Archive - 2009 - Story

October 20th

Bosphorus tunnel project creates "Indiana Jones-type" archaeological dig

When construction workers for Istanbul's overwhelmed subway system opened up a tunnel running under the Bosphorus Strait, they expected to begin a process to relieve the traffic congestion. Instead, they uncovered the lost Byzantine port of Theodosius, complete with "an ancient armada: 34 Byzantine ships ranging from dating between the 7th and 11th centuries AD."

Roman skeleton really Goth

The 5th century skeleton of a man, discovered in 1972 in Gloucester, England, has been identified as a Goth, originating from east of the Danube River. Experts feel that the man was most likely a Roman soldier.

Pictures from Northshield Fall 2009 Crown Tourney

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield's Kingdom Chronicler, reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament. The album has been posted on the Northshield Gallery.

October 19th

Two elevated to Pelican at Riverwar

Cateline la broderesse shares photos from Riverwar, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The event saw the elevation of Mistress Jehannine de Flandres Janine and Master Ryan Mac Faoitigh (Ryan McWhyte) to the Order of the Pelican.

Dazzling, dizzying Lyon

Nestled between the Rhône and the Saône rivers in east-central France, the city of Lyon offers visitors 2,000 years of history. Tourists are encouraged to visit by Andrea Bolitho in a recent blog forFrance Today.

2009 Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos taken by Lia de Thornegge from the 2009 Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney and posted it on the Two Ravens website.

October 18th

US Army construction site unearths Roman settlement

A team of archaeologists from Mainz University have discovered what they believe is a 3rd century Roman settlement near Wiesbaden, Germany. The site was found during excavations for a new US$133 million Army Corps of Engineers housing project.

Viking combat expert to speak in Syracuse area

William Short, SCA member and author of the book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques, will speak at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY, on, October 29, 2009. The presentation will include a discussion of Viking fighting techniques and weapons.

October 17th

Sir Radagaisus Vidigoia Balthi Victorious in Middle Kingdom Crown Tourney

Sir Radagaisus (Rutgur) Vidigoia Balthi has proven victorious in the Middle Kingdom Fall Crown Tournament. Prince Radagaisus fought for the honor of his lady, Baroness Ceinwen ferch Elidir O'Denbigh.

Sir Tom Tinntinnabulum victorious in Northshield Crown Tournament

Adeliz reports that Tom Tinntinnabulum, inspired by Sigrid de la Mare, was the winner of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Contenders for East Kingdom Crown announced

Legio Draconis has posted the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East.

October 16th

Deadliest Warriors needed

Count Sir Balin of Tor, who has appeared on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior program, has announced that producers are seeking "warriors who can portray and demonstrate the techniques of the historical warriors" portrayed on the program.

Ealdormere Fall 2009 Crown List announced

Nigel and Adrielle, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, have announced the list of Their combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament. The list has been published on Legio Draconis.

Thorvaldr and Fiona new Heirs to Drachenwald

Lady Odindisa Bragisdottir reports that Thorvaldr, inspired by Fiona, was the winner of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

"Missouri farmer" creates western martial arts school in Tokyo

Longtime SCA member Jay Noyes, a 40-year-old self-described "farmer from Missouri," had a dream. He wanted to bring the medieval combat he remembered from his days in the SCA to Japan, where he moved in 1991. To accomplish this, he created Avalon, a medieval history group, and started Castle Tintagel, a school for western martial arts in Tokyo. Edan Corkill of the Japan Times has the story.(photos)

October 15th

Midrealm Fall 2009 Coronation pictures online

Hilla Hamasdohtor has posted an album of photos from the October 3, 2009 Coronation of Dag and AnneMarie in the Kingdom of the Middle.

Bones of unidentified saint found in Bulgarian cathedral

Archaeologists working at the site of a medieval church, part of the fortress of Perperikon in Bulgaria, have discovered a bronze cross bearing remains dating to the 5th-7th centuries C.E. "These are broken and decayed bones, most definitely of a saint," Professor Ovcharov said.

A newcomer's view of Slay the Hydra

Thomas Willoughby of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, loaned his camera to a new fighter of his acquaintance who was attending his first event, Slay the Hydra, with the instruction, "take a picture of ANYTHING that he found interesting." The results can be seen in an album of photos posted on Flickr.

Translations of classic fencing texts released

Richard, from the Kingdom of Lochac, reports that two classic fencing manuals are now available for study. A new translation by Ken Mondschein of Camillo Agrippa's manual of 1553, the earliest Italian rapier text, is available for purchase, while the English translation of Ettenhard's manual from 1675 can be read online.

October 14th

Gwynna Emrys elevated to Pelican at Meridies Coronation

Yves de Fortanier, Clerk of Precedence for the Kingdom of Meridies, reports that at Their recent Coronation, Their Majesties Boru and Deirdre elevated Viscountess Gwynna Emrys to the Order of the Pelican.

The St. Albans Psalter to be displayed in Germany

The St. Albans Psalter, one of the world's best examples of manuscripts from the Romanesque period, is a cherished possession of the the Dombibliothek Hildesheim in Hildesheim, Germany. The removal of its binding has enabled the Dom-Museum Hildesheim to display individual leaves from the book in a special exhibit which will run December 9, 2009 until January 24, 2010. (photos)

Mongolian games celebrate "manly sports"

An annual festival dating to the 13th century is considered the Mogolian "Olympics." The event features the "manly sports" — horse racing, wrestling and archery. Louisa Lim of NPR has the story. (audio)

Slay the Hydra photos

Gleann Abhann Historian Baroness Barbara Sterling reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Slay the Hydra event which took place September 26, 2009 in Vogelburg.

October 13th

Kingdom of Acre medieval festival video online

Julie O'Grady has created a video highlighting events at the recent Sands Point Medieval Fair hosted by the Kingdom of Acre (Medieval Scenarios and Recreations, Ltd.). The video is available on YouTube.

"Zombies" attack Gleann Abhann Royals

The recent Coronation of William II and Onora II was not without incident as Their Majesties' retinue was overcome with a fit of zombie-ism. The frightening event was chronicled by Kingdom Historian Baroness Barbara Sterling in a missive to Baroness Morgana of the Mists.

October 12th

7th century Islamic manuscripts from the J.J. Marcel collection online

In 1864, the Imperal Library of Russia acquired the "collection of ancient Kufic Qur'ans on parchment bought from Mme Desnoyer, heiress of Arabist Marcel who was among the members of the learned French expedition to Egypt equipped by Bonapart," a magnificent set of about 2000 parchment leaves in Arabic, illuminated in full color and gold.

Barony of Atenveldt 40th Anniversary photos online

Hrefna has created an album of photos from the recent 40th Anniversary event in the Barony of Atenveldt. The photos have been posted in PhotoBucket. Godfrey von Rheinfels has also posted a video from the event as well as an album on Flickr.

West Kingdom victor offers romantic proposal

West Kingdom herald Caoilinn Rose Maddox gives a "herald's point of view" of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. The Tourney was won by Sir Uther Schiemann der Hunt, inspired by Kára Báreksdóttir, who received a romantic proposal. (photos)

October 11th

Visitors invited to view processing of Anglo-Saxon grave finds

Visitors to the town of Sittingbourne, England have a rare opportunity to watch the processing of artifacts from an Anglo-Saxon burial site. (photos and video)

New performances on CalonSound

Mathurin reports that several new Jubilee performances have been added to the CalonSound project website.