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Could the Vikings slay cancer? - Medieval News Roundup

Medievalists.net - Mon, 2015-07-20 11:42
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.
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Unofficial Court Report War of the Roses

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-07-20 10:57

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

Unofficial Court Report Crown Tournament

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-07-20 10:51

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.


Filed under: Court, Tidings

Unofficial Court Report The Tourney of Daffodils

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-07-19 20:41

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


Filed under: Court, Tidings

Unofficial Court Report for Balfar’s Challenge

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-07-19 20:34

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.


Filed under: Court, Tidings Tagged: court report

Unofficial Court Report for Coronation of Omega V and Etheldreda IV

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-07-19 20:30

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.


Filed under: Court, Tidings

“Forgotten Winchester” had cartridge in butt stock

History Blog - Sun, 2015-07-19 18:16

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.

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Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Mayan hieroglyphic stele found in Guatemala

History Blog - Sat, 2015-07-18 23:56

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.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Official Phone Number for Kingdom Seneschale

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-07-18 19:18

This message was posted at the request of Mistress Cori Ghora, Kingdom Seneschale.

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.

Thanks,

cori


Categories: SCA news sites

Eastern Champions for Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-07-18 11:02

The Gazette is pleased to share the collected East Kingdom Champions for Pennsic XLIV.

Armored Combat – Belted

Melee Team:

HRM (Now Duke) Gregor leads his belted champions out on the field of Pennsic 42

Sir Cedric of Armorica
Sir Ivar Volosatoi
Sir Osgkar of the Wood
Sir Alexander de Hauteville
Sir Gui avec cheval de Guise
Master Wulfstan the Unshod
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern
Sir Manfred von Halstern
Sir Stephen Grandchamp
Sir Angus McHaley
Sir Mohammad Sevim Oglu Gowan Oglu
Duke Ronald Wilmot
Sir Jan Janowicz Bogdanski
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk
Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton

Alternates:
Master Karl Meerstapa
Count Arlof O’Donovae of Aranmor
Syr Marcus Blackaert
Sir Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork

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
Duke Gregor von Heisler
Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven
Sir Steffan von Dresden
Master Ionness Aurelius Serpentius

Alternates:
Sir Luis de Castilla
Count Ruslan Novgorodcev
Sir Pellandres dit le Frère

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

Melee Team

Unbelted champions Pennsic 42 Photo by Baroness Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco

Euric Germanicis
Lord Aiden of Coldwood
Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn
Baron Matthias Grunwold
Lord Brien McShane
Lord Asgar Rolfes sune
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson
Lord Tiernan McAlpine
Colin O’Rien, known as Wee Colin
Klaus of Bloodguard
Lord Gawyn O’Clery
Lord William McCrimmon
Hassan Al-Kalik
Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus
Barium
Morikatzu
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies
Lord Harold Hawkinson
Fergus of Serpentius

Alternates:

Derk Hammer
Casius
Ulf Hof Hor
Caius
Lord Godric White Wolf
Hassan
Weefoker
Lord Gunther der Dunkle
Cristoff
Matias Barabbas

 

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
Lord Ingvar Thorsteinsson, called Critter
Lord Hrafn Bonesetter
Lord Kennimathor Geirsson
Lord Simon Gwynn
Lord Dimitri Stephonivich
Lord Arn Ulriksonn
Lord Richard Crowe
Lord Gavin von Abentrot
Lord Sterling De La Rosa
The Honorable Lord Erich Hunderman

Alternates:
Lord Donnan Fitzgerald
Dominus Spurius Genucius Rutilus
Lord Richard Leviathan
Lord Damon Von Drachenklaue
Bergens Fenn
Joseph Von Ulm

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

Melee Team:

Rapier Melee Champions Photo by Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir

Dona Anastasia da Monte
Don Lottieri Malocchio
Master Caine Ramsey
Don Thomas of Effingham
Don Quinten Brilliant
Don Ogedei Becinjab
Don Borujin Acilaldai
Don Melchior Kriebel
Lord Llewellyn Walsh
Lord Xavier the Sinister

Alternates:
Prince Brennan Mac Fearghus
Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven
Lord Aiden McShane
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe
Dionisio de Dessio

The Rapier Champions War Point is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 5th according to the schedule published on the Pennsic website.
Heroic Champions:
King’s Champion: Master Antonio Patrasso
Queen’s Champion: Lady Sorcha Dhocair
Master Donovan Shinnock
Maestro Pasqual del Mar
Don Remy de la Montagne de Gascogne
Lord Lupold Hass

Alternates:
Baron Krishtof Vasilii syn Daroslav
Don Thomas delbroc
Don Orlando Sforza

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

Linen with cartouche of Cleopatra’s father found

History Blog - Fri, 2015-07-17 06:11

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.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Court Report: AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College, July 4, A.S. 50

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-07-16 17:23

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:

Their Majesties invited all the children present to follow Lady Alethea Cowle to the back of Court, where there were treat bags that they might amuse themselves through the business of Court.

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.

Lady Maeve is inducted into the Golden Alce. Photo by Mikus Magellus.

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.

Lady Adeliz receives her Keystone. Photo by Mikus Magellus.

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.

Baron Janos receives a Fleur d’AEthelmearc. Photo by Mikus Magellus.

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.

Baron William receives a Gage. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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.

Lady Rowena MacCara. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.


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St Swithin’s Bog Throwback Three Day

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-07-16 11:15

The Bog would like to welcome you to our event this year.
We’re calling it Throwback Three Day in the hopes that you’ll appear
To celebrate our past with us, it will be such a treat.
We’ll have marshal activities, scribal arts, and the best food to eat.
Their Majesties will be here, and the Prince and Princess, too.
What better day to meet up with old friends and with new.

Please join the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog as we celebrate our past at this year’s Throwback Three Day event this weekend. We’re in the mood to reminisce, so bust out that old garb you haven’t worn in years, and bring us your stories and old photographs from Bog events past.

Throwback Three Day will be held Friday July 17th-Sunday July 19th at the New Germany Grove- 1635 New Germany Rd Summerhill, Pa 15958. The site opens on Friday July 17th at 5:00pm and closes promptly at 12:00pm on Sunday. Camping is free and very much encouraged. No shower facilities are available, but please feel free to bring your own amenities. The site is discreetly wet and above ground fires are permitted. No pets allowed on site. The autocrat for this event is THLady Ursula of Rouen (Danielle Duvall, PO Box 661, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Any questions can be sent to her at 540-287-1748 or Ursula.of.rouen@gmail.com. Co-Autocrat for this event is THLady Rois O’Faye called Rosheen (Tracey Zimmerman) who can be reached at tzimmerman125@gmail.com.

The site fee for this weekend of friends, food and fellowship will be $10 for adults, $5 for children agest 6-17. Children 5 and under are the esteemed guests of Their Excellencies. Checks can be made payable to “SCA, Inc; Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog”. There will be a $5 non-member charge.

Refreshments will be available Friday night for those camping, as well as breakfast Saturday morning. A Saturday day board is included in the site fee. Feast will be available Saturday evening for $8, and will be limited to the first 64 people. All dietary concerns should be sent to our Head Cook who promises several “Throw Back” treats and a day board that is sure to astound, Mistress AElfra Long (Sherry Meyers) at mistressaelfra@atlanticbb.net.

Numerous activities will be held throughout the day Saturday including: the last leg of the Kingdom A&S Challenge, the 7 Pearls fencing tournament, and the AE 500 tournament. There will be fencing and heavy pick-ups in the afternoon, as well as throwing on the thrown weapons range. Scribes are encouraged to bring their paints and brushes and compete in the 7th Annual Iron Scribe competition.


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Pennsic Newcomers’ Services

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-07-16 10:46

The Æthelmearc Kingdom Chatelaine, THLady Desiderata Drake, would like to invite those who are new to the SCA and/or new to Pennsic, to the following activities:

Newcomers’ Point

This year the East Kingdom Chatelaine, Lord Erhart von Stuttgart, and I are coordinating the return of Newcomers’ Point. It will be mostly geared towards those who are new to the SCA, but will also have some helpful information for those new to Pennsic. Chatelaines from around the Known World will be on hand to provide information on local groups, different types of activities in the SCA, and some SCA basics (who’s that in the pointy hat, what is court, etc.). The Newcomers’ tent will be in AS 15, between Lost & Found and the Dance tent (see map below), and will be open noon-4pm, Saturday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 5.

Newcomers’ Social

For the second year, the Æthelmearc Chatelaines will be hosting the Newcomers’ Social at 2pm on Sunday, August 2nd in the Newcomers’ Tent (AS 15). Newcomers are encouraged to come and meet other Newcomers as well as Chatelaines from around the Known World, ask questions, and partake of some light refreshments. Rumor has it that there may be some Royals attending to welcome the newcomers as well.


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Head of F.W. Murnau, director of Nosferatu, stolen

History Blog - Thu, 2015-07-16 09:54

The head of pioneering German film director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau has been stolen from his grave in the historic Stahnsdorf South-Western Cemetery outside Berlin. The theft was discovered Monday by cemetery manager Olaf Ihlefeldt who found Murnau’s iron coffin had been broken into and his skull removed. Authorities aren’t certain when exactly the theft took place, sometime between July 4th and July 12th.

F.W. Murnau, one of the early cinematic masters who brought the sharp shadows and distortions of German Expressionism to film, died in 1931 at the age of 42 from injuries sustained in a car wreck near Santa Barbara, California. His embalmed body was returned to Germany and interred in a crypt in the bucolic forested splendor of the Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf. When they died years later, his two brothers Bernhard and Robert were laid to rest with him in the tomb. His brother’s coffins were not tampered with, so it seems this could have been a targeted theft rather than a random desecration. Someone wanted F.W. Murnau’s head.

Authorities found a candle inside the tomb. Murnau is most famous today as the director of cinematic masterpieces with occult themes — 1922′s Nosferatu vampires and 1926′s Faust Satan — so candles may have been part of some sad wanna-be ritual, or it may just have been used to cast some appropriately atmospheric light for a selfie.

Unfortunately this is not the first time the grave has been interfered with, although it is the first time any remains were stolen. The coffin was first damaged in the 1970s and there was another break-in as recently as February of this year. The cemetery is now considering walling in the burial chamber or separating F.W. Murnau’s remains from his family’s and burying them.

If you haven’t seen Nosferatu, or even if you have but it was some creaky old print, you must watch the version that was beautifully restored in 2006. They used a French tinted print as the basis then pulled in missing elements from other rare survivals. Even the score is a recreation of Hans Erdmann’s original, which is particularly meaningful because Nosferatu was one of the first feature films to have an original score.

It’s a miracle that we have any version of Nosferatu to enjoy. Bram Stoker’s widow Florence, her husband’s literary executor, sued Murnau and the production company for copyright infringement demanding full compensation and, brutally, the destruction of the movie which she never watched. Florence won. In 1925 the court ruled that the original negative and all existing prints of the movie were to be burned. It’s hard to put the movie genie back into the lamp three years after its premiere, however, even back when distribution wasn’t instantly global like it is now. Some prints survived the conflagration and began cropping up in theaters and private showings in the late 1920s.

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A Letter from the Deputy Mayor for Land at Pennsic 44

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-07-16 00:03

After spending last weekend at Cooper’s Lake and looking at the situation there, several hard decisions were made for the 11,765 people preregistered for Pennsic.

No further condensing could be done on the 18 blocks that were seriously over-booked because most blocks could not sustain extra people without compromising the safety of the campers. The groups that had to be moved off their blocks due to this over-crowding were chosen based on the number of people needing to be moved. A total of 383 campers were over the limit in their block and were relocated.

With 3 more storms forecast for this week, it would only get worse.

The blocks that were closed due to flooding added 91 campers to be moved due to their blocks closing (including the camps of the Mayor and Land1).

That made 474 campers for whom we needed to find another home, for this year ONLY. No seniority will be compromised! Tough decisions were made and we ask that you wait till you arrive and see the status of your block.

I will be available in the Great Hall during Land hours for anyone wishing to discuss this.

Lady Magdalena Winter
Land One, Pennsic 44


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2015 Fourth Quarter Board of Directors Meeting Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-07-15 17:30

The Board of Directors is excited to announce the 2015 Fourth Quarter Board of Directors Meeting to take place in the Sylvan Kingdom of Aethelmearc on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

The location is The Embassy Suites, Pittsburg International Airport, 550 Cherryington Parkway
Corapolis, PA 15108.
Start time is 9:00 a.m. ET.

Modern clothing is requested. All members and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Æthelmearc Youth Background Check Policy for Pennsylvania

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-07-15 16:03

The following policy and procedure document was previously posted on the Kingdom website by the Kindom Seneschale, Mistress Cori Ghora, and updated today.

Kingdom of Æthelmearc Youth Officer/Marshal Background Check and Mandated Reporter Training Policy and Procedures Including for Officers Active in Pennsylvania

Please note that these policies apply to all people working with minors in the State of Pennsylvania as warranted officers of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., whether the person volunteering lives in Pennsylvania or is coming in from another state to work at activities held in Pennsylvania on a regular basis (30 days or more aggregate through the calendar year).

This includes but is not limited to all warranted Youth Officers, Youth Marshals, Youth Fencing Marshals, Sparring Marshals, Local Knights Marshal and Group Fighting and Fencing Marshals who have minors fighting or fencing as adults at local practices in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Local Seneschals are encouraged but not required to take the Mandated Reporter Training and get required Background Check (BGC). Pennsylvania Local Seneschals should ensure at least one person in their group has completed all mandated requirements for working with minors.

Please Note:
Completing the Background Check Process and taking the Online Mandated Reporter Training does not replace the Society-required “Two-Deep Rule.”

Any Society activity where there are minors present MUST HAVE TWO UN-RELATED ADULTS present at all times.

CURRENTLY WARRANTED OFFICERS

As of July 1, 2015, any currently warranted officer of the SCA, including marshals, are grandfathered in on the required Pennsylvania Background Check requirements. These officers have until July 1, 2016 to bring their Background Check certifications into compliance. Please follow the BGC procedure listed under NEW OFFICERS below for obtaining your Background Checks and getting reimbursed for the fees.

Current officers are, however, required to take the free, easy, online Mandated Reporter Training as soon as possible. All Officers must have their training certification in to the Kingdom by August 30, 2015 to maintain their warrant.

Please see the listing below for training links.

NEW OFFICERS WARRANTED 7/1/15 OR LATER

For any person applying to be a Warranted Youth Officer/Marshal:

  • Apply with your Kingdom Youth Officer/Marshal to be accepted for the Warranting Process.

For any person applying to serve as Knight Marshal or Marshal of Fence in Pennsylvania groups.

  • Apply with your Kingdom Earl Marshal to be accepted for the Warranting Process.

The first part of this application will include turning in an online Mandated Reporter Training Certificate of Completion.

  • If accepted, the Kingdom Officer will issue permission (Reimbursement Certificate signed by the Kingdom Officer approving candidate to request reimbursement for PA BGC fees.) to apply to the Kingdom for reimbursement of the costs for the Pennsylvania required background checks.
  • At this time, the Kingdom Youth Officer/Marshal will also issue to the candidate the paperwork required for the Society Background Checks. Fill this out and mail/fax it to the Society (Contact info on forms). All Warranted Youth Officers and Youth Marshals in AEthelmearc still require Society Background Checks. The PA BGC is in addition to this Society requirement.
  • The Kingdom Youth Officer/Marshal will notify the Kingdom Seneschal of the candidate’s approval for a Society BGC via email, including:
    • Membership number and expiration date
    • Applicant’s full legal name
    • SCA name
    • Address, with City, State and Zip
    • Email
    • Phone number

NO ONE MAY BE A WARRANTED OFFICER UNLESS THEY ARE A PAID MEMBER OF THE SCA, INC. IN GOOD STANDING

The Kingdom Seneschal will verify that the candidate may be approved for a Society BGC and shall forward that approval to the Society Corporate Officers.

  • The Kingdom and the individual will both receive outcomes of the Society BGC.
  • The Kingdom does not receive the PA BGC outcomes. The candidate must provide those to the Kingdom.
  • When the BGC results for Pennsylvania come back, the candidate may turn the results, any related material, the signed “Volunteer Clearance Exception” statement (if required), and the Reimbursement Certificate in to the Kingdom (Seneschal Office), with a Kingdom Reimbursement Form, to be compensated for the costs of the BGC. The Kingdom will only reimburse when receiving results and all supporting required documentation.
    http://www.aethelmearc.org/…/exchequ…/reimbursement_form.pdf
  • The Seneschal will scan required documents and distribute to the Kingdom Officers as required for the individual’s specific warrant. The Seneschal Office will maintain a list of all PA and Society BGC requests and outcomes.
  • The ‘originals’ of all documents will be stored with the Kingdom Archivist/Waiver Secretary.
  • Scanned signed documents stored in a static format (PDF) are acceptable as ‘originals’. Email is acceptable for sending these static documents to the Kingdom.
  • When the candidate has completed any additional requirements as required by the specific activity, they will then be warranted. Completion of Background Check requirements is a precursor to training as a Marshal or Youth Officer and does not guarantee warranting as an Officer.
  • Rosters of warranted officers with the PA Endorsement will be maintained in addition to the standard Roster of Officers by the applicable Kingdom Officers.

LINKS AND DIRECTIONS:
Pennsylvania will be waiving the $10 fee for its Criminal Background Check and Child welfare Background Check starting July 25, 2015

LINKS FOR PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS:
If you have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance ($10)
    Click here to apply online OR
    Click here to download the form for printing and mailing
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance ($10)
    Click here to apply online OR
    Click here to download the form for printing and mailing
  • Proof of completion of online Mandated Reporter training (free)
    Click here to access the course through the University of Pittsburgh; takes 2-3 hours to complete. This document will show other options available for fulfilling the course requirement.
  • Signed “Volunteer Clearance Exception” statement
    Click here to download the statement
    The “Volunteer Exception Form” is definitely required for people who’ve lived in PA for 10+ years and don’t have to take the FBI Background Check. See the next-to-last paragraph on the first page here. Based on this same document, please get any required FBI checks through the Department of Human Services, not the Department of Education, as the SCA, Inc. is not a school. This also saves a bit on the cost ($25.75 vs. $27)

When forms are completed on line, other than the Volunteer Exception Form which MUST be printed be signed, all of the certifications come as electronic documents by email or as a certificate that displays at the end of the process. As such, it should not be necessary to print and scan those documents. Be aware of this fact when working with the systems as it can be easy to miss where option to print, especially where it shows up at the end of the Mandated Reporter course.

LINKS FOR NON-PA RESIDENTS AND FOR THOSE RESIDENTS OF LESS THAN TEN CONTINUOUS YEARS:

If you have NOT been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance ($10)
    Click here to apply online OR
    Click here to download the form for printing and mailing
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance ($10)
    Click here to apply online OR
    Click here to download the form for printing and mailing
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report-PDE ($27)
    Click here to register online at the Cogent website. After you register online, you will need to visit a Cogent fingerprint facility. The Cogent website includes a map noting where these facilities are located throughout Pennsylvania. Based on this document, please get any required FBI checks through the Department of Human Services, not the Department of Education, as the SCA, Inc. is not a school. This also saves a bit on the cost ($25.75 vs. $27)
  • Proof of completion of online Mandated Reporter training (free)
    • Click here to access the course through the University of Pittsburgh; takes 2-3 hours to complete

When forms are completed on line, other than the Volunteer Exception Form which MUST be printed be signed, all of the certifications come as electronic documents by email or as a certificate that displays at the end of the process. As such, it should not be necessary to print and scan those documents. Be aware of this fact when working with the systems as it can be easy to miss where option to print, especially where it shows up at the end of the Mandated Reporter course.

NON- PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS:
If you have your state’s equivalent clearances (typically required for people in positions like teacher, coach, and medical personnel), then you may not need to obtain Pennsylvania clearances. However, you may be required to sign the “Volunteer Clearance Exception” statement noted above for PA residents.

If you do NOT have your state’s equivalent clearances, you may look into acquiring them in your state, or you may be able to obtain PA clearances using the list above for people who have not been continuous residents of PA for 10 years.

Thank you for your patience during these changing times.

YIS,
cori
Seneschale, AEthelmearc


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Chirurgeons Guild Established

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-07-15 11:56

Unto all Gentles of the Knowne World, whatsoever their title may be, does Mistress Fia Kareman send greetings.

It is with excitement that I announce that a Chirurgeons Guild has been established, and as of today, is considered active.

Several months ago, a small group of dedicated individuals came together to continue the tradition of the Chirurgeons and to provide first aid for those that request it at events held by the SCA. We have created a Handbook of Rules and Regulations of the Chirurgeons Guild, established a Googlegroups for discussion, set up a basic website, and an email for questions.

Most importantly, we are starting to follow these Rules and call ourselves a Guild, and act as such, at any event going forward. We may have a few growing pains, but we are eager to help and serve as we have always done.

Please feel free to use the links below to join the Guild, ask questions, provide suggestions, and read the Rules and Regulations as they currently stand. We look forward to your participation, input, and support into growing our Guild.

We welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions, as long as they remain civil. We want to make this the best that it can be moving forward, and hope that we have your support in doing so.

Mistress Fia Kareman, CSC, OP
Chirurgeon General of the Chirurgeons Guild

Email – chirurgeongeneral@gmail.com
Discussion Group – chirurgeons-guild@googlegroups.com
Website – http://www.chirurgeonsguild.org
Handbook – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6qpP_l4Tfl3X1RkS1V6cThUTk0/view?usp=sharing


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Kingdom Chirurgeon’s Office Becomes a Guild

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-07-15 06:42

On July 11, the Society Seneschal announced that the Office of Chirurgeon will be disbanded effective August 10, A.S. L (2015).

The Æthelmearc Gazette asked our Kingdom Chirurgeon, Baroness Constance Glyn Dŵr, what’s next for those who wish to render (or receive) first aid assistance at SCA events. Here is her reply:

Greetings!

Worry not my fellow citizens of Æthelmearc, though the BOD may disband the Chirurgeons as an SCA office, we are still here. Several months ago, a small group of dedicated individuals came together to form a Chirurgeon’s Guild, to continue the tradition of the Chirurgeons and to provide first aid for those that request it at events held by the SCA. The guild is already operating, and on an SCA-wide scale. The badge stays the same as well, so if you need us, just ask for a Chirurgeon. It’s my pleasure to serve as Kingdom Guildmistress.

If you have any questions please email me at aechirurgeon@gmail.com.

Baroness Constance Glyn Dŵr
Kingdom Chirurgeon


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