Archive - 2009 - Story

January 4th

American reforestation may have led to "Little Ice Age"

A new study by Stanford University researchers suggests that the reforestation of areas in the Americas following the collapse of pre-Columbian population centers may have triggered the Little Ice Age which occurred from 1500 to 1750.

Mountains Gate at the 2008 Placerville Christmas Parade

Miriam reports that a small album of photos taken at the 2008 Placerville Christmas Parade are now available online. The Shire of Mountains Gate (Kingdom of the West) participated in the parade.

January 3rd

Outlands War Practice photos online

Meisha reports that she has posted photos from the recent War Practice in the Barony of Unser Hafen (Kingdom of the Outlands) on her Flickr account.

Deadline reminders for Estrella War

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reminds attendees of the upcoming War that deadlines are rpiadly approaching.

Henry VIII: "the man who really invented England."

Historian and curator David Starkey hopes to give those visiting the new exhibit on the life of England's King Henry VIII a fresh look at the monarch. Starkey said the exhibition would go beyond most people's perceptions of Henry and find "the man who really invents England."

January 2nd

Rare straw helmet on display at the Met

Warning: This helmet will not pass SCA inspection! Lady Maggie has discovered an online catalog entry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art showing a 16th century plaited straw helmet decorated with cut velvet and embroidery. (photo)

Petrarca IV photos online

Frau Anna Syveken shares photos from the recent Petrarca IV: Save Your Souls event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

January 1st

Charles de Bourbon to become Laurel in Gleann Abhann

At the recent Christmas Revel event in the Barony of Axemoor, Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann placed THL Charles de Bourbon on vigil in preparation for elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Following the path of our Scotch-Irish ancestors

"Growing up in North Carolina, I always knew we had a huge group of Scotch-Irish settlers in the Piedmont of the Carolinas, but I didn't understand their ancestry. Were they from Scotland or Ireland?" Jennifer Hudson Taylor looks for an answer on her blog.

Byzantine emperor graces coins found in Jerusalem treasure hoard

Israeli archaeologist Doron Ben-Ami is excited about the discovery of a hoard of 7th century coins found concealed in a Jerusalem wall. The coins, which bear the likeness of Byzantine emperor Heraclius, were most likely hidden to keep them from invading Persians.