Archive - Dec 2008 - Story

December 12th

Stolen merchant trailer and gear in California

Paganus Grimlove reports that a trailer containing SCA gear, tents and merchant gear owned by Lady Mercy of the Healing Hands was stolen recently in Ontario, California.

December 11th

Viking Society offers publications online

The Viking Society for Northern Research has digitized most of its back issues of publication beginning in 1895 and made them available for free on its wensite.

Estrella War XXV: upcoming deadlines

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, would remind all attendees of the upcoming War that a number of deadlines are fast approaching.

Gabrielle d'Auvergne elevated to Laurel in AEthelmearc

At Their Court November 15, 2008 at Have Fun Storming the Castle in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen elevated THLady Gabrielle d'Auvergne to the Order of the Laurel.

2nd century bronze chariot found in Bulgaria

A bronze-plated, elaborately-decorated chariot dating to the 2nd century was found recently at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria. Experts believe the vehicle was buried as part of the belongings of a wealthy Thracian aristocrat.

A Message from the Dragon and Tyger Heirs about Pennsic

Their Highnesses Andreas and EikBrandr of the East and Middle Kingdoms have issued an announcement pertaining to Pennsic War 38 which will take place July 24 – August 9, 2009.

December 10th

Reward offered for the return of stolen Scottish coins

A UK£50,000 reward is being offered for the return of a collection of rare Scottish coins, some dating to the 12th century, stolen in June 2007 from the home of Lord and Lady Stewartby at Broughton, Scotland. (photo)

Remains of Copernicus found in Warsaw

Scientists believe they have found the skeleton of the 16th century Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The identification was made using DNA from hair retrieved from the astronomer's books. (photo)

6th century Sleeping Buddha escaped "wrath of the Taliban"

A 1500-year-old "Sleeping Buddha" statue has been found buried in Afghanistan near the site of the tragic destruction of two other statues seven years ago by Taliban extremists. The latest 62-foot long Buddha was found by a French-Afghan team.

Putting a face to the name: Lucrezia Borgia

A claim has been made that the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) has the only known formal portrait of Lucrezia Borgia in existence.

December 9th

SCAdian mother seeks missing daughter [updated]

Tracey Duncan of the Barony of Windmasters' Hill in Atlantia, asks help from the SCA community to locate her 17-year-old daughter Tiffany Marie Duncan, who left home in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, December 6, 2008. Fracey has posted a website with a photo of Tiffany. We are now advised Tiffany has been located.

Hadrian's Wall section to get a facelift

A major reconstruction project for a section of Hadrian's Wall has begun at Great Chesters, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland. The project will spend UK£200,000 to repair an 800m section of the wall.

A&S projects at St Eligius

Broom has published an album of photos from the recent St. Eligius A&S event held in the Barony Dragonship Haven (King of AEthelemarc). Featured are the wonderful A&S projects showcased during the event.

December 8th

"Remarkable" Roman settlement found in Cumbria

Workers laying a sewer pipeline near Penrith, England have discovered the remains of a "remarkable" Roman settlement complete with cobbled streets and timber houses. The village may have been part of the local fort and used for housing soldiers' families.

Bordermarch's Autum Melees photos online

Lady Brenna MacDonald has uploaded an album of photos from the recent Autumn Melees in Ansteorra's Bordermarch (BAM).

Website provides history and patterns for horse barding

Ceara ní Néill has found online documentation covering the history of barding for horses during the Middle Ages. The document, in PDF format, also offers patterns.

12th century Georgian monastery found on Cyprus

Twelve graves dating from between the 14th and 16th centuries are shedding new light on a Georgian monastery, established in the 12th century in the island of Cyprus.

December 7th

Coverup masks reason for demise of the Mary Rose

A new study presents the theory that Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose was sunk by a French cannonball, a fact that was covered up to save the image of the English Navy.

Pictures from Dun Carraig's Birthday 2008

Cassair reports that she has created an album of photos from War of the Roses, the recent Birthday event in Dun Carraig. The event took place in the kingdom of Atlantia.

Feast of the Unicorn photos online

Adam Ingram reports that he has posted an album of photos from the recent Feast of the Unicorn event in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

December 6th

SCAtoday.net software upgrade and server migration

SCAtoday.net has upgraded to a new version of the Drupal content management system and migrated to a later-generation server. As a consequence, some features of the site have changed slightly.

Queen's Champion photos online

Keradwc an Cai has posted an album of photos from the recent Queen's Champion event in the Kingdom of Caid.

The Myth vs. The Man: Michaelangelo

A new exhibit at Manhattan's Palitz Gallery, sponsored by Syracuse University, showcases works by the Renaissance Master Michaelangelo Buonarotti.

SCAdian consultant for Military Channel's "Warriors"

Rose Marian reports that Master Edward of Effingham (OL for period Japanese research) was a consultant on Warriors, a BBC program involving Japanese history. The six-part docudrama airs Sundays at 10:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time).

December 5th

Ansteorra Fall 2008 Coronation photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos taken by Lady Pyro at the recent Fall 2008 Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

Sewer construction unearths Roman and medieval settlements in Cumbria

Sewer construction near Penrith in northern England has uncovered a Roman settlement a mere meter beneath the soil. The project has also unearthed several medieval buildings, including a rare Grubenhauser. (photos)

Byzantine floor may have graced church in Jerusalem

The discovery of a simple mosaic floor beneath Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque has led archaeologists to speculate that the Mosque may have superceded a Byzantine church, but other experts disagree.

Sabine du Boubonnais' tutorial for hall decoration

Dissatisfied with the appearance of your hall at your last event? Pay a visit to the website of Sabine du Boubonnais of the Kingdom of Lochac and view one of the most amazing transformations of a common event site ever!

December 4th

Worshipful Company of Glovers of London catalogue online

The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, formed 700 years ago to "upkeep the standards of glove-making in the City" has gone modern with an online catalogue of its collection.

Outlands Fall 2008 Coronation photos online

Geillis reports that she has uploaded photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of the Outlands to her Flickr website. She has also added an album from the Kingdom's War Practice.