Archive - Feb 2007 - Story

February 28th

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Atlantia to side with Midrealm at Pennsic

On the 24th day of February, XLII AS, Prince Lucius Aurelius Valharic made known that his kingdom of Atlantia will side with Prince Dag Thorgrimsson and the Kingdom of the Middle this summer at the Pennsic War.

Estrella XXIII hound coursing video on YouTube

CujoSR has posted a video on YouTube depicting hound coursing at this year's Estrella War.

Medieval priory found beneath Somerset barn

Researchers working on artifacts found beneath a 16th century barn near Dunster, England believe they belong to the Benedictine Priory of Dunster which dates to 1127 CE. Archaeologists have so far discovered two walls, paving and glazed tile fragments.

Four from Outlands offered peerages at Estrella XXIII

Charles, the Blue Iris Herald-in-Ordinary for the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that several citizens were elevated to peerages at the recent Estrella War.

February 27th

SCAtoday.net moving to new server

On the evening (U.S. Eastern time) of Wednesday, February 28, SCAtoday.net will be moving to a new server. Visitors may experience brief interruptions in service, but we'll be back online as quickly as possible. Read on for details...

Bards and performers welcome at Gulf Wars XVI

Ihon Vinson macFergus, Deputy Minister of Arts & Sciences for Bardic and Performance for the Kingdom of Ansteorra, has announced that this year's Gulf Wars will feature several bardic and performance opportunities.

Robin Hood to premiere on BBC America March 3, 2007

A new, edgier Robin Hood will join the ranks of hooded men when the latest series made for television debuts on BBC America March 3, 2007 at 21:00 (EST).

History Channel explores the Dark Ages

On Sunday March 4, 2007, the History Channel will premiere a two-hour program on the history of the Dark Ages. Long characterized as barbaric and uncivilized, the program will attempt to dispel the myths and explore the real and varied history of the period.

Roman burial ground a surprise for Lincolnshire archaeologists

Water company workers in Lincolnshire, England were surprised recently to uncover a very large Roman cemetery dating to the 1st century CE. So far the graves have yielded artifacts as well as 30 skeletons.

February 26th

"Art detective" searches for lost Da Vinci painting

Self-professed "art detective" Maurizio Seracini, an expert on Leonard da Vinci's lost painting The Battle of Anghiari, has been given funds to continue his 30-year quest for the painting.

Meridies and Gleann Abhann to host new A & S Faire at Gulf Wars XVI

To increase art activities at Gulf Wars XVI, there will be arts faires other than the 'Champions Battle' between Ansteorra and Trimaris, the Kingdoms of Meridies and Gleann Abhann would like to invite all artisans of the Known World to an Open Arts Faire.

Stonehenge village archaeologist interviewed

Australia's ABC Radio National recently broadcast an interview with Mike Parker Pearson, one of the archaeologists who discovered the ancient settlement near Stonehenge. Stephanie Kennedy conducts the interview. (Transcript and podcast available)

Ymir photos online

Kynnyth Pyke has posted photos from the recent Tourney of Ymir which took place February 09-11, 2007 in the Barony of Windmasters Hill.

February 25th

"Sunstones" aid in Viking navigation

Hungarian researchers report that viking sailor used special crystals they called "sunstones" to aid in navigation. These stones helped polarize sunlight that was obscured by clouds and fog common to sea travel in Arctic climates.

Mistress Aja da Varese, OL, OP Passed Away

It breaks my heart to share this news: Mistress Aja da Varese,known to the modern world as Kare Mantegani, slipped away from us late evening on February 14, 2007. Aja passed from this world after a more than two year battle with cancer, a fight that was marked by her indomitable strength of spirit and fierce determination.

The truth about Cleopatra's good looks.

A silver denarius minted in 32 B.C. shows that the fabled image of Cleopatra is not what she really looked like.

February 24th

Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke celebrates birth of third generation in her household

Dame Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke is thrilled to (finally) announce the birth of her grandson, Jackson Xavier. He was born to her daughter Arlyna of Northwoods on Christmas morning.

"Walk Through a Medieval Herb Garden" in Milwaukee

On March 10, 2007, Mary Moskoff, Ph.D., LCSW will present a talk A Walk Through a Medieval Herb Garden at the Spring Symposium presented by the Herb Society of America - Wisconsin Unit. The lecture will take place at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Peculiar aristocratic titles

Anyone who is in the SCA knows that we have our own peculiar sets of titles for nobility, but a short quiz on masquerademaskarts.com might help you choose a new persona.

Regia Anglorum demo on YouTube

Leofwen Taverner, a member of Regia Anglorum of North America, reports that a video of Regia Anglorum demo battle at the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, England is available on YouTube.

February 23rd

Comments sought on SCA Board of Director nominees

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is looking for input from the membership about current nominees for the Board.

14th century astrolabe to be auctioned

A 14th century astrolabe quadrant, discovered beneath the clay floors of a 17th century building in Kent, England, has been listed for auction March 21, 2007 with hopes to bring between UK£60,000 and UK£100,000.

Yesungge Altan knighted on Estrella battlefield

Mistress Gwenhwyfar dinas Emrys has shared her photos from Estrella 2007 which have been posted on the Barony of Ruantallan's website. The photos include an impressive battlefield knighting.

War College and Fine Arts photos online

Martin of Rivenstar has posted his photos from two events which took place recently in the West Kingdom: Western War College and the Esfenn Feast of Fine Arts.

February 22nd

York grave holds Roman murder victim

Archaeologists working on a large Roman cemetery in York, England have discovered, among the remains of wealthy and poor alike, the bones of a murder victim. "She was stabbed seven times in the throat from the front," said Osteo-archaeologist Malin Holst.

Alexander's photos now on Two Ravens website

Lord Alexander has added a number of photo albums from events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere to his galleries on the Two Ravens website.

Position Available - Society Chronicler

Jason Williams, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, has announced that the Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the position of Society Chronicler.

February 21st

Classic Ealdormere photos on Two Ravens

Lord Eirik Andersen has announced that he has posted a number of "classic" photos from the Kingdom of Ealdormere's history on the Two Ravens website. The collection includes some from Master Naon, Dame Tsivia and Richard Larmer.

Stinky fighters price of authenticity, but SCA still fun, says reporter

Erin Sullivan of the St. Petersburg Times in Florida visited a local SCA demo and spoke with members about the tradeoffs between full authenticity and leaving out the unpleasant parts of the Middle Ages.