Archive - Dec 2009

14th century coin found in York midden

Archaeological volunteers at York, England's Hungate Dig don't expect to find much, but Richard Daniel was lucky when he recently unearthed a 14th century gold coin.

Medieval and Renaissance Galleries open at the V&A

"We're wanting to shed light on the dark Middle Ages," said chief curator Peta Motture about lighting conditions at the new Medieval and Renaissance exhibits at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Tim Masters, entertainment and arts correspondent for BBC News has the story.

Two vigiled at Northshield's Boar's Head

Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Northshield, have announced that They have placed two citizens of Their Kingdom on vigil for elevation to peerages. The announcement took place at Court at the recent Boar's Head event.

December 30th

Controversial medieval scholar completes book on Cambridge

Despite her ongoing dispute with the university, Cambridge scholar and professor of medieval logic Gill Evans has completed her history of the institution. The University of Cambridge: A New History will be published to coincide with Cambridge's 800th anniversary.

Medieval remains and pottery found in Georgia monastery

Archaeologists working on the excavation at the church of Ayios Nikolaos, on the site of the 10th century Georgian Monastery, at Gialia village in Paphos, have discovered four ossuaries containing human remains.

Henry VIII standup

Tudor humor hits the Internet with comedy routines starring Brian Blessed as Henry VIII on the BBC's Comedy Blog. The five videos from Henry 8.0 involve skits combining English history, popular British culture and the internet. (videos)

December 29th

Estrella War News You Can Use - December 28, 2009

Estrella War XXVI Media Officer, Dame Katharine of Cate Hall, provides the latest news from the Estrella War staff.

Estrella War News You Can Use - December 21, 2009

As we prepare for Estrella War XXVI, there is lots of news we’d like you to know about, so we are bundling many messages in each Estrella War News You Can Use release.

The loggia as focus of medieval cultural life

In a recent article for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Kim Sexton, an associate professor in the University of Arkansa's Fay Jones School of Architecture, looks at the loggia as a center for social interaction and legal issues.

December 28th

When in Rome... read!

Mysteries set in ancient Rome continue to catch the imaginations of readers.

11th century recycling center found near York

The discovery of more than 1,000 pieces of iron, including arrowheads and axe heads, have led experts to believe that they have found "York’s first metal recycling centre." The materials were gathered together after a battle for reuse.

December 27th

Roman city found in Libya

Italian archaeologists have discovered a buried Roman city near the city of Tobruk in Libya. Remnants of the city were found beneath sand dunes, leading experts to believe that a large part of the city sank.

Dance instruction booklets available

Dance experts from the Barony of Cynnabar in the Midrealm have created a series booklets of instructions for court dances from past Terpsichore dance events. The booklets are available to download in PDF format.

Byzantine Gospel of Mark a forgery say scientists

A recent scientific study of the Archaic Mark, a 44-page codex, believed to be "an important witness to the early text of the gospel," has been proven to be a 19th century forgery according to a team of experts from the university of Chicago.

December 26th

Robert Ballard finds Byzantine ship in the Aegean

A 60 Minutes segment on underwater explorer Robert Ballard includes a discussion of the discovered wreck a 7th century Byzantine ship in the Aegean Sea.

Crofter finds Norse anchor on Skye

A Scottish crofter working on a drain on the Isle of Skye was "stunned" to discover an anchor that is believed to date to Viking times. (photo)

Gleann Abhann's Winter 2009 TOC photos online

Danielle reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Tournament of Champions 2 which took place recently in the kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The album is available on SmugMug.

December 25th

Cross slabs discovered after church fire

The recent devastating fire at St. Brandon's Church in Brancepeth, near Durham City, England was a tragedy, but one with "a silver lining." what the fire revealed were 20 medieval tombstones dating to the 12th and 13th centuries. (video)

Roman tower found in Chester

Archaeologists working to repair a section of Chester, England's city wall have discovered the remains of a Roman tower. “To our surprise, almost as soon as we started digging, a well-made sandstone wall appeared. It was running across the line of the City Wall and was more than 1m thick," said City Archaeologist Mike Morris.

Saint Nicholas in Turkey

St. Nicholas, the 4th century Christian saint who influenced so many Christmas traditions, is thought to have lived and died in Myra, Turkey. His remains were removed to Bari in southern Italy in the 11th century. Now Turkish officials would like to see Nicholas' basilica restored.

December 24th

Staffordshire Hoard booklet on sale at British Museum

The British Museum has published a small book on the Staffordshire Hoard. The 48-page book can be purchased from the British Museum Shop online for UK£4.99, with £1 going to Staffordshire museums to purchase and display items from the Hoard.

Roman frescoes restored to glory

The BBC's Rome correspondent David Willey offers a tour of the building and recently restored 400-year-old fresco paintings at the Scala Santa or Holy Stairs.

The origins of Yule

In a Yuletide card, courtesy of Revival Clothing, we learn the origins of "Yule" from its pagan Germanic beginnings through its joining with the Christmas festival during the reign of Haakon the Good. The article includes a bibliography.

December 23rd

Principality of the Mists Investiture photos online

Duchess Megan reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Investiture in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West. The photos are located on Flickr.

Remains of Pere el Gran found in Tarragona, Spain

A team of archaeologists at the Santa Maria de Santes Creus monastery in Tarragona, Spain have used non-intrusive methods to investigate the tomb of Pere el Gran (1240-1285), one of the country's most important rulers. (video)

The origins of December 25 as Christmas

An online article by Andrew McGowan, an associate professor of early Christian history at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the Biblical Archaeology Review discusses how December 25 came to be chosen as the date of Christ's birth.

December 22nd

SCA military discussion group

Mistress Morgan Rowanwaif moderates a Yahoo group dedicated to offering support and discussion opportunities for "SCA members who are serving in the military, past and present, those with friends in the military, and just about any one else who wants to lend their support and advice."

Embroidered textiles bring high prices at Bonham auction

On December 9, 2009, a collection of 15th-19th century works of art and textiles was auctioned by Bonham's Auction House. Detailed photos of the auctioned items are available to view on the website.

Around the world with Father Christmas

Christmas traditions are cherished around the world. One that is nearly universal is the legend of a friendly spirit who delivers gifts during the Christmas season. TopTenz.net offers their list of Top 10 Santa Legends From Around the World.

December 21st

Society Webminister's Handbook online

Lady Finnseach de Locheil, Middle Kingdom Webminister, reports that the Society Webminister's Handbook is now available online in PDF format.