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January 24th, 2014

Antonine Wall to benefit from Historic Scotland 5-year plan

Central Scotland's Antonine Wall has never enjoyed the reputation as a tourist destination that its southern cousin, Hadrian’s Wall, has had, but a new 5-year plan proposed by Historic Scotland may change that fact. The development plan provides a "framework" for conservation and promotion.

January 23rd

Free Shakespeare course offered online

On the Lochac list, Katherine Kerr reported that the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will be offering a free, 10-week, online course entitled Shakespeare and his World.

Atli från Viterheim knighted at Drachenwald 12th Night Coronation

Duchess Siobhan reports that at the Coronation of Their Heirs Cecilia and Prothall, Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, offered elevation to the Order of Chivalry to Lord Atli från Viterheim.

January 22nd

Celtic coins to remain in Jersey thanks to UK£738,000 government grant

In 2012, Reg Mead and Richard Miles discovered a hoard of 70,000 Celtic coins in a field on the island of Jersey. Now a grant of UK£738,000 will allow the UK£10m treasure to remain on the island.

Don Bastiano di Iacopo placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their Court at Queen's Rapier Champion, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed Don Bastiano di Iacopo on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Randy Bevins: 21st century Viking

Police officer in Whitehall, New York - and member of the SCA - Randy Bevins is going to Mars, or at least he hopes so. Bevins was one of the 1,058 candidates chosen by Mars One, a Dutch non-profit, which plans to land a four-man crew on the planet in 2025. Bill Toscano of the Post Star has the story.

January 21st

Steppes 12th Night 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two large albums of photos from Steppes 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

How To Prepare Documentation

As part of the East Kingdom Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” seriesLady Ose Silverhair shares her advice on preparing A&S project documentation.

January 20th

Mass medieval burial found near Durham Cathedral

Archaeologists are endeavoring to puzzle out the significance of a mass grave discovered during renovation of Durham University's Palace Green library. Instead of defined burials, the remains of 18 individuals seem to have been "tipped" into the grave.

Caoilinn Rose Maddox elevated to Pelican in the West

Muirenn ingen Brain reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the West have chosen to elevate Caoilinn Rose Maddox to the Order of the Pelican. The elevation took place January 4, 2014 at West Kingdom 12th Night Coronation.

Technology uncovers medieval defences and settlements in Poland

New studies using LiDAR (aerial laser scanning), electrofusion and magnetic prospection, soil analysis and other technologies have revealed new perspectives on six medieval sites in Poland: Chełm, Rękoraj, Rozprza, Stare Skoszewy, Szydłów and Żarnowo.

January 19th

Byzantine monastery to become mosque

The 5th century Byzantium Monastery of Stoudios in Istanbul, Turkey is scheduled to become a mosque after renovation concludes in 2014. The site will be renamed İmrahor İlyas Bey Mosque.

January 18th

Re-enactors to invade Menorca July 2014

Visitors to Spain's island of Menorca in July 2014 will receive a special treat when an historic re-enactment of the island’s invasion by Catalonian and Aragonese troops in the Middle Ages will take place in the capital's Plaza Conquesta.

The unicorn phenomenon

Unicorns have been a part of the known bestiary since Greek and Roman times. In his book, A Natural History of Unicorns, University of Nottingham geographer Chris Lavers looks at the history of the beast and human obsession with it.

January 17th

Basilica "of enormous importance" excavated on Cyprus

Archaeologists from the Cyprus Antiquities Department have unearthed the remains of a 7th century basilica the size of Westminster Abbey near the Royal Air Force Station of Akrotiri on Cyprus. Experts believe that the huge church was only used for 30 years.

Pope Francis displays bones of St. Peter

For the first time ever, the relics of St. Peter, discovered in the necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica in 1939, were displayed during mass, and prayed over by the Pope. The relices include nine pieces of bone. (photos)

Q&A: Registering Names and Devices with Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich answered a Q&A for the East Kingdom Gazette that covers the process of registering names and devices in the East Kingdom.

January 16th

Persian arms and armor articles online

On his website, Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani has posted a number of his articles on Iranian and Persian armoring and swordsmithing. Most of the articles are available in English in PDF format.

SCA Teen Surveys re-posted

Lady Saehildr barngo'dhr reports that she has re-posted two surveys regarding teen participation in the SCA. The surveys will be open until January 22, 2014.

January 15th

Soldiers cross swords in Hellsgate

It was the Army vs. the Army when members of the SCA chapter Stronghold of Hellsgate, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, met in Carl Levin Park, Harker Heights,Texas in August 2013. Sgt. Samuel Northrup has the story for the 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. (photos)

January 14th

"Grubby, old pot" contains rare coin

For eight years, a grubby, old pot sat in a basement in Rothbury, England. It was not until recently that builder Richard Mason, who found the pot on Lindisfarne, took a second look, discovering a hoard of gold and silver dating to the 16th century.

Estrella War XXX Special Events Games Edition

KNOWN WORLD Jan 6, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Event Games Edition

Drachenwald Winter 2014 Coronation photos online

Bridget Greywolf reports that she has created an album of photos from  Drachenwald 2014 Winter Coronation which took place recently in Sweden. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

January 13th

Researchers create "virtual villa" using video game technology

Researchers at Indiana University, leading an international collaborative team, have used the Unity 3D game engine to create an interactive digital model of Hadrian's Villa, a Roman ruin located near Tivoli, Italy, for research and educational purposes.

Three placed on vigil at Dragon’s Laire Yule

THL Finn Grim, Court Reporter, has announced that Their Royal Majesties Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir have offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects. The offers were made at Dragon’s Laire Yule.

January 12th

Estrella War XXX Special Events Youth Activities

Estrella War XXX Announcement Digest Special Event Youth Edition Jan 10, 2014

January 11th

In Memoriam: Don Edmund the Lame

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the passing of Don Edmund the Lame.

Estrella War XXX Updates #4

Hail to gentles from far and near…as Estrella War XXX approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome here!

January 10th

Experience the viola organista

Leonardo Da Vinci had more projects than time, a fact illustrated by his notesbooks of inventions never built, but Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently took on one challenging by constructing da Vinci's viola organista, an instrument which combines "the bowed sound of a viola (or cello) with a cabinet that resembles a baby grand piano." (video)

A Call for Bids for Pennsic 45 Mayor

So, you want to be the Pennsic Mayor?  Bids for Pennsic 45 (2016) will be accepted until 1 May 2014.