Archive - Jun 2009 - Story

June 14th

Vindolanda Writing Tablets to return home

Thanks to a UK£1.8m grant from regional development agency One North East, the Vindolanda Writing Tablets, the rich chronicle of Roman military in Britain, will be coming home to Vindolanda for "a rolling programme of displays" in 2012.

"Day of Blood" sparks interest of Peninsula Clarion

Every year the Shire of Hrafnafjordr in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula meets at the "Day of Blood" event to select the shire's heavy weapons champion. This year Joseph Robertia, a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion investigated to discover what the SCA was all about.

June 13th

Atenveldt Spring Coronation 2009 photos

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels has created an album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

To see Roman France, go south

When asked the best way to view the Roman heritage of France, Patrick Périn, the director of the Musée des Antiquités Nationales replied, "Go South." That is what travel reporter Elaine Sciolino did to research her article for the New York Times. (photos)

Anno Societatis "?"

Constantly confused about what year it is in SCA terms? The SCA Calendar web page can help. The page provides a table of modern dates and their corresponding SCA dates from May 1, 1966 to April 30, 2011.

Defining the Middle Ages

Many re-enactors have difficulty defining the time period of the Middle Ages or the term "medieval." Wikipedia can help. The free encyclopedia has a comprehensive page with many links that can help answer questions about what the Middle Ages really were all about.

June 12th

Archery range relocated at Pennsic War

The staff of Pennsic War XXXVIII has announced that, due to insurance concerns, the archery range has been relocated from the top of Mount Eislinn to a new field above the B Blocks.

Dragonsfire Tor Guardian photos online

Caelin on Andrede has created an album of photos from the recent Dragonsfire Tor Guardian event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

Warriors of History Tournament returns to Pennsic War

Baron Diomedes Sebastianus reports that the 4th Annual Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament, sponsored by the Kingdom of the East, will take place on the Wednesday of Pennsic XXXVIII's War Week on the main battlefield. This is a new location.

Pictures from Jararvellir's May Day and Crown Tournament

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Chronicler of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares memories and photos from the recent Crown Tournament and May Day in Jararvellir.

June 11th

Lochac May Crown Tournament 2009 photos

Clare, Baroness of Southron Gaard, reports that photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac are now available to view on the Southron Gaard Gallery website.

Khukhragarh Fort excavations shed light on 12th century Indian empire

Archaeologists working in the Bero region of Jharkhand, India have discovered the remains of Khukhragarh Fort, a 12th century stronghold of the Nagvanshi rulers. The discovery was the first concrete evidence for the existence of the dynasty.

Swiss Guard may open ranks to women

The 500-year-old Swiss Guard, which protects the Vatican, may revoke its centuries-old ban on service by women, according to Commander Daniel Anrig. "I can imagine them for one role or another," he told Italian television.

Pictures from Twin Moons Baronial Investiture

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent Investiture in the Barony of Twin Moons, Kingdom of Atenveldt.

June 10th

16th century acorn button declared treasure

Experts from the British Museum have authenticated a silver button, fashioned in the shape of an acorn, and declared it treasure. They have dated it to the 16th century. (photo)

Sweden's first Viking shipwreck found in Lake Vänern

Marine archaeologists believe they have found the first Viking shipwreck ever discovered in Swedish waters. A rib from the ship was found recently in Lake Vänern, the country's largest lake, by the Swedish Coastguard. The rest of the vessel was covered by sediment.

Photos from Spring 2009 East Kingdom Crown Tourney online

Cateline reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. The photos have been posted on Picasa.

Weavolution web site goes live

Weavolution, a social networking site for people interested in various weaving crafts, is now online for beta test after months of work by site designers.

June 9th

Sale of 16th century torture devices to benefit Amnesty International

"Shame masks," "tongue tearers," and "witch-hunters" are among the 250 items of torture dating to the 16th century to be auctioned by New York's Guernsey's auction house. The items, from a privately-owned collection, will be sold, with the proceeds going to "Amnesty International and other organizations committed to preventing torture."

North American Frame Drum Association to hold workshop in October

NAFDA, the North American Frame Drum Association, will sponsor a workshop featuring drummers from around the world on October 17, 2009 in North Hollywood, California.

Tapestry weaving documentation online

Finnish weaver Rauno Huikari, known in the SCA as Rakonczay Gergely, has created online documentation for his latest project, the Arms of Cardinal Wolsey with Cardinal´s hat and includes four illustrated sections with explanations.

June 8th

Knighting of Sir Jost von Luck video online

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted a 9-minute video chronicling the knighting ceremony of Sir Jost von Luck which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Talonval members hold recruitment demo at Jackson Community College

About 20 members of the Midrealm's Shire of Talonvale took their love of the Middle Ages to the campus streets recently when they held a recruitment demo at Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan. Heather Guenther of the Jackson Citizen Patriot had the story. (photos)

Rapier fighters add to atmosphere in Knoxville Italian street fair

The consensus regarding the Knoxville, TN Rossini Italian Street Fair is that it was "just general, all-around fun." Contributing to the festivities were members of the local SCA group, who offered a fencing demonstration for the 70,000 attendees. Matt Lakin of knoxnews.com had the story.

Photos from Spring 2009 Mists Coronet online

Santiago reports that he has posted an album of photos on his SmugMug website from the Spring 2009 Coronet which took place in the Principality of the Mists, West Kingdom.

June 7th

New book looks at perception of the Druids in Great Britain

The popular perception of the Druid as either a sage with a long beard or a blood-thirsty expert in human sacrifice is the topic of a new book by Bristol University professor Ronald Hutton: Blood and Mistletoe: a History of the Druids in Britain.

"History Comes to Life" at Border Downs fighter practice

News reporter Drew Sandholm of KSFY Action News in Sioux Falls, South Dakota went "inside the underground world of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., where people escape by dressing up and fighting Medieval-style."

Photos from 2009 Mists/Cynagua War online

Miyake Nobuhiro has posted his album of photos from the recent Mists/Cynagua War in the Kingdom of the West on his Flickr website.

June 6th

Estrella War XXVI is a go!

Lord Reynier de Viere of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office writes to squelch rumors that Estrella War XXVI would not happen.

Pre-Mongol burial artifacts found in Detinets, Russia

Engineers working on a construction project near Detinets, Russia, the site of the citadel of the ancient Novgorod, have found fragments of medieval sarcophagi and stone crosses believed to date to the 12th-13th centuries.