Archive - Jun 2012

June 19th

"FACES" project to identify historical figures

The University of California, Riverside, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to use state-of-the-art facial recognition software to identify figures in paintings and sculpture.

Remains of St. John the Baptist found (again)

Archaeologists excavating a church in Bulgaria have found a small ossuary with an inscription claiming to be the remains of St. John. Radio carbon and DNA testing have given some collaboration to the claim.

Equestrian photos from East Kingdom's Panteria 2012

Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Panteria 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her Kodak Gallery website.

June 18th

New Laurel in the West Kingdom

Their Majesties Hauoc and Mina elevated Muriel von Schreken to the Order of the Laurel at the Kingdom A&S Tourney in the Kingdom of the West.

Husband honors wife with burning Viking boat

“I loved her very much, she wished for that sort of funeral, so that’s what she got," said Francis Mulcahy about the Norse funeral he arranged for his recently-deceased wife. Francis constructed a replica longboat to carry wife Karine's ashes as a fitting farewell.

The Tudor court from Cromwell's point of view

Henry VIII and his succession of wives continue to capture the imaginations of historians and readers of history. Now, a new novel, Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, follows the life, trial and death of Anne Boleyn and the involvement of Thomas Cromwell. Peter Green of The Book blog has a review.

Double Wars 2012 photos online

Lia de Thornegge reports that there have been several photo albums posted from the recent Double Wars event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Lia's photos may be viewed on Flickr.

British couple share passion for history

Tony and Claire Thorpe of Dorset, England should never have met. He's a "heathen warrior in chain mail armour," and she's a World War II French nurse.

June 17th

Hadrian's Wall Heritage receives UK£500,000 grant

The central section of Hadrian's Wall in northern England has been listed on the Heritage at Risk register for some time, but now a grant of UK£500,000 from the SITA Trust will allow Hadrian's Wall Heritage to repair and preserve the important historical site.

The power of Botticelli's Venus

In a recent ArtBlog posted by The Guardian, Jonathan Jones ponders Botticelli's enduring masterpiece, The Birth of Venus, painted in 1484, and tries to discover if it is the ancient religion that makes it so compelling.

Class Central offers free university courses online

Eternal students who find themselves unable to attend traditional university classes may wish to consider the offerings of Class Central, a free, online project offered by Stanford's Coursera, MIT and Harvard led edX (MITx + Harvardx), and Udacity.

June 16th

"Tantalising clue" to Raleigh's lost colony

In a discovery worthy of Dan Brown, experts believe they may have found Sir Walter Raleigh's "lost colony" of Roanoke inscribed on a 16th century map in invisible ink. (photos)

Byzantine settlement found in central Greece

Construction workers excavating for a new home uncovered the remains of a Byzantine settlement recently in Lefokastron in central Greece. Experts believe the 11 sites date between the 4th and 11th centuries.

Archaeologists investigate 13th century defenses of Fyvie Castle

Archaeologists working at Fyvie Castle, near Turriff, Scotland, expected to find a 16th century garden. Instead they discovered evidence of the castle's 13th century defenses. (video)

June 15th

Court photos from AEthelmearc War Practice 2012

Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh reports that she has posted an album of photos from AEthelmearc War Practice 2012. The photos are available to view on Photobucket.

The exemplary life of Dolce of Worms

A famous elegy, written in the 12th century, extoles the virtues of Dolce of Worms, a medieval Jewish woman in Germany. The elegy, and its preface, were written by her husband R. Elazar who depicted his wife as the perfect Jewish woman. Renee Levine Melammed profiles husband and wife.

Team USA: What lies ahead?

Sir Gaston de Clermont, General of the Army of Ansteorra, reports on his return from the recent Battle of the Nations in Warsaw, Poland, and discusses the future of the SCA's Team USA.

June 14th

Lizzie Stark leaves Mundania

Freelance journalist Lizzie Stark wrote the book on LARPing, literally. Her Leaving Mundania explains the fantasy world of Live Action Role Playing games from D&D-types to Nordic avant-garde art LARP. She explains the appeal in a short video for the BBC.

Two tapped for Pelican at Midrealm Crown Tourney

Meister Konrad Mailander, Rouge Scarpe Herald for the Kingdom of the Middle, reports that at Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Savaric and Julianna placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Pennsic War Point schedule announced

Dirk Edward of Frisia reports that the Pennsic 41 War Points and Battles schedule is now available to view online or in PDF format.

Irish shipwreck the site of mystery and coconuts

A shipwreck found off the coast of Ireland carried an exotic cargo of Iberian pottery and coconuts. The coconuts, which likely sank in the late 16th or early 17th century, would mark the earliest known arrival of this fruit in Ireland.

June 13th

Scotland's first bullaun stone discovered on Isle of Canna

Scottish archeaologists are excited about the discovery of a bullaun or "cursing stone" linked to an early Christian cross on the Isle of Canna. The small, round stone, marked with a cross, dates to around 800 CE. (photo)

Genevieve la flechiere placed on vigil in Drachenwald

Menken reports that Viscountess Genevieve la flechiere has been placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Two offered admittance to the Laurel in the Outlands

At the May 12, 2012 Coronation in the Shire of Aarquelle, Their Majesties Kynan and Gilliana of the Kingdom of the Outlands elevated Master Adam Stedefast into the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Laurel.

Photos of the Investiture of Dorigen and Eloise online

Hugh Tauerner of the Barony of Carolingia in the East Kingdom reports that he has created an album of photos from the Investiture of Dorigen and Eloise as Baron and Baroness of Beyond the Mountain.

June 12th

Kickstarter Campaign for Realistic Sword Combat Games

Neal Stephenson and the members of Subutai Corporation want your support to make a martial combat game that doesn't rely on pulling a plastic trigger to simulate sword strokes. The goal for the first iteration of the project will be to realistically simulate two-handed longsword combat.

New terracotta warriors found in China

Over 100 new terracotta warriors have been found in China, some with bright paint on them. Terracotta horses along with real weapons and parts of a chariot have also been found.

Pikeman's Pleasure photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has posted an albom of photos from Pikeman's Pleasure which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available on SmugMug.

June 11th

Early Pict language identified in Scotland

Highly stylized rock engravings depicting soldiers, horses and figures, dating to the 4th through 9th centuries, have been identified as a written language developed by the Pict society of Scotland. (photo)

iBards: For the Dream! - A Bardic Fundraiser

Are you looking for wonderful SCA entertaiment for your summer event driving? Look no further than "For The Dream! - A Bardic Fundraiser".