Archive - Jun 2008

June 8th

New book claims China started the Renaissance

“A sophisticated Chinese delegation visited Italy in 1434, sparked the Renaissance and forever changed the course of Western civilization." This is the premise of a controversial new book by Gavin Menzies 1421: The Year China Discovered the World.

The mystery of the missing skeletons

Dozens of skeletons, thought to be Muslim and dating from the 8th or 9th centuries C.E, have been removed from the site of excavations near the Temple Mount according to the Israel Antiquities Authority who have deemed the incident "a serious mishap."

Warriors' Gate (South Korea) fighter practice video online

Jambres the Innocent has posted a series of video clips of fighter practice in Warriors' Gate (South Korea) on YouTube.

June 7th

Remains of 3,000-Year-Old Fortress Discovered in Egypt

In Egypt, authorities have uncovered the remains of a giant fortress called Tjaru (or Tharu/Tharo) discovered in July 2007 near the Suez Canal.

Scientists Think Humans Arrived in New Zealand in 1280 C.E.

Scientists studying rat remains and seeds eaten by the rats believe humans did not colonize New Zealand until 1280 C.E. because they could not have swum the distances from the nearest islands.

Austin Joseph Stockton born in Shire of Rockhaven

Ysabeau de La Rochelle and husband Aram report the birth of their son Austin Joseph Stockton on May 23, 2008 in the Shire of Rockhaven, Kingdom of Northshield.

Shava's pictures from Quest for Camelot

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield recently visited Quest for Camelot, an event hosted by the Shire of Schattentor. Her photos, as well as some by Christina, are now available online.

June 6th

Search continues for "Lost Colony"

Researchers from the First Colony Foundation are gearing up to begin an extensive search for America's "Lost Colony." The project will be covered by the Time Team America program.

Leaning Tower of Pisa extends warranty for another 300 years

Engineers studying Pisa's famous Leaning Tower feel that the structure has been saved for another 300 years thanks to a UK£20 million restoration project.

[AET] Battlements and Berserkers

description:
Oyez, oyez! Fighters of AEthelmearc, our scouts bring word of a hoard of mercenary troops massing across the North Bridge. Their intention is not yet known, but their weapons can nott be for peaceful negotiation. Gather one and all, and help us repel these attackers back across the bridge they crossed on. And after, celebrate the glory of the day with feast and tales of battle.

The day’s activities will include the Wyntersett Guardian Tourney, a Bear-Pit Tourney, an open-field melee, and the main battle upon the bridge. Also planned, a wine & mead making demonstration, and an A&S expo, both organized by our minister of Arts and Science Vito the destroyer (Steve Genovese, vitothedestroyer@hotmail.com). So finish up those Pennsic projects and enter them in the expo. Location:
Shire of Wyntersett (Clayton, New York)

[ANT] Autumn War

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My Lords and Ladies, the Barony of Blatha an Oir and the Barony of Stromgard, being unable to settle their differences peacefully, have "regretfully" announced that they have no choice but to settle them on the battlefield.

This means WAR! That's right, Autumn War 2008 is here! That means 5 days packed full of activities with a couple thousand of your closest friends.

Now, of course, everyone loves a good war, and we also know that many members of the populace have other interests, as well. That's why there will also be Archery, Thrown Weapons, Games, Hattie Longtooth Memorial Woodworking Contest, Iron Needle, Single-Entry A&S Competition, a Mini-Ithra, Tabletop Trebuchet Contest, War Siege Engines, Pied Piper activities, and more…. Location:
Randle, WA

Marc de Arundel victorious in Cynagua Coronet

Alvar reports that Sir Marc de Arundel, fighting for his lady Arianwen ferch Morgan, was the victor of the recent Coronet in the Principality of Cynagua (Kingdom of the West).

Shava's photos of..... ARRG

No, we weren't just eaten by a monster! Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield really does have photos and a report from ARRG VII, which took place recently in the Barony of Jararvellir.

June 5th

[ATL] Kingdom Archery Championship

description:
The thundering hooves of the Mongolian Empire draw near! Join in their whirlwind of chaos to conquer the Knowne World. We invite you to display your prowess with bow and arrow, and plunder the day away. This will be a kingdom-level event to choose the new Kingdom of Atlantia Archery Champion.

It is a weekend-long event with archery, feasting, and a bardic circle. The Championship will take place at the Baltimore Bowmen club. Enjoy Friday Night travellers’ fare to benefit the Bright Hills Youth Archery program. Saturday will include a continental breakfast, and there will be a dayboard provided to refuel between shoots. The day’s end will bring a sumptuous feast prepared by Duke Valharic, followed by a bardic circle to entertain and recount the day’s events: “No s*@#, there I was, just me and my yak . . .” Location:
Barony of Bright Hills (Glen Arm, Maryland)

[ATL] Hero's Portion

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Once again, the Barony by the Sea needs a Hero! So the word needs to be spread that a Hero is called upon to defend the Keep of Marinus from those that would steal it's wealth. Will the young Squire William return to defend the Keep, or will another rise to become a Hero?

All fighters, archers and Siege Engineers are call upon to help defend (or sack, wo wo!) the Keep of Marinus. In addition, the Sergeants of Saint Aiden will be running a War Academy in the Morning before the main event. So all ye novices that seek knowledge, or those who wish to polish off there old skills, please attend. Location:
Barony of Marinus (Spring Grove, Virginia)

[AET] Myrkfaelinn Summer War Practice XXVI

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The Dominion invites you to attend our 26th Annual Summer War Practice on Myrkfaelinn's Icelandic Cayuga Seashore by the Waterfall Fjord at the Camp Barton Boy Scout Camp in Trumansburg, NY.

The site is so beautiful that we have returned to fight off invaders. Come help us defend it or try to win it from us. We welcome all Fighters, Fencers, Archers, and Thrown Weapons users. Please note there is no indoor space for martial activities. Location:
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (Trumansburg, New York)

[WES] Chirurgeon's Collegium

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Many of you have either heard or read my words regarding the lack of chirurgeons in the West Kingdom. In another effort to help alleviate this problem, we are having a chirurgeon's collegium on Sunday June 29, 2008.

Chirurgeons and those who would like to be chirurgeons come join us for a day of classes to get or renew your certification. If you have current certification, please come share your knowledge and stories with others who would like to learn. The cost of certification will be approximately $25. Please register by e-mail or phone for certification by June 1 so we have time to get all the supplies. Location:
Reno, Nevada

[ATL] War of the Wings III

description:
Well, there was some question about who won . . . the points, they burned! ... There's a score to settle! ... There are egos to salve!! ... There are . . . are . . . things . . . to . . . uh . . . do.

Oh, Ok, really it's because we LOVE to have FUN and we always have fun with our friends!!! Come on out!

A&S competitions! Performing arts will get the last war point of the competition with a HUGE Bardic Blowout to be held on Saturday night Location:
Canton of Crois Brigte (Elkin, North Carolina)

Kathryn Alexandra Michalos born in Ealdormere

Lady Carolyn of Amberview reports that Kathryn Alexandra Michalos was born May 8, 2008 to Lady Tatiana and her husband Sir Cordigan d'Arnot in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

[WES] Valhalla Day on the Green

description:
Join us for a resurrection of Valhalla Day on the Greenwith some of the old games and some new ones! Fighting: ship to ship team list, holmgang, axe and shield list, spear list.

Games: bear pit wrestling, spear throwing, tug-of-war, ship races, oar dancing.

Arts: Viking haiku, riddles, storytelling, period style clothing contest, Hollywood style clothing contest.

The park is tree shaded and grassy and runs along the river, nice Location:
Province of Silver Desert (Sparks, Nevada)

[ATL] Scribal Workshop

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The next scribal workshop will be held on Saturday June 14th from 11 am until 4 pm at my home in Hodges, SC. As usual, we will hold a workshop for the scribal arts.

Lucien will have fencing practice outside. This time we will also be hosting a SCA "Swap Meet". (Thanks to Bri and Marla who suggested this!) Bring out your unwanted or unneeded SCA gear, jewelry, pretty much anything and swap or sell it to a new home where it can get a new life! Finally, this is an Ordes weekend, so come prepared to enjoy the fare at our very own local English Pub. We attend in Garb, so pack accordingly! Location:
Hodges, South Carolina

[MID] Northern Oaken War Manuevers

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The Barony of the Cleftlands and the Shire of Falcon's Quarry Present Northern Oaken War Maneuvers XII June 6, 7 and 8, 2008

Ukranian American Youth Association Resort
47890 Bursley Rd,
Wellington OH, 44090

Approximately 35 miles South-West of Cleveland, OH

Fees
Camping / Day-Tripping / Picnic
Pre-reg $12 / $7 / $13
At the gate $15 / $8 / $13
Children 5-12 half-price Location:
Barony of the Cleftlands and the Shire of Falcon's Quarry (Wellington, Ohio)

[OUT] Jester's Folly

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Want a chance to bring out the big toys? The rapidly approaching Jester's Folly has just such a reason; Breach or Defend the Caerthen Fortress Wall. Any and all Combat Approved Siege equipment will find a place in the Siege Battle on Saturday, June 21st.The heavy troops on all sides will be counting on the Siege Engineers to make an opening in that wall.

Imagine... a beautiful wooded encampment where we can relax and enjoy Location:
Barony of Caer Galen (Lupton, Colorado)

[TRI] Trimaris Coronation

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The Barony of An Crosaire Proudly Presents The Coronation of Thorstenn II and Zephyrine II August 28 - September 1, 2008

4H Camp Ocala
18533 Nfs 535
Altoona, FL 32702-9119

Site Opens at 4:00 pm Friday and Closes at 11:00 am Monday

Registration opens with site & closes 3:00 pm Sunday There will also be Heavy Weapons Lysts, Rapier Lysts, Youth Combat, Archery Competition, Troubador Laureate Competition, Children's Activities, and much, much more! Location:
Barony of An Crosaire (Altoona, Florida)

[ATE] Southern Crusades X

description:
Southern Crusades just wouldn't be the same without special events. We all look forward to such things as Torchlight Tourneys, the Bardic Competition, and the Dance and Drum Competition to entertain us, test our mettle, and bring us together with our friends at War. Also, as the war grows bigger, there is a need for exciting new events; perhaps Period Demonstrations or daytime performances on Merchant's row. If you are interested in hosting or running an event at Southern Crusades, please contact Lady Perin ( tyseneschal@gmail.com) so that we can help make that happen! Location:
Kingdom of Atenveldt (Winkelman, Arizona)

[ATL] Runestone Collegium

description:
Runestone Collegium is going to be held on the beautiful campus of Winston-Salem State University near downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The day is dedicated to Arts and Sciences classes of all types. Full tracks of Heraldic and Scribal arts are planned. There will also be classes for fiber arts and garb. In case you aren’t interested in arts type classes, we will be hosting several classes about the Middle East with a few Viking offerings. There will be classes for fighters but not combat. Leave your armor at home. Your weapons are not necessary either. Location:
Canton of Crois Brigte (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

[ATE] Barony of Twin Moons Baronial Birthday

description:
The Barony of Twin Moons celebrates their "Sweet 16th Birthday" on June 21, 2008. Come and help us enjoy the party.

LOCATION: John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1130 E Broadway Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85219

FEES:
ACCEPS is now available for pre-payment of all fees, go to http://acceps.ansteorra.org/index.php

The event can be accessed under "Kingdom of Atenveldt" -> "Barony of Twin Location:
Barony of Twin Moons (Apache Junction, Arizona)

[ATE] Barony of Atenveldt Anniversary

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Join with Their Excellencies Otto and Lizbetta as they celebrate the anniversary of Barony of Atenveldt. In addition it is time consider the courtly graces and choose a couple who are the personification of these things as your new Lord and Lady of Love.

Saturday, June 28th 2008; 12-6pm

Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85253 (west side of Scottsdale Rd, next to Renaissance Resort, before Lincoln Location:
Barony of Atenveldt (Scottsdale Arizona)

[LOC] Doing it Medievally in Deni

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Household Knightshade from the Shire of Bordescros will host an informal "Arts and Sciences Workshop" to encourage the Good Gentles of Deniliquin and other Bordertownes to Understand the "Gentler Aspects of the SCA"…..

It is anticipated that*) mini-collegia will be held in:

  • Helpful Heraldry – *for that they shouldst choose a new name*
  • Costuming – *what wouldst thou have worn*? Location:
    Shire of Bordescros (Deniliquin, New South Wales)

Roman ritual plate found in Bulgaria

A beautifully-designed Roman marble plate, inscribed in Greek, has been found in the Bulgarian spa town of Hissar, known in Roman times as Diocletianopolis. The piece has been dated to the 3rd century C.E. (photo)