was one in the area. Since there is no evidence of fire damage to the Forgotten Winchester, if there had been fire in there then that the rifle could only have been left leaning against the tree significantly after the flames were doused. They found no recorded fire in the area. Cody Museum researchers are still studying the museum’s vast collection of Winchester company records to see if anything else might be buried in the files.
The Forgotten Winchester is currently drawing crowds at the Cody Firearms Museum where it is on display with another example of the same rifle in good condition so visitors can make a before and after weathering visual comparison. It will stay in Cody until this fall when it will return to Great Basin in time for the park’s 30th anniversary and the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. After that it will remain on permanent display behind security glass at the Great Basin Park visitor’s center.
Archaeologists from the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project have discovered Mayan hieroglyphic stone panels (pdf) at the archaeological sites of La Corona and El Achiotal in Western Petén, Guatemala, that lend new insight into important periods of Mayan history.
La Corona was occupied in the Maya Classic period (Classic period (c. 250–900 A.D.) while El Achiotal, a smaller site 12 miles east of La Corona, was occupied earlier, in the Late Preclassic and Early Classic between 400 B.C. and 550 A.D. Both sites, which are about 12 miles away from each other in the dense Petén jungle, have been heavily preyed upon by looters who left deep trenches and tunnels in almost all of the buildings, but archaeologists have only recently reached the remote area. For 40 years it was known from the plethora of looted stone panels in museums, galleries and collections all over the world as the mysterious Site Q. Mayanist Ian Graham and University of Texas at Austin epigrapher David Stuart finally found Site Q in 1997 and named it La Corona after its ring of five temples that resemble a crown. The discovery of a hieroglyphic stone panel in 2005 that was made of identical stone and had identical content to Site Q monuments confirmed La Corona’s identity.
That discovery led to the creation of the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project, co-directed by Marcello Canuto of Tulane University (discover of the 2005 panel) and Tomás Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, in 2008. Its aim was to recontextualize the looted artifacts, Since then, the Project has been excavating La Corona and environs, establishing a permanent camp, involving residents in creating a long-term plan to protect this center of ancient lowland Maya civilization from looters, poachers and illegal settlers who burn the jungle to make pasture land for cattle. Despite the destruction wrought by looters, archaeologists have made momentous discoveries, including a hieroglyphic staircase in 2012 that documented 200 years of Maya history and referred to the December 21st date that made so many people freak out about the so-called Mayan apocalypse that year.
What the excavations have found is that La Corona, a very small city compared to the great Mayan powers like Calakmul and Tikal, had a disproportionately high number and quality of stone inscriptions. Like El Perú-Waka’, La Corona was a key city on the essential trade route from Calakmul (in modern-day Mexico) through the Mayan lowlands to its southern allies. It therefore had close ties to Calakmul — generations of Calakmul Snake dynasty princesses married lords of La Corona — access to the best scribes and artisans, and, coincidentally, a rich source of limestone all of which combined to give rise to a unique carving tradition. While the inscriptions found at other small Mayan cities tend to focus on local history and rulers, La Corona’s also detail the history of people and places far outside of its boundaries, including important city-states that are not mentioned anywhere else in the epigraphic record.
The newly discovered panels fit neatly into this tradition. They are extremely high quality carvings and describe people and events described nowhere else. In La Corona, two stele in excellent condition were found embedded in a wall in the palace on the main plaza. They had originally been installed elsewhere in the city, possibly a temple, and were later reset in a masonry bench near the northeast corner of the palace. One, depicting a Calakmul king mid-dance, dates to 702 A.D. The other is a grid of glyphics from the late 7th century that describes the deeds of a ruler of La Corona named Chak Ak’ Paat Yuk.
The panel inscriptions tell fascinating stories of rituals of kingly accession that involve travel, costuming, dancing, invocation of gods and reverence of ancestors. Stuart, who also deciphered the panels, states: “The gorgeous hieroglyphs give us new insights about the ceremonies that led up to a new king being crowned. And they fill important gaps we had in La Corona’s rich history.”
David Stuart has written a fascinating blog entry about the glyphs on the La Corona panels here.
At El Achiotal, researchers found two pieces of a 5th century stela placed in a shrine in a building in the central plaza. They had also been moved in antiquity from their original site to the enclosed shrine. The panel was already broken when the pieces were installed in the shrine and El Achiotal residents left offerings to it for generations, underscoring its cultural importance. Although broken, the carving and stone are in such good condition that much of the original red paint is intact.
Expert epigrapher David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin estimated the stela’s date to be November 22, A.D. 418. “This was a time of great political upheaval in the central Maya area, when a Teotihuacan warrior-ruler named Siyaj K’ahk’ arrived in A.D. 378 and set up a new political order centered at Tikal. It seems that the Achiotal king came to power shortly after that time” says Stuart.
So, besides individual accolades, this stela places the long reign and accomplishments of El Achiotal’s king into a larger historical framework. “Based on parallels known from other sites, we think that this stela relates to this watershed event in Maya history — the installation, in the Maya lowlands, of a foreign power that can ultimately be traced to Teotihuacan. Indeed, although details of this event remain murky, this stela provides another piece of the Maya historical puzzle,” says Canuto.
I will be conducting Kingdom business through the new Kingdom phone number for the rest of my term. This is 920-931-2523 OR 920-931-ALCE
Remember to dial 1 first.
When I pass the office of Kingdom Seneschal to Duke Christopher Rawlins in the fall, the phone will also pass to him, so the number will remain the same.
Yes, it is a Northshield area code. It was the only Google phone number I could get that had SOMETHING to do with Æthelmearc in it.
The phone companies have not yet come to terms with our Æ.
The Gazette is pleased to share the collected East Kingdom Champions for Pennsic XLIV.Armored Combat – Belted
Sir Cedric of Armorica
The Belted Champions War Point is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Sunday August 2nd according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.
Matched (Heroic) Champions:
Prince Brennen mac Fearghus
The Matched Champions War Point is scheduled for 12:00 PM on Sunday August 2nd according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.Armored Combat – Unbelted
The Unbelted Champions War Point is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Sunday August 2nd according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.
Matched (Heroic) Champions
The Matched Champions War Point is scheduled for 12:00 PM on Sunday August 2nd according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.Rapier Combat
Dona Anastasia da Monte
The Rapier Champions War Point is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 5th according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.
The Rapier Heroic Champions War Point is scheduled to immediately follow the Rapier Champions Melee according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.Other Champions
The Eastern Arts and Sciences Champions were announced earlier this summer as reported in the Gazette at that time. As usual, those representing the East as Archery and Thrown Weapons Champions will be determined at Pennsic.
Congratulations to all who will be representing the East at Pennsic!
*The Gazette has made every effort to obtain correct spelling and titles for all gentles. Please feel free to contact us with any corrections, and we will fix them*
Filed under: Archery, Fencing, Heavy List, Pennsic
The Polish Archaeological Mission team has been excavating the ancient site of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, a Pharaonic necropolis in what is today Luxor that was converted into a hermitage by Coptic monks in the 6th century, for more than a decade. The Mission’s aim is to explore how the ancient structures were reused, how objects and materials migrated from original burials to secondary burials to other locations in the Theban necropolis. This season’s work from February 5th to March 1st explored objects from the Coptic hermitage, for instance the large number of wine amphorae found that archaeologists believe were used to transport water to the hermitage and once emptied were used by the monks to store goods like ochre that they could sell to support themselves, and the shaft of a tomb from the Pharaonic period.
The Mission has for several seasons explored two Middle Kingdom (2055 B.C. – 1650 B.C.) tombs destined for high-ranking courtiers of an unknown pharaoh (possibly Mentuhotep IV) whose tomb complex was constructed in the neighboring valley in the late 11th or early 12th Dynasty. The tombs in the hillside around the pharaonic funerary complex were in a privileged position and reserved for important dignitaries. This year the team focused on the shaft of tomb MMA 1152 which was first excavated by the French Mission at Deir el-Medina in the early 1920s. There are no notes or documentation of any kind surviving from that excavation.
The shaft, which is 18 meters (59 feet) long, has been exposed ever since. To explore the shaft safely, the Polish Archaeological Mission installed a wooden structure over the outlet to allow quick vertical transportation of people and materials and used the latest and greatest mountaineering equipment. At the bottom of the shaft is a corridor five and a half feet wide that descends diagonally eastward for 4.6 meters (15 feet) ending in another vertical shaft. Next season archaeologists plan to explore the second shaft in the hopes that it might lead to a burial chamber.
Meanwhile, the excavation of the bottom of the shaft, the corridor and a niche on the north wall of the shaft unearthed fragments of limestone, flint, mud bricks, ceramics from the Pharaonic and Coptic eras, pieces of wood, including coffin fragments, pieces of cartonnage, rope, faience beads and amulets, clay ushabti figurines, textile fragments from shrouds and mummification bandages. Human and animal bones were also found. The finds indicate the tomb was reused for burials in the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period and extensively robbed after that.
The star find is a piece of linen with hieroglyphics written on it in ink. There are two columns of text that include the cartouche of Ptolemy XII Auletes (80-51 B.C.), father of Queen Cleopatra, last queen of Egypt, seventh of her name but the only one to make it immortal. A third column text, thought to be a 3rd century addition, includes the name and epithets of the goddess Isis.
According to the researchers, the piece of cloth was a velum, a curtain covering a holy image (perhaps a statue representing a deity) in the nearby temple of Hathor, located near Deir el-Medina — a village of artisans who worked on the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of Tutankhamun.
“Velum was probably Ptolemy XII’s gift to the deity. Pharaoh undoubtedly contributed to the splendour of the sanctuary. His cartouches are, amongst others, on the gate of the temple, which clearly indicates the ruler’s involvement in its creation” – added Dr. [Andrzej Ćwiek, Deputy Head of Mission].
Archaeologists believe the velum was foraged by the Coptic monks in the ruins of the temple and took it back to the hermitage as a potentially useful thing. It was probably discarded down the shaft. Other refuse from the Coptic period of occupation, mainly pottery fragments, was also found in the shaft.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Majesties’ Court at Army Muster, Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College, 4 July Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Stormsport. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
In the morning:
Their Majesties received Their Equestrian Champions, THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghaill and Lord Rhiannon Elandris.
Their Majesties summoned Their Order of the Pelican, then called for THL Zoe Akropolitina. Zoe asked for a moment before being sent to vigil, and such being given, returned the belt that marked her as Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower’s protegé, and also returned the trappings she had received from Mistress Alexandra dei Campagnella and Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers. Being now relieved of her obligations, Zoe was now free to contemplate elevation to the Pelican, and so was escorted by the Companions of the Pelican to the vigil set for her.
Following the presentation of the riders competing to be Æthelmearc Equestrian Champions:
Their Majesties, knowing well the effort put into competitions like the one about to commence by the horses as well as the riders, They inducted Finn, Mira, Mouse and Rex into the Sylvan Steeds.
In the evening:
Her Excellency Alicia Langland, Chancellor of the Æthelmearc Æcademy, along with Their Excellencies Fridrikr Tomasson and Orianna Fridrikskona, Kingdom Arts and Sciences Ministers , asked for time in Their Majesties’ Court to thank all those who attended and taught at the event. Mistress Alicia then further spoke of one who had taught at Æcademies for decades, and thus duly impressed with his dedication to the education of the Kingdom, named Baron Will Langdon of Greymorne as a Fellow of the Æcademy.
The equestrians of the Kingdom came into Court to witness Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen accept Lady Maeve ni Suirtain as her equerry.
While Lady Maeve was in Court, Their Majesties recognized her for being a backbone of the equestrian community as well as a liaison for newcomers, and so named her a Companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Countess Aidan ni Leir.
While the other equestrians were in Court, Their Majesties invited Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin to attend them, and for her devotion to the Æthelmearc Gazette and the Kingdom, created her a Baroness of the Court. Copper scroll etched by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova. Coronet created by Lord Magnus de Lyons, Coronet box by Lord Rhiannon Elandris.
THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghaill, the King’s Equestrian Champion, was brought forth to announce her successor. She took a moment to thank all those who had contributed to the equestrian community in Æthelmearc, then announced that Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen had emerged as the victor, and she was named King’s Equestrian Champion, invested with the regalia of her station and invited to join Their Majesties’ Court.
Lord Rhiannon Elandris, the Queen’s Equestrian Champion, was brought forth to announce that his replacement, as well, had been chosen that day. THL Morien MacBain was then named the Queen’s Equestrian Champion, invested with the regalia of his station and invited to join Their Majesties’ Court.
Lord Alrekr Bergsson, who had marshaled the day’s archery shoot, came forth and announced that Maestro Jacopo di Niccolo had outshot all the others and won the day. Maestro Jacopo, however, offered the prize for the competition to Linette of Arindale, who had been the only youth to compete against the adults in the competition.
Broddr Refsson presented Their Majesties with a piece of art he had created commemorating Æthelmearc’s alliances in the upcoming Pennsic War.
Lady Adeliz Argenti was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her many years of service to the Kingdom, including serving in kitchens as well as providing assistance to the marshals and ministers of the lists. Scroll by Countess Aidan ni Leir.
Baron Meszaros Janos was created a Companion of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his research into period cooking, and his development of the Food Lab, which is a traveling kitchen that allows period cooking under almost any circumstances. Scroll in progress illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan to be calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Sir Steffan Ulfkellson came forth to announce the winners of the day’s tournaments: Baron Vladisla Nikulich was the victor in the Atlantian speed tournament, and His Majesty was the victor in the Warlord tournament.
Sir Steffan then also announced the gentles present who had qualified to be chosen for the Allied Champions’ Heavy Weapons Battle at Pennsic. He then announced Baron Vladisla Nikulich, THL Jussi Laplein, THL Ian Kennoven, THL Bluestar, and Baron William Freskyn Murray. Their Majesties bade Sir Steffan hold a moment, for They had business with Baron William, who was the only fighter announced who was not in the Order of the Gage. They then inducted Baron William into that Order for his prowess in heavy weapons, as well as his marshaling and teaching of those skills to others. Scroll illuminated by Baroness Anastasie de l’Amoure and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai upon wording by Baroness Alex.
Their business being finished, Sir Steffan then announced the other fighters present who had qualified, namely, THL Morien MacBain, Baron Friderich Swartzwalder, Lord Markus Skalpr Grimsson and Steffan (Guilford) Einarson.
Their Majesties then called for THL Zoe Akropolitina and the Companions of the Order of the Pelican. Zoe confirmed that she had received counsel from the Companions and others present at the day’s event, and she was prepared to receive elevation to that Order. Duchess Tessa the Huntress praised Zoe’s devotion to training and recruiting for both combat archery and youth combat, two pursuits that were near and dear to Her Grace when she was Queen. Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers recalled his days as Baron of the Debatable Lands, when Zoe decided that the Baronial encampment at Pennsic needed walls and towers, and arrived with all the materials and “just made it happen.”
Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, Æthelmearc’s Principal of the Order of Defense, while musing about the current arguments about what the purview of the Order of Defense in Peerage ceremonies would come to be, spoke to Zoe’s defense of the Kingdom, for she has not only taught both adults and youth how to defend Æthelmearc, but even more importantly, has taught others how to teach still others effectively. Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen of the Order of the Laurel praised Zoe’s skill in crafting, specifically, in crafting joy and inclusion, that any who wish to be part of our Society will feel welcome and knowledgeable.
Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus of the Order of the Pelican and former Society Marshal for Youth Combat testified to the countless hours that Zoe devoted to youth combat, both in Æthelmearc and at Pennsic War, and called her an angel of life and death. Being moved by the testimony of these Peers of the Realm, Their Majesties named Zoe to the Order of the Pelican, granted her Arms by Letters Patent, and presented her with the ancestral Pelican medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion, and a cloak bearing the badge of the Order. Mistress Zoe Akropolitina then presented her Oath of service to the Crown. Scroll by progress by Mistress Liadhain ni Chleirigh na Coille.
His Majesty announced that Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, Countess Elena d’Artois, Sir Kadan Chakhilghan, Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc had qualified to be chosen for the Allied Champions’ Fencing Battle at Pennsic. He then asked Mistress Euriol of Lothian to announce that THL Kieran MacRae and Lady Sumayya al Ghaziyah had qualified to be chosen for the Allied Champions’ Arts & Sciences Competition at Pennsic.
Those who had donated time and effort towards the scrolls given out that day were invited to stand forth and be recognized.
Her Majesty recognized Lady Rowena MacCara for her generosity in allowing so many others to ride on her horse Mira and her diligence in assisting with the cleanup of the equestrian site, and Mira for being so amenable to the day’s activities, as Her inspirations for the day.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.