Archive - Apr 2012

April 30th

Illuminated treasures from the British Library on YouTube

In a six-part video series available on YouTube, Dr Janina Ramirez "unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal."

Ancient Arabic manuscripts reveal abnormal weather patterns

Modern scientists hope to study global weather patterns with the help of ancient scholars. Using writings from 9th and 10th century Iraq, a team of scientists from the Universidad de Extremadura hope to learn about climate change by comparing ancient and modern data.

Life in A.S. III

Times were simpler in the SCA in A.S. III, as can be seen in an article chronicling Summer Crown Tournament in the West Kingdom (June 23, 1968). The article has been posted by Hirsch on the West Kingdom History website.

Drachenwald Spring 2012 Crown Tourney photos online

Kiriel du Papillon and Raphe Cuthbert report that they have created albums of photos from the Spring 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Kiriel's photos are available on Flickr, while Raphe's are available on Google.

April 29th

Sweden's National Historical Museum artifacts online

The National Historical Museum of Sweden has created a website showcasing over 500 artifacts from many eras including the Viking Age.

Re-enactors test effectiveness of Viking weapons

How effective were Viking Age weapons? That's what members of Hurstwic, a Viking re-enactment group located in New England, wanted to find out using sharpened weapons and a pig carcass. (video)

Secret message leads to Da Vinci investigation

Cerca trova - "seek and you shall find" is the message hidden in a Florence mural by Giorgio Vasari, long thought to have replaced Leonardo da Vinci's greatest work, leading scientists to use high tech methods to investigate behind the painting. (photos and video)

Viking mice rejected Newfoundland

It appears that Viking mice, which traveled on ships with their human warrior companions, found Newfoundland mostly not to their liking, according to a new study evolutionary biologist Eleanor Jones in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

April 28th

800-year-old choir boys don't look a day over 19!

Even though the Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany is celebrating its 800th anniversary, its boys don't look a day over 19! Once conducted by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Thomanerchor is considered to be the oldest choir in the world.

Medieval monastery town to be built in Germany

A team of researchers and historians have begun a decades-long project to build a Carolingian monastery town near Messkirch, Germany using only techniques and materials from the 9th century. (photos)

Skeletons halt resurfacing of Scottish road

Authorities have halted resurfacing work around Greyfriars Garden in St. Andrews, Scotland after the discovery of skeletons believed to be Franciscan monks from the 15th century.

Estrella War 2013 dates announced

Their Royal Majesties Craven and Elzbieta of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have announced the dates for Estrella War 2013.

April 27th

[ATL] Atlantian Spring Crown Tournament

Come one come all and witness the grandeur of Atlantian Spring Crown Tournament!    Pageantry, Pomp and Ceremony dominate as we gather together to  see the best of the best vie for the Crown of Atlantia!

[ANT] An Tir Coronation

The Barony of Three Mountains and the Canton of KaldorNess invite you to witness the Coronation of the Royal Heirs and the tournament to choose the next Champion of An Tir.

The site is Trojan Park

71760 Columbia River Highway, Rainier OR 97048 just outside Rainier Oregon and will open on Friday July 20 at 1 PM and will close Sunday July 22 at 3 PM. There is a lake on site - parents must keep track of their children. Pets are allowed on leash. Water is available on site. Amenities are less than 1/2 hour distant.

Gate Fees: US  $15 for adult SCA members
    US  $10 for those 12-17
US  $5 for those 6-11
      5 and younger - free
(Non Member Surcharge of US $5 applies to all adult non-members)

There will be a US $48 Family Cap (Modern relations only, NMS applies).  Make cheques payable to "Barony of Three Mountains, SCA Inc."
 
Pre-registration is available and must be submitted by June 1.
There are no RV accommodations available at the site.

Merchants must pre-register with an additional US$10 fee which must be submitted by June 1 or until all available merchant spots are filled. For more information please contact the Merchant Coordinator.

[ATL] Ruby Joust

Please join us as we celebrate the Ruby Joust this Memorial Day Weekend! May 25 - 28, 2012

[GLE] Regional Fighter Practice

The Shire of Troll Fen invites one and all to a regional heavy fighter and rapier practice, this coming Sunday, April 29. 10:00 AM or whenever you can get here, lasting until whenever you want to leave.

[EAS] Panteria XVII

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.

[OUT] Spring Coronation 2012

As the Spring air blows warmer, we take the time to honor our newest Heirs to the Thrones in the Mighty Kingdom of the Outlands. Come and join us this glorious day for fighting, classes, feast and the company of our Mighty Outlanders.

The history of the Persian carpet

Persians and Iranians have long been identified with their magnificent woven carpets. An article for Payvand Iran News traces the history of the Persian carpet from 500 BCE to the present, including documentation and artifacts. (photos)

[ANT] Mayfaire

The spring is here and with it the Barony of Glymm Mere prepares to celebrate the warm weather! The most generous Baron Johann Matheusson and radiant Baroness Francisca de Montoya invite you to join us for... A Mayfaire to Remember!

[WES] Mists Spring Investiture

Ajax, by right of arms, Prince of the Mists, and Uta, by her grace and beauty, Princess of the Mists, do cordially invite you to witness the Investiture of Their Heirs. In the evening, enjoy a marvelous repast of dishes and delicacies in the Islamic style of Baghdad by Urtatim al-Qurtubiyya.

[GLE] St. Bogdacious

Just a reminder that St. Bogdacious returns to the Barony of Axemoor.  We invite you to celebrate with us May 4-6, 2012 at WoW, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

[LOC] Great Southern Gathering

The Great Southern Gathering (GSG) is a relaxed annual event offering a variety of classes for those interested in the Arts and Sciences, Armoured Combat and Fencing, with a mix of tournaments and Prize fights on the Sunday. 

[ART] Newcomer's Event

We invite you to come join The Barony of Arn Hold as we welcome newcomers to an event geared toward learning about the SCA. Don't think this is JUST for newcomers! We are sure ANYONE from our newest member to the "old hats" can find something new to learn about the Society.

English Brick Coloration: 1500-1650

A study of patterned bricks shows that not all English buildings were of one color. Exteriors and interiors used limewashes as well as different colors of bricks (or even glazed bricks!) to enliven the surface.

13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel the Magna Carta

The recent loan and display of a 1297 copy of the Magna Carta at the National Achives allows careful readers to note how food security and free trade prompted English Barons to negotiate with King John.

In Northumberland, moles assist in archaeology

In Northumberland, England, volunteers are sifting through mole hills looking for artifacts from Epiacum, a Roman fort 12 miles south of Hadrian's wall.

April 26th

Post-punk band goes medieval in new album

Sumer Is Icumen In is believed to be the oldest known song in the English language. Now the post-punk band, The Futureheads, is giving the song new life when it is included in their a cappella album Rant, to be released in April 2012.

Bouncy Stonehenge is fun for Druids and kids alike

A giant inflatable replica of Stonehenge is making waves in Glasgow, Scotland. The attraction is part of the Glasgow International art festival.

April 25th

And the horse he rode in on...

Mildenhall Museum in Suffolk, England is expanding to accommodate a new exhibit, the remains of an Anglo-Saxon warrior and the horse he rode in on - or at least with which he was buried - complete with bridle, sword and shield. (photo)