February 21st, 2014

Auctions to support Lilies Fireworks fund

A series of auctions will raise funds to pay for a fireworks display at Lilies War in 2014.

February 20th

Disappearance of Roanoke Island settlers "closer" to being solved

In 1587, settlers from England arrived in what is now North Carolina to establish a colony at Roanoke Island. By 1590 they were gone. What happened to the colony has long been a mystery for historians, but experts are now getting "closer" to finding out what happened to the lost colony. Tanya Basu of National Geographic has the feature story.

Don Randal Carrick offered elevation to Pelican in the Outlands

Baronessa Francesca di Pavia reports that at Their Caerthen Twelfth Night, Their Majesties Alrik and Salomea placed Don Randal Carrick on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

February 19th

Altopascio skeletons show history of disease in Europe

For several years, biological anthropologist Giuseppe Vercellotti of The Ohio State University has led a field school in the Badia Pozzeveri Churchyard in Altopascio, Italy, where he and his students unearth and study the skeletons hoping "to read the history written in the bones." Of particular interest was a mass grave covered with a layer of lime. (photos)

Chivalry is the "mark of being a man”

"When you show up, people are in their armor and beautiful garb, and silk flags are raised, and arrows are flying. If you’ve ever been interested in that, here is your chance to live that dream,” Kerry Kennedy told Dylan Walker of The Crimson White (University of Alabama) during a recent interview about the Society for Creative Anachronism. (photo)

February 18th

Harlech remains may date to Wars of the Roses

Workers constructing a new visitor center at Harlech Castle in Wales were surprised to find the remains of three people, possibily dating to the time of the Wars of the Roses. Medieval foundations were also discovered, which may mean the site was once a churchyard.

“I want to fight like that"

When he was a teenager, Sean McMillan witnessed armored combat in the SCA and said, "I want to fight like that." Now, twenty years later, he is doing exactly that. Bill Sheets of the Everett, Washington Herald caught up with McMillan and others from the Kingdom of An Tir at the recent Ursulmas Medieval Faire. (photos)

February 17th

Upcoming Known World events

Master Raven Mayne reports that several Known World events for the Society for Creative Anachronism have been scheduled for 2014.

Ogham stones digitized in 3D

The iconic Ogham stones of Ireland are being digitized in 3D using Artec Studio 9 software thanks to the partnership of The Discovery Programme and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The stones, bearing the Irish Ogham alphabet, will now be available to view in 3D online. (photos)

February 15th

Book of Aneirin goes online

The National Library of Wales has announced that it has made the 13th century Book of Aneirin available online. The manuscript, scribed by monks onto animal skin, is regarded as one of the most important books in the Welsh language.

Kenric new Prince of Oertha

Baron Khevron reports that Sir Kenric Maur was the victor of the January 2014 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West. Kenric was inspired in His endeavor by Dagmar.

February 14th

Structural survey of Barnard's Castle "challenging"

Four years ago, the walls of 12th century Barnard Castle's came tumbling down, but no one has accepted the responsibility for their collapse. Now, with the help of a UK£50,000 grant, a structural survey of the Durham, England site has been scheduled.

Thomas Sorngrim offered elevation to Pelican in Oertha

Margarita reports that Their Majesties Thorfinn and Violante of the Kingdom of the West have offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Thomas Sorngrim, called Two Bears. Thomas Sorngrim is a resident of the Principality of Oertha.

Performing Arts at Gulf Wars XXIII

Gulf Wars 2014 will feature a variety of bardic activities, including competitions for adults and youth.

February 13th

Backers turn to the SCA for help with LARPer film

Conway, Arkansas residents John and Marette Stiritz are now movie stars - or at least they have appeared in a film, one they helped fund. The couple recently traveled to Spokane, Washington for the filming of Knights of Badassdom, a movie about LARPing. Fred Petrucelli of the Log Cabin Democrat has the story.

Stefan's Florilegium article for January 2014

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2014.

February 12th

Estrella War XXX Special Events Thrown Weapons Edition

KNOWN WORLD Jan 20, 2014 Thrown Weapons Edition - Estrella War Announcement Digest

Voice heralds needed for Gulf Wars

Gulf Wars is in need  of You and Your help!  (You know that there is a War Point for Volunteering, right?)  Yes, it’s true!  There is! On top of that, there are some serious Bragging Rights for that War Point.  Groups can earn $$ for their hours, too!

Scheduled outage of will be offline for up to an hour, beginning at approximately 18:00 U.S. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) today, for an upgrade of the site's virtual hardware. (UPDATE: Completed!)

February 11th

Pre-14th century mikvahs discovered in Portugal

Plumbers fixing a leak in a building in the central Portugal city of Coimbra found something they were not expecting: several 600-year-old mikvahs, Jewish ritual baths.

Jhone of Woodcote and Wilfred of Swefingham to become Laurels in Ealdormere

AElfwyn reports that Their Majesties Nigel and Adrielle of the Kingdom of Ealdormere have chosen to offer admittance into the Order of the Laurel to Jhone of Woodcote and Wilfred of Swefingham.

SCA member contends for "King of the Nerds" crown

Mississippi State University student of astronautics, Mary Kate Smith, loves space and the Middle Ages. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Smith is a self-proclaimed nerd and a participant in season 2 of TBS' King of the Nerds. Steve Rogers of WCBI has the story.

Society Chirurgeonate Request for Comments – Updated FAQ Now Available

On January 18, 2014, the SCA Board of Directors began seeking commentary on a proposal to eliminate the official Office of the Chirurgeonate, and the associated changes to Corpora necessary to accomplish this action. This announcement can be found in its entirety online.

February 10th

Sheriff's Auction at Estrella War

Lady Bethia, Acting Kingdom Sheriff for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that she will hold a Sheriff's Auction at the upcoming Estrella War XXX.

Estrella War XXX A&S Collegium schedule online

Bianca della Vittoria reports that the A&S class schedule for the Estrella War XXX, complete with descriptions, is now available to view online.

Estrella War February 4 Announcements

KNOWN WORLD Feb 4, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest

February 9th

The mystery of Longforth Farm continues

In a feature article for Current Archaeology, Matthew Symonds discusses recent discoveries at Longforth Farm with Bob Davis of Wessex Archaeology. Longforth Farm is a huge medieval complex near Wellington, England. (photos, map)

January 13 Estrella War Updates

KNOWN WORLD Jan 13, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest

February 8th

Lewis-Gibson Genizah Collection: "a unique and vibrant window into a lost age"

In 1896, twin sisters Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson brought a collection of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts from Egypt and deposited them at the United Reform Church's Westminster College in England. Recently Oxford and Cambridge Universities teamed to buy the collection at auction for UK£1.2m.

"Organic lump" holds rare Celtic brooch

In 1891, the British Museum acquired a lump of organic material found at a Viking burial site in Lilleberge, Norway. The material had metal pieces in it, but no one took the time to examine it further - until recently when Curator Barry Ager took a second look and ordered the material x-rayed. (photo)