Archive - Aug 2009 - Story

Viking video available on Hulu

A 40-minute film: Vikings: Journey to New Worlds is available for free download on the video website Hulu.

2009 William Blackfox Awards announced

Herr Otto von Schwyz, SCA Society Chronicler, has announced the winners of the 2009 William Blackfox Awards, honors given annually for excellence in newsletter content and design.

A toast to the Lady from Memphis

Lady Ceara inghean Lasair of the Shire of Smythkepe in Gleann Abhann shares a story from the recent Aphar Faire event which demonstrates the true spirit of the SCA.

August 30th

Battlefield vigiling of Kaylah the Cheerful of Ealdormere

On August 3, 2009 Their Majesties of Ealdormere placed Kaylah the Cheerful on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry. The vigiling took place on the battlefield at Pennsic XXXVIII. Eyrny captured the moment on video.

Well-preserved Kaupang found in western Norway

A team of Norwegian archaeologists has discovered a well-preserved Kaupang (Viking trading post) in Lærdal, Sogn og Fjordane County in western Norway. The site includes the remains of more than 30 buildings. (drawing)

Successors chosen to lead Barony of Rising Waters

Aeneas and Aibhilin, current Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters in the Kingdom of Ealdormere, have announced that their successors have been chosen. The new Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters will be Baron Richard Larmer and Lady Annabelle.

August 29th

1,000-year-old tree mark discovered in Prague

Archaeologists have discovered a star-shaped tree mark near Celakovice in the Czech Republic. The mark, probably the oldest such mark ever discovered, is believed to have marked territory.

Facial hair of the Middle Ages

On her medieval history page, Karen Larsdatter shares research and links on beard styles of the Middle Ages -- from peasants to princes -- from 12th century to the 15th.

Wooden structure precursor of Hadrian's Wall

According to archaeologist Geoff Carter, the stone structure of Hadrian's Wall may not have been the first to cross northern England. Carter believes a wooden wall, spanning 117 km, was built first.

August 28th

Patrick O'Malley new Heir to Caid Crown

Madelena reports that Sir Patrick O'Malley was the victor of the August 22, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Caid. Sir Patrick was inspired in his endeavor by THLady Kara the Twin.

Peace of Lissberg photos online

Elisande has posted an album of photos from the Peace at Lissberg event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are on Picasa Web.

August 27th

Fountain project reveals medieval treasures in Peterborough

A project to install fountains in Peterborough, England's Cathedral Square has given archaeologists a glimpse of life in the medieval town. "We have found a whole manner of objects, from coins to really chunky old door keys," said city museum archaeologist Ben Robinson.

Alaric and Nerissa, last Viceroy and Vicereine of Insulae Draconis

The last Viceregal tournament for the Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis (Kingdom of Drachenwald) took place at Raglan Faire on 22 August 2009.

SCA is "a matter of a shared love of history" in Artemisia

The Barony of Arn Hold, in Artemisia, held a fighter practice and demo at a public park in the Boise, Idaho area. Reporter Deanna Darr of the Boise Weekly was on hand to interview participants, and created a very nice, detailed feature article.

August 26th

Online registration open for Estrella War XXVI

Lord Reynier de Vriere, Internal Media Deputy for Estrella War XXVI, reports that online registration via the ACCEPS system is now available for the event.

Master Liam's photos of Pennsic 38

Nearly 1,000 pictures of Pennsic 38 are posted on Master Liam St. Liam's web site for public enjoyment.

Dover Castle Great Tower gets "Versace-esque bling"

It took two years and cost UK£2.45m, but English Heritage's project to recreate the opulence of Henry II's England has paid off. A team of experts has restored Dover Castle's Great Tower to its creation in 1179 after the visit of the French king to the shrine of Thomas Becket. (photos)

August 25th

New excavations at Black Sea fortress

After a 6th century earthquake destroyed the town of Dionisopolis, Byzantine emperors built a stronghold at Balchik, overlooking the Black Sea. Now a new team of experts hope to reveal more secrets of the site.

Northshield's song of battle at Pennsic XXXVIII

As the warriors of Northshield prepared for battle at Pennsic 38, Lord Svein Tunheim offered a battle song. The moment was captured on video and is available on YouTube.

Family entertainment solution for hard economic times

“It’s something that’s fun for people who enjoy history, and it’s a great event that the whole family can come be a part of and have fun while they’re doing it,” said Louise Duchatte Bleu about the SCA at a recent event at the Manteca Senior Center in Manteca, California. Jason Campbell of the Manteca Bulletin has the story (slideshow)

August 24th

High-res survey reveals Roman farming community

Recent high-resolution geophysical surveys of the Roman town of Venta Icenorum in Norfolk, England, show that the town may have included agricultural areas, a discovery that contradicts earlier theories of the town's dense population. (graphic)

Gleann Abhann photos from Pennsic 38

Jakob from the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann has posted two albums of photos from the recent Pennsic war XXXVIII. They are available on his SmugMug website.

Georg of Glacier's Edge winner of Oertha Coronet

Baron Khevron reports that Georg of Glacier's Edge, inspired by Katarzina Porajski, was the victor of the recent Coronet in the Principality of Oertha, West Kingdom.

August 23rd

Astrolabe for the iPhone

Feeling the need to navigate by the stars -- with the help of your cell phone? Then the Astrolabe for the iPhone™ is just the applet for you!

Sofya La Rus to be elevated to Laurel in Calontir

Mikhail, of the Kingdom of Calontir, has announced that HL Sofya La Rus has been placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Laurel.

Site of large Roman hospital found in Moravia

Once a part of a fortified complex, a Roman hospital, "described as the largest preserved site of its kind north of the Danube," has been found in South Moravia. The site dates to the 2nd century.

August 22nd

Sawayama Castle excavation captures romance of feudal Japan

Archaeologists working on the excavation of Sawayama Castle in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, hope that their discoveries will give new understanding to its owner, Ishida Mitsunari, whose defeat marked the end of the feudal Sengoku (Warring States) period.

Pictures from Kingdom A&S Faire/St. Radegund's Faire

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares her photos from Northshield's Kingdom A&S Faire - St. Radegund's Faire. The pictures are posted on the Northshield Gallery.

Roman streets uncovered in Plovdiv

Archaeologists working on a large Roman site in Plovdiv, Bulgaria have discovered two Roman-era streets and the home of a Roman nobleman.

August 21st

SCAdian finds opportunity in "Napa Valley of mead"

For years, Adam Kittel made mead in his garage before perfecting his product. Now, the Loveland, Colorado SCAdian has opened Bacchus Meadery in "the Napa Valley of mead." Shelley Widhalm of the Loveland Reporter-Herald reports. (photo)