Archive - 2011

October 26th

Chinese archaeological excavation gives insight into Liao dynasty

For the first time, Chinese archaeologists are getting the opportunity to mount a large-scale investigation of the Upper Capital of the Liao dynasty. The first structure excavated was the Qiande Gate of the royal city.

October 25th

For lovers of blackwork

The Practical Blackwork blog offers visitors examples, designs, links and bibliographies to create beautiful blackwork projects.

President's Report on October Board Meeting

Thomas Hughes, President of the SCA Inc., has released his report from the Board of Directors meeting held October 15. UPDATED VERSION

Calontir Fall 2011 Coronation photos online

Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created an album of photos from Fall 2011 Coronation which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

Thorsinn Vandringsmann to be elevated to Laurel in the Outlands

Their Majesties Bela and Anna have placed THL Thorsinn Vandringsmann on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

October 24th

Cultural Quirks of Fighting in An Tir, or, Musings on Why the Inspirational Equality Movement May Have Started Here

Ariel de Courtenay, one of the founders of the Inspirational Equality advocacy group, offers an opinion on what about An Tir's culture may have caused this movement to originate in that particular kingdom.

Prestwich family treasures found on York farm

Craig Best and Derek Greenwell struck paydirt in 2010 when the two metal detectorists discovered a gold signet ring and a pilgrim badge bearing the image of St George. The coat of arms on the ring indicated that it belongs to the Prestwich family of Hulme in Manchester. (photo)

Intricate silver and carnelian ring found in North Yorkshire

A 13th or 14th century ring was discovered near Ripon, England in 2010 by metal detectorist Lindsey Holland. The silver and carnelian ring is expected to be declared treasure, making it available to be acquired by a museum. (photo)

Photos from three AEthelmearc fall 2011 events

Augusto G reports that he has created several albums of photos from recent events which took place in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PhotoBucket.

Liam St Liam takes the plunge

Pennsic Independent photographer Liam St. Liam of the East Kingdom will take the plunge again - his eighth - for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York.

October 23rd

"The seal of Tristan of Treago" found in Cornwall

Metal dectorist John Fereday was "so excited that his hands were shaking" when he discovered a 13th century silver seal on a farm near Newquay in Cornwall. "Medieval seals are very rare in Cornwall and silver ones are rarer still," said liaisons officer Anna Tyacke.

Cardigan Castle receives UK£4.5m lottery grant

For the past ten years, the Friends of Cardigan Castle in Wales have been hoping to raise money for restoration of the 12th Century building, the first stone castle built by the Welsh princes and the stronghold of Rhys ap Gruffydd. Now they have received an award of UK£4.5m European money.

Saxon cemetery may mark town of Hamwick

Excavations at a housing project in Southampton, England have uncovered what experts believe is the earliest cemetery for the Saxon town of Hamwick. Nine skeletons were discovered which are believed to date from the 7th through 9th centuries.

Touring Vlad Dracula's Romania

Writer Leif Pettersen, who is researching a book on Eastern Europe for Lonely Planet, offers a history and tour of Vlad Dracula's Romania, including a 1,480-stair climb of Poienari Citadel on the BBC travel page.

October 22nd

Shakespeare film sure to spark controversy

Anonymous, the new film by director Roland Emmerich which proposes that the plays of William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else, is causing controversy even before the film hits theater screens. James Shapiro offers his opinion in an op-ed for the New York Times.

Calontir Coronation photos online

Rhianydd reports that she has posted an album of photos from the September 17, 2011 Coronation in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

October 21st

[WES] Selviergard Samhain

Celebrate the last harvest of the season and the coming of the dark times! The  hobgoblins will be about making merry with the traditions of the season. There  will be heavy and rapier prize tourneys, with an additional contest for the most  realistic death. Fighting will take place outside, so dress appropriately.

[WES] Eskalyan Yule & Feast

Please join the Their Excellencies of Eskalya and their jolly populace once more to help us celebrate the winter season with feasting, fighting, and contests. 

A letter from the Board of Directors

The SCA Board of Directors offers a letter commenting on the recent meeting and some plans for the future.

[CAL] Toys For Tots Tourney

Toys For Tots Tourney will be held on November 19, 2011 in a new location: Blair Oaks Middle School in Wardsville, Mo.

[AET] Gypsies in the Land of the Candle

It's Fall, lets have some fun! See the caravan attack! Watch the knife duels! The gypsies are invading!

[ANS] Feast of St. Brigid - Candlemas 2012

Celebrate the feast of St. Brigid in an Irish manor house. While attending some of the finest arts and science classes view local artisans and talented bards as they vie for the prestigious title of Baronial Champion.

[ART] Toys for Tots 2011

Please take this Opportunity to give back to the Community by joining us in a Day of ...Feasting, Fun & Revelry... and by donating to the U.S. Marine Corps' ...Toys for Tots Program... and the local Food Bank.

Optional Steps to Take to Discontinue Your Paper Newsletter

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the SCA Board of Directors, has issued a memo concerning members' option of discontinuing paper copies of their kingdom newsletters starting March 2012.

[GLE] Christmas Revel around the World

The Barony of Axemoor presents Christmas Revel around the World

SCA issues press release concerning allegations against Mr. Fremon Seay

The SCA Media Relations Officer has issued an official statement concerning the recent police allegations that a man in the northwestern U.S. used simulated medieval weapons to abuse his daughter.

[LOC] Guards! Guards!

The Barony of Krae Glas, in conjunction with the College of Saint Monica's presents a series of challenges to determine the Baronial Captain of the City Watch.

[WES] Cynagua-Mists War

His Highness of Cynagua, Prince Achilles, and His Highness of the Mists, Prince Miles, agree to disagree, which means WAR at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, in Woodland, CA, November 11, 12, and 13, 2011.

Michelangelo's David heralds beginning of modern science

Most people viewing Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David admire its artistic beauty and proportion, but to Dr. Kelly Cline, the statue symbolizes something else: the birth of modern science. The article appears in the Independent Record (Helena, Montana).

[LOC] St Catherine's Picnic

All are welcome!