Archive - Dec 2002


Early Highlanders Spoke Norse

The Herald: Archaeologists have found artifacts in the Scottish Highlands nearly identical to those in Norway.

SCA to Participate in Miniature Gaming Convention

SCA members in Pennsylvania will offer a demo at the Cold Wars Convention of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society-East March 7-9, 2003 in Lancaster, PA.

MK Order of the Rose & Viscounty Site is Live

I am most pleased to announce to you that the Middle Kingdom's Order of the Rose and Viscounty site went live today! Happy 12th Night!

December 30th

University of New Paris to be Held in Estonia

The University of New Paris will be held January 17-19, 2003 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Renaissance Terracotta Brings Record Price

The Art Newspaper: Riccio's extraordinarily rare and tender terracotta of the Virgin and Child sold for a staggering

Magna Graecia Through Jan. 5 at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Magna Graecia, the groundbreaking exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is in its last few days. If you can, go there in person. If not, be sure to visit the on-line exhibition. The show features Western Greek art from eight different museums, and most pieces have never been seen in the US.

Coffee: "Lovelier Than a Thousand Kisses"

If you are a true worshipper of the Bean, you will want to visit the Coffee Science Information Centre for a scientific explanation of why coffee is the nectar of the gods.

Knattleikr - Not Just for Vikings Anymore

Bored? Looking for an exciting new/old game? Try Knattleikr, a cross between rugby and hurley, a Viking sport that will be demoed at the 2003 Medieval Conference.

December 30th

Note to Article Contributors

The Webmaster provides some reminders for those contributing articles on this site.

Armoring Links

Here is a Christmas present for armorers: an extensive annotated list of armoring links and related websites posted by Lis on the AEthelmearc listserve.

History of the Crusades Online

An online version of the six-volume narrative history of the Crusades is now available online.

Points to Ponder: The Two Towers as a Badly-Run D&D Game

EN World: Find yourself switching into gaming mode during The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? So have others....

Middle Kingdom Welcomes New Subject

Their Majesties Tarrach and Fina of the Middle Kingdom have a new subject, Veronica Irene Lilly.

December 28th

Alina and Midair Contribute to the Midrealm Populace

On December 20, Alina Foxwood gave birth to a firstborn son, Marcus Benjamin, in the Middle Kingdom.

December 24th

Happy Holidays

From the staff of, warm wishes to all Ladies and Lords of these Current Middle Ages for a safe, happy, and peaceful holiday season.

A Thousand Years of Music

There will be a combination lecture and concert of Medieval and Renaissance Music Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at 7:00 pm at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, in Chisolm Auditorium, Franks Hall. The program is co-sponsored by the university and the local SCA shire, Gateway to the Emerald Moors.

December 23rd

Ancient Numbers: Count to Ten

Amaze your friends by counting to ten in Old Icelandic or any of dozens of ancient languages!

December 22nd

Roman Ships Pulled from Mud Just a short distance from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, archaeologists are cautiously retrieving not one but several well-preserved ships built by the Romans.

December 21st

Coppergate Viking Research Archives to be Available Online

The Environmental Archaeology Unit (EAU) and the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) have announced that the archives for some of the research done at the Coppergate Anglo-Scandinavian site in York, England will be available online.

December 20th

Costume Society of America to Hold Underwear Symposium

On Saturday, April 5, 2003, the Costume Society of America, Region I will hold a symposium entitled "Understructures: Shaping the Body, Fashioning the Person" at Old Sturbridge Village.

Embroidery Weblinks

Interested in Medieval/Renaissance Embroidery? Take a look at Aoife's list of embroidery links.

"Two Towers" Hotties Have Women Panting

Have a crush on a hobbit? Can't get enough of Gimli's barrel-chest, or finding yourself lost in Legolas' baby blues? USA Today analyzes your crush in an article about the sexy men of the film.

Magna Carta Magnified

Genealogy Web: What was the Magna Carta all about? What does it say, and in what context was it written? This article takes a look at the political climate in which the important document was written.

December 19th

Controversial "Bog People" Exhibit Opens at Canadian Museum

ArtsCanada: The opening of the exhibit "The Mysterious Bog People" at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Canada has sparked controversy.

Human Remains Found at Medieval Ship Site

Archaeologists excavating a 15th century ship in Newport, Wales have unearthed human remains.

Photos from Atenveldt Southern Crusades Online

Sir Craven and Sir Ismenia of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have posted photos from the recent Southern Crusades 2002 event.

December 18th

Relics of Kublai Khan's Lost Fleet Found in Japan

Archaeology: Archaeologists working in Imari Bay have discovered remnants of a ship or ships which may well be part of Kublai Khan's invasion force from 1281.

An Tir Autocrats to Have Discussion List

Autocrats in An Tir have a new resource for questions and discussion. An e-mail list has been created to allow discussion of topics relating to autocrating events.

Future of Southern Reaches Still Under Discussion

Their Majesties Gerhart and Una of Caid have issued a statement that a new poll will be conducted regarding the future of the Southern Reaches (New Zealand).

December 17th

J.R.R. Tolkien -- Enemy of Progress

Salon: A noted science fiction author traces humanity's fascination with Romantic heroes, from the Norse and Greek epics through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and Enlightenment, and into one of the 20th Century's modern myths.