Archive - 2013

June 5th

Annoucements from the Pennsic Mayor

Master Andreas de Caunteton, Atlantia Kingdom Chirurgeon and Pennsic 42 Deputy CIC, passes along some information reported by Pennsic's Lady Mayor from a recent staff meeting.

June 4th

Detailed map created of underwater town in England

Archaeologists have created a detailed map of the medieval port city of Dunwich, dubbed "Britain's Atlantis" because it sank into the sea centuries ago.  Using both high-tech imaging and historic research, archaeologists have been able to map out the town boundaries, streets, and even identify individual buildings.

Three receive Peerages at Rowany War

In an update to Canon Lore, Sorle, Canon Herald, reports that Their Majesties Felix and Eva of the Kingdom of Lochac offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects at the recent Rowany Festival AS XLVII.

Scientists find that same bacterium caused Justinianic plague and Black Plague

In 2011, DNA evidence confirmed that the infamous Black Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was, as had been suspected for many years, caused by the Yersinia Pestis bacterium. Now a team of scientists have used skeletal microbiology and DNA testing to show that a 6th through 8th century pandemic was caused by the same bacterium.

June 3rd

The history of smoking

“When they travel, have a kind of herb dried, who, with a cane and an earthen cup in the end, with fire and the dried herbs put together, do suck through the cane and the smoke thereof, which smoke satisfieth their hunger, and therewith they live four or five days without meat or drink,” writes John Sparke about native Floridians' use of tobacco, which was introduced to Europeans in 1564.

Wasaga under Siege and Sails on the St. Mary seek re-enactors

Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks, Town of Collingwood and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to hosting you once again from August 16th to the 18th, 2013.

Exhibit showcases West's debt to Islamic doctors

In a new exhibit, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in London will showcase the work of early Islamic physicians. The mirror of health: discovering medicine in the golden age of Islam will be on display at the college's museum from 1 May to 25 October 2013.

June 2nd

Music and pageantry at AEthelmearc Coronation

The recent Coronation of Maynard and Liadain in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc was met with great pageantry and ceremony. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, former director of the known World Choir, shares video of choral pieces performed during the cermony.

Lilies War Road Construction Notice

Lilies War Event Steward, Baroness Thyri, reports on road construction affecting travel for the upcoming War.

Pennsic online registration ends June 9, 2013

Online registration for Pennsic War 42 will end Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 11 pm (EDT). All attendees wishing to camp with registered groups are strongly encouraged to register by this time.

June 1st

Antonio de Luna placed on vigil at AEthelmearc Coronation

In Evening Court at the Coronation of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, Their Majesties placed Don Antonio de Luna on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Sir Cellach MacCormach wins Midrealm Crown

Mistress Gwyneth Banfhidhleir reports that Sir Cellach MacCormach was the victor of the May 26, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Middle. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Lady Vukasin of Lozengia.

Grand Council Recruiting New Members

Saito Takauji, m.k.a. Matt Parker, Chairman of the Grand Council to the BoD, reports that the Grand Council is looking to add new members.

May 31st

Armoring Richard III

At the March 2, 2013 Conference of the Richard III Society, Dr Toby Capwell discusses how the royal armorer might have coped with Richard's scoliosis. The 30-minute presentation, with slides, is available on YouTube.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for May 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for May 2013.

New Exhibitions Centre to host Viking ship at British Museum

The British Museum will introduce the world to its new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre with its premiere exhibit focusing on Vikings, and will include the largest known Viking ship. In addition to exhibit space, the UK£135 million project, scheduled to open in March 2014, will provide research, testing, conservation and storage space. (photo)

May 30th

Estrella War XXX A&S Competition 2014 Category Descriptions

Master Raven Mayne reports that the category descriptions for the A&S Competition at Estrella War XXX are now available to view online.

Historical Costume Contest winner announced

Earlier this year, Sandy Gowland of Old Time Patterns issued a challenge: create an historical costume. Some entrants used existing patterns, while others made their own. The winner was announced on May 25, 2013. The results can be viewed on the website.

May 29th

Photos from Ansteorra Spring 2013 Coronation

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created several albums of photos taken by Pyro and himself at the recent Spring 2013 Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

SCA recognized in Berkeley history article

Steven Finacom of the Berkeley Historical Society looks at the city's history from late April to early May, and includes the first event of what would become the Society for Creative Anachronism on May 1, 1966. The short article appears in the San Jose Mercury News.

May 28th

Live from Ansteorra... It's Queen's Champion

Collwyn O'Snowdon of Timeless Photography tried an experiment at the recent Queen's Champion event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra: he uploaded photos from the event - almost live. The results of the experiment can be viewed on his website.

UK£57,395 needed to "save" additional pieces of Staffordshire Hoard

In 2009, the Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council campaigned to keep the 3,500 artifacts of the Staffordshire Hoard in their cities. Now the councils are teaming up again to raise the money to purchase an additional 81 pieces discovered in November 2012. (photos)

Medieval Times: The Movie

In a move that is tragically not part of an SCA Today April Fool's story, two Hollywood production companies are teaming up to make a movie based on Medieval Times "Dinner and Tournament" theme restaurant.

May 27th

"Mysterious" skeleton found in Irish crannog

Archaeologists are pondering the cause of death of a 15th century teenager buried in an "irregular" manner on a crannog, a man made island settlement, in County Fermanagh, Ireland. The remains of the young woman seem to indicate a hasty burial, leading experts to consider foul play.

Scholars at conference debate cannibalism

Scholars love to debate unusual topics, a fact proven by a recent interdisciplinary cannibal conference held at the Manchester Museum in April, 2013. The museum is connected to the University of Manchester, while the conference is sponsored by Hic Dragones, a creative writing and literature organization based in Manchester.

Bart fitz Neal placed on vigil in Northshield

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Giolla Pheadair, Polaris Principal Herald, reports that at Their Crown Tourney, Their Majesties Morgan and Lusche of the Kingdom of Northshield placed Bart fitz Neal on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

May 26th

"Romans Revealed" project allows children to "dig" into diversity of Roman Britain

A new interactive website, aimed at children, has been launched by the Runnymede Trust and archaeologists from the University of Reading. The site focusses on the diversity of Roman Britain by allowing children to learn about Roman residents such as the ‘Ivory Bangle Lady,’ a "high status young woman of North African descent who remains were buried in Roman York."

Scottish "wall" built fifty years before Hadrian's

BBC History Magazine reports that archaeologists have identified a first century Roman defense system that extended 120 miles across Scotland. The series of forts, watchtowers and defensive ditches predates Hadrian's Wall by 50 years, and the Antonine Wall by 20. (photos and map)

Public encouraged to participate in Navenby dig

The recent discovery of what is believed to be a Roman dwelling, dating to the 3rd or 4th century, in Navenby, Lincolnshire, England, offers an opportunity to the public to participate in a real archaeological dig. Work on the site is being sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will continue until September.

May 25th

The Shakespeare Conspiracy?

The world debate continues. Did William Shakespeare really write his plays or was it someone else? But Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and eminent Shakespearean scholar thinks he knows the truth and has gathered a small army of literary scholars to prove it: a new book William Shakespeare Beyond Doubt.