Archive

March 30th, 2004

Top Ten Reasons to Join the SCA

An anonymous Lochac source has posted the Top Ten Reasons to Join the SCA on the Lochac listserve.

Drachenwald Crown Tourney Photos Online

Raphe Cuthbert of the Shire of West Dragonshire has announced that photos from the recent Drachenwald Crown Tournament are now available online.

Bog Butter?

Nature: Researchers have long wondered about deposits of fat or "Bog Butter" found in Scottish swamps. Now they believe they know what these are.

Japanese Arts Workshops and Classes Planned for Pennsic 33

Solveig Throndardottir will be offering three week-long intensive workshops and three short classes at Pennsic this summer, focusing on Japanese culture, arts, and history.

Newest Subject Arrives in An Tir

The Kingdom of An Tir has increased by one with the birth of Brieanna Alexis, born March 26, 2004 in Vancouver, WA.

March 29th

A Calontir Warrior Reports on Gulf Wars

Marcus de la Forest from the Kingdom of Calontir puts thoughts to paper (or at least bits to ether) in a report on the recent Gulf Wars XIII.

Details from March 27 Schragger Pre-trial Hearing

Morning Call: The "Morning Call", a newspaper located in the area where the trial is taking place, has published a more detailed article on Friday's hearing.

Pittsburgh Universities Create Medieval and Renaissance Consortium

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, along with other area educational institutions, has announced the creation of the Consortium For Medevial and Renaissance Studies.

Children Testify in Sex Abuse Case

WPVI.com: ABC Action News coverage of the preliminary hearing for Benjamin Schragger, the SCA youth leader accused of molesting several teenagers.

March 28th

SCA Participants Wage Battle for the Crown

Roswell Record: A local newspaper chronicled the latest Outlands Crown Tournament, and the article is available on the paper's web archive.

Rune Stone Prompts Speculation on Vikings in Scotland

Courier: A runic inscription found in Dalgety Bay near Fife, Scotland has archaeologists speculating on Viking settlements in the area.

New Book on St. Patrick Reviewed

Christian Science Monitor: J. Morgan Sweeney, professor of Irish History at Michigan State, reviews a new work on Ireland's most famous saint.

"Twilight of the Romans" in "Hadrian's Wall"

Seattle Times: Romans meet Celts in William Dietrich's new novel, "Hadrian's Wall." Read a review by Skye K. Moody.

March 27th

Night of the Living Dead Languages

Cornell Daily Sun: Who says academics have no sense of humor?! A recent event held (on the Ides of March!) at Cornell University was called "Night of the Living Dead Languages" and featured readings in several ancient and medieval languages.

Romans to Battle Celts in Brisbane

Glen Innis Examiner: Organizers of the Celtic Festival in Brisbane, Australia are looking for a few strapping young men to defend their homes from invading Romans.

New Exhibit on Japanese Calligraphy and Painting

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: "Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from the Japanese Religious Traditions" will be exhibited at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery through July 18.

March 27th

Preliminary Ruling Finds Cause for Further Action in Schragger Case

Morning Call: Ben Schragger, known in the SCA as Lord Ben the Steward, will face "further court action," according to a published report following a preliminary hearing.

Web Site Features "Aurora's Feast" Event Photos

"I took a few pictures," says Lady Bertana of Cissanbyrig, an Atenveldt citizen who has posted nearly 150 photos from the recent Aurora's Feast event.

Sketches Found in Museum Stockroom Identified as Michelangelo Originals

A pair of sketches discovered in the stockroom of the Prado gallery in Spain have been officially identified as originals created by Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Mummified Hand Stolen from Salisbury Pub

Visitors to the Haunch of Venison in Salisbury, England will no longer be greeted by an 18th century, mummifed hand, which was stolen recently from the pub.

Bronze Age Bangles Gift to Welsh Gods

14 pieces of gold and bronze jewelry and other artifacts dating back 3000 years were discovered recently by metal detectors in Wrexham, Wales.

March 25th

New Bardic Champions in East Kingdom

Lord Rowen Cloteworthy announced that the new Bardic Champions for the East Kingdom are Lady Siobhan inghean ui Dhonnabhain and Master Arden of Icombe.

Byzantine Villa Discovered Near Netanya, Israel

Haaertz.com: The ruins of a villa dating to the 5-6th centuries C.E. have been discovered near Netanya, Israel by construction workers building a highway off-ramp.

1,000-Year-Old Viking Harbor Complex Discovered

Newsday.com: Archaeologists in Norway have discovered the remains of a 1,000-year-old Viking harbor complex.

March 24th

New Exhibit on Monastic Illuminated Manuscripts

"Seeking Illumination: Monastic Manuscripts, 800-1200" will be on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles through June 13, 2004.

Attendee at SCA Event Honorable Mention Candidate for "Darwin Awards"

Several years ago, someone attending an SCA event in Kentucky did something amazingly stupid. A witness has recently nominated the man for an Honorable Mention in the "Darwin Awards".

Correction to Recent Request-for-Commentary from the BoD

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, has posted a correction to the recent RFC letter concerning membership numbers required for various group sizes.

"The Reckoning:" a Medieval Thriller

A new medieval thriller, starring Paul Bettany and Willem Dafoe, brings the 14th century alive through painstaking recreation which includes cold castles and the Black Plague.

Criminals' Remains Found in Oxford Castle Moat

Archaeology Magazine: The remains of about seventy prisoners, some dating back to the 16th century, have been found in excavations of the moat at Oxford Castle.

March 23rd

Photos Online from Newcomers' Event in Lochac

The College of St. Monica, which is part of the Shire of Krae Glas (Monash University, Clayton campus, in south-east Melbourne, Australia), hosted the Newcomers' Faire on the 20th March, AS XXXVIII. SCAtoday.net's Lochac correspondent shares his event report and photo album.