Archive - 2006

November 3rd

Mosaics Highlight Roman Villa Discovery

Archaeologists have discovered "evidence of a substantial Roman villa with a mosaic floor in the main room" in the Quantock Hills of Somerset, England. The site is one of the most westerly Roman villas yet found in England.

Battle of Hastings Video Online

Several video clips from the 2006 Battle of Hastings reenactment have been posted on the Living History website.

November 2nd

Donal O'Brien Laureled in Caid

Broichan has announced that photos from the recent elevation of Master Donal O'Brien to the Order of the Laurel are now available to view online. The elevation took place at the Dreiburgen Anniversary in the Kingdom of Caid.

Letter From Catherine of Aragon for Sale

A letter from Catherine of Aragon pleading for help to preserve her marriage to England's King Henry VIII will be offered at auction in New York in December.

More Battle of Hastings Photos Online

Martin of Rivenstar recently attended the Battle of Hastings reenactment and shares photos taken by Lady Johanna.

Insulae Draconis Viceroy Tourney - Shire of Flintheath

Lady Melisende Fitzwalter would like to advise gentles that a short sequence from the recent Insulae Draconis Viceroy Tourney in the Shire of Flintheath can be found on the YouTube website.

Science Helps Understand "Ultramarine Sickness"

Two chemists have discovered the reason why the lapis-lazuli-based blue pigment prized by medieval painters fades so drastically over time. Ultramarine, more precious than gold, was often used for portrayals of the robes of the Virgin Mary, and Michelangelo used it in the Sistine Chapel.

November 1st

Castra Romana: Pompeii, The Day Before Vesuvius

On February 2-4, 2007, Vesuvius will errupt all over again...well, almost. Castra Romana-Pompeii, a Roman Era Re-enactment, will hold an event recreating the day before the catastrophic events of August 24, 79 C.E.

Outlands Event Photo Albums Online

Arwen has posted a series of photos albums from events in the Kingdom of the Outlands for 2005. The events include Outlands 20th Year, Estrella 2005, Straight and Narrow 2005, Stag's Con 2005 and Queen's Prize 2005.

Rome -- the Eternal Source Material

An entertaining new essay by Allan Massie explores the continuing fascination of Rome for fiction writers and moviemakers -- and their audiences.

An Tir Man is a Master of Chainmail

Washington State University student Matt James scorns the usual college activities for a hobby creating chainmail and fighting in the SCA. Lisa Waananen of the Daily Evergreen has the story and slide show.

October 31st

Artemisia Crown Photos Posted

Photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia have been posted on the Flickr website.

Zombie walk at Monroeville Mall sets record

This week's Zombie Walk at Monroeville Mall, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, attracted 894 people to try to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest-ever zombie gathering.

SCA Encouraged to Join ALHFAM

At the recent SCA Board of Directors meeting, it was suggested that the SCA become a member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. ALHFAM is an organization "that serves those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums and outdoor museums of history and folklore."

AEthlemearc Crown Tourney Videos on YouTube

Michael Alewright has posted videos from the recent Crown Tounrey in the Kingdom of AEthlemearc on YouTube. The albums include the final bouts between Prince Rurik and Magnus Tindal.

October 30th

Drachenwald Crown Tournament Photos Online - Part II

Lady Anna von Silvenhain has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (13-15th October).

Medieval Festival Delights Utah Residents

The citizens of the Provo, Utah area were recently invited to turn back the clock to the Middle Ages and participate in the fourth annual Utah Medieval Festival at Utah Valley State College. Rodger L. Hardy of the Deseret Morning News has the story.

Eduard & Dohmnail New Heirs to Ealdormere

Percival reports that Duke Eduard was the victor of the October 28, 2006 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Duke Eduard was inspired by Baroness Dohmnail.

Smashing Pumpkins: SCA-Style

Wes Poulin knows how to have fun at Halloween time: he drags out the trebuchet and hurls a few pumpkins! Kathyrn Mayer of the Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun has the story.

October 29th

Origins of Rhode Island tower investigated

An Arizona-based research is looking for clues to the origin of a Rhode Island landmark. Many conflicting stories surround the Old Stone Tower in Newport, including the theory that it was built by twelfth-century Norse travelers.

Koge Bog: 1616

A late period (1616) Danish cookbook is now available from a New Zealand website. The book, in Danish with English translation, contains "A hundred useful pieces, Which are about brewing, baking, Cooking, aquavit and mead to make, As is useful in house Holding etc. Which before not in our Danish Language is issued in print."

Northshield's Crown Tourney Photos Online

Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, has posted photos from the Kingdom's recent Crown Tournament.

Royal Archive Journals Online

The Journals of the Royal Society are now available to read online. The submissions date back to 1665 and include scientific works from Halley's description of his comet to the first paper published by Stephen Hawking.

October 28th

"Gates of Paradise" to Tour USA

Lorenzo Ghiberti's immense gilded doors, completed in 1452 and nicknamed the "Gates of Paradise," will tour the United States beginning in April 2007. The intricately decorated doors are 20 feet high and weigh three tons.

SCA Evil Plan Generator

Are you a true evil genius but just unable to articulate your evil plans for the Known World? Well... the Evil Plan Generator can help!

Hawaiian Costumer Still Plays Dress Up in the SCA

Costumer Amy Sumida, who works for Kaimuki's Prosperity Corner in Hawaii, is busy putting together costumes for the Halloween season. Sumida discovered the SCA in her teens and learned that playing dress-up could be profitable. Nadine Kam of the Honolulu Star Bulletin has the story.

Estrella War XXIII Announcements

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Estrella War XXIII Internal Publicity Deputy, has released several announcements pertaining to the 2007 War.

October 27th

More than just "Chivalry" grows in Brokenbridge

When the Canton of Brokenbridge in the Crown Province of Ostgardr hosted its first event, "Chivalry Grows in Brooklyn" in May, 2006, little did Brokenbridge (mka, Brooklyn, New York) realize that a lot more than just "chivalry" was about to grow.

Mistress Signy Dimmridaela Wins Harp Championship

Baroness Signy Dimmridaela, OL (Tracie Brown) won the 2006 U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship, held October 21, 2006 at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also won the championship in 1987 in Alexandria, Virginia, and placed third in the 1985 All-Ireland harp competition in Listowel, County Kerry.

Seeking Answers to Columbus Riddles

"Genovese nobleman or Catalan pirate? Adventurous explorer or greedy tyrant? What if the Italian gentleman who discovered America was in fact a brutal torturer and slave owner? And what if he wasn't even Italian?" Two Spanish scholars hope to answer some of the long-debated questions about Christopher Columbus using newly obtained evidence.