Archive - Apr 2008 - Story

April 30th

French Templar tomb found

The remains of a Templar knight have been discovered in a tomb near Rennes-le-Chateau, France along with a cache of gold and coins. The mummified body wore the still-recognizable shroud of the order. (video)

Syr Deotrich laureled in the Outlands

Mistress Leonora, Vicar of Unser Hafen, reports that Their Majesties Alrik and Slaine of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered Syr Deotrich elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

10th century Temple of Lord Vishnu discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a 10th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the village of Hathigan near Purva Khas in Karchana, India. "With the invaders having destroyed temples during the time, it is indeed rare that a beautifully carved plinth (from the temple) is still existing," said Dr DP Dubey of Allahabad University's Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology.

AEthelmearc Coronation photos online

Barbary Rose of Endless Hills has posted an album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc on her Flickr account.

April 29th

Best medieval movies?

The List Universe blog offers an annotated list of the "9 Great Historically Accurate Medieval Movies," some of which may be unfamiliar to most casual film buffs.

Estrella War XXV date change

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity for Estrella War XXV, has announced a date change for the War.

“Illuminating the Medieval Hunt” at the Morgan Library

Karen Rosenberg of the New York Times reviews an exhibit of medieval manuscripts depicting the art of the hunt at the Morgan Library & Museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the museum's copy of Le Livre de la Chasse, a lavishly-illuminated volume depicting hunt scenes.(photos)

Ansteorra Crown Tourney photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that an album of photos from the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Ansteorra taken by himself and his Lady Pyro are now available to view online.

April 28th

Canada's Red Bay Project proves Basque whalers visited Labrador in the 16th century

A new report by the Canadian government gives a detailed picture of Basque whaling and shipbuilding in 16th century Red Bay, Labrador. The report discusses artifacts discovered on the San Juan, a galeon sunk in 1565 and recently excavated.

Photos and video from the Coronation of Sinclair and Kari

Lidia has posted a video from the recent Coronation of Sinclair and Kari in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Royal Mint introduces heraldic coin designs

A new series of British coins will feature the heraldry of the monarch. Each coin in the six-coin set will feature an aspect of the coat of arms with the £1 piece depicting the complete shield.

West Kingdom scholar wins Fulbright Scholarship

Pachomius Oneshoe reports that West Kingdom resident Lady Gabriela D'Avila (Mary Curtis) has won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in Spain.

April 27th

Tibetan Arms and Armor at Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will host Tibetan Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection through fall 2009 in the Arms and Armor Galleries, 1st floor, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gallery.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2008

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2008.

Denmark and Cyprus pay tribute to 12th century king

The countries of Denmark and Cyprus recently banded together to honor a 12th century Danish king who died on the island during the First Crusade.

Thief rips off 288 pages from Scottish Catholic Archives

A man posing as a student was caught stealing pages from archives in London. He admitted that he stole them from the Catholic Church in Edinburgh as well.

April 26th

Cod bones tell tales

"Fish heads, fish heads..." A recent study of European cod bones shows that "cod were exploited in the Middle Ages from many, often distant, fishing grounds, with an international trade in dried stockfish." The fish were much larger in medieval times, and began to began to be traded around the year 1000 C.E.

Book lust!

Readers, librarians, lovers of the book, cast your eyes upon this website which features wonderfully alluring photos of books and libraries. A feast for any bookworm!

SCA Board seeks comments on proposed Society Web Minister change

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA, Inc., has announced that the Board of Directors is considering a change to Corpora related to the office of Society Web Minister.

Momote Shiki: Japanese Archery Ritual

Those interested in medieval Japanese archery will want to take a look at the OhmyNews website which has a feature on Momote Shiki: Japanese Archery Ritual including photos and a film clip.

April 25th

10th century gold and glass ring found in Yorkshire

A gold ring with a glass setting found by metal detector Colin Ashton near Wetherby, Yorkshire, has been declared treasure. The ring dates to the 10th century. (photo)

SAAD photos online

Antonio Felluci reports that he has posted an album of photos from a slightly wet Southern Atlantia Archery Day.

Calontir Crown Combatants announced

Their Majesties Anton and Isabeau of the Kingdom of Calontir have announced the list of combatants in Their upcoming Crown Tournament. The list has been posted on the Kingdom website.

AEthelmearc Crown Combatants announced

Her Excellency Countess Caryl, Seneschal of the Kingdom of AEthlemearc, has announced the list of fighters who will be competing in the upcoming Crown Tournament.

April 24th

Smoking ban leads to discovery of medieval artifact

A 14th century gravestone has been lying unnoticed as part of the wall of the Blacksmiths Arms in Mickleton, County Durham, England. One of the pub regulars, an archaeologist, spotted it low in the wall as he stood outside puffing his pipe, because he can no longer smoke inside the bar.

Bagpipe Major at UC Riverside

Serious pipers will want to know that the University of California, Riverside is offering a degree program in Bagpipes and Scottish Drumming. The program is being chaired by Ian Whitelaw, considered one of the best pipers in the western hemisphere.

Winter War photos online

Alexander reports that he has posted his photos from Winter War in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

Australians "get in touch with medieval culture" through SCA and manuscript exhibit

Residents of Melbourne, Australia rarely have a chance "to get in touch with medieval culture" according to the age.com.au reporter Patricia Maunder who spent some time with Karen Hovenga, the Baroness of Stormhold in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

April 23rd

New dig may explain Stonehenge

Just a few weeks after beginning, the excavators now working at Stonehenge have had what they describe as a "breakthrough." Clues towards the original placement of the bluestones, the site's oldest elements, may reveal why Stonehenge was built.

Gynaecological study of Mary, Queen of Scots finds her an “adulteress and liar”

A new study by modern gynaecologists paints a sordid picture of the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, who, according to the study, was "a 'moral loose cannon', whose striking beauty and sex appeal gave Elizabeth other reasons to imprison and execute her."