Archive - Oct 2009 - Story

Scottish Archaeology Month celebrates pirates

Two Scottish pirates, executed in Aberdeen in 1597, were the subject of the recent Scottish Archaeology Month. The stories of Robert Laird and John Jackson were to be told as part of the re-enactment Tales from the Tolbooth.

Early watch depicted in Renaissance painting

Experts believe they may have identified the earliest depiction of a watch in a painting. The timepiece is featured in the 450-year-old portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence.

Pictures from Ansteorra's Three Queens event

Lady Brenna MacDonald and Caelin on Andrede have posted albums of photos from the recent Three Queens event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

October 30th

Byzantine grave site found in Syria

A joint team of Syrian and Japanese archaeologists have discovered the graves of children dating to the 6th century in the ancient city of Palmyra. A wealthy city along the caravan route, Palmyra was known as the Bride of the Desert.

Great Wall longer than previously believed

A newly-discovered section of China's Great Wall shows that the structure was actually at least 11 kilometers longer than previously believed. The new section was found in the northeastern Jilin province.

Controversy surrounds Dracula's cellar

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the basement of ”Drakulya House,” owned by Vlad III Tepes, more commonly known as Dracula, in the Hungarian city of Pécs, but authorities plan to fill in the excavation for preservation purposes.

October 29th

"High status" Saxon brooch found in South Oxfordshire

Metal detectorists at a rally in South Oxfordshire have discovered a 6th century Saxon grave yielding a skull and a garnet brooch belonging to some of "high status."

Keeping up with the Ciceros

Reasons given for the study of Latin over the year have ranged from "better understanding of English" to "looks good on a resume," but a new reason, according to Globe and Mail arts columnist Warren Clements, might be "to keep up with all the amusing Latin books that have been pouring forth for the past 60 years."

Ealdormere's Baron's Howe event photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent 2009 Barons Howe event in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are on the Two Ravens website.

Jousting in America

What makes a modern American want to be a medieval jouster? NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden traveled to the Maryland Renaissance Festival to find out for a story that ran October 3, 2009 on NPR's Weekend Edition.(audio and photos)

Duke Frederick's portable firepit

Duke Frederick of Holland of the West Kingdom shares his portable firepit design, which has been "approved for use at any site which permits the use of hibachis by the West Kingdom Fire Marshall." The online tutorial includes instructions with diagrams.

October 28th

Staffordshire hoard will "reshape understanding of the Dark Ages"

The recent discovery of over 1500 Anglo-Saxon artifacts near Staffordshire, England is having an amazing impact - and not just on the archaeological community. Thousands of everyday citizens are lining up to get a look at the 7th to 8th century treasure, and displaying a new curiosity about their Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Shava's pictures from the Midrealm 40th Anniversary and Coronation of Dag and AnneMarie

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares her photos, video and memories from the October 3, 2009 Middle Kingdom 40th Anniversary celebration and Coronation of Their Majesties Dag and AnneMarie.

Martha Stewart learns maskmaking from SCAdian artist

Artist and SCA member Andrea Masse-Tognetti (Meredith the Maskmaker) joined Martha Stewart on October 7, 2009 to demonstrate how to make a leather unicorn mask.

George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" coming to HBO

HBO has acquired the rights to produce a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire & Ice books. The first films, A Game of Thrones is scheduled to film in late October 2009 in Northern Ireland.

Skirmish Magazine covers historical re-enactment around the world

Skirmish Magazine, a British publication dedicated to providing information to the living history community, accepts submissions for articles "on historical re-enactment and living history from around the world, covering all historical periods."

October 27th

Constable of the Tower of London installation ceremony online

On October 7, 2009, General Sir Richard Dannatt was installed as the 159th Constable of the Tower of London. Sir Richard's Installation ceremony is available to view on the Historical Royal Palaces website.

Jousting with Henry VIII

Henry VIII was known for his love of spectacular jousts. Now visitors to the Hampton Court website can share in his favorite pastime by playing Joust for Henry VIII.

Photos from the Pennsic 38 Known World Chivalry Tournament

Ursus of Anglesey reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Pennsic XXXVIII Known World Chivalry Tournament.

Facebook adds Latin

Hebrew? Persian? Pirate Speak? Now Latin is the latest translation to be added to Facebook's Translations application.

October 26th

Leohtulf of the Silver Hills new Lord of the Mists

On the West Kingdom list, it was reported that Leohtulf of the Silver Hills defeated Loy Schiemann der Klein in the finals of the recent Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists. Leohtulf was inspired by Gillian Trenowyth. (video)

Thomas and Elisenda new Heirs to Meridies

Hrólfr has posted a report from Gwen on Legio Draconis that Sir Thomas Blackmoore defeated Sir Mordan Peresenchenev in the final round of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Meridies. Thomas was inspired byu Elisenda.

Atlantia Crown Combatants named

Their Royal Majesties Vladimir and Kalisa of the Kingdom of Atlantia have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament.

October 25th

Caer Anterth Mawr 30th Anniversary celebration photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares photos from the recent 30th Anniversary celebration in the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr on the Northshield Gallery website.

Blade Society offers combat training at the University of Southern Maine

Sullivan Gym is a place for students of the University of Southern Maine to lift weights, play basketball, or sometimes practice medieval warfare through a program offered by the Blade Society, a student-run organization affiliated with the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Joel Neill of the Free Press has the story. (photos)

Freer Gallery of Art acquires 13th century Japanese tea jar

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art has acquired a rare 13th-14th century tea jar "widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture." The jar, originally made in China, has been used to store tea for over five centuries. (photo)

Photos of Midrealm's Vikings Come Home event online

Cathryn of Chester has created an album of photos from the Vikings Come Home event which took place September 9, 2009 in the Barony of Donnershafen (Kalaseum, Kalkaska, MI). The album is posted on Flickr.

October 24th

Mona Lisa: After hours....

It's quiet in the Louvre at night... too quiet. What does Mona Lisa -- she of the enigmatic smile -- do to pass the time? Piffie the Puffin has the answer.

G.I. Joe goes regimental

Have you ever wanted to learn to wrap a great kilt? Or... do you have a G.I. Joe action figure in need of Scottish garb? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you'll want to visit the Fabrics of Time and Space website for a tutorial.

Empire of Medieval Pursuits offers discussion opportunities on medieval topics

The website and discussion forum, Empire of Medieval Pursuits, offers opportunities for those interested in the Middle Ages to share their interests in the "realities, myths, and legends of the Ancient to Medieval world."