Archive - Sep 2012

September 13th

[ATL] Beowulf Birthday Bash

When the soldiers have come home from summer warfare, but before the icy snows of winter close in, the Barony of Dun Carraig will open the meadhall to celebrate our Birthday with feasting, games, and fighting.

[EAS] Fall Crown Tournament

Prince Edward and Princess Thyra are pleased to announce that their Fall Crown Tournament will take place in the Shire of Endewearde on October 27, 2012.

Duke Cariadoc interviewed at Pennsic 41

The staff of the Pennsic Independent has added a podcast to their many services to the community. Among the Pennsic 41 interviews was one with Duke Cariadoc of the Bow (David D. Friedman) about Pennsic and the Society for Creative Anachronism.

[NOR] Feast of Boar's Head 2012

The Feast of Boar's Head 2012: Celebration of Travelers. December 8, 2012, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

[ATL] Coronation of Vladimir and Kalisa

Darkness looms in Atlantia, as the time for a new Tzar has come. Sadly for the people, transitions of power at this time are rarely peaceful. The next in line for the Throne is not clear cut.  Factions maneuver trying to gain support for their candidates.

The Baroness who saved Star Trek

In the Kingdom of Caid, their Excellencies Mistress Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani and Master John ap Griffin are known as the former Baroness and Baron of the Barony of the Angels, but in other worlds, they are known as the driving forces behind the movement to save Star Trek.

[MER] Castle Wars IX

Join the Barony of the South Downs as we live it up before the end of the world! Come to Lake Tobesofkee for a full weekend of camping, heavy and light fighting, archery, live weapons, hound coursing, equestrian, arts, shopping, children’s activities and revelry!

[MER] Crossroads of Art and War

Join the Shire of Owl's Nest for a weekend of higher level classes and training in combat, coursing, and the arts and sciences!

September 12th

Banking records found under 15th century heraldry

Economic historians at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered Italian banking records dating to the early 15th century half covered by English coats of arms in a book of British heraldry.

50 volumes of "Medieval Archaeology" online

The Society for Medieval Archaeology has announced that the first fifty volumes of Medieval Archaeology have been made available in digital form.

September 11th

Highway excavation produces ancient treasures in Romania

The excavation for a new highway in Romania has unearthed a plethora of artifacts - from Greek and Roman coins to a Celtic miniature chariot. Archaeologists have taken control of the site with the goal to preserve the artifacts for the country.

In search of Kitezh

Archaeologists are looking for evidence of Kitezh, the “Russian Atlantis,” on the shores of Svetloyar Lake near Nizhny Novgorod. According to legend, Kitezh is "a hidden city where the righteous live and work in prayer, and where only the chosen ones can enter."

September 10th

16th century trader's house reconstructed in Wales

St Fagans: National History Museum near Cardiff, Wales is richer now with the addition of a 16th century Tudor building, meticulously rebuilt, and now open to the public. The trader's house was originally used for the storage of goods for sale in the busy port town.

The ancient origins of the verb "to fart"

The English language contains a variety of words with sexual or scatological origins. Among them is the verb "to fart." In a blog entry for the Huffington Post, Anatoly Liberman, the author of Word Origins…And How We Know Them, discusses the origin of the verb. PG-13

Building a scrapwood loom

Need a gift or a fundraising auction project? Like to weave but don't have a lot of gold? Have some scrap lumber and want to get rid of it? Instructables has a project for you: a scrapwood loom!

September 9th

Channel Islands' Roman fort "probably the best in Britain"

Archaeologists working on the oldest standing building in the Channel Islands, a small Roman fort, are pondering the possible decision to turn the building into a visitor center.

Photographer documents decline of Italian villas

Once the grand homes of Italian nobles in the Renaissance, the villas of northern Italy still hold hints of their grandeur. Photographer Thomas Jorion documented these lost treasures in a gallery show entitled Forgotten Palaces. (photos)

Unearthed Roman road changes historians' maps

The patrons of the Stockwell Arms, in Colchester, England, probably never dreamed that they were having a pint atop the remains of a 1st century Roman road. The road was revealed recently after reconstruction of the pub.

September 8th

The dichotomy of greed in medieval Europe

While the world's financial crisis plays out, historians compare today's commercial world to the past. one, Stanford historian Laura Stokes, ponders how attitudes on greed were different in the Middle Ages. Camille Brown, of Stanford University News, has the story.

Marketing Robin Hood

"In the past, attempts to promote Robin Hood have been regarded as flimsy and lightweight and it needs something to really hold the public's imagination," said Ted Cantle who would like to see his home town of Nottingham, England do more to promote the famous outlaw.

September 7th

Contributors: Problem with Firefox version 15 on SCAtoday.net

We have just become aware that a recent Firefox update, version 15, may be causing a problem with our web interface to contribute articles. There have been no changes to our site, and we have confirmed that the bug does not appear in Chrome or earlier Firefox versions.

"Immense volcanic eruption" may have led to death of thousands in medieval England

Archaeologists for the Museum of London recently discovered 175 mass graves dating to around 1250, 100 years before the Black Plague. What killed over 10,000 people in England may have been an immense volcanic eruption.

Free medieval computer fonts

The website Fontspace offers a number of medieval or medieval-like computer fonts on their website. The fonts are available to download free with an account.

"An amazing find" of 12th century coins and jewelry found in Sweden

A landowner in Gotland, Sweden made "an amazing find" of over 600 silver coins, jewelry and an axe, dating to the 12th century, while excavating on his land recently.

September 6th

Robin Hood's grave up for sale

Long to own a real piece of English history? The Kirklees Estate, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, purported burial place of Robin Hood, is for sale for something over UK£7 million. The site includes several farmhouses, 750 acres of farmland and woods, and a medieval Cistercian priory.

Sicily's Roman mosaics return to public view

The 4th century Roman mosaics at the Villa del Casale at the Piazza Armerina in Sicily are considered “the finest in situ in the Roman world.” Now the newly-restored stone tiles are again open to the public. (photo)

September 5th

Large Roman cemetery found in Norfolk

Excavations for a housing development in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, England have uncovered a large cemetery dating to Roman times. The 85 graves are thought to belong to a rural settlement.

Byzantine-era olive press discovered in Israel

An olive press dating to the 6th – 8th century CE has been discovered at a road construction site near Hod HaSharon in Israel. The press "had been carved into huge building slabs that were sunk into the ground."

Statutes of Iona impacted most aspects of Scottish life

In 1609, King James I for England tricked nine Scottish clan chiefs into captivity on the Island of Iona, where they were held until agreeing to submit to the Statutes of Iona, designed to break Scottish allegiance to their homeland and bolster British rule. Sarah Fraser of History Today has the story.

September 4th

Modern Europe needs a Holy Roman Empire

In an article for the New York Times, Istvan Deak opines that what the European Union really needs is a unifying force, such as the Holy Roman Empire, led by a modern Charlemagne.