Archive - Jun 2008 - Story

June 30th

Volunteers needed for Pennsic Children's Fete

Baroness Hanim Kisaiya Zingara reports that volunteers are needed for the Pennsic Children's Fete which will take place Wednesday August 6, 2008 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. (Click "original article" below for more details)>

SCA joins Midland, Michigan's Summer Solstice Stroll

Members of the Shire of Fearann na Criche in the Middle Kingdom took part recently in Midland, Michigan's Summer Solstice Stroll, a festival with a Ren Faire feel on the city's Main Street. Cathy Nelson Price of the Midland Daily News had the story.

Liam St. Laim's photos from Melee Madness

Master Liam St. Liam has posted an album of photos from Melee Madness in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

June 29th

"Renaissance Faces" at London's National Gallery

The autumn extravaganza at the National Gallery in London will be devoted to portraits from the Renaissance, including works from Van Eyck to Titian. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian reports on what to expect. (photos)

Eirik Andersen's photos from Septentrian 12th Night and Snowed Inn

THL Eirik Andersen has posted two albums of photos from events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

11st century Jain statue found in Pushkar, India

Archaeologists working on a site near Ajmer, India have discovered a black stone statue of Jain Tirthankar Kuntunath in a meditating posture dating to the 11th century. The statue is one of 36 discovered in old Pushkar in the past year.

June 28th

Ealdormere Spring 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Joleicia shares photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Known World Aviculturists mourn death of founding member

With the rise of the Atenveldt sun on the morning of June 20th, 2008, the Known World Aviculturist Guild lost one of its founding members, Cuddles of the Royal Menagerie of Atenveldt, suddenly, to an unknown illness.

Uther and Kara new Heirs to the West

Dan reports that His Grace Duke Uther was the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. He was inspired by Countess Kara.

June 27th

Archaeologists search for lost Welsh towns

Two Welsh towns near Carmarthenshire are missing. Records show that they existed in the 14th and 15th centuries, but they have long since disappeared. Now researchers hope to find them within the grounds of Dinefwr Park and Castle near Llandeilo.

Photos from Sapphire Joust online

Belphoebe has posted an album of photos from the recent Sapphire Joust event in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Scots find origins in Ireland

Historians believe that Scotland was colonized by Irish tribes in the 3rd and 4th centuries C.E. Magnus Linklater of the Times Online offers a glimpse of early Scottish history.

June 26th

Gleann Abhann Spring 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Lord Gawin der Fuchs has posted an album of photos from the recent Spring 2008 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

Youthful portrait of Elizabeth I discovered

A rare portrait of the young Elizabeth I dating from between 1650 to 1680 has been discovered in a private collection at Boughton House in Northamptonshire.

"Lost" medieval church of Dunwich found with modern technology

Marine archaeologists believe they have discovered a medieval church which tumbled off an eroded cliff into the ocean in Suffolk County, England. The remains were discovered using sonar and underwater cameras.

June 25th

Medieval baby bottles found in Veliky Novgorod

Archaeologists working at excavations in Veliky Novgorod, Russia have discovered leather and horn bottle used to feed infants. The bottles were crafted by medieval Slavs.

African beads found at medieval Irish archaeological dig

Archaeologists working at Newtwopothouse, a site near Cork, Ireland, have discovered African beads among the medieval artifacts, showing that the Irish were carrying out trade with North Africa at the time.

Gleann Abhann Spring 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Danielle has posted an album of photos from the recent Spring 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann on her SmugMug website.

June 24th

Mercury found in bones of Danish monks

Researchers from several Danish universities have released a study of mercury levels found in the bones of monks interred in two medieval Danish cemeteries. The high levels of mercury have been attributed to the use of the metal as a medicine to treat such diseases as syphilis and leprosy or, in the case of the monks, from red ink used in the monasteries.

Position Open-Chief Technical Officer, SCA, Inc.

The SCA Inc. seeks applicants for the position of Chief Technical Officer, for a three-year term beginning August 15, 2008. This is a part-time volunteer position requiring technical leadership and a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week plus availability for emergencies.

Bards shine in Salesberie Glen

The bards held the day at the recent Performers Revel South in Salesberie Glen (Salisbury, North Carolina), with musicians, poets, storytellers and dancers showcasing their arts. Sara Gregory of the Salisbury Post had the story. (photos)

Mists Investiture and Mists-Cynaqua images online

Lord Martin of Rivenstar has posted an album of photos on his SmugMug website from Mists-Cynagua War in the Kingdom of the West. The pictures were taken by Martin, Johanna, and Victoria.

June 23rd

Vindolanda dig reveals massive granaries

Recent excavations at England's Roman fort Vindolanda have revealed impressive structures, exceeding even the officers' quarters, to house the fort's grain supply. The dig also uncovered "a magnificent flagged roadway next to the granaries."

Midrealm Crown Tourney finals video on LiveJournal

Arnova reports that a video of the recent Midrealm Crown Tournament finals is available to view on LiveJournal. The final rounds were fought by Sir Lutr and Duke Dag.

One-piece Baldar Blunts are banned for combat archery

Lord Siegfried Sebastian Faust, Deputy Society Earl Marshal for Combat Archery, has announced that older one-piece Baldar Blunts used for combat archery have been banned.

June 22nd

Mists/Cynagua War images

Gelis of Balwery has posted her album of photos from the recent Mists/Cynagua War in the Kingdom of the West.

Magellan aided by El Niño

Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick of North Carolina State University has an intense interest in the historic climate. A recent paper by the professor and University of Calgary researcher Dr. Richard Callaghan, hopes to prove that Magellan's 1519 circumnavigation of the globe was aided by weather favorable weather condition including El Niño.

Pre-registration open for Great Western War XI

Eilidh Swann reports that pre-registration is now open for Great Western War XI which takes place October 8-13, 2008 in Taft, California, Kingdom of Caid.

June 21st

The Toledo Blade goes to Baron Wars

What's fun about re-enacting the Middle Ages? Toledo Blade staff writer Ryan E. Smith found out when he visited Baron Wars, a large SCA event which takes place yearly at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio. (photos & video)

Celts may trace roots to Spain and Portugal

Professor John Koch believes the Celtic homeland is more likely Spain or Portugal than northern Europe. Koch, who is a professor at the Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies Centre at the University of Wales, has found evidence of Celtic texts in Spain and Portugal that are 500 years earlier than those from northern Europe.