From the Shire of Riversedge, in the stix of Western Pennsylvania, once again comes a most fabulous Norse Event…Vikings on the River Six: in the Stix. Come one and all to this educational endeavor, learn and teach of the culture and life-ways of those who would be called Norse during the Viking Age. Participate in Viking style hiking, primitive fire skills, Norse culture, wild edibles, fireside or hearthside cooking, and more! Please contact the autocrats if you wish to share your knowledge and skills.
All are welcome.
Early reports from Pennsic are coming in! We all thought the weather would be the biggest obstacle for set-up weekend, but it seems that pesky Troll had other thoughts. Many people spent anywhere from one to four hours in line for Troll this year. Those that showed up for Zero-night and those that chose to wait until late Saturday morning or early Saturday afternoon were hit with quite a wait. Though the lines were moving, there were just so many people anxious to get in to greet old friends, set up their homes for the next two weeks and enjoy that first post-set-up cold drink. It seems that early Saturday morning, prior to about 8:30am was the best time to Troll in, with few reporting zero wait times.
Reports from troll say that 2,777 attendees were trolled in within the first twenty-four hours of being open. That’s almost two people each minute, non-stop for a whole day!
If you are already on site and have any time to spare, Troll is urgently seeking volunteers. No experience is necessary and on-the-job training will be provided. To volunteer for a shift at Troll just present yourself to the Troll Staff Entrance located on Brewers Lane. Troll will be thankful, everyone in line will be thankful and you’ll get to be the awesome person who gets to tell so many, “Welcome Home!” as they start their vacations.
A partial Qur’an manuscript in the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library has been radiocarbon dated to between 568 and 645 A.D., which makes it one of the earliest Qur’ans known to survive, perhaps even the earliest. The Prophet Muhammad lived around 570 to 632 A.D., so the sheep or goat who whose skin was used to make the parchment was his contemporary or died very soon after he did.
Muslim tradition holds that the Prophet received the revelations of the angel Gabriel in the last two decades of his life, transmitting them orally to his closest and most trusted companions who memorized them word for word. According to Sunni Islam, Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s father-in-law and after his death the first caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate, fearing that the people who memorized the scripture would die before they could pass it down, ordered the verses written down. That text was then used by the third caliph, Uthman Ibn Affan, as the basis for the definitive version of the Qur’an which was widely copied and distributed in 650 A.D., just 18 years after Muhammad died. (The Shi’ite tradition holds Uthman Ibn Affan solely responsible for collecting the revelations into a single written scripture.)
The manuscript consists of two folios with parts of Suras 18 through 20 written in a beautiful tilted Arabic script called Hijazi that is so clear it can be easily read by Arabic readers today. The pages have been in the library for decades, one of more than 3,000 of Middle Eastern manuscripts collected by Chaldean priest Alphonse Mingana in the 1920s at the behest of Edward Cadbury, chocolate magnate in a long line of chocolate magnates who, when they weren’t busy making delicious creme-filled confections, founded a consortium of colleges later absorbed by the University of Birmingham. The folios were mistakenly bound with the folios of another Qur’an written 200 years later in a very similar hand. There are no records of where Mingana acquired these particular leaves, but the parchment and script look like Qur’an fragments from the earliest mosque in Egypt (founded 642 A.D.) that are now in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris.
Dr. Alba Fedeli noticed the folios while doing research for her PhD. While the handwriting on those two pages at first glance seemed identical to that on the rest of the manuscript, she saw that the content stuck out, that it didn’t seem to fit with what came before and after. Fedeli pointed out the discrepancy to Susan Worrall, director of the library’s special collections, who decided to have them carbon dated by experts at the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit. They were shocked by the results.
Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Manuscripts at the British Library, said: “This is indeed an exciting discovery. We know now that these two folios, in a beautiful and surprisingly legible Hijazi hand, almost certainly date from the time of the first three Caliphs. [...]
“The Muslim community was not wealthy enough to stockpile animal skins for decades, and to produce a complete Mushaf, or copy, of the Holy Qur’an required a great many of them. The carbon dating evidence, then, indicates that Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library is home to some precious survivors that – in view of the Suras included – would once have been at the centre of a Mushaf from that period. And it seems to leave open the possibility that the Uthmanic redaction took place earlier than had been thought – or even, conceivably, that these folios predate that process. In any case, this – along with the sheer beauty of the content and the surprisingly clear Hijazi script – is news to rejoice Muslim hearts.”
The folios will go on display at University of Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts from October 2nd through October 25th.
Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!
While most of us are just beginning to leave for Pennsic, I am already thinking ahead to next spring’s Æthelmearc Æcademy, which is scheduled to be held in Region 1.
This includes the following groups: Ballachlagan, Blackstone Mountain, Misty Highlands, Port Oasis, and Sylvan Glen.
The preferred date for Spring AEcademy is June 18, 2016. Please send bids to this address.
Bids are due September 1, 2015, although I encourage groups to submit them earlier, if possible. (NOTE: This bid deadline reflects a recent change to Kingdom Law, as reported in the May 2015 Æstel. Some online resources have not yet been updated to reflect the changes.)
The September 1 deadline gives the deciding Kingdom officers about a month to look over the bids and request changes (if needed) before the bids are presented to Their Highnesses. By providing Their Highnesses with bids that have already been polished, we are hoping this will make Their job of selecting the host group a little easier.
When contacting sites, please inform them that you will probably not know until mid-October, at the earliest, whether or not your bid has been selected.
If your site requires a deposit to hold the date, be sure to mention this in your bid, especially if there is a need-to-know-by date that might impact your getting your deposit back.
While the bid deadline might seem very far away, I know that locating a suitable site and preparing a Kingdom bid takes time. By the time we all return home from Pennsic, the deadline will only be a few short weeks away.
If you reside in Region 1, I hope your group will consider submitting a bid. If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please let me know; I will be delighted to assist!
Having attended all of the Æcademy sessions hosted by Region 1 groups — Misty Highlands, Sylvan Glen, Port Oasis — and enjoyed their hospitality, I can truly say that I look forward to returning!
Yours, in Service, Alicia
P.S. — If your group is considering submitting a bid, I would appreciate a quick note to that effect.
Here is your chance to be an ace reporter!
The Gazette has a crew of reporters on site, but they need help! We need news for those of us left behind at home as well as for those accessing the Gazette at War.
Send your photos, news items, etc. to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Just make sure to send the photographer’s name so we can properly credit.)
You can also FB message to Phoebe Sharp (Ysabeau Tiercelin) or Danielle M. Duvall (Ursula of Rouen) – we will be checking our FB “other” message bins.
Send us your stuff and let us join in the excitement!
Their Royal Majesties King Omega V & Queen Etheldreda IV held a number of courts at Great Northeastern War, held in the Province of Malagentia July 9 – 12. The Gazette thanks the Reporting Herald, Hofdame Maria von Ossenheim, Eastern Crown Herald, Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzigen, and Brigantia Herald, Master Ryan McWhyte for providing the following list of business conducted at those courts.
Eastern Crown Herald, Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzigen, and Brigantia Herald, Master Ryan McWhyte for the following update.
On the battlefield, Friday Evening
Thomas de Marr
Constancia de Vianne
Gaius Claudius Valerianus
Conall an Doire
Fionnghuala inghean Mhic Ceallaigh
Royal Encampment, Friday Night
Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs
Aiden von Sommerfeldt
Ro Honig Von Summerfeldt
Ellice de Valles
Syr Arturus of Aranmore
Sir Marcus Blackaert
Symonne aus Chevaux d’Or
Ro Honig Von Sommerfeldt
Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh
On the battlefield, Saturday Morning
Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs
Lasair An Dunaidh
Cailte Crobdurg MacScandal
Keepers of Athena’s Thimble
Saruca bint Lazari
Heinricus von Rüdesheim
Mellisend La Blanche de Bretgne
Chelsey of Gloucester
Bison of Thunder
Nicol mac Donnachaidh
Vivien De Valois
Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate
Quentus Quintillius Mortis
Sile Dhubh inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh
Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh
Gavin von Abentrot
Editors of the East Kingdom Gazette ***
Yzabell du Perche
Elvira Violante Ballesteros
Saruca bint Lazari
Ané du Vey
Fencing Field, Saturday Afternoon
Cedric of the Floppy Hat
Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne
Archery Field, Saturday Afternoon
Velikail of Deltuva
At the barn, Saturday Evening
Terren of Tir
Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier
Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus
*** The Following Lists the Editors of the East Kingdom Gazette
Filed under: Court
Unto the fighters of the known world who would aspire to one day becoming a knight does Sir Timothy of Arindale, King of Æhelmearc send greetings.
Good gentles, noble warriors. On Thusday July 30th and Friday July 31st I will take the tournament field at Pennsic and I am inviting my brother knights from across the Kown Wrld to join me. I will be on the field from 9am to 5pm, and if there are any one of you who wishes to test yourself against me, I will fight you, train you, spar with you until such time as I have not the energy to lift my sword.
If you want to truly be a knight, with all your heart and soul, show us. I can’t answer for my brothers and sisters, but I would expect enough of them to join me that you will get your fill of combat. Push yourself. Bring your friends. Please spread word of this such that others throughout the known world will join us.
In service to the Society, I remain,
Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at Southern Region War Camp and King and Queen Archery Championship, in the Barony of Carillion on May 30. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen and additional Court Heralds Lady Juliana le Chaluner, Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys, Master Malcolm Bowman, Master Ryan McWhyte, Baron Goerijs Goreszoon, and Lady Erna Mani, for providing the following list of business conducted.
2. Katrina Zimmerman AoA – Scroll i:Kis Marika c:Jonathan Blaecstanl
3. Selly Zimmerman AoA – Scroll i:Lillian atte Valleye c:Jonathan Blaecstan
4. Mathias Zimmerman AoA – Scroll i:Lillian atte Valleye c:Jonathan Blaecstan
5. Simeon de Alcaçar AoA – Scroll Magdalena Lantfarerin
6. Dionise O’Towie AoA – Scroll i: Shoshana Gryffyth c:Marietta
7. Douglas O’Conchobhair Tyger’s Cub – Scroll Katherine Barr
8. Alexander O’Conchobhair Tyger’s Cub – Scroll Nyfain merch Cohel
9. Benjamin of Serpentius Award of Gilder – Scroll Christina Crane
10. Jacob of Serpentius Award of Gilder – Scroll i: Agatha Wanderer
11. Maria Charriez AoA & Seamstress to the Crown – Scroll Nest verch Tangwistel
12. Marjorie De Catesby Seamstress to the Crown – Scroll Ellesbeth Donofrey
13. Evalina Von Schaideg AoA -Scroll Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc
14. Li Kung Lo Queen’s Archery Champion – Scroll Lassar ingen Aeda
15. Jehannine de Flandres King’s Archery Champion – Scroll Lassar ingen Aeda
16. Children Assembled – Royal Toy Box
17. Elglin of House Eagle Weaver to the Crown – Scroll Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook
18. Luned Gwyn Silver Crescent – Scroll Kis marika
19. Alison Wodehalle Silver Crescent – No Scroll
20. Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco Silver Crescent – Scroll þóra Eiríksdóttir
21. Ryouko’jin Of-The Iron-Skies Maunche – Scroll Mayuki Yuri
22. Margretha Fauvelle Maunche – Scroll Marti Palotzi
23. Ciaran Ua Meic Thire AoA – No Scroll
24. Thomas de Castellan Master of Defense – Scroll Eleanor Catlyng
25. Fearghus O’Conchobhair Court Baron with Grant – Scroll Heather Rose du gordoun
26. Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal Court Baroness with Grant – Scroll i:Melisande of the Griffon Wood c: Jonathan Blaecstan
27. Jehannine de Flandres Laurel – Scroll Kaleigh MacWhyte
28. Lillian atte Valeye Court Baroness with Grant – Scroll Nest verch Tangwistel
29. Ionness Aurelius Serpentius Chivalry – Scroll Ro Honig von Somerfeldt
Filed under: Court, Tidings
Archaeologists excavating the Burrell Orchard site in Sheffield, Ohio, have discovered the floor of a dwelling built 4,000 years ago.
“There’s nothing like this anywhere in Ohio. It’s very significant, a much more significant site than we previously thought,” [excavation director Dr. Brian] Redmond said. “These are house structures. This was like a village site.”
The builders lived in what archaeologists classify as the Late Archaic period in North America, so far back that they don’t have a tribal name.
“We have no idea what they called themselves or what language they spoke,” Redmond said. “The only reason we know anything about them is archaeology.”
The floor is about three inches thick and composed of yellow clay that was dug up elsewhere and carried to the site. Features were built into the floor, among them a basin, cooking pits, storage holes that held tools and food supplies like hickory nuts. Around the perimeter of the floor are post molds, spots of decayed organic material left in post holes that once held hickory saplings. Those saplings were tied together at the top and draped with mats of woven cattails to make a proto-wigwam.
This is remarkably solid construction for nomadic hunter-gatherers. They didn’t live here permanently, but rather visited the area to hunt and forage. It must have been an excellent spot for their purposes — productive, sheltered — because they stayed there for months before moving on only to return again over and over.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History team under Dr. Redmond first explored the Burrell Orchard site in 2008 when they discovered multiple layers of middens — ancient refuse piles — under the surface. Flint flakes, broken weapons, fire-cracked rocks, butchered animal bones and the remains of many cooking pits were found in deposits as much as 1.6 feet deep. Shovel-test excavations pinpointed the perimeter of the buried midden deposit: it is more than an acre in surface area. So vast a trash collection indicates the site was used for centuries by dozens, possibly hundreds, of hunter-gatherer families as a food collecting and processing spot.
The 2008 excavation also revealed the first of post molds. Some of them appeared to be the remnants of simple structures like food drying racks, but others were found in groups of three or more, which suggests the posts were used to make a more elaborate structure. They found layers of yellow-brown clay as well. While similar clay layers at archaeological sites in Illinois and Kentucky were found to be the floors of Late Archaic homes, at first the team thought the yellow clay might just be the natural subsoil underlying the middens. Digging underneath the layer revealed prehistoric artifacts, however, so either the clay was backdirt dug up from nearby pits that sank into the natural subsoil, or it was deliberately placed there to act as a floor or working surface. Now we know it’s the latter.
In 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Archaeology in Action program began excavations at the Burrell Orchard site to follow up on the post molds and clay found in 2008. One of the excavation pits found the yellow clay layer with an arc of post molds following the edge of the clay that penetrate through the layer. When they returned this year, they scanned the field with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and found a section that generated a very similar signal to the one caused by the 2014 floor discovery. The excavation turned up the same kinds of materials — flint flakes, fire-cracked rock, burned animal bones, burned soil, charcoal — found in the shallower layers of the 2014 find. Then the team struck gold: the yellow clay layer, this one less deep than the one from the year before. A core sample them revealed there was a second yellow clay layer at the same depth as the one found in 2014. It looks like the Late Archaic people using the site constructed a dwelling over the floor of an older one, which makes sense when you’re returning to the same spot for generations.
Dr. Redmond has blogged about the 2014 and 2105 excavations on the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s website. I suggest reading the entries chronologically to follow the discoveries as they were made.
To the Rapier Army of Æthelmearc, from Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Rapier Warlord:
For all battles, except the Woods Battle, we will muster on the field opposite the East/Mid Alliance.
Unit Commanders: Meet with command staff 45 mins before all battles.
If changes occur, either I or one of my sub-commanders (Don Will or Baron Fergus) will post information on the Æthelmearc Rapier Army Facebook page and via the Æthelmearc Rapier Yahoo Group. I will also try to get written information to Æthelmearc Royal.
Our tape color this year is RED.
Remember, we will face a mighty host, so bring a couple of friends to partake of the target rich environment!
This message was posted on the Official Pennsic 44 Facebook page.
While the weather has been warmer and drier at Pennsic this week the ground is still soft in many places and so the Mayor has declared:
Due to concerns about potential weather conditions, attendees who arrive pulling storage trailers may, if they wish and with the permission of their land group, keep those trailers in their camps rather than parking them in the parking lot. Space for said trailers will have to come out of the encampment’s square footage allotment (i.e.: no extra land will be allotted). This allowance is just for Pennsic 44. This does not apply to RVs which still have to be registered through the Coopers.
If your car or trailer gets stuck, ask at the War Room and the Coopers will send out a tractor to assess the situation. The tractor driver will determine if they can tow you out. Due to increased use of plastic in car construction, Cooper management cannot promise to tow without damage to the car. If the tractor driver determines that he cannot tow your vehicle you will need to call a tow truck, in which case off site vendor policy (see the Pennsic Book) will apply. You can get a list of towing companies at Info Point, or check with the Watch as they also use towing services.
The Dean of Performing Arts at Pennsic, THLady Lorelei Skye of Sans Nomen, is very excited to be able to share a wide variety of performing arts, events, and performances; featuring new and returning artists from across the Known World!
Here is the finalized schedule for Pennsic 44. You can also access it online.
Remember when British Pathé uploaded their archives to YouTube last year and I was all “Smell ya later, guys. I’ma be watching newsreels for the next 48 hours straight.”? Well, those 85,000 historic films comprising 3,500 hours of footage were a modest little rabbit hole compared to this one. The Associated Press and its partner British Movietone are putting their entire archives on YouTube. That’s a grand total of more than 550,000 videos and 16,500 hours of footage filmed from 1895 until the present. The British Movietone channel will host the oldest pieces, footage from 1895 through 1986. The AP channel has plenty of historical news as well, but also focuses on current events with new film from its breaking news channel added daily.
They’re also bringing together the past and the present in a very clever way. In the wake of the publication of that video of the future Queen being taught how to do the Nazi salute in 1933 when she was seven years old, British Movietone put together a collection of videos showcasing pre-World War II attitudes to Nazism and Fascism in England. Even polar bears were being taught the Nazi salute in 1934.
In happier memories, English football fans won’t want to miss the glorious conclusion of the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany in color for the first time. (The whole match is available in black and white here for comparison.)
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake, filmed almost 110 years ago:
I remember this clip like it was yesterday:
The AP has been very slow to adapt to the brave new world of free online content. It wasn’t that long ago that they were issuing cease-and-desist letters to bloggers who quoted too much of an article. They’ve had their video archives available on their own website for some time, but only unembeddable, painfully low resolution previews. The good stuff had to be paid for, which left it the province of documentarians and big budget news outlets. It’s nice to see the AP finally catch on to the fact that they’ll get more licensing requests by opening up their archives to the place pretty much everyone goes to look for videos rather than by keeping them squirreled away on their website.
Alright guys, smell ya later. If you don’t hear from me in a month, send food and water. I won’t be needing soap BECAUSE I’M NEVER LEAVING THE HOUSE AGAIN.
Their Royal Majesties King Omega V and Queen Etheldreda IV held Court at Iron Bog Baronial Investiture and King and Queen Rattan Championship, in the Barony of Iron Bog, on June 13. The Gazette thanks Reporting Herald Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, and additional Court Heralds Lady Maria von Ossenheim, Master Ryan McWhyte, Master Malcolm Bowman, Lady Elena de los Libros, and Master Rowen Cloteworhty, for providing the following list of business conducted.
During the morning court, Baron Collin Monro of Tadcaster and Baroness Marion del Okes said their farewells before retiring to their estates. A thank you scroll for Baroness Marion, scroll by Elisabeth Greenleaf, was presented. A Court Barony with Grant of Arms was presented to Baron Collin, in the form of a stained glass award made by Conor O Ceallaigh. However, their Majesties were not yet done with Collin, as he was then presented with a Writ for Pelican, scroll by Brangwyne of Wentworth.
A Writ for Pelican was presented to Gisela Szabo. Duchess Sedalia MacNare was presented with both the Queen’s Award of Excellence as well as the King’s Award of Excellence. Amy Webbe was inducted into the King’s Order of Excellence, scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel. Elena de los Libros was received her Award of Arms (scroll illumination by Svea the Short-sighted, calligraphy by Faolán an Sccreccain and wording by Nest verch Tangwistel) and was made the East Kingdom Emissary to Trimaris (scroll illumination by Svea the Short-sighted, calligraphy by Faolán an Sccreccain and wording by Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen).
The following awards were issued during the remainder of the day:
Robert (called Bob) of Iron Bog, Award of Arms, scroll illumination: Shoshana Gryffyth c: TBD (Pictured)
Filed under: Court, Tidings
Do you like to play with fiber? We are attempting to start the Æthelmearc Thread Workers Company back up. Everyone’s invited to a meeting at Pennsic on Tuesday, August 4 at 2 pm at the Artisans Row Embroidery Day tent. Can’t make it? Let us know what you’d like to see and do with the group.
Looking forward to hearing from all the talented gentles of Aethelmearc.
If you have any questions, email Cristina.Ghriogair@gmail.com before Pennsic, or use my cell, 607-591-0999, at Pennsic.
Once again Lady Lorelei Skye, Dean of the Performing Arts College at Pennsic, has shared the final schedule for Pennsic Performing Arts – and invites you to enjoy the many new and returning performers, events, and more!. The opportunities for entertainment of all sorts are plentiful and varied. You can find the entire schedule below, or it can be viewed at the Pennsic website.
Open Auditions Monday 8/3, 4:00 – 6:00pm (Amphitheater) Whose Line Doth It Be? – Auditions for Evening Performance Think you are a great improviser? Now here’s your chance to audition for the improvisational show, “Whose Line Doth It Be?”, taking place at 7:00 pm in the Amphitheater. Performance slots are limited, so sharpen your wit! Tuesday 8/4, 12:00 – 1:00pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent) Known World Choir Open Auditions: *Chorulus Pennsicus* – Pennsic 45 Known World Choir open auditions for *Chorulus Pennsicus* for anyone interested in trying out for Known World Choir’s select choir, *Chorulus Pennsicus*. Wednesday 8/5, 4:00 – 6:00pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent); Friday 8/7, 2:00 – 4:00pm (Performing Arts Tent) Known World Players – Auditions For Pennsic 45 The Known World Players is seeking actors to audition for next year’s production of Ben Jonson’s riotous Elizabethan comedy of cons and swindlers, “The Alchemist”. Women and men of teen age and up are welcome. Audition material will be provided. Performing Arts Open Events and Rehearsals Special Emmersion Event Wednesday 8/5, 3:00 – 6:00pm (Runestone Park) Deed of Culture: Trading in the East This is a historical re-enactment event where Viking traders traveling down the rivers of the east will meet with Moslem traders. Historical forms of hospitality will be explored, as well as an actual trading endeavor between the Viking and Moslem traders. Participants will be in the best re-enactment garb possible and will stay in character throughout the event. Commedia & Foolery Sunday 8/2 – Thursday 8/6 9:00 – 10:00am (Amphitheater) Commedia dell’Arte for Youth Hands-on class giving the description and history of *Commedia*, before having the youth create and eventually perform their own skit. Ages 13-17. Dress Rehearsal: Performing Arts Tent 8/7 12-1pm Performance: 8/7 Performing Arts Tent 5-6pm Tuesday 7/29 – 8/6 10:00 – 11:00am (Amphitheater) Pennsic Fools School Are you a fool or a fool wannabe? Come to Fool School to share and learn. Fools/performers of all types and experience levels are welcome. Jugglers, magicians, singers, freaks and geeks. Get help creating or honing a skit of no more than 5 minutes to perform in the Amphitheater Wednesday 8/6 6-7pm. You might even become a “Licensed Fool.” Performing is not mandatory. Friday 7/31, 1:00 – 6pm; Wednesday 8/5, 1:00 – 6pm (Ampitheater) Iron Commedia: Creating a New 16th-Century Play If you’ve ever laughed at the zany antics of improvisational Commedia dell’Arte, join members from your favorite troupes to craft, cast, and perform a brand new *commedia* play in just one afternoon with its world premier at at Pennsic that same day! Two sessions, two performances, one each week. Find a mask, put it on, and see what happens! Tuesday 8/4, 3:00 – 4:00pm (Marketplace) Pennsic Fools’ Parade The long-standing Pennsic tradition continues! Pennsic Fools’ Parade in the Marketplace – (Meet at the Bathhouse across from the Coopers Store) Open to any and all Pennsic campers! Adults, teens, and kids, come romp around the marketplace with fools from around the Knowne World! Bring your toys, noise makers, juggling balls, puppets, kazoos, and wear your brightest clothing! Kids under 16 must bring a responsible adult. (This is a great activity for families!) We will meet at the Bath House next to the Coopers’ store. All fools must attend the safety briefing 15 minutes before parade start. Parade lasts about 45 minutes. Please contact the Fool In Charge (THL Sophia the Orange) if you would like to arrange for the parade to visit your encampment or event. Tuesday 8/4, 8:00 – 9:00pm (Ampitheater) *Commedia* Meet & Greet Are you a *commedia* actor? A writer? A fan? Come meet and mingle with your fellow fools! All are welcome! Come early for *i Sebastiani’s* performance! Pennsic Readers Theater – Known World Players Thursday 7/31, 12:00 – 2:00pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent); Friday 8/1, 12:00 – 2:00pm (Performing Arts Tent) KWP Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Youth Rehearsal Known World Players – Youth Readers’ Theatre will give the youth (ages 10-17) of the SCA an opportunity to experience a low stress theatre experience and learn about a popular legend from the medieval time creating a staged reading of “The Amazing First Voyage of Sara, Daughter of Sinbad (Based upon The Arabian Nights)” This script is written by a fellow SCAdian, John Inchingham the Fool. A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. To be performed Friday 7/31 in the Performing Arts Tent at 6:30pm. Thursday 7/30, 2:00 – 4:00pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent); Friday 7/31, 10:00 – 12:00pm (Performing Arts Tent) KWP Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Adult Rehearsal Known World Players Readers’ Theatre providers a low stress opportunity and theatre experience creating a staged reading of *The Belle of Battle* by fellow SCAdian Don Orlando Sforza. A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. To be performed Friday 7/31 in the Performing Arts Tent at 7:00pm. Bardic & Music Tuesday 7/28 5:00 – 6:30pm & Sunday 8/2 5:00 – 6:30pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent) Recorder Jam Session Do you play the recorder? Would you like to play with others in a group setting? Read through Renaissance literature? Come join us. In the 90-minute session we will start with beginner/easy reading and then move towards harder music. If you’re a youth player, then come at the beginning. If you’re more advanced, then come halfway through. Bring your instrument or use one of ours. Hosted by: Lady Erlandr Nordenskald Friday 7/31, 2:00-3:30pm (Performing Arts Tent); Sunday 8/2, 12:00 – 1:30pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent) Sing We And Chant It V: Madrigal and Part-Song Jam, Optional Rehearsals Meet & greet optional practice session for audience participation “Sing We and Chant It V” Madrigal, Part Song, and A Capella Jam, Monday 8/4, at 6:00pm in the Performing Arts Tent. All are welcome to come and make joyful music! Music will be available to share, or bring your own! (Material fee optional for a folder of this year’s jam music) Hosts: THL Lorelei Skye, Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza, Professor Pieter van Doorn 2015 current song list available here – please let us know if you have any suggestions to add to the mix! Saturday 8/1, 2:00 – 5:00pm (Runestone Park) Practice Safe Bardic Safe Practice (Formally known as “The Peerless Bardic Circle – the Tradition Continues”) Bardic Safe Zone! Welcome, first timers, rusty returners, nervous performers, and all seeking to enjoy a un-intimidating, low-key bardic circle as performer or audience! We invite all those new and exploring the bardic arts: singers, songwriters, poets, storytellers of all levels including apprentices, journeymen; and also anyone who may want to come listen and enjoy the gathering in the shade of the park. No judging rubrics; a few Peers have been known to sneak in, in disguise. If you want to learn more about bardic circles and what they’re all about, come to Lucia’s “Bardic Circles 101″ class in AS9, Saturday, 8/1, at 11 am.
Hosted by THL Lucia Elena Braganza at Runestone Park. Sunday 8/2, Tuesday 8/4 – Friday 8/7 3:00 – 5:00pm (AS9) Bardic Collegium A series of hosted topics and forums presented by the Bardic Collegium; (see sitebook under classes for full details) Thursday 8/6,12:00 – 2:00pm (Rehearsal & Class Tent) Mini-Bardic Madness Heard about Bardic Madness, but been unable to attend? Now’s your chance. We will be answering one Fyt of Madness at Pennsic. The challenges for it can be found at http://tilted-windmill.com/mini_madness.html. This is an excellent opportunity for new and experienced performers alike. Gentles wishing to participate as a supportive audience are most welcome to attend. Hosted by Master Cerian Cantwr Pennsic Choir – Known World Choir and Friends 10:00am – Noon, Thursday 7/30 – Wednesday 8/5 (Rehearsal and Class Tent) Pennsic Choir The Pennsic Choir welcomes all interested singers! This year’s concert features songs of the early to mid-16th century in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Coronation of François I of France. Singing in the Pennsic Choir is an intense and rewarding experience. We rehearse two hours each day for a week, then perform a concert on Thursday evening of War Week. The ability to read music and sight-sing is helpful, but not required if you learn the music in advance. Sheet music and audio tracks are available online now. 2:00 – 3:00pm, Saturday 8/1 – Wednesday 8/5 (Rehearsal and Class Tent) Pennsic Children’s Choir The Pennsic Children’s Choir is open to children up to age 11 who love to sing. We will be performing as part of the Known World Choirs Concert on Thursday evening of War Week. (Dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon 8/7 in the PAT, details TBA during regular rehearsals.)
More information can be found here. 4:00 – 5:00pm, Saturday 8/1 – Tuesday 8/4; Wednesday 8/5 3:00 – 4:00pm (Rehearsal and Class Tent) Pennsic Youth Choir The Pennsic Youth Choir is open to youth ages 12 – 18 who enjoy learning and singing period vocal music *a cappella*. We will be performing as part of the Known World Choirs Concert on Thursday evening of War Week. (Dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon 8/7 in the PAT, details TBA during regular rehearsals.) More information can be found here. Noon – 2:30pm, 8/6 (Performing Arts Tent) Known World Choir and Friends Dress Rehearsal Combined Pennsic Choir Dress Rehearsal: Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, Chorulus Pennsicus, and others Performing Arts Performances Performing Arts Tent Performing Arts Afternoon Series Saturday 8/1, 2:00 – 5:00pm European Music Exhibition Come and enjoy an afternoon of European music. Experience the history of composers and a variety of instruments and vocal music from the 11th-16th centuries. Bring your voices, instruments, and play along! Sunday 8/2, 2:00 – 5:00pm Commedia Experience Come experience *Commedia dell’Arte*! Meet the characters and the actors behind them and learn to act in comic masked style (movement, vocalization, express funny ideas). Experienced actors/directors from several well-known *Commedia dell’Arte* troupes will guide you if you’re new, or give you free advice that’s definitely worth the price to veteran performers! Monday 8/3, 2:00 – 5:00pm Bardic Arts Exhibition Come and enjoy an amazing afternoon display featuring a variety of bardic arts and artists from around the Known World! Tuesday 8/4, 2:00 – 5:00pm Middle Eastern & World Dance Exhibition Our exhibition returns for our 19th year to delight and amaze! A perfect afternoon show for all ages! Wednesday 8/5, 2:00 – 5:00pm Knowne World Pennsic Harp Celebration Come celebrate the harp! Harpers of the Known World will display the wonders of the instrument we love. Open to all harpers of the Known World! Audience and non-performing harpers welcome. Thursday 8/6 2:30 – 5:30pm Storytelling Exhibition An amazing afternoon display featuring a variety of storytellers from around the Known World! Performing Arts Performances Amphitheater Confirm with onsite schdules in case of late cancellations or additions Thursday 7/30 6:30 – 7:30pm The Creepy Bard at the Ampitheater Gather round to hear as David Anthony, The Creepy Bard, and Eva Sutherland, his apprentice, regale you with songs of drinking, roving, fighting, and things to keep secret from your mother. You will laugh, cry, blush and wonder where you left the whiskey.
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* Thursday 7/30, 7:30 – 8:30pm Richard Wyn – A Bardic in miniature at the Amphitheater A Bardic in miniature at the Amphitheater. A little period, a little SCA, a little fun, and some of my own thrown in because people told me to.
*Show contains adult-themed content.* Saturday 8/1, 6:30 – 8:30pm Open Stage Shakespeare Night On The Green Welcome back to Open Stage Shakespeare night! Bring your favorite Shakespeare work to share while you enjoy an evening *al fresco* with The Bard!This year on the green of the Amphitheater all are welcome to bring a favorite Shakespeare sonnet or two, monologue under 5 minutes, or short scene (under 10 min.) to perform. Sign in with the hosts night of the show. Come enjoy an evening *al fresco* in company with the Bard! Monday 8/3, 6:30 – 7:00pm Efenwealt Wystle Comedy Music at the Ampitheater Can’t wait for ʺWhose Line Doth It Be?ʺ to get your giggle-fit started? Let Efenwealt’s goofy songs help you ease into the appropriate mood. Monday 8/3, 7:00 – 9:00pm Whose Line Doth It Be Welcome to ‘Whose Line Doth It Be?’, the improv comedy show where anything can happen! Audience members should bring seating. Would-be contestants must attend the Audition at 4 PM. *Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12* Tuesday 8/4, 6:30 – 8:00pm i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Buon giorno! O, you lucky people! Truly you are blessed among the living, for into your lives has come AGAIN i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Join us as we improvise from the thinnest of outlines, a wondrous entertainment in three acts, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the one we did on Sunday. You will be glad that you did! *Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* Wednesday 8/5, 6:00 – 7:00pm Fool’s School Performances and Graduation Come see our Fool School Graduation! All of the fool’s have been working hard to learn a variety of performances for your viewing pleasure. (Fools School meets daily: 10-11am 7/28 – 8/5 at the Amphitheater) Wednesday 8/5, 7:00 – 7:45pm Iron Commedia: World Premere at the Ampitheater! Earlier this same day, a group of foolish players came together to craft, cast, and create a brand new sixteenth-century *Commedia dell’Arte* play to premiere before your very eyes! Sorry, we can’t give you a plot synopsis because we only just built the plot a few hours before the performance! Come see the zany foolishness in extremely live theatre! Note: Possibly some material inappropriate for younger children but it’s unknown until the play is created at the workshop earlier that day. Wednesday 8/5, 7:45 – 8:30pm *i Verdi Confusi* at the Ampitheater *i Verdi Confusi*: Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company returns with more hilarious antics of *Commedia all’Improvviso*! Of Course! It All Makes Sense Now! *Show Contains Adult-Themed Content* Performing Arts Performances Performing Arts Tent Confirm with onsite schdules in case of late cancellations or additions Friday 7/31 Performing Arts Tent 6:00 – 6:30pm Iron Commedia: World Premere Earlier this same day, a group of foolish players came together to craft, cast, and create a brand new Sixteenth Century Commedia dell’Arte play to premiere before your very eyes! Sorry we can’t give you a plot synopsis but we only just built the plot a few hours before the performance! Come see the zany foolishness in extremely live theatre! *Possibly some material inappropriate for younger children but it’s unknown until the play is created at the workshop earlier that day. 6:30 – 7:00pm Pennsic Youth Readers Theater – “The Amazing First Voyage of Sara, Daughter of Sinbad (Based upon The Arabian Nights)” A staged reading of *The Amazing First Voyage of Sara, Daughter of Sinbad
(Based upon The Arabian Nights)* by the youth of Readers’ Theater. This script is written by a fellow SCAdian, Master John Inchingham the Fool. A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. 7:00 – 8:30pm Pennsic Readers’ Theater – *The Belle of Battle* Known World Players Readers’ Theatre presents a staged reading of *The Belle of Battle* by fellow SCAdian Don Orlando Sforza. A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. 8:30 – 10:00pm Lorelei Skye and Emer Nic Aiden – Sea and Fire Lorelei and Emer take the stage performing beautiful ballads and dynamic duets of SCA, yesteryear, and original works of wit, whimsy, and woe for your enjoyment – including from Lorelei’s CD’s: “Rosaleen Dhu”, “Here there be Dragons”, “Bardic Fires”, and Emer’s CD: “Waves on the Shore” 10:00 – 11:30pm DragonSong DragonSong is a collaborative World Music & Dance Ensemble, performing both original music & traditional folk music from all around the known World. DragonSong Ensemble: Jeremy Zacherl: Guitar, Vocals, Percussion; Bridget Bystry: Violin, Vocals, Mandolin, Perc.; “Darbuka” Dave Machek: Tupan, Darbuka, Perc.; Denys Proteau: Caval, Ude, Vocals; Billy Woods: Frame Drum, Cow Bell; Kylie Hilali: Kanun, Vocals; Mark Cheater: Rik; Dancers: Na’la & Mavi Saturday 8/1 Performing Arts Tent 5:00 – 9:00pm Tri-Kingdom Bardic Exhibition This is the yearly Bardic Showcase. This year it includes East, Æthelmearc and Midrealm. Six performers from each kingdom will perform. 9:00 – 10:30pm i Verdi Confusi: Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company returns with hilarious antics of *Commedia all’Improvviso*! Of Course! It All Makes Sense Now!
*Show Contains Adult-Themed Content*. Sunday 8/2 Performing Arts Tent 5:00 – 6:00pm *Psallite*: Medieval Music for Everyone *Psallite’s* goal is to bring medieval music to everyone, with a focus on the listener. The band performs a variety of European pieces, including troubadour songs, cantigas, and motets. Most songs are sung in translation. Featuring THL Kasha Alekseeva, Lady Jadwiga Krzyzanowska, and Lord Aaron Drummond. 6:00 – 7:00pm Drake Oranwood, Singing Minstrel Drake Oranwood, wandering minstrel, returns to the Pennsic stage to beguile you with tales boldly sung and perform songs included on his first album, ʺHidden Goldʺ.
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* 7:00 – 8:00pm Duke Moonwulf and Michael Longcor The concert that has become a Pennsic tradition! Songs, stories, history and hijinkery with Duke Moonwulf Starkaadhersson along with his special guest/alter ego, Michael Longcor, and surprise friends. 8:00 – 9:30pm Efenwealt Wystle and Aénor d’Anjou For over 20 years these loopy Laurels have been making musical magic with their mix of medieval melodies, bawdy ballads, terpsichorean tirades and sundry songs for SCAdians. Join in the fun for their annual Pennsic concert!
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* 9:30 – 11:00pm i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World Buon giorno! O, you lucky people! Truly you are blessed among the living, for into your lives has come i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Join us as we improvise, from the thinnest of outlines, a wondrous entertainment in three acts. You will be glad that you did!
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* Monday 8/3 Performing Arts Tent 5:00 – 6:00pm Cantore Boralias A “pick up” choir formed during Pennsic. Ban Ollamh Orlaith Ballach Ingen Fhlainn, OL, of Northshield, organizes music, rehearsals and performers. Note: If you’re interested in performing, find her in Northshield populace camping for an audition. 6:00 – 7:30pm Sing We And Chant It V: Madrigal, Part-Song, and *A Capella* Jam Come one and all who enjoy madrigal and polyphony / part-singing to sing along for an evening of part-song and *a capella* favorites performed by you, The Audience! THL Lorelei Skye returns as your hostess, along with conductors Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza, Professor Pieter van Doorn, and other guests – for an evening of musical variety. Come and make joyful music, or sit and enjoy the harmony of multiple *a capella* voices! (Some music will be available to share, or bring your own!) Optional meet-and-greet and rehearsals Friday and Sunday; look in the class listings for more information. You do not need to attend a practice to participate in the Jam.
2015 Song List available online. 7:30 – 8:00pm The Debatable Choir The award-winning Debatable Choir presents a program of medieval and Renaissance choral music by such famed composers as Thomas Morley, Jacobus Gallus Handl, Philippe Verdelot, Giovanni Croce, and Orlando di Lasso. Which song has lyrics written by the infamous Niccolo Machiavelli? Come to the concert to find out! 8:00 – 9:00pm Bards in the Beehive Period music with a twist! In the spirit of the traveling musicians we perform period music from Antiquity to Elizabethan along with SCA folk, Irish and original works. 9:00 – 10:30pm i Genesii Love! Money! Greed! Sex! Murderation! Overwhelming beauty! Underwhelming intelligence! Terrible poetry! All in one magnificent *Commedia dell’Arte* show, as only *i Genesii* can do! Join us for an evening of wondrous wackiness, fabulous funniness, and tenuous tastefulness! *Show Contains Adult-Themed Content* Tuesday 8/4 Performing Arts Tent 5:00 – 5:30pm The Creepy Bard Gather round to hear as David Anthony, The Creepy Bard, and Eva Sutherland, his apprentice, regale you with songs of drinking, roving, fighting, and things to keep secret from your mother. You will laugh, cry, blush and wonder where you left the whiskey. *Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* 5:30 – 6:30pm Sing, Calontir Entertaining songs and stories from performers from Calontir.
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* 6:30 – 7:30pm Fourth Annual Depressing Song Competition We’re back! Once again it’s time to make the judges cry with the most depressing, dismal, dreary song you can drag yourself from the slough of despair to perform. Prizes will be awarded. Sign up at Moongate Designs. * Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12. *Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 7:30 – 9:00pm Love Will Return – The Story of Héloïse & Abélard with Mistress Dervila ni Leanon & Master Efenwealt Wystle Travel back in time with us to 12th-century Paris for this tale of love, lust, tragedy and redemption. Based on the true story of Héloïse d’Argenteuil and Pierre Abélard, Mistress Dervila presents an enthralling one-woman show featuring musical interludes by Master Efenwealt & Maîtresse Aenor.
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* 9:00 – 11:00pm Ken and Lisa Theriot (aka Kenneth and Adelaide) Come join well-known bards, Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie and Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont (aka recording artists Ken Theriot and Lisa Theriot) and friends for an evening of song and merriment! Wednesday 8/5 Performing Arts Tent 5:00 – 6:00pm Tulstin Troubadours in Concert on Harp, Hurdy Gurdy, Bowed Psaltery, And More! Tulstin Troubadours in concert on harp, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery, and more! Professional musicians Tulstin Troubadours (Apryl Knight/Aibreán Póirtéir, Mark the Harper, and Demaris) are excited to present their first performance at the Pennsic stage. They will share songs from their albums – look for harp, pan flute, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery, guitar, fife, flute, and any other instruments they can work into the show! 6:00 – 7:00pm The Hammered Dulcimer Unleashed Join Vince Conaway (THL Vincenzo da Brescia) as he explores period and original music on hammered dulcimer, interspersed with his tales from the road. Vincenzo is a professional dulcimer player, or salterista, who tours extensively in Europe in addition to keeping a full schedule of festivals and events in the US and Canada. 7:00 – 9:00pm John Inchingham, Cerian Cantwr, and the House Sans Nomen in Concert Come and listen to the music and mayhem of some of the Mid-Realm’s best known bards. WARNING: Sightings of polar cows, were-llamas, and ladies with swords and spears, are likely. 9:00 – 11:00pm Marian of Heatherdale & Friends Bardic Concert Well-known bard Mistress Marian of Heatherdale (modern recording artist Heather Dale) will be joined on stage by other bardic performers for a lively evening of song and story. Please join us as you wander through Merchant’s Row! Great for all ages. Thursday 8/6 Performing Arts Tent 5:30 – 6:30pm Storytelling Academy Student Performance The student performance of Minerva’s Spindle’s Storytelling nine-day academy from Minerva’s Spindle, 158. During the nine-day academy, students gained knowledge about the history and techniques for storytelling both in the SCA and the modern world. 6:30 – 8:15pm Known World Choirs Performance The Pennsic Choirs, consisting of the Pennsic Choir, the select choir Chorulus Pennsicus, the Youth Choir, and the Children’s Choir, will perform an extravaganza of medieval and Renaissance choral music. The Pennsic Choirs’ concert will focus on music from the reign of François I of France, whose coronation was held 500 years ago. 8:30 – 9:30pm Nutmegs & Ginger Nutmegs & Ginger presents ʺRum, Beer, Ale, Wine: Songs of Spice and Vice,ʺ a program of period and near-period music performed with voices and instruments. Come join us for an hour of lively songs and earthy humor!
*Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* 9:30 – 11:00pm Pennsic Commedia All Stars A play in the style of 16th-century Italian *Commedia dell’ Arte* by a troupe brought together at Pennsic with actors and supporters from throughout the Known World! *Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.* Friday 8/7 Performing Arts Tent 5:00 – 6:00pm Pennsic Youth Commedia Performance This is the performance following a week of workshops and classes for youth in Pennsic *Commedia*. Come enjoy the show! (Youth *Commedia* Classes: Sunday – Thursday, 9-10 am, in the Amphitheater.) 6:00 – 7:30pm A Cycle of Norse Myths – Mistress Dervila ni Leanon Mistress Dervila ni Leanon will be performing a cycle of Norse myths from the Creation of the World to Ragnarok. Come hear why Thor dressed up as a bride, how the evil wolf Fenris was bound, how Mjolnir was created, how the beautiful Freya convinced Loki the trickster to become a mother, and more! *Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 8:00 – 11:00pm The Known World Players present Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ Join the Known World Players as they bring Shakespeare’s classic, “The Merchant of Venice” to the Pennsic stage. This classic is thought to have been written between 1596 and 1598 and contains many memorable speeches and characterizations. Join Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock, Portia and Nerissa in this classic by the Bard. Curtain will go up at 8:00 PM on Friday, August 8th.
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The following announcement was made by the Pennsic War staff:
NO SWIMMING! Just a reminder from the Pennsic Staff and the Coopers that there is no swimming anywhere on site at Pennsic. In this year of much rain the streams and the currents are extremely fast and dangerous.
Note that anyone who wishes to go swimming during Pennsic can drive a few miles east on Rt. 422 to Moraine State Park.
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 third in a series of articles of Æthelmearc Kingdom Happenings at Pennsic.
Their Majesties have provided the following times during which They will conduct Their Royal Courts. Times provided in parentheses are for the activity listed – exact Court times may vary. More Royal Courts may be added on site.
Thank you to Her Majesty, Queen Gabrielle, for providing content for this article. ~Hilda
A UNESCO investigation into the claimed discovery of a massive silver ingot from the wreck of Captain Kidd’s ship Adventure Galley has found that the silver ingot isn’t silver and the wreck isn’t a ship. The so-called ingot is 95% lead and has no silver in it at all. It’s just a large hunk of ballast. As for the so-called wreck, it’s a pile of stones, probably rubble from a broken section of the port.
Days after the putative discovery was made in the shallow waters of the bay of the island of Sainte Marie off the east coast of Madagascar, UNESCO’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB) sent an emergency mission to the island at the behest of the Ministry of Culture and Crafts of Madagascar. A team composed of seven divers, archaeologists, curators and photographers was to report on the general condition of the historic wrecks in the bay and to evaluate Clifford’s excavation project. They explored the site for four days, ultimately finding nothing that could be part of a ship, just stones. Team leader Dr. Michel L’Hour, a French underwater archaeologist who has explored 150 wrecks in his career and is in his ninth year as Director of the Department of Underwater Archaeological Research of France’s Ministry of Culture, thinks the stones may be all that’s left of a jetty or the base of a sea wall.
Determining that the bar wasn’t silver was a simple matter of testing it. Clifford admits that he never did have the metal tested before announcing to the world it was the biggest silver ingot ever found on a shipwreck. He claims he was going by the word of his collaborator John de Bry, a historian who has worked with Clifford for 15 years, but de Bry says he never got a chance to examine it or touch it, that he only saw the piece from a distance. “It looked like a silver bar except the markings were unusual.” Clifford persists in believing that it could still be silver despite UNESCO’s results.
John de Bry, who is not an archaeologist despite having been erroneously described as such in the media and by Clifford, was quoted at the time of the discovery saying that the underwater remains and the ingot were “irrefutable proof that this is indeed the treasure of the Adventure Gallery.” Yet, shortly thereafter he was cooperating with the UNESCO investigation very much against Clifford’s wishes, sharing the expedition’s research data which according to UNESCO Clifford refused in writing to provide.
Clifford has a history of UNESCO disputing his breathlessly announced finds. I didn’t post about this story at the time because it was just so blatantly crap, but last May Clifford claimed to have discovered the wreck of Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria off the coast of Haiti. Five months later UNESCO announced their team had investigated the wreck and found bronze or copper fasteners which conclusively date the ship’s construction to the 17th or 18th century.
Now that they’ve poured cold water on his Captain Kidd fantasies too, Clifford insists UNESCO is out to get him. The organization is only trying to besmirch his discoveries because it’s opposed to all private archaeology, he says, and is “heavily anti-American and anti-British.” Sam Browne, producer of the documentary about the wreck for the History Channel, agrees that UNESCO is just hating on Clifford. Apparently without a shred of irony, Browne decries UNESCO’s “frankly shocking lack of transparency and impartiality throughout,” which is pretty rich coming from the people who emerged out of the sea with a hunk of lead, called a press conference to announce without proof or even a single decent picture of the site that they’d found Captain Kidd’s treasure and then refused to share their research data with UNESCO. He insists that their methods were scientifically rigorous, that they conducted “the most comprehensive geophysical study ever done” of Sainte Marie bay, that the UNESCO team wasn’t even looking in the right place.
Judging from the UNESCO report (pdf), it’s not Clifford’s private funding and Americanness that irks them, but rather his shameless mediawhoring and lack of adherence to the strictures of its Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
The work of the film team and its lead‐explorer, undertaken in spring 2015, as well as prior work by the same explorer, was distinguished by a media‐led approach, which has not respected the regulations of the 2001 Convention, and which jeopardized the scientific understanding of the sites concerned and the preservation of the artefacts recovered.
UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, ratified by Madagascar, requires, among other things, that any contact with the wrecks be led by a qualified underwater archaeologist. Clifford is not an archaeologist, nor is de Bry or the members of the film crew documenting the find. October Films, the production company shooting the documentary, said that “all the work was carried out by a team of experienced underwater explorers lead by a respected marine archaeologist,” the last apparently being a reference to Clifford who is not in fact an archaeologist.
It’ll be interesting to see if this documentary ever sees the light of the day. They should just edit in an addendum questioning ominously whether the UNESCO team might be aliens. The History Channel will eat that right up, no questions asked.
This was a great interview with an older knight of the Midrealm, who at the time was on the down slope of participation in the SCA.
The Midrealm Chivalry page shows him as Inactive. Hope you enjoy it.http://www.painbank.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/PB_4_2006-02-09-Finn%20Jarl%20Interview.mp3