Archive - May 2011

May 8th

Large Roman "industrial estate" found in Rockingham Forest

A Roman industrial site has been discovered near Peterborough in the Rockingham Forest. The site is believed to be "one of the largest archaeological sites in England."

11th century "church musical manuscript" features Mozarabic plainchant

A recent blog entry for the BibliOdyssey website offers a close-up look at the amazing Visigothic Antiphonal, an 11th century church document packed with hymns, illuminations and circular calendars.

Roman spearmen found beneath Hyderabad Barracks

The remains of two Roman soldiers, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, have been discovered beneath the former Hyderabad Barracks in Colchester, England.

May 7th

"Inscrutable" Lewis Chessman on display in Stornoway, Scotland

"The enigma of the Lewis Chessmen has intrigued and puzzled those who have viewed these inscrutable faces in the last 200 years or so," said Alex MacDonald, convener of Western Isles Council in Scotland about an exhibit of more than 30 of the game pieces.

Charcoal pits tell story of medieval Norwegian economy

Trondheim, once known as Bymarka, was the center of religious life in medieval Norway. Now the discovery of more than 500 charcoal pits in the area proves that the city was an industrial center as well.

Two offered elevation at Meridies Coronation

Fianna reports that at Coronation TRM Caspar and Cecelia announced the elevations of THLady Nuala to the Order of the Pelican and Countess Gwendolynn to the Order of the Laurel.

May 6th

A night of song

Mistress Gunnvor of the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that she has created a playlist of music familiar and appealing to members of the SCA in hopes that more will learn the "old songs." The list is available on YouTube.

Photos from Northshield Spring 2011 Coronation

Bridget reports that she has created an album of photos from Spring Coronation 2011 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Coppergate woman "brought to life"

For the first time, the public will be able to look at the face of a Viking woman, complete with bonnet, whose skeleton was discovered 30 years ago at Coppergate in York, England. (photo)

May 5th

Medieval fools: to hat or not to hat?

On his blog Got Medieval, graduate student in Medieval Studies Carl S. Pyrdum, III spent his most recent April 1 contemplating the depiction of medieval fools and their headcoverings - or lack of them.

Combatants and consorts for Meridies Spring 2011 Crown Tournament announced

His Majesty Caspar of the Kingdom of Meridies has announced the list of combatants and their consorts for His upcoming Crown Tournament.

May 4th

Fighters needed for Pennsic Known World Children's Fete

Herrin Emeludt Haensler, Known World Children's Fete Coordinator, reports that fighters are needed for the Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic.

Drea Leed publishes Elizabethan costume book online

Costume historian Drea Leed has recently published the wardrobe inventories of Queen Elizabeth I. Her work is available online in a searchable format.

Caelin on Andrede's Gulf Wars photos

Caelin on Andrede of the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that he has posted photos from Gulf Wars 2011. The photos are available on Flickr.

Visit Acre: "the crusaders' hip and happening capital"

Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Why not plan a truly period trip to the City of Acre. Robyn Young and Tom Hall of BBC History offer travel trips.

May 3rd

History beneath your feet

The planned construction of a new building at Lincoln College in Lincolnshire, England, has led to the discovery of a wealth of artifacts dating to Roman and medieval periods.

Roman poem object of climate change study

Medieval history professor Michael McCormick has spent a great deal of time investigating documentation of climate change in medieval records. Now he turns his attention to the late Roman Empire.

Roman mausoleum found under garbarge dump

Police clearing out an illegal garbage dump near Naples, Italy have found a 2,000 year old mausoleum buried under tons of garbage. Once the entrance was cleared, police found carved marble and other decorations.

Minimus brings Latin education to school kids

For the last five years, a little mouse has been responsible for bringing Latin back to English schoolrooms. Minimus: Starting out in Latin, by Barbara Bell, is the story of a rodent living in the home of a Roman family in Vindolanda.

May 2nd

Exhumation of Mona Lisa planned

"We can put an end to a centuries-old dispute and also understand Leonardo's relations to his models," said art historian Silvano Vinceti, who plans to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini, believed to have been the model for da Vinci's famous painting.

SCA Member Services office acts to protect memberships for tornado-affected areas

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has announced that the SCA's Member Services office will suspend memberships for residents of those affected by the recent tornadoes in the southern U.S., to protect those members from expired memberships during the crisis.

Uilliam Mac an Tsaoir and Constance Glyn Dŵr to become Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands

Let it be known that May 1st, A.S. XLVI within the noble and grand kingdom of Aethelmearc, in the fair and just Barony-Marche of the Debatable Land, Uilliam Mac an Tsaoir and Constance Glyn Dŵr were chosen to become the seventh Baron and Baroness.

May 1st

Tallis Scholars bring medieval Spain to New York

The vocal music of medieval Spain was showcased recently when the Tallis Scholars performed Tomás Luis de Victoria's works at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Karsten Moran of The New York Times has a review.

Mass grave at Bedlam discovered

Archaeologists working at the site of London's latest Crossrail project have discovered a mass grave of hundreds of skeletons. The grave is at the location of St Bethlehem hospital, the first facility for mental patients. (video & photos)

Otto and Katherine new Palatine Baron and Baroness of the Far West

Abe Akirakeiko reports that the new Baron and Baroness of the Palatine Barony of the Far West have been chosen.