Archive - 2009

October 8th

Dagorhir Ragnarok 2010 at Cooper's Lake Campground

Ragnarok will be held at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, PA, the week of June 13th-20th, 2010.

[AET] Fabric, Fiber, & Fighting VII

The Shire of Nithgaard will host its sixth annual textile symposium on the weekend of November 20-22, at the Sieg Conference Center located on Narrows Road in Lamar, PA (no street address). Saturday the 21st will be a day of classes and workshops devoted to fabric, string, and their glorious arts. Melee and tournament combat engagements in a medieval style will be organized by Thorvaldr Frithsamr. The site opens at 2PM on Friday, and closes at noon on Sunday.

October 7th

Calontir Fall 2009 Coronation photos online

Eowyth da Sidend reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Coronation in the Kingdom of Calotir. They are posted on her Picasa website.

SCA Begins in Thailand

As of the West Kingdom's October Crown, the Society for Creative Anachronism officially has members and an incipient Canton in a country where it has never existed before: the modern Kingdom of Thailand.

October 6th

Kells beauty "in the (crossed) eyes of the creators"

The intricate and precise artwork of the manuscripts of 7th and 8th century England and Ireland, including the Book of Kells, has amazed artists and scholars for centuries. Now paleontologist John Cisne believes he knows how it was done. (photo)

12th century sgraffito pottery found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists working on excavation of a fortress on Trapezita Hill in the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo have discovered a fragment of a 12th century vessel using the sgraffito technique. The very rare fragment bears the name and image of a person.

Midrealm college students to establish Medieval Society at Bowling Green

Bowling Green State University students in Bowling Green, Ohio have a long history of involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism in the local community. Now, to bring medieval life back on campus, a group of students hope to create the BGSU Medieval Society. Michelle Olmstead of the BGViews has the story.

October 5th

Jugglers, knights and dragons draw crowds at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Ren met SCA at the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in New Mexico, where members of both communities entertained the crowds. Staci Matlock of The New Mexican visited the Fair and reports. (photos)

Austrian museum photos online

Racaire reports that she has posted a number of albums of photos from her recent museum excursions on her Flickr website.

Spider silk tapestry unique creation

It took weavers in Madagascar four years to complete a golden 11-by-4-foot tapestry made completely of spider silk. The only one of its kind in the world, the tapestry is kept safe in a glass case in the American Museum of Natural History. Christopher Joyce of NPR has an audio story.

October 4th

Roman military camps found on Austrian amber road

The discovery of three Roman military camps "will rewrite the history of the Romans in Austria," said Stefan Groh, the leader of the Austrian Archeological Institute team which discovered the camps near Strebersdorf. The sites were found on the amber road, the ancient trading route which runs through the country.

Lost settlement of Argall Towne found

Alain Outlaw of Archaeological & Cultural Solutions, has been looking for Argall Towne since 1975. The elusive, short-lived settlement was started in 1617 near Jamestown, Virginia, by Capt. Samuel Argall, best known for kidnapping Pocahontas in 1613.

Hadrian's wall cemetery to be excavated

Excavation has begun on "the first systematic excavation of a cemetery on Hadrian's Wall," a Roman cremation cemetery which is part of the World Heritage Site at Birdoswald Fort, Cumbri.

October 3rd

King Arthur I: What might have been

Had he lived, what sort of king would Arthur, oldest son of King Henry VII, have been? An article on PhysOrg.com ponders the question with the help of Dr Steven Gunn, Lecturer in Modern History at Merton College, and one of the editors of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales: Life, Death and Commemoration.

Photos of Thomas the Inquisitive online

Eirik Andersen has created an album of historic photos from the earliest days of the Kingdom of Ealdormere and posted them on the Two Ravens website. The photos are from the collection of Thomas the Inquisitive.

Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found

The BBC is reporting on a treasure find in England that rivals that of the Sutton Hoo burial, if not in quality then certainly in quantity.

October 2nd

The Known World Handbook Needs Your Help

Baron Kainin, Known World Handbook Deputy to the President, SCA, Inc., requests the help of SCA members to complete the project by contributing articles on a number of subjects.

Farewell to Duchess Kolfinna Kottr

We sadly report that Duchess Kolfinna Kottr, KSCA, OP, modernly known as Kitty Sexton, entered the halls of Valhalla on Thursday, October 1, 2009 as a result of illness.

[ATL] Tournament of the Lily

The goal of this SCA event is to recreate a late 15th century passage of arms, or 'pas d'armes' ([pah-darm]) as it would be said in French. You'll hear it spoken often as simply a 'pas'. We think it would be especially cool if everyone made a strong attempt to be dressed (or armed if you're fighting) in a style appropriate to the time period between 1400-1499. If you really want to focus, know that our target is 1480.

[EAL] Crown Tournament

The Canton of Ard Chreag is proud to host: The Glorious Crown Tournament of the Kingdom of Ealdormrere Saturday, October 31st, 2009

[ART] Feast of St. Esebell /Baronial Investiture

Come join us as we witness the stepping down of Baron Hachmood Braden von Soberheim & Baroness Mistress Giliana Attewatyr, the Investiture of 8th Baron and Baroness for Arn Hold, and last but not least we will choose a new Baronial A&S Champion AND our FIRST Baronial Youth A&S Champion.

Gulf Coast Full Contact Jousting Tournament

On January 22, 23 and 24, 2010, at The Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Hwy., Pensacola, FL,32526, the GULF COAST FULL CONTACT JOUSTING TOURNAMENT will be held from 6-10 pm Friday Jan. 22, 12-4 pm Saturday Jan. 23 and again at 6-10 pm Saturday Jan. 23, and 1-4 pm Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010.

[EAS] Winter War 13

So it's the middle of the winter and you've been cooped up drinking mead by the fire, telling the same war stories since August. We have the solution… make some new ones! Northern Outpost is proud to host its 13th annual Winter War! Knock the rust off your armour, dust off your bow, polish up your rapier, and come join us! Last year we had fighters from Ealdormere and Aethelmearc, so you may get to test your prowess against, and fight beside, people you normally wouldn't.

[NOR] Siege the Day

Shattered Oak Shire's Fifth Siege the Day Event is coming soon! Saturday will be an open demonstration open to the public. Help us replicate a Medieval Siege. You'll see Siege Weapons demonstrations & contests, engage in Heavy Combat, Rapier Combat, Archery & Thrown Weapon competitions, Artisans Row,

[AET] Queen's Rapier Champion

The Shire of Sunderoak invites one and all to attend as Her Majesty Elena chooses the next Queen's Rapier Champion Saturday, October 3, 2009

Estrella War News You Can Use

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall has released more important news from the upcoming Estrella War XXVI.

October 1st

[ANS] Protectorate XXXIII

His Excellency, Donnchadh Beag mac Griogair does bid all warm greetings and is pleased to invite all the populace of the Known World to Namron's Protectorate XXXIII, Oct 9th - 11th, 2009! This year, as every year, courageous warriors from around the Kingdom and the Known World will compete to be named the Protector of Namron. One champion will be selected for each art of Armored Combat and Rapier Combat.

[EAS] An Italian Schola in the Grand Tradition

Greetings from the Shire of Montevale! We've uncovered a “piccola parte” (small piece) of Italy in our own backyard. Come join our fair shire at this idyllic site for a day of learning and friendship in the Italian tradition. A variety of Italian themed classes and others will be offered for your educational pleasure. Anyone willing to teach or merchant is welcome, as well as those who wish to learn and shop. There will dancing, entertainment, a gaming area, Bocce (lawn bowling), and a surprise or two. A children's area set aside,(no structured activities are scheduled).

[OUT] War of the Staked Plaines

War is upon us; are there any who will defend Outlands eastern boarders? We now have new and upcoming fighters and they will need instructions. These fighters are a bit green so they will need some gentle force to correct their errant ways. There is a $7.00 site fee plus a $3.00 non member fee and a $5 feast fee.

3D footprint of Colchester Circus proposed

Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, which in 2004 discovered the location of the Colchester, England Roman Circus, reports that a proposal has been created to mark the dimensions of the site with a "three dimensional representation on the site of the circus footprint."