Archive - Mar 2009

March 10th

Sarr beads on Wikipedia

A Wikipedia entry chronicles a collection of Anglo-Saxon beads found in a cemetery in Sarr in the mid-19th century. The site includes a large drawing of the various beads.

Polish re-enactor tour

Eryk Jadaszewski reports that an Husaria Tour of Poland will take place August 11 - 24, 2009, and will include "participation in the Vivat Vasa event held annually at the 800 year old Gniew Castle."

Photograph reveals "Essence of Stonehenge"

A recent photo contest by Amateur Photographer magazine called for camera buffs to capture the "Essence of Stonehenge." (photo)

March 9th

Stirling Heads identified

The identities of the 16th century oak carvings of heads found at Stirling Castle in Scotland have long been a mystery, but historian Dr Sally Rush, who has studied the heads, believes she knows their identities.

Weapons fly at ISU

Members of the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society at Illinois State University (Bloomington, IL) "duke" it out with boffer weapons at a recent bout.

Cynagua Investiture Photos

Emma Westbrook shares her photos from the recent Investiture in the Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom of the West.

March 8th

Robert the Bruce's palace found

Lost for more than 700 years, the palace of Robert the Bruce may have been discovered in Renton "a run-down area of West Dunbartonshire." Experts have found artifacts and foundations matching historic documents relating to the Bruce's home.

Request for comment from the Laurel and Wreath Sovereigns of Arms

The SCA's Lauren and Wreath Sovereigns of Arms are requesting comments from the membership on proposed changes to the rules for reserved heraldic charges.

Medieval waterwheel found at Greenwich Wharf

Excavations by the Museum of London archaeologists have unearthed the foundations of the city's earliest tide-powered waterwheel at the Greenwich Wharf. The structure has been dated to the 12th century. (photos)

March 7th

Gloucester archaeologists search for "missing link" in wall

Archaeologists are hoping that they will complete their discovery of the Roman wall which once ringed Gloucester, England during a summer dig. Evidence of much of the original wall has been found, except for one portion "between the corner of Parliament Street and Southgate Street."

Atlantia's 2009 Ymir photos on Flickr

Lidia de Ragusa reports that she has uploaded photos from Ymir 2009 in the Kingdom of Atlantia on her Flickr website.

[OUT] Outlands Spring Coronation

Hosted by the glorious Barony of Caer Galen, this Spring Coronation will be held at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Pl, Boulder CO, 80303

Baronial investitures, elevations at the Tourney of Ymir

Baron Michael Batcok, Albatross Herald for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that Their Majesties Jason and Gerhild presided over the Investitures of the new Barons and Baronesses of Windmaster's Hill and Sacred Stone at the February 14, 2009 Tourney of Ymir.

650-year-old perfume bottle survives the Black Death

Maev Kennedy takes a tour around the treasures of the Black Death exhibition at The Wallace Collection, London, including a tiny perfume bottle that was owned by a victim of a superstitious anti-plague pogrom.

March 6th

Big guns of Elizabeth's navy

The Elizabethan era of English history was in many ways a time of transition including in the area of naval warfare. The recent discovery of the wreck of a small fighting ship off Alderney in the Channel Islands offers proof that Elizabeth's navy had "created the first ever set of uniform cannon, capable of firing the same size shot in a deadly barrage." (photos)

Videos highlight AEthelmearc couple's castle

Byron of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that several of his creative students have produced humorous videos involving the castle. They are posted on YouTube.

Pictures from Northshield's Tournament of Chivalry

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva has posted photos from the recent Tournament of Chivalry in the Kingdom of Northshield on her Flickr website.

“A Frozen Renaissance Affair” in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

It's cold in central Pennsylvania in February, but members of the Barony of Endless Hills, the local SCA group, know how to keep warm medieval style as part of the city's Frozen Renaissance Affair ice festival. Stacy Solie of The Citizens Voice has the story.

March 5th

The archaeology of farming

Those interested in the history of farming and agriculture will want to visit Roberta Alunni's website on the Fratticciola Museum of Farming Culture which looks at "parallels between Etruscan and Tuscan agriculture."

California monks reconstruct 800 year old building

Monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California are rebuilding an 800 year old chapter house transported from Ovila, Spain to California in 1931 by William Randoph Hearst.

Cynaguan Winter 2009 Investiture Photos online

Aine de Lacy shares her photos from the January 31, 2009 Winter Investiture in the Principality of Cynagua (Kingdom of the West).

"I" and "we" among oldest English words

Linguistics experts at Reading University have used computer model analysis to date English words and to predict which words may soon become extinct.

March 4th

3M™ introduces "Nuclear Grade" duct tape

For fighters who are concerned about the vulnerability of their current weapons wrap, the 3M™ Company has introduced Performance Plus Duct Tape, described on their website as "nuclear grade."

Mary Rose to get its own museum

Plans are finally underway for the construction of a museum honoring the Tudor warship Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship which sank in 1545 with the loss of 400 lives.

"O Fortuna" demystified

Over the years, many of us have marveled at the power that "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana had as a soundtrack to film battle scenes. Yet, have we ever considered the lyrics to the piece? A video on YouTube offers a "karaoke" version of the work, complete with an English translation of the Latin words.

Amy Marie MacCormack vigiled in Atenveldt

Dame Angele Plaisance reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have commanded Lady Amy Marie MacCormack to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

March 3rd

Plenary Indulgences again available in the Catholic Church

In 1517, Martin Luther denounced the selling of indulgences by the Church, setting off the Reformation. Now the modern Catholic Church is reinstituting the practice.

[MID] Bardic Roundhouse

The Barony of the Cleftlands presents an open gathering of the bardic community to share and learn.

Collegium Cantorum to offer concerts in Washington D.C. area

Roy B. Scherer reports that Collegium Cantorum, under the direction of Timothy Kendall, will present two concerts of Renaissance sacred music in Washington D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland.

[WES] Spring Fools Tourney

Spring is here and the Barony of Rivenoak is celebrating in high style!!! We're pulling out all our tricks for a fun filled afternoon that will include, but not be limited to, some serious fighting, both hardsuit and rapier. Some silly fighting, a pilgrimage to the Fountain of Trivia, some dancing, lots of eating,... munch... munch.. munch. Some string games and some chair games. But most of all SOME EGG GAMES!!!