Archive - Apr 2007 - Story

April 22nd

Russia's Caucasus "the mountain of tongues"

A 10th-century geographer, traveling in Russia's Caucasus Mountains, referred to them as the "mountain of tongues" due to the diversity of languages preserved in the isolated villages. This diversity continues today in an area which supports 34 ethnic groups.

Britain's forgotten battlefields

In an essay for Britain's Independent, Ian Herbert considers some of the country's forgotten battlefields and how historians should fight for their protection.

6th century embossing die found in Sweden

An amateur archaeologist working at a burial mound near Sättuna on the outskirts of Linköping, Sweden, has discovered a 6th century patrix, a die used to emboss gold, portraying "a woman who resembles a troll."

April 21st

Metal detector finds 7th century Saxon pendant

Stacey Spiby, a metal detector enthusiast from Shepshed, England, has found a rare 7th century Anglo Saxon oval pendant worth “in the region of a few thousand pounds.”

Pennsic instructor deadline approaches

Baronne Una de Saint Luc reports that the deadline for instructors to have their classes listed in the Pennsic book is May 1, 2007.

SCAtoday.net moving to permanent server -- UPDATED

Due to technical problems, the server move scheduled for tonight has been postponed, and will be rescheduled in a few days.

Lincoln aqueduct was functional Roman water source

Archaeologists working on the Lincoln aqueduct in England now believe that underground water source was actually used by the Romans. For centuries it was believed that the aqueduct was built but never used by the Romans.

April 20th

Modern Belgians live medieval lives

Ivonne Janssens and Daniel Grandjean are modern people who live parttime in a medieval world. The Belgian husband and wife have convinced the city fathers of Aarschot to allow them to inhabit the 700-year-old Sint-Rochus tower as a 14th century duchess and her mercenary husband.

Pennsic Deliveries and Off-site Vendor Registration

Duchess Marion, Deputy Mayor for Pennsic Information Services, announces that regulations regarding Pennsic deliveries and off-site vendors are now available online.

"For Those Who Face the Flooding" available for order online

Mistress Tatiana Marana Melville reports that the compact disc For Those who Face the Flooding created to aid victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, is available to order for US$11.50.

Wasteland Wargames photos online

Aedan Mor MacDonough of the Shire of Windale in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, has posted photos from the recent Wasteland Wargames event.

April 19th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous reports that Stefan's Florilegium has been updated for April 2007.

Portraits of Henry VIII

The current fascination with the English Tudors in the media has led many to look for portraits of the family online. One site of interest is Tudor England Images, which includes a long chronological list of portraits of Henry VIII.

A report from Rowany Festival in Lochac

Karl Faustus von Aachen recently attended the Rowany Festival in the Kingdom of Lochac and reports on his experiences, including his evaluation of the new Crossroads site.

Roman fort destroyed by modern construction team

The Daily Express reports that the Roman fort at Caister, near Yarmouth, England, along with hundreds of artifacts, was destroyed when permission was given for builders to excavate on an archaeological site.

April 18th

American Catholics push for beatification of the Five Friars

Rev. Conrad Harkins, representing the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, made a trip to Rome recently carrying evidence he hopes will aid in the beatification of five Spanish missionaries martyred 410 years ago on the Georgia coast.

New Outlands Chirurgeons' Guild web site online

The Outlands Chirurgeons' Guild is proud to announce that its new Website is now online.

Mapping the Middle Ages

Keith Lilley, Chris Lloyd and Steve Trick of Queen's University Belfast have provided a digital resource for maps of villages and townships in the Middle Ages.

Drachenwald Crown Tourney Photos II

Lady Cristina Stolte has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (13th - 15th April 2007).

April 17th

Medieval windmill found in Burwell

An unused plot of ground near Burwell, England, which was being tested for possible development, has revealed the remains of a medieval windmill dating as far back as the 13th century.

Drachenwald Crown Tourney Photos

Lady Lia de Thornegge has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (13th - 15th April 2007).

Loreena McKennitt begins world tour

Canadian folk singer Loreena McKennit, best known for her ethereal mix of Celtic and Middle Eastern themes, began the North American leg of her world tour April 15 with concerts in Toronto. The tour began in Europe in March and will continue throughout North America until late May.

Luca Pacioli's card tricks

A book of Renaissance card tricks, number puzzles and illusions written by Luca Pacioli, Franciscan monk and best friend to Leonardo da Vinci, has been discovered in the vaults of the University of Bologna in Italy.

April 16th

Two peers made in Atlantia

Lady Glynis Gwynedd reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atlantia recognized the achievements of Master Asim and Countess Denise Duvalier by elevating them to the peerage at Their recent Coronation.

Gareth Ap Llewelyn and Sorcha of Sherwood new heirs to Artemisia

HL Daria de Salamanca reports that Sir Gareth Ap Llewelyn, inspired by Mistress Sorcha of Sherwood, was the victor of the April 14, 2007 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

April 15th

Alaric of Bangor winner of Drachenwald Crown Tourney

Caitrin reports that Earl Sir Alaric of Bangor, inspired by Comtess Mistress Nerissa de Saye, was victorious in the April 14, 2007 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

SCA corporate announcement: Regarding Background Checks

Several Society-level officers have issued a joint statement concerning the plan to implement background checks for officers working with youth activities.

Spring Crown Tournament Photos online

Lord Edricus filius Offaeus has posted photos from the recent Spring Crown Tournament event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald, held April 13-15, 2007).

Rib bone NOT Joan of Arc's

John Leicester of the Globe and Mail reports on the ongoing controversy over the remains of Joan of Arc. The verdict: It is a rib bone, but it did not belong to Joan of Arc.

Ulstead the Unsteady victorious in Ansteorra Crown Tournament

Duke Brannos of the Midrealm reports on Legio Draconis that Ulstead the Unsteady was the winner of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Princess Ebegardis.