Archive - 2012

December 27th

Roman cemetery discovered in Somerset

Construction workers laying a four-mile (7km) long water main between Banwell and Hutton, England uncovered a Roman cemetery. Experts believe the cemetery was associated with a nearby Roman villa.

December 26th

Scots celebrate rediscovery of David's Tower

For centuries, the 100 ft. (30.5 metre) tall David's Tower dominated the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland until it was destroyed during the Lang Siege of 1573. Long forgotten, the demolished tower was rediscovered in 1912 and feted today, 100 years later. (video)

December 25th

Scone Palace archway restored

In September 2010, the historic, 16th-century arch leading to the grounds of Scone Palace in Scotland was destroyed when a delivery truck misjudged the size of the arch's opening. Now, after two years, the arch has been restored. (video)

The complexity of identifying Richard III

Archaeologists, historians and royalists are waiting with bated breath for the determination of the identity of a skeleton found in Leicester, England. The skeleton is believed to be that of King Richard III, but they may have a long wait for the test results.

December 24th

The elite archers of the Mary Rose

Scientists from the University of Swansea have concluded that among those lost with the sinking of the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII's flagship, in 1545, were elite longbowmen. The conclusion was made after the study of over 100 skeletons found on the remains of the ship.

Bayeux Tapestry professionally made, claims expert

New research debunks the theory that the Bayeux Tapestry was woven by nuns across England, and shows that the cherished artifact was not a tapestry at all but an embroidery created by a team of professionals under one manager.

December 23rd

Town and Gown unite for East Oxford Community Project

Oxford University and members of the community have joined forces to excavate and document a medieval nunnery at Minchery Farm Paddock near Oxford. Littlemore Priory, a nunnery established in around 1110 was closed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525.

Mosaic floors highlight Byzantine excavations in Turkey

“During these excavations, we found the ruins of a church and mosaics that are believed to date from the late Roman and Byzantine periods,” said Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Abdullah Kılıç about recent excavations in Isparta, Turkey. (photo)

December 22nd

Norse myth courtesy of Snorri Sturluson

Much of the Norse mythology we recognize today comes courtesy of the writing of 13th century Icelandic chieftain Snorri Sturluson. Nancy Marie Brown takes a look at Snorri on her blog God of Wednesday.

Concert based on Hawick Missal presented in Scotland

For the first time in nearly five centuries, the people of Scotland will listen to the music of 12th-century century monks from the recently discovered fragment of a missal for Holy Week. The performance will kick off a two-year music and arts project celebrating the creativity of Scotland. (photo)

December 21st

What made Rome great?

Evan Andrews of the History Channel online discusses the innovations that made Rome great in his article 10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome.

December 20th

Adopt a spire in Milan

Philantropists around the world have been invited to "adopt" a spire of the 14th century cathedral in Milan, Italy. For the gift of 100,000 euros (UK£80,000), donors will receive the right to have their names inscribed on one of the church's 135 spires.

Ancient Japanese warrior found still wearing his armor

A skeleton of a man wearing metal armor has been found in Gunma, Japan. The armor dates to the early 6th century and is very well preserved.

December 19th

Henry VIII's Crown - An Update

A  new 11-minute video from Hampton Court Palaces provides details of the behind-the-scenes construction of the replica crown worn by Henry VIII.

Additional pieces added to the Stafforshire Hoard

Archaeologists have returned to the field where the Staffordshire Hoard was found to look for more pieces. Several gold pieces fit in with items already identified.

St. Ursula pilgrim badge donated to Museum of Lancashire

Metal detector enthusiast Paul King was thrilled while trying out new equipment to discover a silver pilgrim badge depicting one of the companions of St. Ursula. Now he will see his find on display at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. (photo)

December 18th

Cards fit for a king - or princess

A complete set of silver playng cards, created in Germany in 1616, was acquired through auction in 2010 by entrepreneur Selim Zilkha. Legend tells that the set was owned by a Portuguese princess who fled Napoleon in 1807. (photos)

University of Exeter app to bring Anglo-Saxon poetry to smart devices

Like Anglo Saxon poetry? The University of Exeter will soon have an app for that! An article for Phys.org writes, "The University of Exeter's Modern Languages department is working in collaboration with Antenna International to create the App which will reveal the secrets of medieval literature to a new audience."

December 17th

Should Viking loot be returned?

Scandinavian museums proudly display artifacts plundered throughout Europe by the Vikings, but now some museum curators ask if these stolen treasures should be returned to their original countries.

Three elevated to Pelican at Adamastor's Yule

Her Majesty Aryanhwy, Queen of Drachenwald, reports that She has offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to three of Her subjects. The announcements were made at Adamastor's Yule.

Ysabeau Tiercelin elevated to Pelican at AEthelmearc's Masked Ball

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Court at Masked Ball in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn, Khan and Khatun of Aethelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Her Ladyship Ysabeau Tiercelin.

December 16th

Scottish farmhouse painting could be lost da Vinci

When cash-strapped Fiona McLaren took a family painting to an expert for evaluation, she was shocked to learn that the 23x28 inch (58x71 cm) piece might be an unknown work by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. (photo)

Romans invade Burbank

Romans in Burbank, California? Why not? On December 15-16, 2012, French troupe Histore'Event will present Spartacus and the Roman Legion at the Equestrian Center in Burbank. Burbank Leader reporter L. Thompson has the story.

December 15th

Abertridwr advanced to Barony in Lochac

Oblio the Heretic of the Western Shores In the Kingdom of Lochac reports that  Baron Kilic (Steven Baker), Chairman of the Board of the SCAA, the Board of Directors applicable to the Kingdom of Lochac, has announced the advancement of the Shire of Abertridwr to Barony.

December 14th

Holiday celebrations in Ansteorra

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Dragonsfire Tor Yule Revel and Steppes Xmas which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

December 13th

[ATE] The Hunt

Come and join us this Sunday (December 16, 2012) for THE HUNT – A Pas d'Armes in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr.

[LOC] Midsummer: A Feast of the Medium Ævum

Celebrate the fineries of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Inspired by accounts of feasting in Middle English and Old French romances, this Midsummer feast will be an occasion of chivalry, fin amour and pageantry.

[LOC] Just Desserts

It's a sweet life and we've got it good, in this late Tudor Neighbourhood.
Looking great all year takes a little care, not to mention our behatted hair.

[LOC] Night Tourney

After the Hot months are over it can take a some time to dust off the armour and get back into combat. Each year Abertridwr offers a comfortable beginning to the Tournament Season; a Single sword counted blows round robin tourney in the cool of the evening in an indoor air-conditioned venue.

[LOC] Burnfield's Australia Day Demo

Come and show off your skills both martial and crafty. Gin Gin Historical Museum is providing a free breakfast at the show grounds and free camping at the museum grounds. Demo is from 7am till 3pm.