Archive - Aug 2012

August 13th

Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza joins Pelicans at Pennsic

Sarafina and Philip reports that Their Majesties Savaric and Julianna of the Middle kingdom have placed Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Modern warriors help excavate ancient ones

British soldiers taking part in an excavation in Wessex found fellow soldiers buried 1,400 years ago. The modern soldiers were part of a rehabilitation program for those who were wounded in Afghanistan.

August 12th

New theory of St John's College skeletons: Viking raiders

Once believed to have been victoms of the St Brice's Day Massacre, 37 skeletons found on the grounds of St John's College, Oxford in 2008, are now believed to have been executed Viking raiders.

"Medieval Play" challenges fortitude of the audience

“We have a long way to go before this is over, so don’t get too excited,” says St. Catherine of Siena at the beginning of the second act of Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Play at the Signature Center in New York. Ben Brantley of the New York Times has a review.

Master Broom's video of Agincourt 2012

Master Broom reports that he has posted several videos from Royal Court at Agincourt, which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The videos are available on YouTube.

Kids win the day at Pennsic fort

Super-soakers, water balloons and squirt guns were the weapons of choice as an army of maurading children attacked the fort, defended by adults, at the recent Pennsic War 41. Features reporter, Mary of Montevale, of the Pennsic Independent, was on hand to chronicle the event. (photo)

August 11th

"Fake" shroud one of many

“The Turin Shroud is only one of the many burial cloths which were circulating in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. There were at least 40,” said Antonio Lombatti of the Università Popolare in Parma, Italy. His paper on the subject is scheduled to appear in Studi Medievali.

Anglo-Saxon artifacts win Renaissance Museum Award

A treasure of Anglo-Saxon artifacts, found in Loftus, England between 2005 and 2007, has won the Renaissance Museum Award in Durham. The collection has been on display at the Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, since May 2011. (photo)

Which came first, the pizza or the manakish?

Food historians have long debated the history of the pizza, and whether or not it was derived from manakish, a flat, baked dough covered with lamb and cheese, eaten in the Middle East.

August 10th

Experts use modern technology to preserve Viking grave goods

In 1904, archaeologists discovered a Viking grave, containing wooden artifacts including a richly decorated ceremonial wagon, at Oseberg near the Oslo fjords. Since then, the wood fibers have begun to disintegrate, causing worry among officials at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, who have decided to use state-of-the art technology to save the artifacts.

Hurrah for the pirate king!

Diver and shipwreck  hunter Todd Stevens thinks he has found a wreck worthy of Hollywood: The John, the craft of notorious privateer John Mucknell, known as the Pirate King of Scilly.

Did Stonehenge unify Britain?

Experts from the Stonehenge Riverside Project have concluded that "Stonehenge was built as a monument to unify the peoples of Britain, after a long period of conflict and regional difference between eastern and western Britain."

August 9th

13th century Aberdeen Bestiary on display

The Aberdeen Bestiary, a 13th century illustrated book of animals, will be on display at Aberdeen University for the first time. The book, which once belonged Henry VIII, has been in the care of the university for nearly four centuries. (photos)

St Winefride's Well on your smartphone

Developers at the Centre for Advanced Software Technology (Cast) at Bangor University in Wales hope that their new smartphone technology will allow visitors to really enjoy the detail of the historic site.

Artifacts discovered in 13th century Bulgarian monastery

A team of archaeologists has found a number of structures and artifacts, dating to the 13th century, from an excavation of the St. Peter and St. Paul Monastery at Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

August 8th

Xerxes Kantakouzenos placed on vigil at Raid and Trade

Eowyth reports that at Their Court at Raid and Trade, Their Majesties Hirsch and Magdalena, of the Kingdom of Calontir, placed Xerxes Kantakouzenos on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Pennsic 41 A&S Exhibit: "A Moveable Feast"

Lady Mary of Montevale, a Feature Reporter for the Pennsic Independent, describes the magnificent array of culinary and other works at the Pennsic Arts and Sciences Display.

Shire of Iron Ox Academy of Performing Arts 2012

On July 28, 2012, the Shire of Iron Ox hosted the Academy of Performing Arts for the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann in Jackson, Mississippi.  The one day event was well attended.

August 7th

Elizabethan pottery hoard found in England

A large amount of glazed late16th century pottery has been found in a garden in Rainford, England. The find includes many drinking vessels.

Medieval Scribal Complaints about Working Conditions

Ever wonder what the medieval scribe thought about while laboriously copying manuscript after manuscript?  "New parchment, bad ink; I say nothing more," wrote one in the margins. "I am very cold," complained another.

August 6th

British remember "lost" Jewish cemetery

In 1231, the Jews of Oxford, England were given a small piece of land for a cemetery. The site was used until 1290 when Edward I expelled all the Jews from the country. Now a memorial stone has been placed to mark the "lost" burial ground.

Fabled seat of Danish kings discovered in Germany

A team of Danish archaeologists believe they have discovered the fabled Viking town Sliasthorp by the Schlei bay in northern Germany, the "center of power for the first Scandinavian kings." The discovery may give a new prospective on Scandinavian military organization. (photo)

Medieval fishing hut excavated in Iceland

Archaeologists are racing against erosion to excavate a 15th century fishing hut in Iceland. While people in the area have been known for centuries to use temporary huts during the fishing season, this one shows signs of longer occupation.

Top ten Ealdormeran songbook available online

Former Bard of Ealdormere, Justinian Clarus, Uncle J, reports that a songbook of the Top Ten Songs of Ealdormere has been posted on his website and is available for download in PDF format.

August 5th

Fifth copy of "the birth certificate of America" found

Experts previously believed that only four copies of the 16th century Waldseemueller map still existed, but a fifth copy has been discovered between the pages of a 19th century book in Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University. (photo)

Elfsea Baronial College photos online

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Elfsea Baronial College 2012, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Xena inspires modern armor design

The increase in the number of female soldiers in combat has prompted American engineers to design better-fitting body armor for women. Their inspiration: Xena: Warrior Princess, "with more curves in the chest and hips."

August 4th

Scholar discovers "missing link" in early Gregorian chant sources

Researchers have long believed that no manuscripts of early Italian Gregorian chant survived, but Holy Cross professor Daniel DiCenso believes he has found the Monza manuscript, a source dating to the mid 9th century.

Archaeologists hunt for site of Battle of Lewes

In 1264, England's King Henry III refused to honor an agreement given to his barons, thus initiating the Battle of Lewes and prompting the creation of Parliament. Now an archaeological dig is underway to locate the site of the historic battle.

50th Year Celebration - Bid Extension

The Board of Directors is very pleased to have received a number of excellent bids for the SCA's 50th Year Celebration.  However, due to the special needs of this very special event, it has been decided to extend the bid process to July 31, 2012.