Archive - Jun 2009

June 16th

Defending the Gate photos online

Baroness Rhonwen has announced that she has created an album of photos from Defending the Gate which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia. The album has been uploaded to her SmugMug website.

Airtight latrine preserves centuries-old broom

Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of a 300-year-old, perfectly-preserved broom in the excavated latrine of the St. Ulrich Church monastery in Paderborn, Germany. (photo)

Stefan's Florilegium updates for June 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for June 2009.

June 15th

Pennsic University Class List posted

The list of classes for Pennsic University has been posted on the official Pennsic 38 web site.

New Stonehenge visitor center is a "go"

The long controversy is over. English Heritage's plan to build a new visitor center and divert a nearby road at Stonehenge has finally been approved. The program will cost an estimated UK£25m.

June 14th

Day of Blood photos online

Clare reports that she has created an album of photos from Hrafnfjord's Day of Blood and Birthday Party on The Gallery, the photo page for the Barony of Eskalya. The event took place in the Principality of Oertha.

Current Viroconium "only tip of the iceberg"

Experts from English Heritage have declared that excavations at Shropshire’s Wroxeter Roman City, Viroconium, have so far revealed "only the tip of the iceberg," and plan to uncover the rest of the city.

Vindolanda Writing Tablets to return home

Thanks to a UK£1.8m grant from regional development agency One North East, the Vindolanda Writing Tablets, the rich chronicle of Roman military in Britain, will be coming home to Vindolanda for "a rolling programme of displays" in 2012.

"Day of Blood" sparks interest of Peninsula Clarion

Every year the Shire of Hrafnafjordr in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula meets at the "Day of Blood" event to select the shire's heavy weapons champion. This year Joseph Robertia, a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion investigated to discover what the SCA was all about.

June 13th

Atenveldt Spring Coronation 2009 photos

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels has created an album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

To see Roman France, go south

When asked the best way to view the Roman heritage of France, Patrick Périn, the director of the Musée des Antiquités Nationales replied, "Go South." That is what travel reporter Elaine Sciolino did to research her article for the New York Times. (photos)

Anno Societatis "?"

Constantly confused about what year it is in SCA terms? The SCA Calendar web page can help. The page provides a table of modern dates and their corresponding SCA dates from May 1, 1966 to April 30, 2011.

Defining the Middle Ages

Many re-enactors have difficulty defining the time period of the Middle Ages or the term "medieval." Wikipedia can help. The free encyclopedia has a comprehensive page with many links that can help answer questions about what the Middle Ages really were all about.

June 12th

Archery range relocated at Pennsic War

The staff of Pennsic War XXXVIII has announced that, due to insurance concerns, the archery range has been relocated from the top of Mount Eislinn to a new field above the B Blocks.

Dragonsfire Tor Guardian photos online

Caelin on Andrede has created an album of photos from the recent Dragonsfire Tor Guardian event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

Warriors of History Tournament returns to Pennsic War

Baron Diomedes Sebastianus reports that the 4th Annual Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament, sponsored by the Kingdom of the East, will take place on the Wednesday of Pennsic XXXVIII's War Week on the main battlefield. This is a new location.

Pictures from Jararvellir's May Day and Crown Tournament

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Chronicler of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares memories and photos from the recent Crown Tournament and May Day in Jararvellir.

June 11th

Lochac May Crown Tournament 2009 photos

Clare, Baroness of Southron Gaard, reports that photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac are now available to view on the Southron Gaard Gallery website.

Khukhragarh Fort excavations shed light on 12th century Indian empire

Archaeologists working in the Bero region of Jharkhand, India have discovered the remains of Khukhragarh Fort, a 12th century stronghold of the Nagvanshi rulers. The discovery was the first concrete evidence for the existence of the dynasty.

Swiss Guard may open ranks to women

The 500-year-old Swiss Guard, which protects the Vatican, may revoke its centuries-old ban on service by women, according to Commander Daniel Anrig. "I can imagine them for one role or another," he told Italian television.

[ANT] River's Bend Defender Tourney & War

The Shire of River's Bend does send you greetings and invites you to attend River's Bend Defender's Tourney and Last Chance War Practice before Antir/West War. Come put the final work on battle plans before the Great War with the West!!!

Vinland Viking Market

Experience life in an authentic Viking Village. Discover long-forgotten ways of life.

[EAS] Metalsmiths Symposium VIII

The shire of Glenn Linn is proud to host this industrious and class-filled event at a beautifully wooded 400 acre campsite that is located within the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The many fire circles and open pavilions with stone hearths are great for all of the classes that further spread the knowledge, interest and diversity of the metal arts.

Pictures from Twin Moons Baronial Investiture

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent Investiture in the Barony of Twin Moons, Kingdom of Atenveldt.

[CAI] Great Western War XII

Great Western War XII October 6-12, 2009

June 10th

16th century acorn button declared treasure

Experts from the British Museum have authenticated a silver button, fashioned in the shape of an acorn, and declared it treasure. They have dated it to the 16th century. (photo)

Sweden's first Viking shipwreck found in Lake Vänern

Marine archaeologists believe they have found the first Viking shipwreck ever discovered in Swedish waters. A rib from the ship was found recently in Lake Vänern, the country's largest lake, by the Swedish Coastguard. The rest of the vessel was covered by sediment.

Photos from Spring 2009 East Kingdom Crown Tourney online

Cateline reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. The photos have been posted on Picasa.

Weavolution web site goes live

Weavolution, a social networking site for people interested in various weaving crafts, is now online for beta test after months of work by site designers.

June 9th

Sale of 16th century torture devices to benefit Amnesty International

"Shame masks," "tongue tearers," and "witch-hunters" are among the 250 items of torture dating to the 16th century to be auctioned by New York's Guernsey's auction house. The items, from a privately-owned collection, will be sold, with the proceeds going to "Amnesty International and other organizations committed to preventing torture."