Archive - Jan 2008

January 23rd

Museum offers virtual tour of Roman road

A new exhibit at the Museum of the Diocletian Baths in Rome lets visitors take a virtual walk down the Via Flaminia, a major travel artery which was "built in the third century B.C.E. to connect Rome to Ariminum, today's Rimini, on the Adriatic sea."

"Black Death" poses a new threat

The plague, which once devastated the population of Europe, is on the rise again, according to experts. Around 100-200 cases are reported annually, but the disease is cropping up in new locations.

"Give us back our wee men!"

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, has expressed a grievance over the continued absence of the Lewis Chessmen from Scotland. The chessmen, ivory pieces carved sometime during the 11th century, are housed in various museums in England.

January 22nd

Saxon cemetery offers grisly findings

In-depth examination of a Saxon cemetery in East Yorkshire has given archaeologists some insight into the society's system of justice with the study of a dozen decapitated skeletons.

Steppes/Elfsea 12th Night photos

Caelin on Andrede has posted an album of photos from the recent 12th Night event in the Baronies of Steppes and Elfsea.

Choral sounds from the Male Choir of St. Petersburg (Russia)

A video on YouTube features the Male Choir of St. Petersburg, Russia, an a capella choir of 25 singers who will be making their American debut in 2009.

January 21st

Life aboard a Viking ship

Nathan Williams of the BBC's Timewatch discusses his voyage on the Viking ship Sea Stallion, which sailed from Denmark to Dublin during the summer of 2007. (photos and diagrams)

DunDraCon needs you!

Margrethe Astrid Ravn reports that DunDraCon, a gaming convention that runs from February 15-18, 2008 in San Ramon, California, is looking for SCA members to serve as experts and offer demos.

West Kingdom 12th Night photos online

Gelis of Balweary has posted an album of photos on the SmugMug website from 12th Night in the Kingdom of the West.

January 20th

Edinburgh is archaeologist's treasure trove

Joanna Vallely of the Edinburgh Evening News takes a look at archaeological projects in the city, including excavations at the Grassmarket, Newbridge and the Scottish Parliament.

Lochac 12th night photos

Lady Isibeal and Mette Boesdatter have posted photos from the recent 12th Night event in Heathcote in the Kingdom of Lochac.

The Curmudgeon's Tale

On the premise that "snarky ranting is period," Baron Master Louis-Philippe Mitouard announces a new SCA-oriented discussion group called The SCA Curmudgeon.

January 19th

“People of the Book" filled with "danger, oppression and high drama"

In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin discusses People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about book preservation that revolves around the discovery of a medieval Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which describes the Jewish Passover Seder.

Roman bridge reconstructed in Northumberland

A 2nd century Roman bridge, which originally crossed the Tyne River in Northumberland, has been reconstructed on the river's bank. The original was one of the largest bridges in Roman Britain.

Western States Folklore Society seeking conference papers

Michael Adams has announced that the Western States Folklore Society is seeking papers for two panels at the upcoming conference to be held Apri; 11-12, 2008 at the University of California, Davis.

January 18th

Phillipos the Skeptic to be laureled in Atenveldt

The populace of the College of Brymstonne report that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have offered Lord Phillipos the Skeptic entrance into the Order of the Laurel.

[AET] Regional Archery Practice

description:
Regional Archery practice will be Sunday Jan 20th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Feel free to show up any time during those times to shoot. We will again be shooting at Gander Mountain in Johnson City. This is for the Winter Challenge.

The address is 528 Harry L. Dr Johnson City NY 13790 for those of you that would like to mapquest it. Location:
AEthelmearc (Johnson City, New York)

[MER] MidWinter Arts & Sciences Faire 2008

description:
The Barony of the South Downs invites you to join us for a day of Beauty and Fellowship at MidWinter Arts & Sciences Faire 2008 Saturday Only • February 9th • UUMAN • 11420 Crabapple Road • Roswell, GA 30075

Come share your Static or Performing Art projects in the beautiful sanctuary space and have them evaluated according to Kingdom A&S rules. Mingle in fellowship with fellow Artisans to discuss all manner of things as you see fit. Enjoy the delicious repast prepared as a Heavy Luncheon (buffet style). Stay for a festive Revel of combined European and Hafla music. Location:
Barony of the South Downs (Roswell, Georgia)

[DRA] Midwinter Feast

description:
It is yet again the cold and dark time of the year when you wish to simply curl up on a couch with a cup of something hot. But low 'n behold, there is also a better way to enjoy wintertime. Let us invite you to the Canton of Unikankare to celebrate the traditional Midwinter Feast, to be held at Ahtela youth camping centre in Sauvo (street address Ahtelantie 21), near Turku, Finland.

The site opens on Friday at Location:
Canton of Unikankare (Sauvo, Finland)

[CAI] Festival of the Rose

description:
Are you or your group CAID's next Bardic Idol? Be you Dancer, Drummer, Singer or Performer of any Stripe, Come and impress the masses (and our judges)!

You say you have a talented Warband, an Entertaining Household, or a Barony that rocks? Come to Festival of the rose, and strut your stuff (ahem, family safe, please.) Bring home the trophy for your area! Think of it as a musical Melee! Bring on the singing Pirates, the Viking Marching songs, and the Sea Shanties! Location:
Barony of Dun Or (Lancaster, California)

[ART] Birthday Bash XXII

description:
Greetings to the gentle folk throughout the great and mighty Kingdom of Artemisia. The populace of the Shire of Silver Keep is eagerly anticipating the Shire's upcoming birthday. We invite all to throw off the doldrums of winter and come celebrate our Shire's birthday at Birthday Bash XXII.

A traditional Bearpit tournament will be held to decide both our tournament and Shire's champions. A rapier tournament will also be held. Location:
Shire of Silver Keep (Bozeman, Montana)

The appeal of the armorer's craft

In an article for The Guardian, James Fenton looks at the armorer's craft and its continuing appeal to museum visitors.

Ansteorra Coronation photos online

Caelin on Andrede has posted a large album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

January 17th

[TRI] Lion's Tourney 2008: Chinese New Year

description:
Come up to Oldenfeld to celebrate Chinese New Year in the Land of Big Fun, Feburary 8th - 10th!

Lion's Tourney 2008: Chinese New Year
Feburary 8th - 10th, 2008.

The Barony of Oldenfeld in the Kingdom of Trimaris proudly invites all to join us when we will ring in the Year of the Lion in true Land of Big Fun style!

We now have full Lyst information available! Get ready for a good time fighting for the dream! Location:
Barony of Oldenfeld (Crawfordville, Florida)

[CAL] Melon Wars IV

description:
Melon Wars IV - Vikings vs Saxons - April 25-27 2008

Please do check the revised web site and check out the official flyer for Melon Wars IV:
http://www.flinthyll.org/mw4 Location:
Shire of Flinthyll (Burlington, Iowa)

[LOC] May Crown 2008

description:
The Shire of Darton invites you to attend May Crown in Darton. Enjoy a weekend of festivities centred around our finest fighters competing for their consorts to be the next Crown of Lochac.

Relax in our tavern on Friday night, watch the pageantry and chivalry of a crown tournament followed by a fabulous feast on the Saturday, and then on Sunday enjoy the spectacle of a rapier tourney.

Come and experience the hospitality that Darton is renowned for. Location:
Shire of Darton (Wellington, New Zealand)

[ART] Baroness' Champion

description:
As the long winter nights give way to the first rays of spring sunshine, Antoinette Clarissa du Bete, Eighth Baroness of One Thousand Eyes, has declared that joyous merrymaking and grand tournament are in order as she selects a new champion to go forth and defend her honor from all challenges, martial or otherwise.

In keeping with the tradition of this event, to be eligible to wear the favor of Baroness? Champion the candidate must be a member of the Barony of Location:
Barony of One Thousand Eyes (Idaho Falls, Idaho)

[CAI] Practicum of the Sword

description:
Starkhafn's School of Defence presents the second annual Practicum of the Sword for students of the Arte of Defence, and Chivalric combat, we welcome you to two days of classes on the historic masters of sword play!

Site:
Nevada Museum & Historical Society at Lorenzi Park
700 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Fees:
$10 for members (+$3 non-members)
Includes Lunch and Revel Saturday Evening Location:
Barony of Starkhafn (Las Vegas, Nevada)

[EAS] Bellringers

description:
Winter is upon us, cold winds blow from the north, the sea is grey, the forests are bare, and the creatures of the wild sleep in their burrows. Gentles huddle in their homes and dream of warmer times.

It is in this darkest of seasons that warmth and friendship are most needed.

To lighten your hearts and fill your bellies the Barony of Carillion is once again proud to present our annual Baronial gathering known as Bellringers. Location:
Barony of Carillion (Barnegat, New Jersey)

[WES]Cynagua Investiture

description:
Dregal and Bronwyn, Prince and Princess of Cynagua, Request the pleasure of your company at the Celebration of the Investiture of Their Heirs, Alden and Constantina, on Saturday, January Twenty-sixth, Anno Societatis XLII.

Please join Them at Harvest Hall at Thirty-Eight Hundred Cornucopia Way in Modesto, California between the hours of ten in the morning and ten in the evening.

Following Investiture Court, Alden and Constantina invite all Combatants to participate in a double elimination Armoured Combat Tournament. The Tournament shall be open to all entrants, with the member of the Cynaguan Guard that advances the furthest to be named Capitan. Bring your armor and come test the mettle of the Cynaguan Guard. The tournament will be double elimination. Their Highnesses request that each combatant come prepared to deliver a toast during invocation. Location:
Shire of Canale (Modesto, California)