Archive - Jan 2009

January 6th

Roman lamp depicts gynecological exam

Spanish archaeologists have discovered a rare 1st century ceramic lamp depicting a gynecological exam. The lamp was found near the city of Leon in northern Spain.

Discovery Channel's "How Beer Works"

The Discovery Channel's "How Things Work" recently ran an episode on beer. As an added resource, the network's website includes additional information on the beverage including "Beer Myths" and "How Beer Can be Good for Your Heart."

Proposed Corpora Change -- Royalty memberships

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA Inc., has forwarded an announcement from the Board of Directors regarding requests-for-comment on a proposed change to Corpora related to membership requirements for competitors and consorts in Crown Tournaments.

January 5th

Advanced techology restores Madonna and Child to splendor

When the Renaissance masterpiece Madonna and Child With Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Sigismund by Neroccio de' Landi arrived at Washington's National Gallery of Art conservation lab 18 months ago, it had faded paint and damaged gilding. Now the work shines, thanks to the careful handling of restoration experts. (photos)

The Watch, Keeping You Safe at Estrella War XXV

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on The Watch, "a group of volunteers that ensure the safety attendees, staff, merchants, and the general public by monitoring activity during the event and making sure that site rules and SCA policy are being observed."

Dolan Madoc placed on vigil for Order of the Laurel

Eleanor Deyeson reports that the HL Dolan Madoc was recently placed on vigil by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Calontir. His Lordship is being recognized for his accomplishments in the fields of archery and bardic arts.

Catalogue provides digital access to medieval manuscripts

UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has created a Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts to provide "a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web."

Photos from Christmas Revel online

April and Steve have posted a large album of photos from the recent Christmas Revel in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann on their SmugMug website.

January 4th

16th century Spanish military tent

Rhys Terafan Greydragon has posted photos of an elaborate military pavilion, once owned by Carlos V of Spain, on his website. The photos were taken at the Museo del Ejercito in Madrid, Spain.

American reforestation may have led to "Little Ice Age"

A new study by Stanford University researchers suggests that the reforestation of areas in the Americas following the collapse of pre-Columbian population centers may have triggered the Little Ice Age which occurred from 1500 to 1750.

Mountains Gate at the 2008 Placerville Christmas Parade

Miriam reports that a small album of photos taken at the 2008 Placerville Christmas Parade are now available online. The Shire of Mountains Gate (Kingdom of the West) participated in the parade.

January 3rd

Outlands War Practice photos online

Meisha reports that she has posted photos from the recent War Practice in the Barony of Unser Hafen (Kingdom of the Outlands) on her Flickr account.

[NOR] Archery in Nordskogen

The archers of Nordskogen wish to invite our fellow archers to join us for archery practice on Sunday January 11 (the day after Twelfth Night).

[ATL] A Day of Feasting and Foolishness

To combat the time of penitence and abstinence which is soon upon us, the Barony of Highland Foorde invites one and all to a day of foolishness and frivolity. We plan to feast -ALL DAY- play games, listen to bards tell stories and sing songs, dance, laugh, did I mention eat, and drink. We invite our friends for a last day of gaiety before the Lent begins.

[ATL] Tournament of Love and Beauty

It's France, the 15th century, the time of the Hundred Years' War. The French nobles are torn; do they give their loyalty to the distant English King who already rules part of France from London, or the French King in Paris? Which King will give them the most independence over their own lands?

[ATL] Midwinter's Tale

As the cold grips the land of Their Majesties, Jason and Gerhild, the Shire of Border Vale Keep offers warmth and grand company at Midwinter's Tale - A Norse Journey! Traditionally we have held this event as a day trip, but this year extend our welcome for the whole weekend. In honor of Their Majesties we will have Norse themed martial activities and encourage Norse themed A&S items. Please don't forget the heart of Midwinter's Tale and bring your sagas to relive!

[AET] Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins

Come with us and tumble down the Tunnel of Time from the beautiful Barony of Delftwood in Syracuse NY, into the streets of medieval Siracusa in Sicily! The Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins will make its' appearance on Saturday, February 7th, 2009, within the Ukrainian National Club, 125 Washington St, Auburn NY, 13021. Doors will open at 9:00a.m. and close promptly at 11:00 p.m.

[DRA] Spring Crown Tournament

The Shire of Thamesreach hereby invites you all to a great tourney, to determine the heirs to the Crown of Drachenwald.

The shire of Thamesreach is pleased to host Spring Crown Tourney Friday 27 March to Sunday 29 March 2009 - note early date!

Foxlease Activity Centre
Clay Hill
SO43 7DE
Tel: 02380282638

[OUT] Candlemas in Dragonsspine

Greetings to the Mighty Outlands! Dragonsspine would like to invite you all to attend our celebration of Candlemas in Dragonsspine.

[OUT] 12th Night

To our Friends and Family of the Outlands does the Shire of Plattefordham send Greetings. On January 10, 2009, we will be celebrating 12th Night and we invite you all to share this event with us.

[ATE] SGM War Practice

To Arms, To Arms!! All fighters of the Glorious Kingdom of Atenveldt pray attend. The Last Official Kingdom Fighter Practice before Estrella War is here!! Come join us in the Cool Pine Mountains of the Shire of Granite Mountain as we prepare to defend our Royal Majesties honor, and win glory for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!! All Fighters are encouraged to attend Their Royal Majesties as we perfect our fighting skills on the field of battle to defeat our foes.

[MER] Convivium Collegialis XI

The Shire of Glynn Rhe presents CONVIVIUM COLLEGIALIS XI -The Make and Take Event- one day only - Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Dream Center of Decatur 312 8th Street SW. Decatur, Alabama 35601

[CAL] War of the Lilies XXIII

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.

Deadline reminders for Estrella War

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reminds attendees of the upcoming War that deadlines are rpiadly approaching.

Henry VIII: "the man who really invented England."

Historian and curator David Starkey hopes to give those visiting the new exhibit on the life of England's King Henry VIII a fresh look at the monarch. Starkey said the exhibition would go beyond most people's perceptions of Henry and find "the man who really invents England."

January 2nd

Rare straw helmet on display at the Met

Warning: This helmet will not pass SCA inspection! Lady Maggie has discovered an online catalog entry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art showing a 16th century plaited straw helmet decorated with cut velvet and embroidery. (photo)

Petrarca IV photos online

Frau Anna Syveken shares photos from the recent Petrarca IV: Save Your Souls event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

January 1st

Charles de Bourbon to become Laurel in Gleann Abhann

At the recent Christmas Revel event in the Barony of Axemoor, Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann placed THL Charles de Bourbon on vigil in preparation for elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Following the path of our Scotch-Irish ancestors

"Growing up in North Carolina, I always knew we had a huge group of Scotch-Irish settlers in the Piedmont of the Carolinas, but I didn't understand their ancestry. Were they from Scotland or Ireland?" Jennifer Hudson Taylor looks for an answer on her blog.

Byzantine emperor graces coins found in Jerusalem treasure hoard

Israeli archaeologist Doron Ben-Ami is excited about the discovery of a hoard of 7th century coins found concealed in a Jerusalem wall. The coins, which bear the likeness of Byzantine emperor Heraclius, were most likely hidden to keep them from invading Persians.