Archive - 2006 - Story

January 11th

Were Roman Builders Influenced by Great Wall?

Visy Zsolt, a professor of Archaeology at the University of Pecs in Hungary, believes that the construction of the Roman Limes may have been influenced by the Great Wall of China.

Medieval Art of Swordsmanship Lecture in Ansteorra

Dr. Robert Holland of the Schola Saint George will present a workshop on the Medieval Sword and Buckler February 11-12-2006 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area.

Re-Enactment Gear Stolen in the UK; Site Vandalized

Guthroth Of Colanhomm reports that re-enactment gear owned by the group Conquest was stolen recently from a secure garage in North Bristol, England. The site was then set on fire.

Chivalry's renaissance: Society for Creative Anachronism puts emphasis on creative anachronism

An article in the Pahrump Valley Times describes the SCA and the recent Festival of the Rose.

January 10th

Monty Joins the SCA

Comic strip character Monty by Jim Meddick has joined the local "Medieval Re-Creationist Society."

Giles of Redhugh Made Knight In Drachenwald

Genevieve la flechiere reports that at Their final Court, Cadogan and Euphemia created Eorl Giles of Redhugh a Knight of the SCA.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for January 2006

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2006.

Viking Teeth Decoration - Possible Evidence Found

Scientists have analysed a over 500 skeletons and believe they have found evidence of teeth decoration, possibly used to indicate rank or prowess. Caroline Arcini of Sweden's National Heritage Board found the evidence only on male remains.

January 9th

Northshield Tournament of Chivalry Photos Online

Elashava bas Riva has posted photos from the recent Tournament of Chivalry in the Kingdom of Northshield.

SCA Possessions Stolen in West Kingdom

On January 7-8, 2006, thieves broke into the vehicle of Viscountess Genevieve de Vendome of the West Kingdom in the San Jose, California area. SCA members are asked to be on the lookout for the stolen property.

Gulf Wars XV Registration Now Online

So...you want to go to Gulf Wars? Want to knock registration off the "to do" list?The wait is over, as the Gulf Wars website is now taking online registrations. Now you can sign up from the (reasonable) comfort of your own home via credit card now through February 15, 2006.

Wine Snobbery: Blame it on the Romans

Tom Standage of the Herald Tribune looks at wine snobbery through the ages beginning with the Romans.

January 8th

Vatican Debates Recognition of Veronica's Veil

A mysterious Christian icon known as Veronica's Veil is being considered for recognition by the Catholic Church. The veil is purported to carry the imprint of Christ's face and resides in a remote monastery in Italy's Abruzzi region.

Calontir Gains New Citizen

THL Josef von Rothenburg and THL Slaine ni Chiarain have announced an addition to their family with the birth of their daughter Margaret Joan December 29, 2005.

January 7th

Portuguese Priest Solves Mystery of Porto's Jews

A medieval ark hidden behind a false wall tells the tale of a secret 16th century synagogue concealed by the city's persecuted Jews.

Roman Road Used Throughout Medieval Period

Archaeologists working on a section of Roman road in Wiltshire, England have found horseshoes and conclude that the road was in use in the medieval period.

6th Century Seal Bears Image of Christ

A seal bearing what is thought to be an image of Christ and a cross has been unearthed in Tiberias, Israel. The seal has been dated to the 6th century.

January 6th

Vikings on the BIG Screen

IMAX theaters around the Uunited States are currently showing a new film entitled Vikings: A Journey to the New World.

10th Century Graveyard Uncovered in Republic of Ireland

Volunteers in the village of Nobber have uncovered a 10th Century cemetery, 12th Century church and concrete graves in the shape of Celtic crosses.

January 5th

Boxing Day: A Day for Giving

Vincent Fernandes of the Daiji World looks at the origins of Boxing Day from its roots at the feast of St. Stephen to a day celebrating donating to charity.

Pope Joan in the News Again

ABC News takes a new look at one of the oldest controversies of the Catholic Church: Pope Joan, a 9th century woman who, according to legend, disguised herself as a man to serve as Pope.

Silent Heralds Needed to Aid Chirurgeons at Pennsic

Lady Sara de Lindley, Aethelmearc Chief Silent Herald, has put out a call to all Silent Heralds to take part in a special program to work with the Pennsic Chirurgeonate. In a continuation of last year's successful program, Silent Heralds are being asked to aid hearing-impaired patients at the War.

Centuries-Old Books Comment on Gift-Giving

Proverbs, a book of sayings compiled by English playwright John Heywood in 1546, contains a number of pithy quotations relevant to the holiday gift-giving season, as do Homer and Virgil.

January 4th

"Tristan and Isolde" Trailer Online

A trailer for the upcoming film, Tristan and Isolde, is now available on the Moviefone website.

Mona Lisa Mostly Happy

A team of Dutch scientists has determined that the expression of the face of Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa is "83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted."

Skimpy Civvy Adorns G-String Gladiator

Divers working on a river site near a Roman fortress in England have discovered a bit of pottery depicting the rear portions of a g-string clad gladiator.

Robin Netherton to Lecture in An Tir

Oriana of Myrtlewood, Chancellor of Rivers Ithra, has announced that noted costuming expert Robin Netherton will be presenting lectures on March 25, 2006 in Forest Grove, Oregon.

January 3rd

Michael of Rhodes Website Online

15th century Venetian sailor Michael of Rhodes is the subject of a website which chronicles his works on astrology, navigation and calendrical computations.

Happy 114th Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of the Middle-Earth books including the Lord of the Rings epic, was born on January 3, 1892.

Master Alexander de Seton Named Midrealm Bard

At the recent Bardic Madness Event held in Indianapolis, IN, Alexander de Seton was named the Midrealm Kingdom Bard.