Archive - 2009 - Story

March 18th

Mongolian dogs "brave and deadly"

An article for Mongolia-Attractions.com discusses the characteristics of the dogs, which have changed little since the time of the Huns.

Shakespeare Facebooked

If William Shakespeare had had a Facebook or MySpace account, what might it have looked like? Mike McPhaden thinks he knows with Wm. Shakespeare's Five and Twenty Random Things Abovt Me. (PG-13 for language)

March 17th

Her Majesty invites you for a visit

Did you know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England has a website? Indeed She does, and one where you may enjoy a virtual tour of Windsor Castle, walk through the gardens at Buckingham Palace, or the gallery of royal paintings.

More Estrella War XXV photos online

Grainne of the Kingdom of Atenveldt has posted her album of photos from the recent Estrella War XXV on Photobucket.

The Silver Hoard of the XXV Estrella War A&S Competition

One of the categories for the XXV Estrella War Arts and Sciences Competition was that of A Silver Based Entry. The winning entry was A 10th Century Viking Hoard entered by HE Ivan Petrovich, OL, KSCA; HE Ianuk Raventhourne, OL and Sir Steffan von Hessen, KSCA.

March 16th

Sketch of da Vinci in middle age found

After months of restoration, a sketch, thought to be an early self portrait of Leonard da Vinci, has been discovered. The drawing was found was covered by handwriting. (video)

Ianuk's Estrella XXV photos

Ianuk from the Kingdom of Atenveldt has posted albums of photos from the recent Estrella War XXV on her Kodakgallery website.

Musical ear helps British metal detectorist find medieval ring

Douglas Fletcher of Flint, England has a fancy French metal detector which emits a differently-pitched sound for different metals. This, along with a musician's sense of pitch, allowed him to discover a silver ring dating to the 14th century.

Historic Midrealm videos online

Pan Zygmunt Nadratowski of the Middle Kingdom has announced that he has begun a project to post video of past Crown Tournaments in order to help preserve the history of the Kingdom.

March 15th

Estrella War XXV videos online

Adriana has posted a collection of videos shot at the recent Estrella War XXV on YouTube.

Bulgarian and British team will study early European settlement

Archaeologists from Bulgaria and Great Britain are joining efforts to begin research in the area of the lower Danube River, concentrating on the 5th through 7th centuries. The goal of the project is to study "changes in lifestyle and social life in the transitional period from antiquity to the Middle Ages."

Teenage "witch" to receive Christian burial

Archaeologists in Kent, England have found the remains of a young girl buried in unconsecrated ground beneath a holly tree. They believe that the girl, whose head had been removed and buried beside the body, had been a criminal or accused of witchcraft.

Big Picture Pool For Estrella War

Godfrey von Rheinfels reports that a Big Picture Pool for Estrella War XXV has been created on Flickr. He encourages those with Flickr accounts who took photos at the War to contribute.

March 14th

Estrella War - Thank You, for Everything

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, sends Her thanks to those who contributed their efforts during the recent War.

Galileo's digit part of anniversary exhibit

An exhibit honoring the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observations will include 250 objects from the scientist's life. Included will be Galileo's right, middle finger, displayed in a crystal jar.

Meridies Midwinter A&S photos online

Jerusha reports that she has posted photos from the recent Midwinter A&S event in the Kingdom of Meridies on her Facebook website.

March 13th

Drought may have brought down Angkor Wat

Historians have long debated the cause of the collapse of the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia. Now, through the study of tree rings, they believe that the city was brought low by a massive drought.

Known World Handbook editor seeks contributions

Baron Kainin, Known World Handbook Editor-in-Chief and Deputy to the President, SCA, Inc., requests the submission of articles to be included in the new edition of the book.

Photos "showcase" Estrella XXV's Artisans' Showcase

Kuria Aurelia Chrysanthina Dalassene, Emergency Deputy to the Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, shares an album of photos of the Artisans' Showcase at Estrella War XXV.

Re-enactor photos used to promote historical novel

SCA member Nan Hawthorn has used battle images of La Compagnie du Frankland in a short video promoting her new historical novel An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England.

March 12th

Display of artifacts from Shah Abbas I at British Museum

A new exhibit of Iranian art dating to the 16th and 17th centuries is now open at the British Museum in London. Shah 'Abba's The Remaking of Iran will run through June 2009.

Example of anti-plague burial ritual unearthed in Venice

Archaeologists excavating medieval mass graves in Venice have uncovered a woman buried with a brick in her mouth to stop her chewing on her bloody burial shroud after death, a practice believed at that time to spread the plague.

Photos from Estrella XXV

Hrothgar and Amba, from the Kingdom of Calontir, share photos from the recent Estrella War XXV.

Thousands of historical documents lost in building collapse

The City Archives building in Cologne, Germany collapsed unexpectedly on March 3, 2009. Six stories of archival storage were destroyed, including documents dating from the 10th century and the minutes of Cologne town council meetings recorded in an unbroken line back to 1376.

March 11th

Past and present Estrella pictures online

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall reports that her photographically-inclined brother Weldon A. Rogers has posted albums from Estrella XXV, as well as from XXIII and XXIV, on her Flickr website.

Artist creates Known World Atlas

A full-color atlas of the SCA Known World is now available to purchase from Gurgling Gargoyle Games. The atlas was created by cartographer and geologist Guy Comstock.

"Functionally invisible" medieval documents now cataloged

Thousands of medieval manuscripts have been digitized over the past few years, but according to researchers they are buried in hundreds of search engine hits on the Internet.

March 10th

Spirits reign in 12th century French house

Writer, chef, and cooking school owner Susan Herrmann Loomis suspects that spirits may inhabit one room of her 12th century house in Louviers, a small Norman town north of Paris. Ronert P. Walzer of the New York Times looks at Loomis' renovation of the labyrinthan house into a home and cooking school.

Sarr beads on Wikipedia

A Wikipedia entry chronicles a collection of Anglo-Saxon beads found in a cemetery in Sarr in the mid-19th century. The site includes a large drawing of the various beads.

Polish re-enactor tour

Eryk Jadaszewski reports that an Husaria Tour of Poland will take place August 11 - 24, 2009, and will include "participation in the Vivat Vasa event held annually at the 800 year old Gniew Castle."