Archive - 2005

December 26th

Smithsonian: Aerial Photography as Archaeological Tool

Smithsonian Magazine looks at the popularity of using aerial photography to do archaeological surveys, not only to make new discoveries, but to preserve sites threatened by time and circumstance.

December 25th

7th Century Chinese Palace Discovered

Chinese archeologists are thrilled with the recent discovery of the grand gate of the Daming Palace, "the largest imperial architectural complex of the Tang Dynasty (618-907)". The Vermillion Phoenix Gate had five doorways, making it the largest palace gate in Chinese history.

Newport Ship Skeleton Theory

A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning.

Fra Angelico One Step Closer to Sainthood

Fra Angelico was the model of a self-effacing medieval monk whose art was an expression of religion. Pope John Paul II beatified the 14th century monk, bringing him one step closer to sainthood, and his name and his genius are still celebrated 550 years later.

December 24th

Viking Exhibit at Sydney's National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Sydney will feature an exhibition titled "Vikings" from November 30, 2005 until June 18 2006.

"Islamic Manuscripts from Mali" Online

Judith of Troll Fen reports that the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress has released Islamic Manuscripts from Mali as part of its Global Gateway collection. The collection is available online.

6th Century Saxon Warrior & Horse May Stay in England

Ambitious plans to house at a Suffolk museum the "internationally important" discovery of the skeleton of a Saxon warrior buried with his horse have been launched.

December 23rd

Viking in Your Genes? Volunteers Donate DNA for Test

Predisposed towards battle axes, but never understood why? The answer may be in your genes.

Skeleton Discovered Under 15th Century Ship is Much Older

Experts examining an Iron Age skeleton found discovered buried beneath a medieval ship in Newport, South Wales, say it is "remarkably well preserved." Tests on the bones by forensic archaeologists at Lampeter University, Mid Wales, have shown that they date back to 170 B.C.

Outlands Prize Tournament at Estrella XXII

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Director for Estrella War XXII, has announced that the Outlands Prize Tournament will take place at this year's War.

December 22nd

Lottery fund to help pay for analysis of medieval ship

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for a project to examine the medieval ship buried in the banks of the River Usk, in Newport.

Midrealm Retired Regalia Item Auction

The Not-So-Silent Silent Auction: Join the Midrealm Ministers of Regalia, Contessa Tamara di Firenze and Master Matthew Christopher of Bristol, for an auction of decommissioned Kingdom regalia items. Proceeds will be used to purchase new regalia and maintain current items.

The Auction will be held from 1:00 to 3:00. Master Matthew Christopher and a cavalcade of various and sundry performers will be making merry in the truest Twelfth Night tradition at the auction area: come prepared to be amused and amazed, as you place your bids to become the proud owners of pieces of Midrealm History.

Place-Names of the Maltese Islands, c. 1300-1800

Dr. Godfrey Wettinger, Professor Emeritus at the University of Malta, recently spoke on place-names and surnames in Malta’s medieval history.

1st Annual Renaissance Festival Performer Awards

Marc Gunn and Kristen Roger have announced that the Renaissance Festival Podcast will sponsor award presentations for the best Renaissance Festival Performers. Those interested may vote online until January 15, 2006.

December 21st

First Nativity Scene to be Restored

A 13th century marble nativity scene by sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio in the oratory of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome is scheduled to be removed from the church for restoration.

Dumal Ruthilcarid becomes Knight in Northshield

Their Majesties Kitadate-tenno and Æsa Gilsdottir dubbed Dumal Ruthilcarid as a Knight of the SCA at the Boar's Feast event on December 10.

Photos from Boar's Head Online

Vicountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of Northshield, has posted a photo album from the Boar's Head event which took place December 10, 2005.

Tatiana Melville placed on vigil for Order of the Pelican

Tatiana Melville was summoned by Their Majesties Kitadate-tenno and Æsa Gilsdottir at Their court at Boar's Feast, and asked to stand vigil for elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

December 20th

The Self-Defense Nightstand

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdians fighter in the family? How about a sword and board that doubles as a bedside table?

Shopping in the Renaissance

The Yale University Press looks at Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy, 1400-1600, a new book by Evelyn Welch, which looks at the social anxieties of the Renaissance marketplace.

Kevin O'Shaughnessy becomes Peer, Don, Earl Marshal of Northshield

On December 10, 2005 at the Boar's Head event in the Kingdom of Northshield, during evening court, their Majesties Æsa Gilsdottir and Kitadate-tenno recognized Kevin O'Shaughnessy as a Master of the Pelican and a Master of the Laurel.

Middle kingdom says "Happy Birthday!" to new little Scotsman

Give him a couple of years to learn to walk, then teach the lad how to fold a kilt! Aidan Gabriel Duncan was born to Lorien (Skye) Pletcher, aka Lady Deirdre de Maccuswell, on December 11, 2005.

December 19th

15th Century Church Restored, Reopened

The historic Church House at South Tawton was packed to bursting point on Nov. 30, 2005, as visitors came to marvel at the extensive restoration work on the 500-year-old building.

The Fellowship of the Catapult [Rated PG-13 for Language]

Maximumawesom.com wonders how much time could have been saved if the Fellowship of the Ring had just used a catapult....

Women Important in Roman Military Life

Archaeological evidence from Roman forts shows that women held an important place in Roman military life.

December 18th

Artisan's Row at Boar's Head a Success

Ban tigherna Aine ingen MaelPatraic reports on the Artisan's Row at the recent Boar's Head event in the Kingdom of Northshield. She has also posted photos.

Antonello on display at the Met

"Antonello da Messina: Sicily's Renaissance Master" will be on display in the European Paintings Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 5.

First Medieval Manuscript Digitized at Manasija Monastery

The Blago Fund team made a tour of the Manasija monastery where they paid a visit to the monastery library and were acquainted with the precious cultural heritage lying there.

December 17th

Report from the Midrealm Cooks' Symposium

Iasmin de Cordoba reports on the recent Middle Kingdom Cooks' Symposium.

Historic Cornwall District Needs Volunteers to Preserve Archaeological Site

Wardens at an historic site in Cornwall are asking for help to conserve the archaeological remains on the landmark.