Archive - Sep 2007 - Story

September 17th

16th century coin may prove early western discovery of Australia

A silver coin dated 1597 has been found on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, possibly predating Captain Cook's discovery of the continent.

Palace of the Gauls shows surprising sophistication

Contrary to popular belief, the Gauls during the time of Julius Caesar may not have been the rough barbarians as depicted in the Asterix books but a civilized society whose leaders lived in palaces.

Atlantia Fall 2007 Coronation photos online

Belphoebe reports that she has posted an album of photos of the recent Fall 2007 Coronation in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Science gives new insight into Da Vinci's techniques

A new scientific technique has been used to study the painting techniques of Leonard Da Vinci. One of his works of art was "bombarded with a narrow beam of high-energy ions" revealing that the master did not mix his colors on a palette, but applied them directly to the canvas.

Thief caught thanks to SCA vigilance

Duke Sir Tjorkill of the Kingdom of An Tir reports that early in September, his shed was broken into and several valuable possesions, including boots and a sword were stolen. This story has a happy ending thanks to the diligence of some SCA members.

September 16th

Nibelungen War photos

Margaret de May has posted photos from Nibelungen War 2007 which took place in late August in Ortenberg, Germany.

Gask Ridge Frontier played vital role in Roman Britain

Archaeologists working on the Gask Ridge Project in Scotland now believe that the fortification, which predates Hadrian's Wall by 50 years, was an important part of the Roman defense in northern Britain. The forts were later incorporated into the Antonine Wall.

"I, Claudius" may return to the silver screen

The Guardian reports that the rights have been obtained to produce a big-screen version of Robert Graves's novel I, Claudius. The film could star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Monks not included...

The Hermitage (Eremo), a 13th century monastery located near Cupramontana, Italy, is for sale complete with world famous botanical garden...but no monks.

September 15th

12th century ship to be salvaged in China

Work is underway to hoist a ship from the Song Dynasty (1127-1279) from the South China Sea in October 2007. The largest Song Dynasty cargo ship ever discovered, researchers expect to find between 60,000 and 80,000 artifacts on board.

Rhaglan Faire photos

Lady Ana Beig de Roslyn shares photos from Drachenwald's recent Rhaglan Faire.

Timbuktu treasures continue to dazzle experts

The recent discovery of ancient books stored for centuries in leather trunks beneath the dry streets of Timbuktu has many scholars excited. A project to collect many of the books into a world class resource library is now being funded by contributions from around the world.

Caribbee photos online

Lord Collwyn O'Snowdon of the Shire of Gates Edge has published a photo album from Caribbee, a recent event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, on the Timeless Photography website.

September 14th

14th century Christian necropolis found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered 15 tombs dating to the 14th century near a medieval fortress in Kardzhali, Bulgaria. Experts believe the graces may have been from defenders of the rock sanctuary of Perperikon which fell under siege by the Turkish emir Orhan in 1362.

Balingup Medieval Carnival photos online

Andre reports that he has posted a small album of photos from the recent Balingup Medieval Carnival which was held in late August in Balingup, Western Australia.

Canadians and American share event in Montana

SCAdians from both sides of the border met recently for the Shire of Windegate's annual event in Shelby, Montana. Terrell Cotterell of the Shelby Promoter had the story.

Take the Librarian's Challenge

"Do you know someone named Cooper, or Fletcher, or Chapman, or Wainwright? Do you know how those surnames originated? Have you, at some point in your Society career, acted as a gonfalonier, a cordwainer, or an arkwright?"

Edric Aaron Hartwood victor of Caid Crown Tournament

Broichan maqq Kyna reports that Duke Edric Aaron Hartwood was the winner of the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Caid.

September 13th

Blackmore's Night to tour US

The Renaissance Store's website includes tour information for the rock/folk band Blackmore's Night, "a magical experience that will transport you to a joyful land of enchantment."

Great Western War X pre-reg closes September 15!

THL Matheus Reyner, Publicity Deputy for Great Western War X, reminds everyone that mail-in pre-registration deadline is September 15, 2007! All pre-registrations must be postmarked by this date. His Lordship also shares other news from the upcoming War.

Hobbyist finds 15th century ring

Metal detector hobbyist Stephen Henstridge of Ford in England recently discovered a 15th century silver ring bearing a seal embossed with the letter R. The ring has been declared treasure. (photo)

Photos from Atlenveldt Crown Tournament

Lady Eilina in akafa of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr reports that she has posted an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

September 12th

Photos and video from Sacred Stone Baronial Birthday 2007

Adam Ingram has posted an album of photos and videos from the recent Baronial Birthday celebration in the Barony of the Secred Stone (Atlantia).

Mid East Feast photos

Hanim Ari Usni has posted photos from the recent Mid East Feast which took place in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Royal Shakespeare Company costumes for sale to the public

In a special one-day sale, thousands of costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company will be available for purchase by the public. The sale will take place September 29, 2007.

A challenge: Cook a medieval feast

On his blog, Australian Pip Wilson challenges others to cook a medieval feast as he does with a recipe for duck a l'orange from a period recipe he found on the Internet.

September 11th

Lack of skills threatens Britain's historic buildings

Great Britain's citizens are generous with cash to protect their historic buildings, but a lack of knowledge of conservation techniques may endanger those same buildings.

3,000 year old beehives found in the Middle East

Archaeologists excavating the ruins of the city of Rehov, in northern Israel, have found thirty intact beehives and other apicultural artifacts dating to approximately 900 B.C.E.

Darter's Pennsic photos

Darter the Chronicler has posted photos from Pennsic 36.

"SCA: it's like going home"

"If you've gone through your life liking the Ren fairs and you get into the SCA, it's like going home," said Jeff Mason of Stevens Point, Wisconsin at a recent event sponsored by the Shire of Falcon's Keep. Shenandoah Sowash of the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune has the story.