Archive - Jul 2011

July 28th

Medieval ship found in Swedish waters

The intact shipwreck of a cog, a ship used in the Baltic between the 12th and 14th centuries, has been discovered off the island of Gotland. The ship was discovered during a sonar survey and may be one of the oldest intact wrecks ever found.

Artisans Row at Pennsic 40

THLady Fiadnata ó Gleann Àlainn invites all attendees of the upcoming Pennsic War to see a preview of the activities to be held on the Artisans Row there by visiting the Artisans Row web site. Everyone is encouraged to visit Artisans Row (Pennsic University tents #4, #5 and #6) while they are at War.

July 27th

Vatican documents online

A large selection of documents held by the Vatican have been released online at the Documenta Catholica Omnia. All material is in Latin.

16th century automaton replicates "prayer and trance"

Tradition says that a 16th century mechanical monk, now owned by the Smithsonian Institution, was created by Juanelo Turriano for Spanish Emperor Charles V. The monk walks, prays, and kisses a wooden cross. (photo and video)

More photos from Eirik Andersen's archives

Eirik Andersen reports that he continues to move photos to his new website. The latest group to be moved are the albums of Sir Finnvarr and Mistress Ragni.

A gladiator's final bout

On PRI's radio program The World, host Lisa Mullins interviews Roman history professor Michael Carter, of Brock University in Ontario, about the life and death of Roman gladiator Diodorus, who died in the 3rd century CE.

July 26th

Studying medieval history - the hard (suit) way

In a short film on YouTube, a student shows his readiness to take a medieval history while dressed for success.

Duke Cariadoc issues 10th edition cookbook

Genevieve reports that HG Sir Cariadoc of the Bow has issued a 10th edition of his recipe book How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, And Armor a Turnip: A Thousand Years of Recipes.

Viking warriors show signs of filed teeth

A mass burial of Vikings in Dorset, England has revealed a pair of teeth with deep grooves deliberately filed into them. The indentation was probably cosmetic and may have shown status.

Board of Directors announcement concerning electronic newsletters

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the SCA Inc. Board of Directors, has published an informational message about the new policy on electronic newsletters.

"Not enough time in one lifetime to make every type of armor"

Balthazar of Glenrock builds armor. Not the stamped-out stuff, but true, late 15th century, German armor in his blacksmith's shop in his garage. Margaret Matray of the Casper, Wyoming Star Tribune has the story. (photos)

July 25th

Flaming Gryphon - Fight for the Cure

On Monday, August 8, the fighting and support corps of the Barony of Flaming Gryphon will forgo their usual Ermine and Or livery for something even cooler.  We will collectively take the field wearing pink for the battles that day to "Save the TaTas".

New life at Olde English Faire

The Olde English Faire in Edwards, Illinois has had its challenges, but the faire, at its new site, Wildlife Prairie State Park, was a success, especially with the kids. Michael Boren of the Peoria Journal Star has the story. (photos)

SCA Census 2010 results released

The Census Committee of the SCA has released the first results of the census taken in 2010. The results can be downloaded from the SCA.org website in various formats.

Technology to be used to crack mystery of Howard tombs

Dr Phillip Lindley of Leicester University and experts from EuroPac 3D plan to use lasers and x-rays to scan and reconstruct the tombs of Thomas Howard, the third Duke of Norfolk, and Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, both prominent in the reign of Henry VIII.

Dancers invited to Festa della Assunzione at Pennsic War

Countess Judith de Northumbria invites Pennsic War XL attendees to attend Festa della Assunzione on August 11, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. in the Dance Pavilion.

July 24th

Getting Medieval, Trucker Style

Pilot Challenge, a magazine aimed at truckers and other professional drivers, has just published an article introducing their customers to the SCA and Pennsic. The magazine is from the company owning the Pilot gas station and convenience store located near the site of Pennsic War.

Change to Corpora - Introduction - Request for Comment

The Board of Directors would like to present the following changes to Corpora to allow for the upcoming e-newsletters.

List scribes needed for Pennsic 40

THL Dirk Edward of Frisia reports that volunteers are needed to help with paperwork at Marshals' Point for the upcoming Pennsic War 40.

Youth activities at Pennsic XL

Baroness Clarice Roan, Youth Chancellor for the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, reports that the schedule for youth activities at Pennsic 40 are now available on the Pennsic XL website.

July 23rd

Chocolate milk might be better than water for athletes

Bring on the Pennsic chocolate milk! New studies by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have shown that a chocolate milkshake after a hard workout might be more beneficial than water or an isotonic sports drink.

Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament August 12, 2011

Wulfgaar Silverbraid reports that the 6th annual Warriors of History Tournament will take place at August 12, 2011 at Pennsic XL. The Tournament is hosted by the Cataphracts and Chivalry of Duchy Von Drachenklaue.

SCA Memberships and Pennsic

The SCA Membership Office encourages members planning to attend Pennsic War XL to check their membership card expiration dates before arriving at the War.

July 22nd

Known World Choir at Pennsic 40

The Known World Choir will host its 20th Pennsic Concert on Thursday of war week at 6 PM in the Performing Arts Pavaillion.

[ATE] A&S Competition

The Atenveldt Arts and Sciences Competition will be held in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr at the Hotel Tucson City Center located at 475 N. Granada (St. Mary's and I-10) (520) 622-3000

[OUT] Warder of the Western Gate

Come one come all to the one of the best end of summer events in the Outlands. Warders of the western gate will be held September 1st through September 5th.

[WES] Collegium Occidentalis XLVI

Collegium XLVI will be November 5, 2011 at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, California.

Pennsic XL Skate Up

Mana Borisova Tchekrygina is seeking a few good skaters for a Pennsic XL skate up to take place offsite during the War.

Pennsic 40 Party Calendar

David Vázquez de Valençia has posted a Party Schedule in Calendar format for those attending Pennsic War XL.

Peabody Essex Museum to host historic beer tasting

On August 11, 2011 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (US Eastern), the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts will host "A Pint of the Past," a tasting of historic beers whose recipes are based on "ancient and historic beers."