Archive - Oct 2009

Scottish Archaeology Month celebrates pirates

Two Scottish pirates, executed in Aberdeen in 1597, were the subject of the recent Scottish Archaeology Month. The stories of Robert Laird and John Jackson were to be told as part of the re-enactment Tales from the Tolbooth.

Early watch depicted in Renaissance painting

Experts believe they may have identified the earliest depiction of a watch in a painting. The timepiece is featured in the 450-year-old portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence.

Pictures from Ansteorra's Three Queens event

Lady Brenna MacDonald and Caelin on Andrede have posted albums of photos from the recent Three Queens event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

October 30th

Byzantine grave site found in Syria

A joint team of Syrian and Japanese archaeologists have discovered the graves of children dating to the 6th century in the ancient city of Palmyra. A wealthy city along the caravan route, Palmyra was known as the Bride of the Desert.

Great Wall longer than previously believed

A newly-discovered section of China's Great Wall shows that the structure was actually at least 11 kilometers longer than previously believed. The new section was found in the northeastern Jilin province.

Controversy surrounds Dracula's cellar

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the basement of ”Drakulya House,” owned by Vlad III Tepes, more commonly known as Dracula, in the Hungarian city of Pécs, but authorities plan to fill in the excavation for preservation purposes.

October 29th

"High status" Saxon brooch found in South Oxfordshire

Metal detectorists at a rally in South Oxfordshire have discovered a 6th century Saxon grave yielding a skull and a garnet brooch belonging to some of "high status."

Keeping up with the Ciceros

Reasons given for the study of Latin over the year have ranged from "better understanding of English" to "looks good on a resume," but a new reason, according to Globe and Mail arts columnist Warren Clements, might be "to keep up with all the amusing Latin books that have been pouring forth for the past 60 years."

[DRA] Yuletide University IX

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, yet again winter draws nigh and the shire of Glen Rathlin is once more hosting Yuletide University. This year we hope to run a set of 4 classes focusing on a day in the life of people from 4 different times in history as well as a schedule of other classes. Anybody willing to teach please contact the autocrat.

[ANS] Coronation of Owen ap Aeddan and Genevria de Betto

We invite one and all to the Coronation of Owen ap Aeddan ap Trahearn and Genevria de Betto de Adriano, that will take place on November 7, 2009.

[DRA] Celebration of St Cecilia

Come and participate in a weekend filled with song, music, and dance! Come and help us honor St Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians and church music! Come and experience the poetic and romantic medieval times. Come and celebrate St Cecilia!

Ealdormere's Baron's Howe event photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent 2009 Barons Howe event in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are on the Two Ravens website.

[WES] Medieval Faire and Turkey Tourney

On November 14, 2009 Gavilan College is presenting a Medieval Faire in conjunction with Darkwood´s Canton of Hawks Haven. It will basically be an all day demonstration of medieval life similar to the Rennaisance Faire.

[ART] Kingdom Arts and Sciences Collegium

As the crisp Fall air descends upon the lands of Artemisia, it is time to take on scholarly pursuits at Kingdom Collegium hosted by the Barony of Arn Hold.

[MID] Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XI

Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets, Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players as well.

[LOC] Yule

To the populace of Lochac, we would like to intive all to join us in the country side on the 12th of December AS XLID to participate in the Celebration of Yule.

[NOR] Much Ado about Twelfth Night

When you think about Twelfth Night, perhaps the Shakespearean play comes to mind, which may then make you think about Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and then you might start to think about other things that are late period. We would like to encourage everyone to come show off their finest in late period garb for their persona at this year's Twelfth Night event.

[DRA] Midwinter Feast

While the freezing winter winds are bringing more snow and ice to our northern lands, having good time with your friends is more important than ever. One of the most traditional events in Aarnimets, the Midwinter Feast is going to be bit different this year. The warm spirited occasion to celebrate friendship and love in the spirit of St. Valentine. Friends old and new are most welcome to our party.

[CAL] Lilies War XXIV

War of the Lilies is an annual event held in the center of the Kingdom of Calontir in June. It has been said that Lilies is so much like a vacation, you may forget it is a war, and it is our hope to continue that tradition.

Jousting in America

What makes a modern American want to be a medieval jouster? NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden traveled to the Maryland Renaissance Festival to find out for a story that ran October 3, 2009 on NPR's Weekend Edition.(audio and photos)

Duke Frederick's portable firepit

Duke Frederick of Holland of the West Kingdom shares his portable firepit design, which has been "approved for use at any site which permits the use of hibachis by the West Kingdom Fire Marshall." The online tutorial includes instructions with diagrams.

October 28th

Staffordshire hoard will "reshape understanding of the Dark Ages"

The recent discovery of over 1500 Anglo-Saxon artifacts near Staffordshire, England is having an amazing impact - and not just on the archaeological community. Thousands of everyday citizens are lining up to get a look at the 7th to 8th century treasure, and displaying a new curiosity about their Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Shava's pictures from the Midrealm 40th Anniversary and Coronation of Dag and AnneMarie

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares her photos, video and memories from the October 3, 2009 Middle Kingdom 40th Anniversary celebration and Coronation of Their Majesties Dag and AnneMarie.

Martha Stewart learns maskmaking from SCAdian artist

Artist and SCA member Andrea Masse-Tognetti (Meredith the Maskmaker) joined Martha Stewart on October 7, 2009 to demonstrate how to make a leather unicorn mask.

George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" coming to HBO

HBO has acquired the rights to produce a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire & Ice books. The first films, A Game of Thrones is scheduled to film in late October 2009 in Northern Ireland.

Skirmish Magazine covers historical re-enactment around the world

Skirmish Magazine, a British publication dedicated to providing information to the living history community, accepts submissions for articles "on historical re-enactment and living history from around the world, covering all historical periods."

October 27th

Constable of the Tower of London installation ceremony online

On October 7, 2009, General Sir Richard Dannatt was installed as the 159th Constable of the Tower of London. Sir Richard's Installation ceremony is available to view on the Historical Royal Palaces website.

Jousting with Henry VIII

Henry VIII was known for his love of spectacular jousts. Now visitors to the Hampton Court website can share in his favorite pastime by playing Joust for Henry VIII.

Photos from the Pennsic 38 Known World Chivalry Tournament

Ursus of Anglesey reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Pennsic XXXVIII Known World Chivalry Tournament.

Facebook adds Latin

Hebrew? Persian? Pirate Speak? Now Latin is the latest translation to be added to Facebook's Translations application.