Archive - 2004

October 18th

Independent: Norse Hit the Slopes in Greenland

Researchers, working on an 85cm-long piece of wood found near the town of Nanortalik, Greenland in 1997, now believe that it was a ski.

Daffodil Tournament XXVIII

On March 19, 2005, the Barony of Seagirt will host the 28th Daffodil Tournament to choose the Defender of Seagirt (rattan) and the Captain of the Grenadiers (Rapier).

Bring Out Your Dead

Bring out yer dead! Join the Independent Dominion of Myrkfaelinn on November 20, 2004 to celebrate the Black Death by fighting, fencing, and feasting... Why? Because we're not dead yet!

Pictures from Northshield's First Coronation

The first of the picture album from the Coronation of Siegfried & Bridei, the first King and Queen of Northshield, are now posted.

October 17th

Kingdom of Northshield Proclaimed, First Royalty Crowned

Lord Earnan Sanntraigh, who lives in the Barony of Nordskogen, offers a wonderfully detailed account of the day's festivities, for those of us not lucky enough to be attending in person as the SCA's newest Kingdom was proclaimed on October 16.

King Coenwulf Penny Brings US$409,000 at Auction

A 9th century, gold, Anglo-Saxon penny sold for over US$400,000 recently, a world record for a British coin.

14th Century Fresco Discovered in Siena, Italy

A well-preserved fresco dating to 1370 has been found on the wall of the Santa Maria della Scala hospital museum in Siena, Italy.

King's Wall Protected Against Invasion and Plague

A section of the "King's Wall" constructed in Edinburgh, Scotland by James II has been discovered during excavation for a building site.

Berwick Today: Saxon Chapel Found at Bamburgh Castle

Archaeologists working on Bamburgh Castle may have discovered a medieval chapel mentioned by the Venerable Bede as possessing the arm of St. Oswald.

Iron Age Horse Burial Discovered in North Yorkshire

Experts are investigating the ceremonial burial site of four horses dating to the 1st century C.E. discovered recently in North Yorkshire, England.

October 16th

What Columbus Ate

Researchers have put together a menu of the food items eaten by Christopher Columbus and his crews on the three voyages to the New World.

Citizen: An outsider's view of AEthelmearc's Crown Tourney

Amaris Elliott-Engel, a reporter for the Citizen learned firsthand the difference between a Renaissance Fair and the SCA when she attended the recent AEthelmearc Crown Tournament.

Medieval dentistry was better than many believe

A paper by osteoarchaeologist Trevor Anderson, published in the British Dental Journal, discusses medieval dental hygiene and health, and says the practices of the time were more advanced than is popularly believed.

Somerled: Scotland's Unsung Hero

If it weren't for Somerled, Scotland's unsung hero, residents of the country might be speaking Norwegian.

Kenneth MacAlpine: Scot or Pict?

A new book by historian Alex Woolf claims that Scottish hero Kenneth MacAlpine was actually a Pict.

October 15th

Pierce Brosnan to Star in Walter Scott Epic

Actor Pierce Brosnan is scheduled to portray Lord Lochinvar in an upcoming epic set in 12th century Scotland.

Taj Mahal Celebrates 350th Birthday

Indians are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Medici Mummies to Tell Tales?

On Sunday October 17, 2004, at 9:00 pm (EDT) TLC will present Mummy Detective: The Crypt of the Medici, a program examining the remains of 50 members of the Medici family to see how they lived — and how they died.

Sforza Hours Complete at Last

A page stolen from the Renaissance manuscript, the Sforza Hours, has at last been returned to the masterpiece.

October 14th

Check it Out! Medieval Libraries

This week, Dame Aoife looks at medieval and historical libraries.

Courtly Dance Seminar to be Held in Atlantia

On November 20, 2004, Susan de Guardiola (Alejandra de Miera), will be presenting a day-long workshop on courtly dances of late 16th century Italy.

Was beer really the staff of life?

Carrie Lock of Science News looks at the history of beer and breweries from ancient times to the present.

Notes on the Known World Bardic Symposium

THL Eliane Halevy of the Barony of Jararvellir in Northshield comments on the Known World Bardic Symposium and the place of bardic circles in SCA life.

Moot Hall Gives Up Its Secrets

Excavations beneath the floor of Hexham, England's 14th century Moot Hall have revealed a previous structure.

The Romance of the Rose

November 5, 6 and 7 will see the hosting of an equestrian event of Epic Proportions!! There will be something to interest all attendees, equestrian or not, with many prizes and gifts, and several tournaments, from equestrian to heavy to light.

Photos of Titan's Prize and Estrella Treaty Negotiations

Viscountess Deirdre D'Argenteuil and Sir Tighearnain have provided many great photos of the Titan's Prize tournaments and Estrella Treaty negotiations to Godfrey's SCA News and Photos.

Tudor/Stewart Ring Unearthed in West Wycombe, England

Local hobbyists using metal detectors have discovered a gold ring dating from late Tudor or early Stewart England.

24 Hour Museum: Roman Bridge Excavations "Spectacular"

"It's really spectacular. It's far more than we could have anticipated," said Margaret Snape of Tyne and Wear Museums about the excavation of what is thought to be the largest stone bridge in Roman Britain.

Harvest Feast: Return to the Steppes

The harvest time is upon us! Come and enjoy a day of gentle pastimes and a night of find food and drink. Come join Their Excellencies Sven and Anne as They share the harvest bounty of Their Lands. Journey with us as we travel to the Slavic and Asian Northlands to savor the tastes of the Rus, the Ukraine and the Steppes.

October 13th

Medieval Bestiaries

This week, Dame Aoife walks on the wild side with annotated links relating to medieval bestiaries.