Archive - May 2010

May 25th

Saxon stone monument up for auction agitates scholars

An elaborately carved Anglo-Saxon stone is up for auction in a move that has upset scholars of the period.  Nick Evered bought his house eight years ago with the stone already in it, and decided to sell it in order to be relieved of responsibility for the ancient artifact. The Evereds' home sits on the site of the hermitage of eighth-century St.Pega, Britain's first female hermitic saint.

Duke Tar Radu wins Gleann Abhann Spring 2010 Crown Tourney

Sonny Scott reports that Duke Tar Radu, inspired by Duchess Broinnfhionn inghean ui Chathain, was the victor of the May 15, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

May 24th

Mummy of 16th century woman found in Korea

The mummified remains of a 16th century noble woman were found at a construction site in Osan (Gyeonggi Province), South Korea.

Tycho Brahe to be exhumed

A November exhumation is planned to try to discover the true cause of Tycho Brahe's death. Since a 1901 analysis discovered mercury in a sample of his beard, some have believed the astronomer, "more famous in death than he ever was in life," was murdered.

House goes medieval

Fans of both the SCA and the Fox TV series House will be pleased with episode 17 of season 6, "Knight Fall," which begins with a battle at a Renaissance Festival.

[MID] Middle Kingdom Crown Tournament

The Barony of Fenix is proud to host The Spring Crown Tournament of the Middle Kingdom
and the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Competition!

May 23rd

West Kingdom Beltane photos online

Miyake Nobuhiro has created an album of photos from the Beltane event, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Medieval Martial Arts enthusiasts fight in Toronto

David Cvet, Dale Gienow, and Matt Brundle were among the contenders at a recent tournament held by The Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts in Toronto. The Telegraph offers a photo gallery of the tourney.

May 22nd

Taylor Mali remembers a student warrior

Teacher Taylor Mali talks about a Viking ship class project and a special seventh-grader who died like a Viking warrior. The video is available on YouTube.

Maps: "Snapshots" of history

Most of us think of a map as a tool for getting from one place to another. But throughout history, mapmakers have had other priorities than providing a factual picture of the world.

Pictures from the Far West A&S Coronet Tournament

Ii Toonishi-no-kami Katsumori reports that photos from the Far West A&S Coronet Tournament, which took place in Vale de Draco, Camp Zama, Japan, are now available online.

May 21st

"Egyptian blue" pigment found in medieval altar

Reserachers from the University of Barcelona have discovered evidence of Egyptian Blue pigment on the altarpiece of the 12th century church of Sant Pere de Terrassa.

Valgardr Gunnarsson made Pelican in AEthelmearc

At the recent Blackstone Raids event in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, Their Majesties Malcolm and Tessa offered Master Skalla Valgardr Gunnarssonentry in the Order of the Pelican.

Laser scanner to survey Robin Hood prison

Archaeologists from the University of Nottingham plan to use laser technology to survey a cave used as a dungeon under the city's Galleries of Justice. It is possible that the cave once housed Robin Hood.

Athenaeum III photos online

Danielle reports that she has created an album of photos from Athenaeum III which took place recently in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are available on SmugMug.

Handmade Hobbit hole

Maddie Chambers is obsessed. At 10 she read Lord of the Rings. As a college student, she created her own A4 type size model Hobbit hole, complete with garden and tiny windows. (photos)

May 20th

[ATE] War Collegium

Learn the stuff to help you at war!  There will be classes for heavy  and light combat, for camp cookery, for making camping garb, packing for war, disguising your modern things and everything else you need to know for a safe and enjoyable war experience.

[WES] Winter's Gate A&S Collegium

The Barony of Winter’s Gate invites you to an A&S collegium weekend, June 4th through the 6th.  Sir Geoffrey Scott and Countess Étaín du Pommier, OL will be visiting from central kingdom to share their knowledge and skills with us. 

Roman altar stones give insight into religious practices

Archaeologists in Scotland are excited about the discovery of Roman altar stones found in a cricket pavilion in Musselburgh, East Lothian, finding them "the most significant find of their kind in the past 100 years."

[AET] Brass Ring Thing

Calling all Fighters, Fencers, Archers, Practitioners of Thrown Weapons,Artisans, Musicians, Dancers, Performers, Heralds, Bards, Games Players and SCA-dians in general to participate in the 10th Annual Brass Ring Thing in the Canton of Beau Fleuve.

[WES] Baronial Changeover

There comes the time when an old chapter ends and a new one begins. Come bear witness therefore to the passing of the Baronial circlets as Georg of Glacier's Edge and Katarzina Porjaski complete their reign as Baron and Baroness of Selviergard and hand over the care of the Barony to Their successors. T'will be a time of remembrance, tourneys, feasting and games for all! 

[WES] Summer Tournament

Please come and join the fighters of the Silver Desert in a tournament to celebrate the coming of summer and get in some good fighting before journeying to June Crown.  This will be a day event, with plenty of fighting for all.

2010 Medieval Martial Arts Symposium

The Schola Saint George presents the 2010 Medieval Martial Arts Symposium, sponsored by the Douglas County Department of Parks and Recreation. To be held at Deer Lick Park, in Douglasville, GA, just west of downtown Atlanta.

[ATL] Storvik Annual Novice Tourney

The Barony of Storvik cordially invites you to a joint event, featuring a full weekend of martial and artistic activities. Please join us in a celebration of friendship and camaraderie as this event will include the best of both baronies' traditional events.

[EAS] Panteria XV

Warm breezes have melted the snow from our Caledonian mountaintops, and Spring has come to paint our vistas green. The time has come to emerge from our winter's refuge by the fireside, and to play once more on fields of soft grasses. It is time to air our pavilions and tents, and gather together to tell stories of great deeds around the campfire ... and to add a few more tales for years to come.

[MID] Border Raids

Calling all Warriors of the Dragon! Border Raids is upon us! Help us to repel the raiders of the Meridian Kingdom

[LOC] La Prova Dura

In the tradition of our forefathers of the West, the time draws near for all noble combatants to find the truth of all measure. The time has come to test one’s physical and mental prowess upon the field of noble combat and to display proof of virtue and earn renown for the love of one’s consort and devotion to their household. The proof of endurance exposes true honour and prowess through the spectacle of tournament.

[LOC] Lindisfarne 2010

Lindisfarne 2010

Clothes for the best-dressed SCAdian

Looking for garb inspiration? Costuming Through the Centuries, a website created by Caitlin nic Raighne, offers a wide variety of resources, costuming history, and pattern suggestions.

[EAS] Demo and Clan War

Come join us at the Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival Demo and Clan war on June 12, 2010. We have the honor of having this event be a Royal & Highnesses Progress.