Archive - 2006 - Story

January 27th

Starry-eyed Surprise: Medieval Astronomy

Dame Aoife brings us a veritable galaxy of links this week, concerning astronomy not only as a natural science but also as a medieval navigation and timekeeping aid.

January 26th

Attention knitters: Make a scarf, help an orphan

Idle hands while socializing at an event this weekend? A charitable organization, the Orphan Foundation of America, is collecting hand-knitted scarves and mufflers until January 31, and giving them to college-bound orphans as an act of love.

Arr! Was Columbus a Pirate?

Researchers in Spain plan to compare DNA from hundreds of residents of Catalan with the surname Colom to determine if the explorer was an Italian or really a Catalan pirate.

Middle Eastern History Conference Seeking Papers

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Chicago is calling for papers to be presented at the 21st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference to be held May 12-13, 2006.

Knitting Olympics

On the Historic Knitting List, Gabrielle reports that a blogger named the Yarn Harlot is challenging knitters to take part in a Knitter's Olympics to coincide with the Olympic Games.

Mongol Rus: The Golden Horde

Pay no heed to those horsemen, for they are just peaceful pastoral nomads here to graze their livestock...

January 25th

Roman Villa Discovery Thanks to Moles

Archaeologists are crediting moles with the discovery of a Roman villa in the British Cotswold area when their digging unearthed mosaic tiles.

Book Drive for Gleann Abhann

Fern de la Forét, of the Province of Tree Girt Sea in the Midrealm, has announced a project to collect books for those in Gleann Abhann who have lost their SCA libraries. The collection will take place at the upcoming Tree Girt Sea 12th Night event.

Car and SCA Items Stolen in AnTir

THL Alainne de Lacy reports that her automobile containing some SCA possessions was stolen January 20, 2006 near Salem, Oregon.

New exhibit at the Folger on children's Shakespeareana

"'Golden Lads and Lasses': Shakespeare for Children" is on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, through May 13.

Report and Photos from Northshield's Yule Feast

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield reports on and shares photos from the Kigdom's recent Yule Feast.

January 24th

Scotland, China or Rome? Who Invented Golf?

Recent research has suggested that the Chinese played a form of golf in the 10th century. Now archaeologists claim that paganica, a Roman version of golf, existed as early as 30 B.C.E.

Estrella Adds Special Events to the Schedule

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Estrella War XXII Internal Publicity Deputy, has announced the addition of two more special events to the schedule: the Atenveldt Brewers' Competition and an Open Games class sponsored by the Artemisian Low Company.

Septentrian 12th Night Photos Online

Eirik Andersen has posted photos from Ealdormere's Septentrian 12th Night event on the Two Ravens website.

January 23rd

Dibner Institute Offers Spring 2006 Colloquia

The Dibner Institute for the History of Science & Technology, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will once again offer its Lunchtime Colloquia featuring a series of lectures on historical scientific topics.

Ming Dynasty Village Discovered

A 14th century, Ming Dynasty village has been discovered near Anshun City in China's Guizhou Province. The well-preserved ancient village was known as Baojiatun.

"Splendor in Steel" Lecture at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Stuart W. Pyhrr, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present Splendor in Steel: Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Pillsbury Auditorium.

Neil Gaiman's Beowulf

Popular graphic novel and science fiction writer Neil Gaiman is working on an animated version of Beowulf featuring the voices of Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Brendan Gleeson, and John Malkovich.

Mission Statement Apology

Duke John ap Gwyndaf (Jason Williams), Chairman, SCA, Inc., has announced that the Mission Statement for the SCA release recently has been rescinded.

Outlands Collects Over 26,000 Toys for Tots

Adam Stedefast has announced the totals for toys collected for the Toys for Tots program in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

January 22nd

10th Century Bulgarian Church Slated for Restoration

Boyana Church near Sofia, Bulgaria has received a UNESCO grant to help with restoration in the aftermath of 2005's floods.

Men More Prone to Revenge, Study Says

A new study by Nature shows that men are more likely to seek revenge than women. Researchers used MRI brain scans to study subjects viewing wrongdoers given an electric shock and how the subjects' brains responded.

Fencing at Hannukah 2006

Photos from the recent Hannukah event held in the Principality of Oertha (Alaska) are now available online.

Renting Horses at Estrella

THL Jacques d'Aymonet and Lady Francesca d'Aymonet, Estrella War Equestrian Autocrats, would like to remind those attending Estrella XXII that horses may be rented for esquestrian activities at the War.

January 21st

Historic Maltese Maps to be Digitized

Maltacom's National Cultural Foundation has sponsored a Lm6,000 project to digitize maps from a collection owned by Albert Ganado.

12th Century Hole Documented

On the Living History website, Lord Daniel Raoul Le Vascon du Navarre documents the reconstruction of a 12th century hole - with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

The Legacy of St. Augustine

In a speech delivered to the American Enterprise Institute, Robert Louis Wilken of the University of Virginia, looks at the legacy of Augustine, thinker and writer.

Actors and Actresses Wanted for the Acadiana Medieval Faire

The organizers of the Acadiana Medieval Faire 2006 will be holding auditions for actos on February 4, 2006 at the Lafayette Public Library in Lafayette, Louisiana.

January 20th

Chairman's Quarterly Letter to the Membership

Duke John ap Gwyndaf (aka Jason Williams), Chairman, SCA Inc., discusses the place of the Board of Directors in the SCA in his Quarterly Letter to the Membership.

Key to ancestry: The true father of Ireland

One in 12 Irishmen are descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a fifth century warlord, according to research by geneticists at Trinity College Dublin.