Archive - Aug 2005 - Story

August 24th

Estrella War XXII Pre Registration Online

Alaryn Acenstaeff reports that pre-registration forms for Estrella War XXII are now available online.

Beowulf to Premiere in Toronto

Director Sturla Gunnarsson will be attending the world premiere of Beowulf & Grendel, the latest film based on the Anglo-Saxon saga, at the Toronto Film Festival September 8-17, 2005.

August 23rd

European Festival Documentation Digitized

The British Library has made over 250 books documenting European festivals and cermonies from 1475 to 1700 available online.

Pennsic XXXIV from an Ealdormerean POV

Laird Colyne Stewart, Ealdormerean Correspondent, reports on the happenings at Pennsic War XXXIV, including Visible Ninjas, succubi, battles and more.

Sword Stolen from Pennsic Merchant

Lord Calum Munro reports that a Scottish claymore of great sentimental value was stolen from the front of a merchant booth at Pennsic 34. He asks that SCA members be on the lookout for the sword.

August 22nd

"Timeline" Inspires Huge Medieval Event

SCAdians are invited to join the fun in Mont St. Anne, Quebec, Canada when the city will play host to thousands of people attending a medieval event in October 2005. The site will use sets and props from the movie Timeline.

August 21st

Pennsic Independent Online Edition for Saturday, 20 August

The final Pennsic 34 edition of the Pennsic Independent tells of the great Field Battle which pits hundreds of warriors from many kingdoms against one another.

Pennsic Independent Online Edition for Friday, 19 August

The Friday edition of the Pennsic Independent chronicles the Rapier Champions Battle and the Causeway Battle.

Pennsic Independent Online Edition for Thursday, 18 August

Thursday's edition of the Pennsic Independent includes results from the Thrown Weapons Champions, a story on the Children's Fête, and more.

10,000 Renaissance buffs converge on Butler County for annual Pennsic War

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covers the Pennsic War.

August 20th

Higgins Armory Sword Guild Practices Authentic Swordsmanship

Sara Ivry of the Boston Globe visits members of the Higgins Armory Museum's Sword Guild, a group of modern day people who do serious research into the history of swords and swordsmanship.

17th Century Shipwreck to be Protected

The wreck of a 17th century ship off the coast of Dorset, England, will now be protected from treasure hunters and unlicenced divers by the British government.

August 19th

Bulgarian archaeological find said to "rival Troy"

In Sofia, Bulgaria, archaeologists have found over fifteen thousand gold ornaments, which they believe were created about 4100 years ago.

The Mystery Stones of Hexham Abbey

Legend says that the huge stones of Hexham Abbey's crypt were the work of giants, but now archaeologists believe that they were probably stolen from Roman bridges.

August 18th

Pennsic Independent Online Edition for Wednesday, 17 August

The Midrealm broke its long Woods Battle losing streak, seizing all three banners to claim victory.

Viking Skeleton Found in Dublin

The remains of a young man, believed to have died of a spear wound in the 10th century, were discovered recently at Golden Lane in the city of Dublin, Ireland.

August 17th

Viking ship built with 15 million ice cream sticks

Robert McDonald, former Hollywood stuntman, has built a replica of a Viking longship from 15 million ice cream sticks.

Roman Smelting Operation Found in Welsh Bog

Archaeologists working in Llancynfelyn, near Borth, Wales, have discovered a Roman "industrial estate" which includes a lead smelting operation.

August 16th

Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Tuesday, 16 August

Today's edition of the Pennsic Independent reports, among other things, that the Midrealm defeated the East in the Bridge Battle.

Swordsmith Seminar in Catskills

The New England Bladesmiths Guild will host a 3 day seminar entitled Sword 2005: From Ore to Sword in Hand: History, Smithing and Martial Arts Techniques September 16-18, 2005.

Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Monday, 15 August

Monday's edition of the Pennsic Independent features a detailed account of Opening Ceremonies for Pennsic XXXIV.

Saying the Beads: Paternosters Row

This article looks at the history and use of paternosters and rosaries from the 11th century on.

August 15th

Laser Technology Used to Re-create Ancient Harp

Engineers from the University of Liverpool in England have created a reproduction of an ancient Iraqi harp, the Lyre if Ur.

Researchers Brave Cliffs to Find Medieval Cemetery

A group of archaeologists from Cardiff University in Wales are searching a clifftop in Pembrokeshire hoping to discover a medieval cemetery. A skeleton dating to that time was found previously in the area.

August 14th

Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Sunday, 14 August

The Pennsic Independent web edition for Sunday, 14 August 2005, is online now.

Mystic Mail Adds New Services for Pennsic 34

SCAtoday.net is once again coming to you live from the Pennsic War, with the support of the kind folks at Mystic Mail, who have added new features this year.

Pennsic Blood Drive Reminder

Lady Angelique d'Herisson, the Pennsic 34 Chief Vampire and Blood Drive Coordinator, would like to remind everyone of the Pennsic 34 blood drive. Be a hero: save a life!

Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Saturday, 13 August

The first online edition of the Pennsic Independent from Pennsic 34 is online.

Science & Theology: Fact & Fiction

In an article for Science & Theology News, columnist Carolyn Moynihan discusses the facts and myths of scientific thought in the medieval world.

August 13th

Constantine's Head Found in Sewer

Workers cleaning drains around the Roman Forum have discovered the marble head of Constantine dating from the early 4th century.