Archive - Jul 2007 - Story

July 21st

Popsicle stick Viking ship to sail in the Netherlands

"Pick up your ice-cream sticks, send them to me and I will put them to use," said stuntman Robert McDonald to kids on a radio show. What he built from the 15 million sticks was a 15-metre Viking ship.

Time Team archaeologists discover rare glass bowl

A 1400-year-old glass bowl was discovered in a wooden bucket recently during a broadcast of Channel 4's Time Team. The artifact was found in the new Forest area of Hamshire, England.

July 20th

2,000-year-old Iron Age roundhouses may be washed away by storms

A team of archaeologists from St. Andrews University are battling against time to study Iron Age roundhouses on the Scottish island of North Uist. The structures were first exposed in 2005, and are now in danger of washing away in a storm.

Baroness Aelfra Long elevated at AEthlemearc Court

At the recent Bog Three Day Event in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, Their Majesties Rurik and Angelik elevated Baroness Aelfra Long to the order of the Pelican.

Roman name generator

The Rum and Monkey website has created a Roman name generator for when "your own name just doesn't suit your rich Roman fantasy life."

July 19th

Papal dungeons to reopen

The Vatican has announced that the papal dungeons in the Castel Sant'Angelo will re-open after ten years of restoration. The dungeons were used to house criminals during the period of the Papal States.

Photos from Black Diamond's Assessment

Tannis of Tir-y-Don has posted photos from the Kingdom of Atlantia's Assessment event which took place July 6-8, 2007 in the Barony of Black Diamond.

Early Mexicans liked spicy food

Science Daily reports that chili peppers dating from between 490 and 780 C.E. have been discovered in a cave in Oaxaca Mexico. Experts believe that the plants were cultivated and used in early Mexican cuisine.

July 18th

Lugh pictures are online

Lord Gawin der Fuchs reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Lugh event which took place recently in the kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

Roman farmers leave agricultural legacy

Archaeologists working in the Tron­çais forest of France have discovered over 100 Roman settlements, the legacy of which continue to affect the ecology of the area.

Secrets of Scone to be revealed?

Archaeologists working on the grounds Scone Palace in Scotland hope to learn more about the site where the famous Scottish Stone of Destiny was mined, and more about the country's early history.

July 17th

2,400 Year-Old Royal Mask Found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists in the village of Topolchane, Bulgaria have unearthed artifacts of gold, silver and pottery dating back to the 4th century B.C.E., including a golden mask.

Happy anniversary to the SCA Choral Music List

The SCA Choral list turns five years old this month. The email list is for all SCA choirs and choir directors and has pointers to available period pieces (text and music), all freely available for download.

Jousters in Scotland

"Almost 9,000 people" gathered to watch Knights of Royal England demonstrate their jousting skill at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland recently.

July 16th

Secrets of Assassins' fort unearthed in Syria

Nestled at the foot of Syria's coastal mountains, an ancient citadel has been put on the tourist map by restoration and excavation that revealed mysteries of the medieval Assassins sect that was once based there.

SCA Bladesmith on The Discovery Science Channel

Njall Olaf Hagarson (Scott B. Jaqua), of the kingdom of Caid, has announced that he will appear crafting weapons on the Discovery Science Channel's Faces of Earth program on August 9, 2007.

William Blackfox Awards for A.S. 40

Maistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Society Chronicler, has announced the winners of the William Blackfox Awards for A.S. 40. The Blackfox Awards are given for excellence in newsletter publication.

July 15th

Evansville warriors battle in the park

Members of the Shire of Riviere Constelle in Evansville, Indiana recently held a demo in Wesselman Park to the delight of onlookers. "We'd never heard about this or been to it, and Jeremy is kind of interested, so we decided to come down," said Angie Gish, who attended with her 13-year-old son. (photo)

Caution: D&D and SCA may lead to medieval scholarship

In an article for The Chronicle, John Gravois discusses his recent attendance at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, and looks at the connection between medieval scholars, reenactors and gamers.

July 14th

Pennsic Bards Books

Michael Alewright and Brion Enkazi have announced that the Pennsic Bards by Day and Bards by Night books will once again be available to track bardic activities at the War.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for July 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for July 2007.

Hafla Videos from Outlands "Glory" Event

Lady Jinan has posted videos from the hafla held at the recent "Glory" event in Outlands.

July 13th

Atlantia heralds to host Heraldic Walk at Pennsic

Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill, Triton Principal Herald for the Kingdom of Atlantia, has announced that an Atlantian Heraldic Walking Tour will once again take place at pennsic.

An Tir/West War: a review from His Majesty Jade

His Majesty Jade of the West Kingdom writes about his experiences at the recetn An Tir - West War.

Estrella War XXIV Principal Kingdoms Announced!

TRM Morgan and Livia, King and Queen of Atenveldt, announced that the Kingdoms of Caid, the Outlands and Artemisia have accepted Their invitation to participate as Principal Kingdoms at the next Estrella War XXIV (Feb 12-18, 2008).

July 12th

"History Geeks" in Kansas

Alaide Vilchis Ibarra of the University Daily Kansan reports on a demo staged by members of the Shire of Carlsby, the local SCA group. “We are all history geeks for the most part with an interest in medieval life,” said Richard Jones, a Lawrence resident and 27-year society member.

SCA member honored for modern-world bravery in fire rescue

James Rosse II, known in the SCA as Lord James "Hawk" Galloway, has been named 2007 EMS Provider of the Year by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, in honor of his rescue of a child trapped in debris after a house explosion and fire.

Earl Sir Bearengaer hinn Rauthi dies in AEthelmearc

Harken to these awful words, wail and rend your garments! Earl Sir Bearengaer hinn Rauthi has gone to his ancestors in Valhalla on this 9th day of July, A.S. XLII. Let all pay heed to to the passing of a mighty warrior and a person who enriched the Current Middle Ages.

July 11th

Barony of Atenveldt celebrates 38th anniversary

"Introduced to Phoenix in 1969 by Rick Cook and Mike Reynolds, Atenveldt became the first barony recognized by the SCA," writes Sadie Joe Smokey in a recent article for the Arizona Republic. Cook, who was also Atenveldt's first king, was on hand to share in the celebration.

The Middle Ages flourish in Caer Adamant

Archery, armored combat, the charm of the medieval world, are some of the topics discussed recently when Al Kemp of the (Delaware) News Journal visited the Shire of Caer Adamant. (photos)