Archive - 2013

August 17th

Roman wall discovered in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Archaeologists from the Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv, Bulgaria have discovered the remains of a 5th century Roman wall near the regional broadcasting centre of Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television.

Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza offered Laurel at Pennsic XLII

Mistress Nicolaa de Bracton reports that at Pennsic XLII Their Majesties Trumbrand and Kaylah, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza.

SCA Ltd director changes

The Board of Directors of the SCA Ltd (Australia) has announced changes to officer positions.

August 16th

Oyez! Oyez! A prince is born!

The recent birth of Prince George has led to a great deal of pomp and circumstance including the appearance of unofficial royal crier Tony Appleton, whose bell and bellow announced the blessed event. (video)

Nathan and Lilla new Prince and Princess of Oertha

Clare Elena de Montfort reports that Nathan Hartmann was the victor of the July 20, 2013 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West. Rahl was inspired in his endeavor by Lilla aet Sceaphylle.

August 15th

Call for Applications - Office of Society Rapier Marshal

Ritter Asoph Hearts, Society Earl Marshal, has announced that the Board of Directors of the SCA is seeking spplications for the position of Society Rapier Marshal.

Pennsic 42 photos on Northshield Gallery

Jean Quinn-Davis, of the Kingdom of Northshield, reports that she has posted an album of photos from Pennsic XLII. The photos are available on the Northshield Gallery.

Medieval Easter egg discovered in Ukraine

A 500 year old "pysanka" Easter egg was found during an archaeological dig of a cistern in Lviv, Ukraine. The egg is probably a goose egg and is very well preseved.

August 14th

What it means to be a Peer

On a recent entry on the Random Stream of Consciousness blog, joeguppy, writing from the Kingdom of Caid, considers what it means to be a Peer in the SCA.

The tug-of-war over the Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels are a British national treasure and should be part of the national collection, says the British Library. The Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the North and dedicated to St Cuthbert. They belong in Durham, says the Northumbrian Association. Who will win?

A Calontir First at Pennsic 42

This Pennsic the Kingdom of Calontir participated for the first time in the Rapier Champions with fighters who were authorized by Calontir in the form known as Cut and Thrust.

August 13th

Brita's Pennsic 42 photos online

Brita, from the East Kingdom, reports that her photos, taken at Pennsic 42, are now available to view online. The photos are available on Shutterfly.

Pennsic 42 War Points – Who won which?

The East Kingdom Gazette breaks down the war point tallies for the two competing alliances at the recent Pennsic War.

Quivers and Quarrels: Summer issue

The summer edition of the new SCA wide archery E-newsletter Quivers and Quarrels is now available online, from the e-newsletters page of the official SCA web site.

August 12th

Duchess Ilish O'Donovan placed on vigil at Pennsic XLII

Patrikia Maria Agrissa Sgourina reports that at Pennsic 42, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, offered Duchess Ilish O'Donovan a Writ of Summons to prepare herself to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel.

Troy, Ohio to host blacksmithing symposiums

From September 27-29, 2013, Southern Ohio Forige & Anvil will present one of the largest metal-art events in the United States. Quadstate 2013 will take place at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio, and will feature a wide range of classes and a swap meet.

Crusader poo subject of Cambridge research

A team of researchers from Cambridge University is the latest group to occupy Cyprus. This time the "invaders" are researchers, only interested in one castle, Saranda Kolones, built during the Third Crusade, and its latest treasure: a pit of dried human waste. Their report has been published in the International Journal of Paleopathology.

August 11th

The comics of Stephen Harding

Comic books are often scorned as inferior forms of literature, originating in 1930s American pulp culture, but Damien Kempf on Tumblr traces the art form back to the 12th century with the manuscript the Bible of Stephen Harding.

New York Times Explores Chivalry

A prominent member of the SCA recently got to speak out on the topic of chivalry in the New York Times' Opinion page, in the on-line forum called "Room For Debate." The question of the day that the Times posed was: Could there be a revival of chivalry, or should this noble ideal be allowed to fade into obscurity?

The wonders of the Bristol Renaissance Faire

For twelve summers, residents of the state of Wisconsin have been entertained by the comedy, music and medieval skills of performers at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Mrinal Gokhale of the Milwaukee Express has the story.

August 10th

Lincoln Castle may hide Roman townhouse

The Lincolnshire County Council is sponsoring the restoration of Lincoln Castle in England. So far, archaeologists have found the remains of the Norman foundations of the castle and a previously-unknown Anglo-Saxon church. They expect to reach the Roman era soon in which they expect to find a Roman townhouse.

Pennsic A&S Display - Art & Research from around the Known World

This year the Pennsic A&S Display had more than 120 entrants displaying a wide range of work. There are 206 pictures of the Pennsic A&S Display up on the Photobucket pages of the organizer, Mistress Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh. 

August 9th

Staffordshire Hoard glass

A 2012 entry on the Staffordshire Hoard blog takes an "up close and personal" look at the use of glass in the gold artifacts of the Hoard. While the majority of gemstones in the objects have been identified as garnets, a number of the colored, transparent inlays are glass. The article includes a number of photos.

The fashion of Matthaeus Schwarz

Matthaeus Schwarz was a 16th century accountant - but an accountant with fashion sense. For over 40 years, the Augsburg, Germany resident commissioned watercolor paintings of himself, documenting his wardrobe and accessories, and revealing as much about his personality and ambition as his clothing choices. (photos and video)

August 8th

Song Dynasty murals revealed in Tibet

Experts renovating an ancient Buddhist temple in Lhasa, Tibet have discovered a number of murals dating to the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279). "This discovery is crucial for us to reconstruct the way of life of that period. We will do our best to restore the murals to their original state,they will no doubt become a national level artefact," said Chen Zujun. (photos)

Medieval light

On her blog Living the History, Elizabeth Chadwick looks at lighting in the Middle Ages, from firelight to candles to lanterns. The article  includes illustrations and sources.

In Trimaris, "it's about honor"

Miami New Times reporter Kyle Swenson took the opportunity to hang out "with about 500 Trimarians in ornate medieval tunics" over Memorial Day to see what medieval re-enactment was all about. What did he find? "It's about honor." The feature-length article includes photos. PG-13

August 7th

9th century pumpkin patch revealed in Rome

Experts from the Vatican are excited by a pumpkin patch - one that was part of a Benedictine monastery surrounding the Basilica of St Paul’s outside the Walls.

Dad bonds with kids through the SCA

“It promotes honor, courtesy, generosity — a lot of things that are kind of missing in today’s society,” said Asgar Rolfson (Dan Haley) of Sarasota Springs, New York, about his sons' participation with him in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Meg Hagerty of the Post Star spoke with Lord Asgar for a Father's Day article.

August 6th

Welsh site spans Roman and medieval periods

The time between when the Romans left Britain and the medieval period began has usually been considered a dark age lacking in civilization, but a new archaeological discovery in Caernarfon, Wales may help to fill in the gaps.