July 13th, 2013
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-07-13 13:23
Richard III is getting the rockstar treatment these days, and now he is scheduled to go on tour - or at least his head is. The re-constructed head, created using the king's actual skull, will go on display in Leicester, Bosworth, York, Northampton and the British Museum. The head will eventually reside at a museum dedicated to the discovery.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-07-12 18:22
In what might be the strangest story of the year, author Steve Berry proposes that Queen Elizabeth I might have had an incredible secret: She was a man. The theory is laid out in a new book by Berry, The King’s Deception.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-07-12 08:55
The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the Third Quarter 2013 Board Meeting will take place in the West Kingdom on July 13, 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-11 17:40
In 1565, St. Augustine was founded and became the first continuously-occupied European settlement in what would later become the continental United States. For the past 37 years, archaeologist Dr. Kathy Deagan of the University of Florida has spent her summers excavating the area of the "Fountain of Youth" and learn more about the early Spanish settlement. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-11 14:19
Augusto G. reports that he has created an album of photos from Blackstone Raids 2013, which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available to view on Photobucket.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-11 11:09
Siobhan ni Seaghdha, Liaison to the Barony, reports that Flavius Artorius Gladius and Guillemette Chevalier have been chosen the new Baron and Baroness of the Far West.
Submitted by Mathurin Kerbusso on Thu, 2013-07-11 08:54
Three new recordings from Johann Steinarsson are now up at The CalonSound Project.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Wed, 2013-07-10 16:29
Lady Lorelei Skye, Dean of the Performing Arts College at Pennsic, has released the final schedule for the Pennsic Performing Arts Tent and Ampitheater – and invites you to enjoy the many new and returning performers.
Submitted by Emeludt Hansler on Wed, 2013-07-10 09:50
Herrin Emeludt Hänsler, one of the organizers of the Known World Children's Fete for Pennsic War, is appealing for volunteers to make this year's edition of the activity a success.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Tue, 2013-07-09 15:01
As part of a series of Q&A articles with members of the Pennsic staff, Viscountess Caoilfhionn nic Dairmid, who is the Chirurgeon in Charge at Pennsic this year, answered questions for the East Kingdom Gazette.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-09 13:32
For nine days in the spring of 2013, volunteers joined archaeologists to work on four investigative trenches on the grounds of Clare Castle in Suffolk, England. The result was the discovery of human remains, leading experts to believe that a previously-unknown church existed on the property, possibly before the construction of the castle.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-08 19:28
Melissa Muckart, Acting Chair SCA (NZ) Inc., reports that a new website is now online for Membership Services in New Zealand.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2013-07-08 16:05
A gold figurine of a bound, nude woman has been found in a farm field in Bornholm, Denmark. This is the fifth gold figurine found near each other in the same field. The woman dates to the 6th century CE.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-08 09:15
Facility in swearing is either an admirable or a deplorable ability, but all can agree that it is a trait with a long history. In her new book, Holy Sh*t! A Brief History of Swearing, Melissa Mohr outlines the history of the practice with emphasis on Roman times. Olga Khazan of the Atlantic has a review. PG-13.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-07-07 13:45
More than 30 years after the Mary Rose was pulled from the Solent, the ship continues to delight and educate both scholars and visitors to her new museum. In her new home, the Mary Rose can be viewed through three-story glass walls which display the interior of the ship, complete with dim lighting and "and groaning sounds of the sea outside." Eleanor Williams of BBC News has a feature story.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-07-06 15:51
What do you know about witches? Most modern ideas of witchcraft may come from a manuscript, one of only four known copies, found in the library of the University of Alberta. Treatise against the Sect of Waldensians, written in the 15th century, created the framework for witch hunts. Paul Kennedy of CBCRadio hosts an hour-long podcast on the book.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-07-06 11:35
It was a day of fun and learning at Readington Middle School, along with the Holland Brook School, in Readington Township, New Jersey when Readington held its annual Renaissance Fair. Renée Kiriluk-Hill of the Hunterdon Democrat has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-07-05 21:29
Who knows what people in the 14th century reador thought? MIT professor Arthur Bahr thinks he does.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-04 21:17
It must have been a race to the finish line, but the first academic paper to be published on the discovery of the remains of Richard III is The king in the car park: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485 by Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Deirdre O'Sullivan, and Lin Foxhall.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-04 19:55
For three days, residents of Abergwyngregyn, Wales worked alongside archaeologists to uncover a portion of a Roman road, which once ran from Caerhun to Segontium. The road runs near the home of 13th century Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great and his grandson, the first Prince of Wales. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-04 12:44
The discovery of historic artifacts using a metal detector has begun a popular pastime in Britain and Ireland, but some enthusiasts are using their equipment to discover and keep, or sell, their objects without permission. One such hobbyist died last year leaving nearly 1000 artifacts to be returned to their rightful owner, the National Museum of Ireland. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-07-03 13:04
Baltimore hairdresser, and self-proclaimed "hairdo archaeologist," Janet Stephens, discusses her unique work with Roman hairstyles with the BBC while on a recent visit to London. (video)
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Wed, 2013-07-03 08:35
Andy Keleman, a commercial director based out of Pittsburgh, created a commercial for the SCA as his entry in a competition sponsored by Diners Club. He answered questions for the East Kingdom Gazette about creating the commercial with the SCA and his work.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-02 18:12
A year after the project's announcement, the firist digitized volumes of the Vatican Library are now available online. Experts began with the library's "most delicate" volumes, including "the Vatican’s 8,900 incunabula (books printed before 1501): the Sifra, a Hebrew manuscript written a millennia ago, a 4th century manuscript of the Greek Bible and the De Europa of Pope Pius II, printed around 1491."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-02 14:31
A copy of a previously unknown letter from Robert the Bruce to King Edward II has been discovered at the British Library. The letter, written in 1310 during the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn, requests that Edward recognise Scottish independence and end persecution of its people. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-02 10:17
Caelin on Andrede reports that photos from King's College, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available to view online. The photos are on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-02 07:43
Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were on hand in early June for the 21st annual Three Barons Renaissance Fair in Anchorage, Alaska. Bill Roth of the Anchorage Daily News offers a photo album with highlights.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-01 16:25
On the Legio Draconis website, his Grace Brannos reports that Captain Balthasar Thiabold of House Darkyard has been elevated to the Order of the Chivalry. The knighting took place June 23, 2013 at Baron Wars.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-01 12:29
Participants in the first annual AC Celtic Festival in Wellsville, New York were treated to a demonstration of armored combat by members of the Society for Creative Anchronism. A representative of the Wellsville Daily Reporter was on hand to record the demo. (video)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2013-07-01 08:51
Excavations in 1996 at Jamestown, VA (USA) revealed that one of its earliest settlers died of a gunshot wound. Researchers now believe they have solved his murder. They believe the man was named George Harrison and that he was killed in a duel.