Archive - Jul 2011

July 7th

[MID] Middle Kingdom Academy of Defense XIV

That's right! Ravenslake is turning 21 and to celebrate we'll be bringing you a full weekend of fighting, fun, and birthday shenanigans!

A Pennsic how-to for electric medical devices

Master Phillip the Pilgrim has written an article explaining how to keep your CPAP machine or other electrical neccessities running at Pennsic.

[MER] Regional Fighter Practice

The Shire of Crimson River is pleased to invite you to attend a regional fighter practice on Sunday July 10, 2011.

[ATL] Flight of the Falcon

Join us for a visit to the past as we share our knowledge through recreating history. If you have ever enjoyed tales  of knights and ladies, then this is the event for YOU!

Badge of St. Ursula found in England

A metal dectorist in Lancashire, England has unearthed a 500-year old pilgrim badge of St. Ursula. The badge came from her shrine in Cologne, Germany and is unique in Britain.

[ATL] War of the Wings VI

War of the Wings is proudly hosted by the Barony of the Sacred Stone with the generous help and support of many Atlantian volunteers. Combatants change each year, promoting a diverse event, while insuring that the fun is shared all across Atlantia.

Archaeology project explores evolution of Jamestown fort

No one expected archaeologist William Kelso to find the "lost" English fort built at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, but he did. Now the 70-year-old expert hopes to follow the evolution of the fort with the help of university students. (video)

AEthelmearc AEcademy court pictures

Master Broom reports that he has posted an album of photos from AEthelmearc Spring Academy 2011. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

July 6th

Fadden More Psalter on display in Dublin

In 2006, a group of turf cutters working in a bog in Tipperary discovered a vellum and leather psalter dating to the 9th century. Now, for the first time, the public will have the opportunity to see the Fadden More Psalter now on display at the National Museum in Dublin.

Cotswold dig reveals life in the 13th and 14th centuries

An archaeological team from Cotswold Archaeology is leading a dig at Cowl Lane in Winchcombe, England, revealing "more than 40 rubbish pits containing medieval pottery, animal bone and metalworking evidence."

Welsh stained glass catalogue goes digital

Over 5,000 stained glass windows from Welsh churches are now online. Images, descriptions, and other information are available for windows dating from the 14th century to the present day.

Long live King Arthur

In an article for BBC Magazine, Jon Kelly discusses the endurance of King Arthur as a cultural phenomenon and his latest incarnation on British television.

July 5th

A Roman "what's-it?"

We know it's Roman, but what the heck is it? That's the question being asked by archaeologists about a Roman dodecahedron dating from the 2nd-3rd century and found throughout Roman Europe. (photo)

Eirik Andersen's Trillium War 2009 photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from Trillium War 2009 and posted them on his website.

Illuiminations of "Medieval Realms" brings Middle Ages to life

On its website, the British Library offers a collection of medieval manuscripts on a number of subjects offering insight into medieval life. Also available is the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts.

Bodies found in well tell story of Medieval persecution

Seventeen skeletons found in a well in Norwich, England are the suspected victims of an anti-Jewish massacre. DNA and other analysis has shown that the six adults and eleven children were part of the same family and date to the 12th or 13th century.

Jousters needed for reality show

The History Channel is now casting for a new reality show entitled Full Metal Jousting. Entrants, who need not be experienced jousters, could win the US$100,000 grand prize. The deadline for application is July 20, 2011.

July 4th

Halvdan Lynkehand knighted in Calontir

Szapolyai Zsigmund of the Kingdom of Calontir reports that at Lilies War 2011, HL Halvdan Lynkehand was placed on vigil to contemplate knighthood.

Medieval knight: superstar

On the website for History Today, Nigel Saul explains the appeal of medieval knights and why they were the superstar celebrities of their time. His article is entitled Chivalry and the Birth of Celebrity.

Flaming Gryphon "Fight for the Cure" at Pennsic

The fighters of the Barony of Flaming Gryphon, in the Middle Kingdom, are organizing a Pennsic fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® breast cancer research foundation.

Edward Jenner's garden holds historic secrets

Archaeologists from the University of Bristol are digging up Edward Jenner's garden, not seeking evidence of the 18th century British scientist, but secrets much older, including a skeleton dating to Roman times.

July 3rd

AEthelmearc Costuming Potluck photos online

Master Broom reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Costuming Potluck II event which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Staffordshire Hoard environmental archaeology paper available online

The Portable Antiquities Scheme blog has posted a new paper on "the potential of environmental archaeology" in regard to the Staffordshire Hoard discovered in 2009 near Staffordshire England.

Rare unicorn idol found in India

A rare unicorn idol from the 12th or 13th century was found in Udupi, India. While the animal appears horse-like overall, it is actually a chimera of several different types of animals. The idol may be associated with Naga Bermar, a local fertility god.

July 2nd

Ancient Ukraine comes to Houston

For the first time, many residents of the United States will be able to view Ukrainian treasures spanning 6,000 years. The exhibition will be hosted by the Houston (Texas) Museum of Natural Science from May 27 to Sept 5, 2011.

Russell Crowe views living history in Scotland

Actor Russell Crowe brought his star power with him on a recent visit to Duncarron Fort, a replica medieval village in the Carron Valley, Scotland where he found the project "very impressive" and said it would be a version of "living history".

Spanish documents describe Irish settlement in South Carolina

Early 16th century Spanish explorers in North America reported the existance of a settlement in modern-day South Carolina of people with "red to brown hair, tan skin and gray eyes." The settlement was called Duhare.

July 1st

Second invasion of Gaul, Pennsic XL

The Centurions of Legio XIII Senex Crepitus report that the second invasion of Gaul will take place August 11, 2011 at Pennsic XL.

Deadliest Warrior to showcase female fighter

Season three of the popular television series Deadliest Warrior will feature a female warrior among the ranks of the men. View a preview of the upcoming season online.

Zoombang Interview Download

Jonathan Blackbow of the Kingdom of Atlantia recently was interviewed about the use of Zoombang armor. A podcast of the interview is available online.