Archive - Jun 2009

June 30th

Photos from 2009 Sapphire Joust online

Cassair reports that photos taken at the recent 2009 Sapphire Joust event in the Kingdom of Atlantia are now available to view online.

13th century shoe found in Magdeburg

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved sheepskin shoe dating to the 13th century at a dig near Magdeburg, Germany. “Shoe finds of this type from the Gothic period occur very seldom in Central Europe,” said Heiko Breuer, an antiquities restoration expert from the State Museum for Prehistory Saxony-Anhalt in Halle. (photo)

The riddle of the skulls

Archaeologists in Dorset, England are trying to uncover the mystery of a burial pit full of skulls dating to Roman times. The 45 skulls discovered so far all appear to belong to young men.

June 29th

Pergamon Museum to house Islamic treasures

The Pergamon Museum in Berlin has signed a long-term agreement to become the home of the Keir Collection of over 1,500 pieces of priceless Islamic art. The pieces were collected over the past fifty years by Hungarian-born property developer, Edmund de Unger. Upon his death, the collection will become the property of the museum.

Gutenberg Bible extract used as book binding

A library assistant in Colmar, France has discovered what is believed to be an extract from the Gutenberg Bible being used as part of the binding of another book.

June 28th

Photos from Barony of the Far West

Friar Jak, Seneschal for the Barony of the Far West, has created an album of photos featuring happenings in the Stronghold of Battle Rock (Okinawa, Japan). The photos are posted on Picasaweb.

"Ring-pull on a Coke can" really medieval treasure

18-year-old Conor Sandford of Kilmore, Ireland believed he was picking up a soda can ring from the hole on his father's farm. What he actually found was a 12th century silver ring, "very well-preserved, and it was relatively unworn." (photo)

3rd century skeletons surprise pond builders

Gardeners digging a pond near Mowmacre, England were surprised to find human remains beneath their shovels. The two skeletons have been dated to 3rd century Roman Britain, and were found along with bits of pottery.

June 27th

Ealdormere Spring 2009 Crown Tourney video on YouTube

Richard reports that a series of videos, taken by Lady Yvette at the Spring 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere, are now available to view on YouTube.

"Naked Mona Lisa" sparks controversy

Long hidden behind a panel, a portrait of a semi-nude woman bears a striking resemblance to Leonard Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. The painting was once believed to have been done by the Da Vinci, but now experts feel that it may have been inspired by a lost masterpiece. (photo)

Gladiator's helmet travels to Australia

An extraordinarily-preserved gladiator's helmet, found in what is believed to be a storeroom of the gymnasium of Pompeii, will be the centerpiece of an exhibit on Roman life at the Melbourne Museum. (photos).

Pre-Islamic stupa marks site of Buddhist temple

A coral stupa, a mound-like structure supposedly containing relics of the Buddha, has been discovered in Raa atoll Agolhitheemu, in the Maldives Islands off the coast of India. The stupa may prove that the site was once a Buddhist temple which was destroyed when Islam came to the island.

June 26th

A film from Down Under

Digger, from the Kingdom of Lochac, has produced a short film describing activities in the SCA, and posted it on YouTube. The video, Knght Shots, talks about heavy combat, but also other activities such as weaving and cooking.

New excavations at Stonehenge may prove site a place of sacred healing

It has been over 40 years since any significant excavation have been done at Stonehenge, but during the spring of 2009, that changed when Timothy Darvill, professor of archaeology at Bournemouth University, and Geoffrey Wainwright, president of the Society of Antiquaries of London, headed a new dig in the monument's inner circle.

St Sebastians Fair photos online

Archery ruled the day at the recent St. Sebastian's Fair in Hartshorn Dale in the Kingdom of the East. Cateline shares her photos of the event on Picasa.

Experts continue to debate mystery of Sutton Hoo

Archaeologists agree that the person buried at Sutton Hoo in East Anglia at the beginning of the 7th century must have been a king, but opinions differ on which king he was. New studies seem to indicate that the ship burial held Raedwald, King of east Anglia and King of the Britains.

June 25th

Fish shortage drove medieval fishermen to sea

A new study by James Barrett from Cambridge University's McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, shows that around 1,000 C.E., medieval people were forced to begin fishing in the ocean due to a shortage of fresh water fish.

Lia de Thornegge's Photos from Double Wars in Drachenwald

Eirik Andersen, the Master of Two Ravens, reports that he has posted a large album of photos taken by Lia de Thornegge from the recent Double Wars event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Pennsic University class list online

Baroness Aldermoureis Ventzke, Pennsic University Chancellor, has announced that the class lists for Pennsic XXXVIII are now available to view or download online.

Needed: Pennsic Children's Fete Volunteers

Her Majesty Queen Esa of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that volunteers are needed for the Atlantia-sponsored Children's Fete held each year at the Pennsic War.

June 24th

[MER] Tourney of the Foxes

The Shire of Owl's Nest has issued a cartel claiming right to the river that flows through our lands and the warriors of Vulpine Reach and its allies have taken up the charge! Tournaments and competitions throughout the day will determine who claims the right to the waters of the northern river of Meridies.

Odette de St. Remy placed on vigil in Ealdormere

Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton reports that THL Odette de St. Remy has been placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Medieval stained glass inspires mosaic artists

What to do with thousands of fragments of medieval pottery? Make them into a mosaic work of art mirroring a 13th century stained glass window, of course! That is what Emma Biggs and Matthew Colling have done at St Mary’s Church, in Castlegate, England.

2009 Grand outlandish photos online

Lady Arianna has posted a large album of photos from Grand Outlandish 2009 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

June 23rd

2nd century scandal at Vindolanda

Researchers studying the Vindolanda tablets, wooden documents detailing everyday life in Roman Britain, believe that five of the tablets show evidence of graft among public officials. (photo).

Photos from Ealdormere's first Coronation

While digging through old archives, Eirik Anderson discovered an album of photos taken at the kingdom of Ealdormere's very first Coronation. He has posted them on the Two Ravens website.

15th century Redbook?

While doing research on medieval romance tales, Canadian professor James Weldon made a fascinating discovery: the first women's magazine. The manuscript, known as Biblioteca Nazionale, produced on paper in 1457, is a fascinating collection of recipes and romances aimed at the female reader. (photo)

AEthelmearc Spring 2009 Crown Tourney final on YouTube

Olafr has posted a video shot by Lord Tigernach MacCathail of the final bout of the Spring 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The video is posted on YouTube.

June 22nd

The cost of Hadrian's Wall

In today's world of astronomical construction costs, what would it cost to build Hadrian's Wall? The British company Carillion thinks it knows.

Historic Eastrealm photos online

Rowena of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that she has scanned a number of slides from East Kingdom events dating from the mid-1980s and posted them on the SleepyUnicorn website.