Archive - Sep 2008 - Story

September 5th

A genetic map of Europe

A genetic map of Europe constructed by Dr. Kayser, Dr. Oscar Lao and others from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, shows where 23 populations live in Europe and the genetic relationships between them. (graphics)

Medieval China being lost to modernisation

Historic Chinese buildings, some dating to the 13th century, are being lost to progress as an explosion of construction overcomes Beijing's old neighborhoods. Especially at risk are the classic hutongs, narrow alleyways created by Mongols during the Yuan dynasty.

Roman regional capital discovered in Romania

Mihai Fifor, director of Oltenia Muzeum in Romania, believes that archaeologists have discovered a fort which may turn out to be the long sought-after Dacia Malvensis, a Roman regional capital in southern Romania.

Pennsic 37 A&S Exhibit photos online

Rhiannon y Bwa has posted an album of over 300 photos from the A&S Exhibit at Pennsic 37 on her Flickr website.

September 4th

Monastery discovery sheds new light on the Picts

Long dismissed as savages who hindered the advancement of civilization in Scotland and the North of England, the Picts are now being seen as a sophisticated culture "capable of great art, learning and the use of complex architectural principles."

"Lions Road" offers weekly SCA-focused podcast

With a lighthearted tone, the weekly "Lions Road" podcast brings news from the SCA as well as historical features. The podcast is hosted by Baron Tryggvy and Master Sigismund from Barony of Three Mountains in An Tir.

Metal detector finds 7th century gold cross

A treasure hunter has found an Anglo Saxon gold cross dating to the 7th century on a farm in Nottinghamshire, England. The cross, set with red gemstones, might have originally held a relic, and is valued at UK£25,000. (photo)

Darter's Pennsic War 37 Photos

Darter the Chronicler has opened his extensive galleries of Pennsic 37 photographs.

September 3rd

"Reconstructing History" offers new commercial patterns for Ottoman costumes

Reconstructing History, a company that provides patterns for historical costumes, has added several patterns for late period Ottoman garb.

Vikings not driven from Canada by the Thule

New research shows that Viking settlers in Newfoundland were not driven from the country by the native Thule, a native ancestor of the Inuits. Scientific re-dating has placed the native tribes in the area 150 years after the Viking settlements.

Vik & Inga Heirs in An Tir

Duchess Angharad Bandaspus Drakenhefd reports a successful end to An Tir's Crown Tournament, which was held 8/31/08. HE Viscount Sir Vik Vikingsson and HE Viscountess Inga the Unfettered, Baroness Borealis, were victorious in a list topping 100 fighters.

Royal books to be displayed in London

Over 100 illustrated books, previously owned by British monarchs, will go on display at the British Library in 2011. The manuscript exhibition will include "medieval and Renaissance books and other literary artefacts."

September 2nd

How to Make a Viking Spoon

On Instructables, Morfmir shows step-by-step instructions for making a wooden spoon with Viking era reproduction tools (or modern equivalents).

Estrella War combat scenario ideas requested

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, is seeking scenarios for combat at the February 2009 Estrella War XXV.

Rare gold ring found in Icelandic burial site

A rare gold ring, possibly belonging to a monk or a sheriff, has been discovered in a grave near Skriduklaustur, Iceland. Gold rings are an uncommon find in Icelandic archaeology.

Alaxandr's Pennsic Photographs

In a period-looking book format, Alaxandr MacLochloinn presents an extensive collection of Pennsic XXXVII photo albums.

September 1st

Gleann Abhann Evacuates

In the face of Hurricanes Gustav and Hannah, Their Royal Highnesses, Havordh and Mary-Grace, Crown Prince and Princess of Gleann Abhann have asked to have shared the news that they have safely evacuated from their home in Louisiana, along with much of the Barony of Axemoor and the surrounding shires.

"The Theatre" discovered in London

Archaeologists are hoping that they have found the remains of The Theatre. Built in 1576, the venue is very likely the place where Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and "Romeo and Juliet" debuted. Walls of the building were discovered under a vacant garage.

SCA profile now playing on Current.com

A Baron in Artemisia, a.k.a. Dave Jones, details his involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism. From his early fascination with history in Texas to full armor fighting in Missoula, Montana, the Baron describes the overall philosophy behind the Society for Creative Anachronism.

"Stick or Treat!"

The Duck Tape Club is sponsoring the Stick or Treat Halloween Costume Contest™ now through October 10, 2008. Participants are encouraged to create their own Halloween costumes using Duck Tape.

Queen Claude Prayer Book acquired by Morgan Library

Several months ago, the Morgan Library and Museum received a new treasure: the prayer book of Queen Claude of France, a contemporary of Anne Boleyn. Bound in red velvet, the book is smaller than a credit card and contains "fifty-two folios, painted front and back with a hundred and thirty-two miniature illuminations."