Archive - 2009 - Story

October 11th

War of the Pearls photos online

The Gleann Abhann Historian, Baroness Barbara Sterling, has posted an album of photos from the Kingdom's recent War of the Pearls event.

October 10th

SCA: "like adults playing dress up and getting away with it"

The Barony of Ravensfort, in the Houston, Texas area, turns 20 this year. They celebrated the anniversary at their annual event, Defender of the Fort. Matthew Jackson of the Huntsville Item spoke recently with Seneschal Lady Giovanna Lena Caronna (Carolyn Pace) about SCA life.

Abbasid Period village found in Qatar

A joint team of French and Qatari archaeologists is excited about the discovery of a 9th century town, "a remarkable village of 220 houses, two forts and two mosques," buried for centuries beneath the sands of northwest Qatar.

Murder or execution in Venta Icenorum?

"This is an abnormal burial," said archaeologist Will Bowden of the University of Nottingham, about the discovery of a male skeleton, buried with his hands tied behind his back. "It could be that the person was murdered or executed, although this is still a matter of speculation." (photo)

October 9th

Tudor life at Hampton Court Palace

Dame Alys Katharine of the Midrealm reports that the Hampton Court Palace website includes a series of short videos celebrating Tudor times, cooking, and the life of King Henry VIII.

Midrealm Fall 2009 Crown List announced

Their Majesties Dag and AnneMarie, King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, have announced the list of combatants for Their Crown Tournament which will take place October 17, 2009 in the Barony of Illiton.

Daman MacMillan victorious in Artemisia Crown Tourney

Lady Sine Fergusson of Kintyre reports that Daman MacMillan, inspired by Darcie MacMillan, was the winner of the October 3, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. (photos)

October 8th

Estrella War News You Can Use

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office has the latest updates on the upcoming War.

Dagorhir Ragnarok 2010 at Cooper's Lake Campground

Ragnarok will be held at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, PA, the week of June 13th-20th, 2010.

October 7th

Calontir Fall 2009 Coronation photos online

Eowyth da Sidend reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Coronation in the Kingdom of Calotir. They are posted on her Picasa website.

SCA Begins in Thailand

As of the West Kingdom's October Crown, the Society for Creative Anachronism officially has members and an incipient Canton in a country where it has never existed before: the modern Kingdom of Thailand.

October 6th

Kells beauty "in the (crossed) eyes of the creators"

The intricate and precise artwork of the manuscripts of 7th and 8th century England and Ireland, including the Book of Kells, has amazed artists and scholars for centuries. Now paleontologist John Cisne believes he knows how it was done. (photo)

12th century sgraffito pottery found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists working on excavation of a fortress on Trapezita Hill in the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo have discovered a fragment of a 12th century vessel using the sgraffito technique. The very rare fragment bears the name and image of a person.

Midrealm college students to establish Medieval Society at Bowling Green

Bowling Green State University students in Bowling Green, Ohio have a long history of involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism in the local community. Now, to bring medieval life back on campus, a group of students hope to create the BGSU Medieval Society. Michelle Olmstead of the BGViews has the story.

October 5th

Jugglers, knights and dragons draw crowds at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Ren met SCA at the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in New Mexico, where members of both communities entertained the crowds. Staci Matlock of The New Mexican visited the Fair and reports. (photos)

Austrian museum photos online

Racaire reports that she has posted a number of albums of photos from her recent museum excursions on her Flickr website.

Spider silk tapestry unique creation

It took weavers in Madagascar four years to complete a golden 11-by-4-foot tapestry made completely of spider silk. The only one of its kind in the world, the tapestry is kept safe in a glass case in the American Museum of Natural History. Christopher Joyce of NPR has an audio story.

October 4th

Roman military camps found on Austrian amber road

The discovery of three Roman military camps "will rewrite the history of the Romans in Austria," said Stefan Groh, the leader of the Austrian Archeological Institute team which discovered the camps near Strebersdorf. The sites were found on the amber road, the ancient trading route which runs through the country.

Lost settlement of Argall Towne found

Alain Outlaw of Archaeological & Cultural Solutions, has been looking for Argall Towne since 1975. The elusive, short-lived settlement was started in 1617 near Jamestown, Virginia, by Capt. Samuel Argall, best known for kidnapping Pocahontas in 1613.

Hadrian's wall cemetery to be excavated

Excavation has begun on "the first systematic excavation of a cemetery on Hadrian's Wall," a Roman cremation cemetery which is part of the World Heritage Site at Birdoswald Fort, Cumbri.

October 3rd

King Arthur I: What might have been

Had he lived, what sort of king would Arthur, oldest son of King Henry VII, have been? An article on PhysOrg.com ponders the question with the help of Dr Steven Gunn, Lecturer in Modern History at Merton College, and one of the editors of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales: Life, Death and Commemoration.

Photos of Thomas the Inquisitive online

Eirik Andersen has created an album of historic photos from the earliest days of the Kingdom of Ealdormere and posted them on the Two Ravens website. The photos are from the collection of Thomas the Inquisitive.

Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found

The BBC is reporting on a treasure find in England that rivals that of the Sutton Hoo burial, if not in quality then certainly in quantity.

October 2nd

The Known World Handbook Needs Your Help

Baron Kainin, Known World Handbook Deputy to the President, SCA, Inc., requests the help of SCA members to complete the project by contributing articles on a number of subjects.

Farewell to Duchess Kolfinna Kottr

We sadly report that Duchess Kolfinna Kottr, KSCA, OP, modernly known as Kitty Sexton, entered the halls of Valhalla on Thursday, October 1, 2009 as a result of illness.

Estrella War News You Can Use

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall has released more important news from the upcoming Estrella War XXVI.

October 1st

3D footprint of Colchester Circus proposed

Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, which in 2004 discovered the location of the Colchester, England Roman Circus, reports that a proposal has been created to mark the dimensions of the site with a "three dimensional representation on the site of the circus footprint."

Nuremberg Mahzor on display at the Israel Museum

In celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new Year, officials at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem are displaying the Nuremberg Mahzor, a 14th century collection of "handwritten Ashkenazi, or northern European, prayers and liturgical poems." The manuscript is considered the largest surviving text of its kind with only 7 of its 528 pages missing.

SCA handsewing challenge

On his blog, First-time Handsewing Challenge, Gottfried Kilianus challenges SCA members who have never before undertaken a handsewn project to create one, document it, and post the results on his blog.

The ancient origins of fairy tales

A new study by cultural anthropologists shows that popular fairy tales may be older than previously believed, some dating back as much as 2500 years. The experts traced the origins of the stories through many cultures around the world.