Archive - Sep 2009

September 22nd

Atenveldt Crown Tourney captures local imagination

Roses were the theme of the day at the recent Atenveldt Crown Tournament as fighters from around the Kingdom met to determine the next Heirs to the Throne. Bill Hess of the Herald/Review visited the event in Fort Huachica, Arizona to learn what the SCA is all about. (photos)

September 21st

"Presenting the Roman Frontiers – Communicating the Evidence" at Newcastle University

A group of over 300 international specialists on Roman archaeology met recently at Newcastle University to discuss Roman frontier heritage sites and how they are presented to the public.

Two offered Peerages at Outlands Crown Tourney

Aldyth reports that Their Majesties of the Outlands placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to peerage at Their recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament.

SCA equestrians shine at "Day of the Horse"

It was a day for horses, auctions and scavenger hunts - but mostly horses - when the Conejo Creek Equestrian Park hosted a benefit event for Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship and California Coastal Horse Rescue, two non-profits who help horses and the disabled. The local SCA group was on hand with their equestrian unit. (photos)

September 20th

UK£138,000 English Heritage.grant saves 14th century chapel

Matthew Saunders, honorary director of The Friends of Friendless Churches in Mundon, England, reports that the organization has received a UK£138,000 grant from English Heritage to preserve St Mary's Church, the medieval chapel of a manor house. (photo)

[OUT] Stagscon

Stagscon is the premiere service event of the Outlands! It is a chance for our kingdom officers to spend time talking to local officers, and spend time teaching people more about their offices, and the many different ways we can all work to make the Outlands more interesting and fun for everyone involved.

Renaissance Magazine offers special rate until November 15, 2009

Lady Janet of Renaissance Magazine reports that the magazine's special SCA member offer of six issues for US$24 has been extended to November 15, 2009.

September 19th

[MID] Rendezvous at the Bridge XX

The Shire of Riviere Constelle cordially invites you to join in the fun and festivities at our 20th annual Rendezvous at the Bridge event.

[AET] Hunter's Moon

Come play in the falling leaves! The golden leaves of the rolling hills of the Shire of Hartstone are falling and we are stirring up some fun before the snow flies.

[ANS] Coastal War Practice

Seawinds invites our neighbors to a war practice on Saturday, Sept 26., 2009 We've got several acres to play in & we would REALLY enjoy more archers!! After we're done fighting, we'll cook up some animals on the grill. The bay is just a few minutes away.

[ANS] Loch-Tober Fest

Their Serpentine Excellencies, William & Katya, Lord & Lady Loch Soilleir, invite everyone to a day of melees and artistry at Loch-tober Fest!

[OUT] Raven's Faire

Bring the entire family to this one-day medieval faire with activities and fun for all ages!

[WES] Demo Day at the Park

Golden Rivers is having another demo! We would like to exhibit arts & sciences, fighting, heraldry, games, marshalling, dancing, etc. Bring whatever you like to do!

[EAS] Autumn Frolic

Join with us in the northern woods of Rusted Woodlands for a day of frolic, fencing and fighting

[NOR] Thirtieth Baronial Anniversary

Come join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Shire of Caer Anterth becoming the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr. There will be armored combat, archery, and rapier tournaments to determine Their Excellencies new champions, as well as martial fun for everyone. The 1st annual 3 Stars A&S Tournament will be held, see the website for tournament details. Youth activities are also planned.

Duke Bela Kos victor of Outlands Crown Tournament

Bantiarna Sáerlaith inghean Robeaird, Outlands Minister of the Lists, reports that Bela Kos was the undefeated victor of the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Hadrian's Wall - a hike worth taking.

When he decided to walk the 84 miles of Hadrian's Wall across northern England, reporter Len Barcousky of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wasn't sure what he was letting himself in for, but the experience left him feeling like a "king of the world."

September 18th

Genetic studies show crusaders influenced religion in Lebanon

A new study shows that some Lebanese men carry genes traceable to Western Europe, a heritage, say researchers, from Crusaders who established settlements and castles in the country in the 11th through 13th centuries.

Photos from Calontir's Cattle Raids A&S Competition online

Lady Sabi Constance, Falcon Signet for the Kingdom of Calontir, has posted an album of photos from the A&S Competition at the recent Catle Raids event.

Heating system confirms Korean settlement of Russian province

A large "ondol," under floor heating system, dating to the 10th century, was discovered recently at an excavation in the Russian town of Kraskino. The discovery confirms that the Russian maritime province was settled by Koreans.

September 17th

Reporter searches for allure of archaeology in Clunia, Spain

According to Mark Piesing of The Guardian, volunteering on the late Roman archaeological site in Clunia, Spain leaves one feeling more like Gil Grissom than Indiana Jones, yet volunteering for digs is more popular than ever. Piesing set off to find out why.

Volunteers find rare tiles at Woking Palace

More than 100 volunteers recently made an amazing find at Woking Palace, near Old Woking, England: rare tiles, crafted in Valencia, Spain in the late 15th century.

Great Western War: Late breaking news

The organizers of Great Western War, October 6-12, 2009 at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area in Taft, California, have announcements regarding the upcoming War.

September 16th

Showing your best side: transparent armor

In an August 2004 web article, Will Segerman, British artist and engineer, discusses his project for his final show for his fine art degree at Sheffield Hallam: two suits of transparent Gothic armor. (photos)

Photos from Valor XXX online

Seaghdha mac Roberd and Ruaidhri of the Kingdom of Calontir have created two albums of photos from the recent Valor XXX event.

September 15th

Big Viking hoard in Britain may rewrite the history books

Metal detectorists in England have found a new Viking treasure hoard that is thought to be the most important discovery of this type in 150 years.

Pop tab chainmail

Instructables member "quixotiCfluX" has posted an online tutorial on how to create "a genuine European 4 in 1 chainmaille weave using only pop tabs." (photos)

September 14th

Old Norse manuscripts online

The website Wikimedia Commons has digital images of several Old Norse manuscripts available to view online. The site also has brief information about the documents.

Modern "global cities" inspired by patterns in the Middle Ages

In an article for Der Spiegel Parag Khanna, director of the Global Governance Program at the New America Foundation in Washington discusses how the current transition process toward global governance began in the rise of Europe's city states during the Middle Ages.

Storming the castle - Russian style

A group of Russian medieval re-enactors "had fun storming the castle." The photos are posted on the English Russia website.