Archive - 2009 - Story

September 30th

Festival of Ancient Heritage celebrated in Bulgaria

An international gathering of Roman re-enactors met recently in Svishtov, Bulgaria to celebrate the Festival of Ancient Heritage with re-creations of Roman military life and battles. (photo gallery)

Return of the Plague Doctor

Bring out your dead! These words will ring true once again in our current Middle Ages. The sights and sounds of the season will bring forth the return of The Plague Mask, October 29 through November 1 at Ft. Gaines in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Sir Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdallah victor of Summits Coronet

Krysta reports that Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdall, KSCA, was the winner of the recent Coronet in the Principality of the Summits, Kingdom of AnTir.

September 29th

Anglo-Saxon dye and textile bibliography

The Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey (ASPNS) has created a bibliography of sources for Dye and Textile History, including sections for Ancient World Dyes and Pigments and Medieval Dyes and Pigments.

Outlands Fall 2009 Crown Tournament photos online

Ethanandannie has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos have been posted on their Flickr website.

Sites of conquest

A new series of articles in the online BBC History Magazine will cover famous historical sites. The first article looks at ten "places associated with the momentous events of 1066 and its aftermath."

September 28th

Canadians to search for New World's oldest church

Experts from the Newfoundland and Labrador archaeological communities are making plans to begin a search for a 510-year-old church on the western shore of Conception Bay, thought to be North America's earliest Christian settlement.

Pictures from The Skye is the Limit

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares written and photographic memories of her recent trip to Barony of Castel Rouge for The Skye is the Limit.

Ancient art of falconry aids California vineyards

California vintners, desperate to save their grape harvests fro the ravages of starlings, have turned to other birds for help: falcons. Gloria Hillard has an audio report from NPR's Weekend Edition.(photo)

September 27th

Tudor bells return to Ipswich

Five 500-year-old church bells, believed to be the oldest in England, have been returned to St Lawrence Church, in Ipswich, Suffolk after a UK£100,000 restoration project. The bells had previously not been rung for 20 years due to their poor condition.

Paisley loo is archaeologists' dream

“What’s unusual is that it hasn’t been messed with. This is a loo that hasn’t been flushed for 500 years. We have a kind of sealed environment, containing artefacts like the earliest known piece of Scottish music, which we found scratched into pieces of slate," said archaeology professor Steven Driscoll of the recent excavation of a 15th century Scottish sanitation drain.

Gajalakshmi statue found in Kashmir

A small statue of the Hindu goddess of wealth Gajalakshmi has been discovered at Nagbal Lesser village in Jammu and Kashmir. The stone carving dates to the 6th or 7th century C.E.

September 26th

Law firm recognizes "historic value" of ancient deeds

John Ward, of the wills and estates planning department at Napthens, in Winckley Square, Preston, England, was delighted to be able to be able to handle a recent find at the law firm: the property deeds establishing poor houses, and property deeds dating to the 1550s.

15th century Scottish palace excavated

Experts from Murray Archeological Services are overseeing excavation of the site of a 15th century palace, occupied by Bishop Carnock, near Brechin Cathedral in Scotland. STV has the story. (video)

Stefan's Florilegium for September 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has released his updates for Stefan's Florilegium for September 2009.

September 25th

Canterbury's oak rafters date to Norman times

Restoration work at England's Canterbury Cathedral has uncovered oak roof rafters dating to the time of William the Conqueror. While much of the cathedral's roof has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, some of the 11th century timbers survive.

18 million parish records to be published online by ancestry.co.uk

In the mid-16th century, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's vicar-general, began the collecting of London parish records. Now 18 million of these records will be available on the ancestry.co.uk website.

Land grudge brought about Bosworth treachery

Historians have long held that Richard III was killed at Bosworth field in retribution for his slaying of his nephews, the young, rightful heirs, but new evidence may show a different motive: a decade-old power struggle between Richard and William Stanley.

Voice of America features Pennsic War video footage

The Voice of America's TV bureau was on hand to chronicle Pennsic 38, with over three minutes of excellent video in a feature story that has been posted on YouTube.

September 24th

Ianuk's Pictures of Atenveldt's St. Felix Demo and Fall 2009 Crown

Ianuk reports that she has created several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Atenveldt including Fall 2009 Crown Tournament. The photos are on her KodakGallery website.

Talking medieval philosphy with Ian Mortimer

The Medievalists' Network website has posted an interview with Dr. Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century.

September 23rd

Res Ducis training videos on YouTube

Duke Gaston, of the Res Ducis, challenges other Dukes of the SCA to post training videos on YouTube. To take part in the challenge, Dukes must "post at least one video per month for 12 consecutive months starting in August."

Lost William Weston letter documents English exploration of North America

Experts at England's Bristol University are excited by the discovery of a "long-lost" letter written by King Henry VII which references the voyage of merchant William Weston to the new World in 1499. (photo)

Three elevated at Midrealm's Harvest Days

Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad, Baroness of Red Spears, reports that at Harvest Days in the Canton of Winged Hills, Middle Kingdom, Their Majesties Eikbrandr and Runa elevated three members of Their populace to Peerages. Several members of the populace took photos of the two courts.

September 22nd

The treasures of Greek Istanbul

Many of the treasures of historic Istanbul, Turkey find their origins in their Greek past. Kristian Kamp of Today's Zaman looks at the Greek and Byzantine heritage of the city on the Bosporus, from its earliest days as the town of Chalcedon to its heyday as the Byzantine center of the Christian church.

Native map chronicles history of post-conquest peoples

Scholars are actively studying a mid-16th century map painted on amate paper made from tree bark which "tells sacred stories and speaks of pilgrimages, wars, medicine, plants, marriages, rituals and heroes of the Cuauhtinchan community," the Mexican people of modern Southwest U.S.

Atenveldt Crown Tourney captures local imagination

Roses were the theme of the day at the recent Atenveldt Crown Tournament as fighters from around the Kingdom met to determine the next Heirs to the Throne. Bill Hess of the Herald/Review visited the event in Fort Huachica, Arizona to learn what the SCA is all about. (photos)

September 21st

"Presenting the Roman Frontiers – Communicating the Evidence" at Newcastle University

A group of over 300 international specialists on Roman archaeology met recently at Newcastle University to discuss Roman frontier heritage sites and how they are presented to the public.

Two offered Peerages at Outlands Crown Tourney

Aldyth reports that Their Majesties of the Outlands placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to peerage at Their recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament.

SCA equestrians shine at "Day of the Horse"

It was a day for horses, auctions and scavenger hunts - but mostly horses - when the Conejo Creek Equestrian Park hosted a benefit event for Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship and California Coastal Horse Rescue, two non-profits who help horses and the disabled. The local SCA group was on hand with their equestrian unit. (photos)