Archive - Aug 2008

Carmelite friars graves found in Perth

A team of archaeologists have discovered the over 50 skeletons dating to the 13th century, of Carmelite friars and other later burials. The remains were found at the future site of retail units in Perth Scotland. The experts have also uncovered the site of the friary church.

Combat archery rule changes for Summer 2008

The Earl Marshal of the Society for Creative Anachronism has laid out several changes to combat archery rules following repeated incidents of helm penetrations.

En garde: beware the BBQ sword!

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdian fencer? How about a BBQ Sword, a twin-pronged cooking fork with a rapier handle.

Pictures from Styringheim Medieval Week 2008

Edricus has posted photos from the Styringheim Medieval Encampment at the recent Visby Medieval Week 2008.

August 30th

12th century Byzantine still found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologist Prof Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered a 12th century still believed to have been used in the study of alchemy in the remains of a Byzantine mansion near the village of Tatul, Bulgaria.

12th century abbey unearthed at Scone

Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of the remains of the 12th century Augustinian Abbey at Scone Palace in Scotland. While the palace stands, nothing of earlier history has survived above ground at the site. (Video)

Medieval church windows helped purify air

A new study suggests that medieval stained glass windows covered with tiny gold particles helped to purify the air when sunlight shone through them.

[NOR] Peasants are Revolting

description:
Site: Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Avenue Arvilla, ND 58214
Turtle River State Park is located 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. Watch for signs to the Woodland Lodge.

Opens: 10:00am Closes 10:00pm

Site is Accessible and Discretely Damp (beer/wine - no open display. "Pour it and store it")

FEES:
Site: $6.00 (Kids 6 and under free)
Feast: $8.00 Menu fit for high-class peasants. Location:
Shire of Rudivale (Arvilla, North Dakota)

[ANS] Jägermeister

description:
There will be many opportunities for grand entertainment, revelry making and of course – tests of skill and valor! Lots of activities for everyone with a schedule that will allow you to participate in as many as you’d like.

Shire Championships
Jägermeister - Our heavy list will consist of a double- elimination single sword tourney.

Händwerksmeister - A&S Competition, no theme required, documentation appreciated. This will be a judged competition. Location:
Shire of Ffynnon Gath (Seguin, Texas)

[DRA] Kingdom University

description:
The Shire of West Dragonshire invites you to attend Drachenwald’s Kingdom University, where knowledge will be shared in the heart of William the Conqueror’s Royal Hunting Grounds, the aptly named New Forest.

Site: Ferny Crofts Scout Centre, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7YQ. www.fernycrofts.org.uk

There are 64 bunk beds in two nearby buildings (32 beds per building), with additional crash space available. Showers and toilets are located in both buildings. All bunks come with a mattress, pillow and blanket, but sleeping bags are advised. Limited camping is available. Information regarding nearby b&bs and hotels will be available soon. (Note: I have this information. Until the website is ready, please write to me offlist, and I'll email you a Word document with details.) Location:
Shire of West Dragonshire (Brockenhurst, England)

[TRI] Michaelmas Scriptorium

description:
The Barony of An Crosiare & The Shire of Castlemere present Michaelmas Scriptorium October 10-12, 2008.

Camp Immokalee
6765 Immokalee Road
Keystone Heights, FL 32656

Site opens at 4pm on Friday and Closes at 10am on Sunday

Theme: Celts vs Romans

Event Steward:
Lord Jebe Kerait
jebe@gru.net

Fees:
2 Night = $ 27.00; 1 Night =$ 15.00; Day Trip = $ 12.00 Location:
Barony of An Crosiare & The Shire of Castlemere (Keystone Heights, Florida)

Ix's Pennsic photos

Sir Ixtilixochitl of the Middle Kingdom has posted an album of photos taken by himself and his daughter at the recent Pennsic War 37.

[MID] Rendezvous at the Bridge XIX

description:
The Shire of Riviere Constelle cordially invites you to join in the fun and festivities at our 19th annual Rendezvous at the Bridge event.

Lincoln State Park
Lincoln City, Indiana

Cabins and Tent Camping available! ! ! (On-lead pets allowed, overnight pets at tent camping site only, absolutely NO PETS in CABINS!)

Heavy Weapons Info:
Friday: Torchlight Tourney. We must have a minimum of six (6) confirmed fighters to hold the torchlight tourney. Please contact the Tourney Marshalto sign up. Location:
Shire of Riviere Constelle (Lincoln City, Indiana)

[AET] Michaelmas

description:
Summer will soon be gone and the cool breezes of Autumn will be upon us. Celebrate the time of the harvest at Michaelmas with the Shire of Hunter's Home on September 6th 2008 at Camp Nazareth (339 Pew Road, Mercer, PA 16137). This site is handicap accessible.

Michaelmas was the time for beginning new leases, rendering your accounts and paying your annual dues. The reeve of the land would move among the populous to keep watch over the work and to assure that production was up to expectations. Traditionally this holiday was symbolized with "glofe, gees, and gyngeuer." The glove represented the open-handedness and generosity of the lord of the village, eating goose gave good luck in the coming year, and ginger was believed to provide protection against infection. Location:
Shire of Hunter's Home (Mercer, Pennsylvania)

August 29th

Trevor-Roper says kilts are not period

In his book The Invention of Scotland, the late historian Hugh Trevor-Roper takes on established Scottish traditions such as the tartan and the kilt, calling them "about as authentic as Disneyland." Adam Kirsch of the New York Sun reviews the book.

3rd century Finnish burial site found

Archaeologists in Opolye, Suzdal, Finland have uncovered an ancient burial ground dating to the 3rd-4th centuries. Thus far, they have discovered 11 tombs shedding light on early burial customs.

[DRA] Autumn Crown Tournament

description:
The Canton of Poukka invites you all to witness the combat that will determine who will be Crowned our King and Queen at Twelfth Night Coronation 2009!

The main feast is sold out as of August 18. But do not despair, you won't go hungry: if you missed the main feast, you can make a reservation for a smaller feast with less dishes. Note that the smaller feast is served in a separate building. If seats would become available for the main feast, those will be offered to those who have made reservations for the smaller feast, in the reservation order (i.e. the faster you book the small feast, the more likely you are to get a seat at the main feast as cancellations are inevitable). Location:
Canton of Poukka (Kiljava, Finland)

[DRA] Yuletide University VIII

description:
All ye who hunger after knowledge gather ye to Yuletide University VIII and have your fill.

The shire of Glen Rathlin's annual Arts & Sciences event is on again from the 28th until the 30th of November 2008.

Teachers for all levels are welcome to tease (and teach) the attendees with their knowledge and talents. We cordially invite all members of the Insulae Draconis Company of Merit for Artists & Scientists, the Order of the Location:
Shire of Glen Rathlin (Belfast, United Kingdom)

Sven Orfhendur victorious in Caid Crown Tourney

Selene Colfox reports that Count Sven Orfhendur, inspired by Countess Kolfinna Kottr, was the winner of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Caid.

"Dancing Plague" still puzzles scholars

On a street in Strasbourg, France in the summer of 1518, a woman began a fervent 6-day dance that led to a month-long dancing frenzy by more than 400 people. Modern scholars are still undecided about what caused the "Dancing Plague."

August 28th

Codex Sinaiticus to be available online

The Codex Sinaiticus, a 1,600-year-old version of Bible, has been digitized and is being made available online. The manuscript is one of the oldest versions of the Bible.

Artemisia event photos online

Reginald reports that he has posted several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

August 27th

"Caesar" donated to charity shop

The 2,000-year-old skeleton of a Roman greyhound has been donated to a Lincolnshire, England charity shop. The bones were first discovered at the Lawn in Lincoln in 1986, and are believed to date to the Roman era.

[MID] Harvest Days and Tournament of Chivalry

description:
Harvest Day and Tournament of Chivalry

Where:
Woodland Trails Scout Reservation
265 Gaspers-Somers Rd
Camden, OH 45311

When: September 5-7, 2008
Site opens: Friday, 6pm, gate closes 11pm
Gate re-opens: Saturday, 8am
Site closes: Sunday, noon

Site Fees:
13+ day trip: $8.00
13+ camping: $10.00
12-6: $4.00
5 and under: Free!
Family cap: $24.00 Location:
March of Winged Hills (Camden, Ohio)

[LOC] Baronial Hunt

description:
Tis the hunting season once again in Politarchopolis. Join us on Saturday in a quest, rapier tournament, roving round, kite flying and twilight heavy tournament. At night enjoy the Wild Hunt: dancing, music, feasting and masquerade under the stars. Sunday sees the excitement of the Hunt through the forests and glades of Politarchopolis. Price includes camping, lunches, masquerade and dinner. Gas cooking provided for breakfast. Prize to be awarded for best mask. Location:
Barony of Politarchopolis (Sheldricks Lane, NSW)

[NOR] Northshield Rapier Academy

description:
The Shire of Korsvag will be hosting Northshield Rapier Academy on Saturday, September 6th, AS 43.

Where : Oak Grove Park, Fargo, ND (directions and a map on the linked page)
When : Site opens at 9 AM and closes at 9 PM
What : A day of study and practice of the Art of Defense. Join us for a variety of classes for the seasoned fencer as well as those who have never picked up a schlager. Lists will be available for pick-up bouts as well as sheltered space for hanging out and socializing. Location:
Shire of Korsvag (Fargo, North Dakota)

[NOR] Art-ic Madness

description:
This event is intended to be a fun get together of people interested in the Arts and Sciences to share and learn about different types of Arts and Sciences and get ideas and feed back. This is not an Arts and Sciences competition but instead a forum of sorts to learn, teach, and share with each other. There will also be a fighting demo on Friday where we hope to have both rapier and heavy fighting. This will be on the University of Minnesota campus and is intended to get the attention of students and show off the fun things we do. Location:
College of Tor Aerie

[EAS] St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Schola and Competition

description:
St. Eligius, the patron saint of artisans and metalworkers will be celebrated at Dragonship Haven's upcoming Arts and Sciences Competition and Schola. The craftspeople of the East Kingdom are invited to participate in the Saint Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of individual categories. Special prizes will be going to those whose entries are recognized for Judges' Choice, Peoples' Choice and Baron's Choice. His Excellency will also be selecting the DSH Baronial A&S Champion. Location:
Barony of Dragonship Haven (Stratford, Connecticut)

Equestrian Authorization Clinic

description:
Rannveigr and I will be holding a free authorization/rider clinic on September 6, 2008, from 11 AM until 3 PM at Van Dee Stables in Waterford , PA.

This is not an event. However, it will be the last official practice we hold in Stormsport for the balance of 2008. Since we have paid for SCA equestrian insurance we can do authorizations. We will provide equipment for basic games and a few specialty authorizations. To a more limited Location:
Waterford , Pennsylvania

[AET] Hideaway Homecoming

description:
The Forests of Hornwood hold many dangerous animals on four feet...and on two. After the war, fleeing mercenaries and defeated warriors infiltrate our shire, pillaging what spoils they can find and causing great scenes of discord. Join with us, The Shire of Hornwood, on September 6th from 9am until 8pm in our efforts to clear out the rabble and fill our larders for the coming winter. The promise of great rewards awaits you at our Hideaway Homecoming! Location:
Shire of Hornwood (Brockport Pennsylvania)