Archive - 2004

March 29th

Details from March 27 Schragger Pre-trial Hearing

Morning Call: The "Morning Call", a newspaper located in the area where the trial is taking place, has published a more detailed article on Friday's hearing.

Pittsburgh Universities Create Medieval and Renaissance Consortium

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, along with other area educational institutions, has announced the creation of the Consortium For Medevial and Renaissance Studies.

Children Testify in Sex Abuse Case ABC Action News coverage of the preliminary hearing for Benjamin Schragger, the SCA youth leader accused of molesting several teenagers.

March 28th

SCA Participants Wage Battle for the Crown

Roswell Record: A local newspaper chronicled the latest Outlands Crown Tournament, and the article is available on the paper's web archive.

Rune Stone Prompts Speculation on Vikings in Scotland

Courier: A runic inscription found in Dalgety Bay near Fife, Scotland has archaeologists speculating on Viking settlements in the area.

New Book on St. Patrick Reviewed

Christian Science Monitor: J. Morgan Sweeney, professor of Irish History at Michigan State, reviews a new work on Ireland's most famous saint.

"Twilight of the Romans" in "Hadrian's Wall"

Seattle Times: Romans meet Celts in William Dietrich's new novel, "Hadrian's Wall." Read a review by Skye K. Moody.

March 27th

Night of the Living Dead Languages

Cornell Daily Sun: Who says academics have no sense of humor?! A recent event held (on the Ides of March!) at Cornell University was called "Night of the Living Dead Languages" and featured readings in several ancient and medieval languages.

Romans to Battle Celts in Brisbane

Glen Innis Examiner: Organizers of the Celtic Festival in Brisbane, Australia are looking for a few strapping young men to defend their homes from invading Romans.

New Exhibit on Japanese Calligraphy and Painting

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: "Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from the Japanese Religious Traditions" will be exhibited at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery through July 18.

March 26th

Preliminary Ruling Finds Cause for Further Action in Schragger Case

Morning Call: Ben Schragger, known in the SCA as Lord Ben the Steward, will face "further court action," according to a published report following a preliminary hearing.

Web Site Features "Aurora's Feast" Event Photos

"I took a few pictures," says Lady Bertana of Cissanbyrig, an Atenveldt citizen who has posted nearly 150 photos from the recent Aurora's Feast event.

Sketches Found in Museum Stockroom Identified as Michelangelo Originals

A pair of sketches discovered in the stockroom of the Prado gallery in Spain have been officially identified as originals created by Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Mummified Hand Stolen from Salisbury Pub

Visitors to the Haunch of Venison in Salisbury, England will no longer be greeted by an 18th century, mummifed hand, which was stolen recently from the pub.

Bronze Age Bangles Gift to Welsh Gods

14 pieces of gold and bronze jewelry and other artifacts dating back 3000 years were discovered recently by metal detectors in Wrexham, Wales.

March 25th

New Bardic Champions in East Kingdom

Lord Rowen Cloteworthy announced that the new Bardic Champions for the East Kingdom are Lady Siobhan inghean ui Dhonnabhain and Master Arden of Icombe.

Byzantine Villa Discovered Near Netanya, Israel The ruins of a villa dating to the 5-6th centuries C.E. have been discovered near Netanya, Israel by construction workers building a highway off-ramp.

1,000-Year-Old Viking Harbor Complex Discovered Archaeologists in Norway have discovered the remains of a 1,000-year-old Viking harbor complex.

March 24th

New Exhibit on Monastic Illuminated Manuscripts

"Seeking Illumination: Monastic Manuscripts, 800-1200" will be on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles through June 13, 2004.

Attendee at SCA Event Honorable Mention Candidate for "Darwin Awards"

Several years ago, someone attending an SCA event in Kentucky did something amazingly stupid. A witness has recently nominated the man for an Honorable Mention in the "Darwin Awards".

Correction to Recent Request-for-Commentary from the BoD

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, has posted a correction to the recent RFC letter concerning membership numbers required for various group sizes.

"The Reckoning:" a Medieval Thriller

A new medieval thriller, starring Paul Bettany and Willem Dafoe, brings the 14th century alive through painstaking recreation which includes cold castles and the Black Plague.

Criminals' Remains Found in Oxford Castle Moat

Archaeology Magazine: The remains of about seventy prisoners, some dating back to the 16th century, have been found in excavations of the moat at Oxford Castle.

March 23rd

Photos Online from Newcomers' Event in Lochac

The College of St. Monica, which is part of the Shire of Krae Glas (Monash University, Clayton campus, in south-east Melbourne, Australia), hosted the Newcomers' Faire on the 20th March, AS XXXVIII.'s Lochac correspondent shares his event report and photo album.

Greek Astronomy and the Medieval Arabic Tradition

American Scientist: Medieval Islamic astronomers may have corrected and improved on Greek astronomy by creating new mathematical tools to explain the motions of celestial objects.

March 22nd

Trimaris Wins Rapier Field Melee at Gulf Wars

For the first time in Gulf Wars history, Trimaris and her allies have taken the Rapier Field Melee Battle!

Ealdormere Concludes Its First Golden Seamstress Competition

Nicolaa provides an event summary and results from Ealdormere's first Golden Seamstress competition, held March 19 in Ontario.

March 21st

Lectures to Highlight Klakavirki Event

The Incipient Shire of Klakavirki will host lectures on armoring and Renaissance wedding customs, as well as a tourney, at its first event August 27-29, 2004 at the Naval Air Station in Keflavik, Iceland.

"Most Faithful" Wife Still Honored After Centuries

A marble plaque bearing the inscription "Most Faithful" was found in a 3rd century Roman grave near Canterbury, England recently, speaking of a husband's gesture of eternal love.

March 20th

17th Century Hand Grenade from the Battle of Killiecrankie Discovered

News Telegraph: A fragment from a hand grenade has been recovered from the site of the 17th century Battle of Killiecrankie, a celebrated Jacobite victory.