Archive - Dec 2008 - Story

December 22nd

G.R.A.B. and Fettburg Yule photos online

Lady Áine de Lacy has posted two albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of the West.

December 21st

Estrella War - A World of Arts & Sciences

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on A&S activities scheduled for the upcoming War.

Stargate Yule photos online

Michael Dudley of Timeless Photography reports that he has posted an album of photos from the recent Stargate Yule event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Site of "dramatic Roman battle" discovered in Germany

Archaeologists have discovered a 3rd century Roman battlefield near Göttingen in Lower Saxony, Germany which may rewrite the history of the Roman army in the country.

December 20th

Duchess Vanessa de Verona to be elevated in Ansteorra

At the recent Wiesenfeuer Yule event, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Ansteorra announced Their wish to elevate Duchess Vanessa de Verona to the Order of the Pelican.

Barony of Sundragon 25th Anniversary photos online

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels reports that he has posted an album of photos from the recent 25th Anniversary event in the Barony of the Sundragon (Kingdom of Atenveldt).

DNA proves morisco mark on Spain

500 years after the Inquisition expelled many Moors from Spain, DNA proves that their "genetic legacy" is still strong, according to Professor Mark Jobling, of the University of Leicester.

December 19th

Metal detectors cause of 12% rise in discovery of historic artifacts

An Iron Age torc, valued at UK£350,000, is one of the highlights of this year's archaeological discoveries in the UK. The necklace was found near Newark in Nottinghamshire. (photos)

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2009.

"Rome" TV series may yet have life

Fans of the cancelled HBO series Rome may have something to celebrate. Producer Bruno Heller would like to "produce a theatrical wrap-up" to the series.

SCA Board Announcement: Web Minister Office Change

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced a change to Corpora separating the Web minister’s office from the Chronicler’s office.

December 18th

SCA Membership Form Announcement

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced the optional collection of birth date information on SCA membership forms.

Rosairo De La Torre to be elevated to Pelican in the West

Godric has announced that Their Majesties of the West Kingdom have placed Lady Rosairo De La Torre on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Roman oil lamp factory discovered in Italy

A pottery workshop for the mass production of oil lamps dating to the 2nd century C.E. has been discovered near Modena, Italy. The complex created pottery lamps which bear the brand name stamped on the bottom. (photo)

Rhapsody offers online Ren Faire themed audio stream

Rhapsody, a subscription-based music webcast service, has added a Ren Faire channel that features music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance in a continuous Internet audio stream.

December 17th

Byzantine bathhouse found in Israel

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority report that a 5th century Byzantine bathhouse has been discovered in Zikhron Ya‘aqov, Israel. The "magnificent" structure is well-preserved and believed to have belonged to a private residence. (photo)

Tycho Brahe's supernova spotted again

Max Planck Institute scientists report that they have once again glimpsed echoes of a supernova chronicled in 1572 by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The event was bright enough to be visible during the day. (photos and video)

December 16th

Met celebrates love in Renaissance Italy

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is for lovers! Lovers of art of the Italian Renaissance, that is. The museum will sponsor Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, an exhibit that "promises romance, desire, youthful beauty, ritual, expensive gift items and possible sex in the land of Romeo and Juliet." Roberta Smith of the New York Times has a review with photos.

Gulf Wars BBQ Championship

At the next Gulf Wars, the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann will host the First Annual Known World Barbecue Championship.

"Five Centuries of Board Games" on BibliOdyssey

The BibliOdyssey blog has created a page displaying "Five Centuries of Board Games."

December 15th

Spanish grail "has tremendous cultural value"

While it may not be the true Holy Grail, an international congress held November 7-9, 2008 at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain declared that the artifact "has tremendous cultural value due to its impact on history and literature."

Photos and Videos from the 38th Annual Christmas Toy Tourney of the Midrealm

The Annual Christmas Toy Tournament was held in the Barony of the Flame on the 6th of December, AS XLIII. Gentles in attendance have provided online photo albums and videos from the event.

Scribe creates reproduction playing cards

Ingvild reports that Lady Anne Claxton of Grimwith Shire in the Kingdom of An Tir has created a set of playing cards based on the only known complete set of playing cards from period times, a 15th century deck owned by The Cloisters in New York City.)

December 14th

Islamic grafitti may help solve Qur'an mystery

A 7th century inscription in stone by an Arabic traveler may help solve a mystery about the Qur'an pondered by scholars for centuries: Why was the text seemingly written without diacritical marks?

Kieran and Katherine new Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain

On December 6, 2008, Majesty Morgen of Rye, Queen of Aethelmearc, invested Kieran MacUrsus and Katherine Wert as the fifth Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain.

Photos reveal undiscovered features of Hadrian's Wall

Researchers have been poring over more than 30,000 photos taken over the past 60 years for hints to the real nature of Hadrian's Wall. So far, the study has revealed "2,700 previously unrecorded historic features."

December 13th

Experts plan to save Monasterboice crosses

The traditional Celtic crosses of Monasterboice, Ireland are crumbling away. Now experts are formulating a plan to save three of the "crosses, recognised as the best in Europe for their period."

Photos from Mists Coronation online

Ianuk has posted an album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Principality of the Mists (West Kingdom).

Scotland's annual Treasure Trove includes Roman tombstone

Scotland's Crown Office each year gets the honor of collecting rare artifacts discovered by archaeologists, metal detectorists and treasure hunters into a Treasure Trove. This year's finds include a Bronze Age sword and the first Roman tombstone discovered in nearly 200 years.

December 12th

Midrealm's Bardic Madness photos online

Mechthild zur Drachenhoehle has posted photos from the recent Midrealm Bardic Madness X on the Northshield website. The photos include participants from the Midrealm, Northshield Calontir and Atlantia.