Archive - 2007 - Story

December 22nd

Controversial heraldic lion altered

The Swedish military has altered the symbol of the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms, an intact heraldic lion, after protest from female soldiers.

Fettburg Yule Feast photos online

Aine DeLacey has posted an album of photos from the recent Yule Feast in the Barony of Fettburg (West Kingdom).

Roman glue still holds

Archaeologists are working to re-create a Roman "superglue" used to stick silver laurel leaves to legionnaires' battle helmets. Traces of the glue were discovered on iron helmets found near the German town of Xanten which were buried in river mud for more than 1500 years.

December 21st

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2007.

Guinness is good for you!

New research states that a pint of Guinness a day "may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks," according to an article in the BBC.

Lillian Teresa Joyce Lloyd born in Northshield

Aaron of Buckminster and Brigid inghen MaolMichil of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the birth of their daughter Lillian Teresa Joyce Lloyd on December 17, 2007.

December 20th

Remnants of 9th century walls found in Prague

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of walls dating to the 9th and 10th centuries in Malostranske namesti square in Prague. The 6 meter high walls were constructed of wood and clay.

London Olympic construction uncovers Roman artifacts

The London Olympics may leave a lasting mark on the city's history. Recently, workers at the site of the new London stadium unearthed artifacts including a Roman coin dating to the 4th century.

Byzantine-era synagogue sheds light on Jewish life

Jewish scholars are having to rethink opinions about life and culture in early Byzantine times after the discovery of a 5th century synagogue, complete with elaborate mosaic floors.

Pennsic Wakefield Cycle photos online

At Pennsic XXXVI, the Known World Players presented four plays from the Wakefield Cycle, a series of mystery plays from the late Middle Ages which were originally presented by guilds. The photos were taken by THL Milica of Varna at one of the stations where the plays were presented.

December 19th

Research photos from the Kunsthistorisches Museum online

Racaire shares an album of photos from a recent trip to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The photos include some beautiful images of artwork and jewelry.

"Crazy Days" characterize German Fasching

Gael Stirler shares research on medieval holiday season of Fasching, celebrated for more than three months from mid-November until Easter in southern Germany. Also known as the Tolle Tagge (Crazy Days), Fasching can trace its roots back to the 4th century.

Richard III deconstructed

British actor Sir Ian McKellen delves into Shakespeare's Richard III's most famous speech in a video clip on the Stagework website.

December 18th

Viking embroidery articles online

The Renaissance Store/Chivalry Sports has added a pair of articles on Viking embroidery by Gael Stirler to their archive.

Shava's photos from Boar's Head

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports on and has posted photos from the recent Boar's Head event which took place in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Hamlet: the Text Adventure

Bored? Want to have a real literary adventure? Try Hamlet: the Text Adventure, a text-based mystery game.

December 17th

Stonehenge tunnel plan scrapped

The fear that increased traffic might damage the historic site has led English Heritage to cancel a plan to build a tunnel under Stonehenge.

"Domus del Chirurgo" sheds light on Roman medicine

For the past 17 years, archaeologists have worked at the site of the Domus del Chirurgo, the House of the Surgeon, the home of a 2nd century Roman doctor in Rimini, Italy. Among the discoveries: "the largest find of surgical instruments anywhere."

50 years of ADS research online

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) has announced the publication of 50 years of their Medieval Archeology publication on their website.

December 16th

Roman barge to be salvaged in Cologne

Portions of a Roman barge, dating to as early as the 2nd century C.E., will soon be removed from its muddy resting place according to archaeologists. It may well be the "oldest Roman transport vessel left in central Europe."

DNA and linguistic studies show Liverpool's Viking heritage

Researchers believe that the area around Liverpool, England was a Viking settlement. Their findings are based on original surnames and DNA evidence.

"Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" author dies at 64

Author Richard Leigh, best known as one of the co-authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, has died in London at the age of 64. The nonfiction work proposed that Jesus Christ fathered a child and that the bloodline continues.

December 15th

Roman feast gear found in London well

A 4th century banqueting set which once belonged to a rich Roman family was discovered recently in a well during excavation in London. The set included 19 metal vessels. (photos)

Pilgrimage discussion group created

Leonor from Drachenwald has created a new discussion list for those interested in talking about pilgrims and pilgrimages, with special focus on Santiago.

What happened to the Greenland colonists?

For decades, researchers have debated the cause for the disappearance of the Norse colonists in Greenland. Where they massacred? Assimilated? Or did they starve? Now scientists think they have the answer.

December 14th

Archaeologists explore 450 year old shipwreck off Florida

Archaeologists are studying the buried remains of a ship from a Spanish colonization fleet led by Don Tristan de Luna.

New research project to illuminate "Dark Age" Scotland

The National Museums of Scotland are launching a new project to shed light on the so-called Dark Ages to educate people about the surprisingly sophisticated cultures of the Picts, Gaels, and Norse.

Duncan Fearmach MacLeod to be Knighted in Calontir

Conde Fernando Rodriguez de Falcon reports that Duncan Fearmach MacLeod has been offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

December 13th

Pop culture breathes life into Latin

Popular movies, movie stars, and TV series such as Harry Potter, Angelina Jolie, and Star Trek are mainly entertainment, but they also have helped keep Latin in the public eye when it otherwise would be forgotten outside academia.

Barony of Flame's (Midrealm) Christmas Tourney Photos

Crimthann Becc, a self-described "annoying little shutterbug," posted a few pictures from the Christmas Tourney held in the Barony of Flame, in the southern reaches of the Middle Kingdom.