Archive

May 25th, 2014

Minding the medieval teen

Parents of unruly teenagers may sigh wistfully at the notion of sending their children elsewhere for training, a common practice of northern Europeans in the Middle Ages. William Kremer looks at the practice of fostering in an article for the BBC News Magaine.

May 24th

Known World Poetry Competition

Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that the Known World Poetry Competition will be held Monday August 4, 2014 on Artisans' Row at the Pennsic War.

Cambuskenneth Abbey part of Bannockburn archaeological study

The 700th anniversary of the Scottish victory at Bannockburn has brought together archaeologists and experts from a number of fields to study the battle. Among the sites investigated is Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling where Robert the Bruce held several of his early parliaments.

May 23rd

Cornelius von Beck winner of Lochac Crown Tourney

Ceara reports that Duke Sir Cornelius von Beck has was the victor of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Countess Elizabeth de Foxle.

May 22nd

Roman house subject of 2014 dig at Maryport

Roman Maryport, near the western edge of Hadrian's Wall, has produced a number of interesting artifacts in previous digs. In 2014, archaeologists will focus on the investigation of a large, 3-room, stone-strip building discovered in 2013. (pictures)

Rowany Festival Feedback Survey

Caristiona encourages anyone who attended the 2014 Rowany Festival to take a moment to fill out the online survey.

May 21st

Vladimir and Petranella new Prince and Princess of Northshield

Gwen reports that Vladimir Radescu was the victor of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield. Count Vladimir was inspired in his endeavor by Countess Petranella Fitzallen of Weston.

Lilies War Master Schedule

Lilies War Webminister Eynon reports that the War's Master Schedule is online and has been updated. A printable version is available from Google Docs or in PDF format.

Beautiful mosiac floors revealed in Israeli Byzantine church

An excavation of a site near the Bedouin village of Hura by the Israel Antiquities Authority has revealed a 6th century Byzantine church, complete with amazingly intact mosaic floors. (photos)

May 20th

Special Notice About First Friday Parking at Lilies War

The Falcon Banner, the news source for the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that special parking restrictions will be in place for the first Friday of Lilies War 2014.

Michael and Seonaid new Heirs to Atlantia Throne

Duke Michael of Bedford, inspired by Duchess Seonaid ní Fhionn, was the victor of the May 3, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Lilies War offers tour for non SCAdians

Officials of Lilies War, which takes place June 13-22, 2014 at Smithville Lake in Clay County, Missouri, have announced that tours for the public will be available June 15, 2014.

"Threads" offers costumers a chance to design for 1/2 scale dress forms

Threads Magazine has anncounced its 2014 American Sewing Expo (ASE) Challenge: 1/2-Scale Design Challenge on the theme of "Fashion Icons through the Ages." The contest is limited to 100 entries and garments must be finished by August 1, 2014.

May 19th

Teller talks Tempest

In celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, magician Teller (the quiet one), recently co-directed a new version of the Bard's magicial play, The Tempest. In a video, Teller discusses the production with Mark Mobley for a segment of NPR's The Record.

Open position for the Society

Leslie Vaughn, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that Board of Directors is seeking applicants for the position of Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations.

May 18th

Medieval archway found under Cardigan Castle floor

NPS Archaeology, working on an 18-month excavation at Wales' Cardigan Castle, has unearthed a stone archway dating to the 12th century beneath the floor of the castle. The archway is believed to have led to the tower of the original castle.

Accidental Medieval Siberian Mummies Discovered

Just 29 km from the Arctic Circle, near Zeleniy Yar in Siberia, a group of bodies dating back to the Middle Ages have been found in shallow graves.

May 17th

Seeking Howe's

600 years ago, Howe's was a satellite community of Cambridge, England. Then it disappeared off the map. Now archaeologists have begun investigating Howe's, along with three other villages, that ringed the medieval university town.

Latest techniques used to help conserve ancient bridges

Researchers from the Applied Geotechnology Group at the University of Vigo in Spain are using the latest technology to study 80 Roman and medieval bridges to determine the original construction of the bridges and the best ways to conserve them.

May 16th

Hellsgate Commander's Crucible photos online

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Commander's Crucible 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Registration for the 17th Pennsic Arts & Sciences Display now open

Rowena reports that registration for the 17th Annual Pennsic A&S Display is now available online.

May 15th

Elfsea Defender 2014 pictures

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created three albums of photos from Elfsea Defender which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

May 14th

First century irrigation system found in England

Archaeologists working on a development site in Cambridge, England have discovered what they believe is Great Britain's oldest irrigation system. The Roman site includes evidence of planting beds and pit wells.

Irish brew

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day 2014, journalist - and beer connoisseur - Reuben Gray looks at the history of the delightful drink from its prehistoric days to its worldwide modern revival.

Ansteorra Spring 2014 Coronation photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created several albums of photos from Spring Coronation 2014, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

May 11th

Crowdsourcing funds Leiston Abbey dig

Crowd funding and sourcing have reached the archaeological community on the grounds of 12th century Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, England where amateurs funded experts for a two-week project in exchange for a chance to participate.

Sofonisba Vespasiana Gabrielli vigiled in Northshield

Eilis reports that at Their recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield, Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth placed Sofonisba Vespasiana Gabrielli on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

May 10th

Carrickfergus Castle dig "full of surprises"

"We can see the whole 750 years of garrison life here in the castle, from medieval wall foundations to a late Victorian munitions rail that was used to bring munitions in from the pier beside the castle right into the inner ward," said QUB assistant excavation director Ruairí Ó Baoill.

Pennsic 2014 - Known World Children's Fete

The 2014 Pennsic - Known World Children's Fete will be held in the Great Hall on Wednesday of War Week, August 6th, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

May 9th

13th century Irish castle laid low by storms

A sad fact of archaeology is that not all historic sites can be saved. The winter storms of 2013-2014 laid waste to one such site, Coolbanagher Castle near Portlaoise, Ireland. The castle collapsed and was later demolished. (photos)