Archive - Oct 2005 - Story

October 16th

National Geographic: Ancient Chinese Noodle Secret?

John Roach, reporting for National Geographic, writes that 4,000-year-old noodles, the oldest ever found, have been discovered in northwestern China. The well-preserved, thin noodles were buried in a bowl ten feet below ground.

Controversial Changes Planned for Kenilworth Castle

English Heritage has approved plans to make changes to historic Kenilworth Castle over objections from local residents, including Lord Kenilworth.

October 15th

Mary Rose Anchor Raised

As work on the wreck of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose continues, archaeologists announced that the anchor has been recovered.

Ancient Coventry Gravestones Missing

Lady Godiva must be galloping in her grave with the news that the City Council of Coventry, England may have "lost" 50 historic gravestones.

Viking Longboats for Sale

You, too, can go a-Viking! DirectBoats.com is selling replica Viking longboats. "Great for theme parks and rental operations." And, they're on sale!

October 14th

Eastrealm Woman Uses Belly Dancing as Therapy

Vinaya Saksena of the East Bay News in Swansea, Rhode Island discusses life and belly dancing with Mensa and SCA member Debra Moniz.

Great Deeds from Great Western

Lady Elsa Saxenkammer, a bard from the West Kingdom, relates a story of deeds of honor from the recent Great Western War.

Sir Godwine of Sherborne Victorious in Meridies Crown Tourney

Janessia and Iohann se pipere report that Sir Godwine of Sherborne, fighting for Lady Francesca De Foggia, was victorious in the October 8, 2005 Meridies Crown Tournament.

Ealdormere Fall 2005 Coronation Photos Online

Alexander Gladstone has posted photos from the recent Coronation of Edward and Rylyn, King and Queen of Ealdormere, on the Two Ravens website.

October 13th

Monastery Reconstruction Restores 10th Century Building

700 years after it was looted by Catalan mercenaries, Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece will celebrate a two-year restoration project funded by the Catalan administration.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for October 2005

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for October 2005.

Autocrat: Gulf Wars XV is still on for 2006

Sir John the Pursuwer, autocrat of Gulf Wars XV, has made the announcement many were waiting breathlessly for: Gulf Wars will go forward despite damage to King's Arrow Ranch from Hurricane Katrina.

October 12th

The rightful king of England? He doesn't want the crown

According to genealogists working with a documentary team from Britain's Channel Four, Australian forklift operator Mike Hastings is the rightful heir to the British throne.

Report, Photos and Video from Aethelmearc's 2005 Fall Crown Tourney

Lady Katriona has posted photos and video from the recent AEthelmearc Fall 2005 Crown Tournament.

October 11th

Lars and Mary New Northshield Royalty

Baroness Kateryn of Cornwall reports that Sir Lars Wolfsblut, fighting for the Honor of Lady Mary of Carrigart, was the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Malcolm and Tessa New Prince and Princess of AEthelmearc

Earl Sir Malcolm was the victor of the October 8, 2005 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. Malcolm was inspired by Tessa the Huntress.

Michael O'Brien to be New King of Artemisia

Kelwin reports that His Lordship Michael O'Brien was the winner of the October 8, 2005 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Construction of Old Boats: Pre-Renaissance Methods of Ship Design

On October 18, 2005, the Dubner Institute for the History of Science & Technology will present "Conceptualization and Construction of Old Boats: Pre-Renaissance Methods of Ship Design".

October 10th

Drafn War Band Helps Celebrate Viking Times in Caid

Members of the Drafn War Band participated recently in a celebration of Norwegian culture at the third annual Viking Festival at Norway Hall in Vista, California.

Meridies Fighters Showcased in University Article

Trevor Williams of the University of Georgia's Red and Black speaks with members of the Barony of Bryn Madoc at a recent fighter practice

Tasmanians Learn of SCA at Tulip Festival

Members of the The Barony of Ynys Fawr and the University of Tasmania Medieval Society took part in the annual Tulip Festival at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens October 2, 2005. The event was covered by the Sunday Tasmanian.

October 9th

Photos from a Day of Arbeau II: Dance 'til You're Dead

Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, has posted photos from "A Day of Arbeau II: Dance 'til You're Dead" held recently in the Shire of Rockwall.

Origin of White British Cattle Still a Mystery

A rare and mysterious breed of white British cattle has been traced to the Bronze Age where there were an important part of pre-Roman pagan rituals, but how the cattle came to Britain is still a mystery.

Medieval African Manuscripts on Display

A collection of 16 manuscripts from medieval Timbuktu will go on display in Johannesburg, South Africa this month for the first time. The works are part of a 30,000 manuscript discovery from the city which was founded in the year 1100.

October 8th

Mary Rose Figurehead Found

Alex Hildred, Excavation Director for the Mary Rose project, believes that they may have discovered the tudor rose figurehead for the ship. The paddle-shaped, decorative piece of oak was uncovered recently in a planned attempt to raise one of the ship's main beams.

Homer's Ithaca Found?

British amateur archaeologist Robert Bittlestone believes he has found the location of Odysseus' fabled Ithaca as part of the Greek island of Cephalonia.

Trimaris Fighters Featured in Article

Interviews with members of the Shire of Vaca del Mar were featured recently in an article in the Orlando Sentinel. The group was holding fighter practice at Tuscawilla Park when reporter Erin Ailworth and a staff photographer visited.

October 7th

Plank from "Mary Rose" to be Raised

Maritime archaeologists have announced plans to raise an 11-meter timber from the bow of the warship Mary Rose.

Need practice in Welsh language? Try playing Scrabble™

So, how many points is "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch" worth, anyway? The Welsh language, native tongue of half a million people, now has its own version of the popular Scrabble™ board game.

Hot Item at the Benefit Auction -- Tarts!

The Calontir Online Auction, benefitting Medieval Hurricane Relief, is now in full swing, with the donation deadline extended and enthusiastic support from donors and bidders. Colonel Jenna has an update.