Archive - Sep 2012

September 30th

St Donnan's grave found on Eigg

St Donnan, who brought Christianity to Scotland's West Highlands, was killed by Viking riaders in the early 7th century. Now archaeologists from the University of Birmingham are investing remains found at Kildonnan Graveyard to ascertain if the body is that of the saint.

Equestrians rule at West Kingdom championship

“Hip hip huzzah!” writes staff writer Sara Jane Pohlman about the announcement of the Equestrian Champion for the Kingdom of the West. Pohlman visited the event and chronicled her observations in an article for the Lodi (California) News-Sentinel. (photos)

Medieval Irish landscape shaped by tsunamis

In the latest edition of the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Alan E Hayden presented a theory that the islands off the coast of Kerry, Ireland were shaped by medieval earthquakes and tsunamis.

September 29th

Finding the bones of Mona Lisa

Historians' obsession with the real life Mona Lisa continues with the recent discovery of a complete skeleton beneath the floor of the derelict Convent of St. Orsola in Florence, Italy. Some experts believe the remains are those of Lisa Gherardini, AKA Mona Lisa.

The power of the Renaissance woman

Lady Anne Clifford, a favorite in Queen Elizabeth I's court, was no shrinking violet, and was, in fact, one of the earliest feminists. Her 600,000-word manuscript, Great Books of Record, is set to be released in a new, complete edition.

14th century English coin found in southern Maine

A woman walking along the shore of the Neddick River in southern Maine (USA) came acorss an unusual find - a 14th century penny, likely minted in Canturbury, England.

September 28th

Community unites to rebuild 13th century clocktower

In May 2012, disaster struck the small Italian town of Finale Emilia in the form of two powerful earthquakes which destroyed the town's 13th-century clock tower. Now teams of volunteers from across Italy are coming together to help reconstruct the historic Torre dei Modenesi. (photos)

Medieval well found under living room floor

Mrs. Colin Steer is not enthused about her husband's discovery of a medieval well under their living room floor. Curiosity about an indentation in the floor led to the discovery that has now sparked tension in the family. David Greene of NPR has the brief story.

Garbed thieves rob medieval festival

On July 30, 2012, a gang of thieves in garb robbed organisers of the Medievales Europeennes de Bitche, one of the largest medieval festivals in France. The gang got away with 20,000 euros (US$25,000).

Godric of Castlemont made Laurel in the West

Gillian Trenowyth reports that Their Majesties King Roger and Queen Zanobia of the Kingdom of the West have chosen to elevation Their subject Godric of Castlemont to the Order of the Laurel.

September 27th

[CAI] Starkhafn Yule 2012

Come join us as we celebrate the Barony of Starkhafn's Yule.

Brewers and Mjöðr masters start your batches! As Norsemen are wont to do, we will be hosting a Mead Tasting so prepare your best brews, break out your tastiest mead and share your talent with the Barony. Must have Photo ID to participate.

Cursed in Kent

Poor Sacratus, Constitutus and Memorianus must have had a bad time in Roman Kent, England. Their names were found among 11 others on a lead "curse tablet" discovered recently by the Maidstone Area Archaeological Group.

Anglo-Saxon artifacts found at Polesworth Abbey

Excavations at Polesworth Abbey near Tamwoth, England, have yielded a variety of exciting artifacts including a brooch and decorates ceramic tiles. The site was originally a Benedictine nunnery founded in the 9th century.

Battlemoor 2012 photos online

THL Evain Macrae of the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable reports that he has created a set of albums of photos from Battlemoor 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos are available on his public Facebook page.

September 26th

Baroness Brialen Ulfsdottir Vikingr to become Pelican in Calontir

Logan reports that Their Majesties Hirsch and Magdalena of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed Baroness Brialen Ulfsdottir Vikingr on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Spanish Inquisition follows priest to the New World

According to trial records, Catholic priest Pedro Ruiz Calderón not only practiced Black Magic, but he was really good at it. The trial took place as part of the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico City in 1540.

[ART] 1348

The SCA is often referred to as the Middle Ages as we wish it could have been... without religious persecution and the plague.  It's time we brought back the plague!!  Join us for an event to celebrate all of the earth shattering craziness of the premiere knowne world tour of the Black Death.

Wisconsin museum to host interactive da Vinci machine exhibition

The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin will play host to the touring exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion from September 22, 2012 through January 6, 2013. The museum will also present activities and events related to the exhibit.

Byzantine shipswreck found off the coast of ancient Phanagoria

Russian Archaeologists are excited by the discovery of an 8th century Byzantine shipwreck discovered under Taman Bay in the Bacl Sea. The merchant ship, called the "most valuable artifact in 12 years" still held only one amphora in what must have once been a large cargo.

Photos from Amsteorra's Laurel's Prize and Glaslyn Defender

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two new albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Ansteorra: Laurel's Prize and Glaslyn Defender. The photos are available on Flickr.

September 25th

SCA, 4-H join forces for New Jersey Ren Faire

The SCA joined forces with 4-H recently in New Jersey to celebrate the Middle Ages at the 3rd Annual Renaissance Faire at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Lillian Shupe of the Hunterdon County Democrat promoted the faire and shot photos which are available online.

September 24th

Istanbul patriarchate plans to restore world's third oldest church

The Başmelekler Church, built in 789 by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogennetos, is believed to be the world's third oldest church. Now it has been purchased by the Istanbul patriarchate which hopes to "restore this historical structure to its past glory."

27th International Conference on Medievalism at Kent State University

Kent State University, Stark Campus, will host the 27th International Conference on Medievalism October 18-20, 2012. There will be both the traditional on-land "Brick-n-Mortar" conference and an online "Cloud Conference" (for those who are unable to travel); the rate for the on-land conference includes access to the online conference.

"Faces & Places" at Pennsic 41

Host Larry Berg of the program Faces & Places, produced by Armstrong Channel 10 in Butler, Pennsylvania, looks at the annual Pennsic War. During the 30-minute program, Berg interviews a number of participants about various aspects of the War.

September 23rd

Tomb of 15th century Sufi saint attacked by fanatics

A group of hardline Muslim Salafists, armed with bulldozers, recently attacked the shrine of 15th-Century scholar Abdel Salam al-Asmar in Zlitan, Libya. The Salafists believe that such shrines are idolatrous.

Photos of Coronation of Khalek and Branwyn online

Elzbieta reports that an album of photos, created by Lord Edmund of Worcester is of the Coronation of Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, is now available to view on his Flickr website.

September 22nd

Ulfred Bloodfoot victor of An Tir Crown Tourney

Baroness Helena reports that Ulfred Bloodfoot was the winner of the September 1, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of An Tir.

September 21st

Madrun Gwehyddes made Laurel at An Tir September Crown

Dame Gwen the Potter reports that, at Their September Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Vik and Astrid of the Kingdom of An Tir offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Madrun Gwehyddes of Dragon's Laire.

[ART] Archery Shoot

On Sunday the 7th of October the Baronies of Gryphon's Lair and Loch Salann will be hosting a combined archery shoot at Mount Ogden Archery. We will be gathering at 10am and ALL ARE WELCOME! There will be a fee of $10 per shooter payable to Mount Ogden Archery.

[MER] Meridian Grand Tournament

Meridians rally to your Crown, warriors don harness and helm, hoist your banners, put on your best household livery, grab your list tree shield, hold close the honor of your inspiration, and attend. At this illustrious event, we ask all to display their heraldry, banners, and wear their Meridian best to cheer these honored combatants in a full day devoted to heavy combat.