Archive - 2004 - Story

December 7th

Position Announcement: Laurel Sovereign of Arms

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, Inc., has announced that the Society is seeking applicants to be the next Laurel Sovereign of Arms, the most senior heraldic officer in the organization.

Medieval Holiday Gifts

Dame Aoife presents her guide to historical holiday gifts and their modern counterparts for the medievalists on your list.

Research links for medieval India

Aoife brings us links about medieval India as she celebrates her new modern-world job at a yoga magazine publishing company.

Phallus tree in mural revealed as political propaganda

A mural in the Italian town of Massa Marittima, dating to the 13th century CE, was thought to be a fertility symbol but is now believed to be a work of political propaganda. (PG-13)

Begin the Beguine: Medieval charity began at home

Dame Aoife starts the holiday season with thoughts of charity, both in the Middle Ages and in the modern world (but with an historical twist).

December 6th

Happy news from the Shire of Stonecroft

Members of the Shire of Stonecroft, part of the Constellation Region of the Midrealm, are celebrating the shire's advancement to Full Status on December 4. Stonecroft is located in the state of Indiana.

Trio Mediaeval Sparks Interest in Early Music

New York Times music reviewer Allan Kozinn looks at Trio Mediaeval, an all-female group from Norway that spotlights early music.

New exhibit on medieval Chinese and Iraqi ceramics at the Sackler

"Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation" will be on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, through April 24, 2005.

Day of the Troubadors Photos Online

Alexander Gladstone has posted photos from the recent Day of the Troubadors event in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

December 5th

British Hunters Choose France

Since fox hunting has been banned in Britain, many hunters are traveling to France.

Radio Nederland: Arab Scholarship Sheds New Light on Cleopatra

New research has shown that medieval Arab scholars respected the philosophical and scientific accomplishments of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Medieval Ship Discovered in Thames Estuary

Marine archaeologists are excited about the discovery of parts of a medieval ship in the Thames Estuary.

December 4th

New Theory on Construction of Stonehenge

Derbyshire carpenter Patrick Weir has a new theory on the construction of Stonehenge and how the massive stones were transported to Salisbury Plain.

National Geographic: Some Tattoos Traced to Crusades

An article by Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa for National Geographic traces the history of tattoos, including the use of the Jerusalem cross during the Crusades.

Bimeh.com: 11th Century Mosque Discovered in Iran

The remains of a 1,000-year-old mosque have been discovered near Baft in southern Iran.

December 3rd

Medieval Clothing & Textiles Journal to Include Research by SCA Members

Medieval costume expert Robin Netherton has announced a new academic journal, Medieval Clothing & Textiles, which will include articles by SCA members.

Safety Concerns Close Scottish Castle

UK£2.5 million is needed to save Scotland's historic Castle Tioram in Moidart, which has been closed due to safety concerns.

Estrella War to Offer Youth Collegium

Lady Turrel, A&S Autocrat, and Lady Elizabeth, Youth Coordinator, for Estrella XXI have announced that the Estrella War Collegium will offer a Youth Collegium.

Smithsonian: First European Child in North America Born to a Viking?

Archaeologists have discovered the family home of a Viking woman they believe returned to Iceland after a trip to North America, where she had given birth to a child.

Taverna Aventiure Photos Online

Marcus von Stormarn, Autocrat for the Shire of Aventiure's first event, Taverna Aventiure, has posted photos online.

New Saxon Graves Found at Marlborough

The graves of five Saxon warriors were discovered on the weekend at Marlborough by metal detecting enthusiasts.

December 2nd

Midrealm to Create Bards List

Cerian Cantwr has announced that a bardic email list has been formed for the Middle Kingdom.

Pennsic Media Liaison seeks volunteer deputies

Baron Corun MacAnndra, the Media Liaison Representative for Pennsic XXXIV, seeks several deputies who have modern-world experience working with (or as) members of the press.

Feast of the Hare Photos Online

Lord Eirik Andersen has announced that photos from the recent Feast of the Hare in the Kingdom of Ealdormere are now available online.

Clubs take students back in time for feasts, combat

The Arizona Daily Wildcat discusses two student organizations at the University of Arizona: the SCA (the College of St. Fenix), and a juggling/fire-eating/dance group known as Street Performance and Incendiary Arts.

December 1st

Countess Alys Katharine appointed as new Society Chatelaine

The Society Seneschal, Master Aaron faheud Swiftrunner of the Stone Keep announced this evening that the Board of Directors has appointed Countess Alys Katharine of the Middle Kingdom to the position of Society Chatelaine for the standard three year term, commencing 2004-12-01.

News Observer: Atlantia SCAdians Teach 6th Graders

Members of the Barony of Windmaster's Hill taught 6th graders about the Middle Ages at a recent demo. The visit was chronicled in the local paper.

Ontario Renaissance Festival Closes its Gates

The management of the Ontario Renaissance Festival has announced that, after nine seasons, it will be closing its gates.

Sharing pics of a new custom-designed helm

Mallas, a member of the Tuchux household, shares a description and photos of a new custom helm created for her by a SCAdian armour shop.

November 30th

"Ancanar" film web site receives major update

The creators of the forthcoming Tolkien-inspired film Ancanar have released a major update of the movie's web site, with news of the film's latest progress.