Archive - Oct 2010 - Story

October 24th

Siberian mystery

On an island in the middle of a remote lake in Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border, lies the fortress of Por-Bajin. Por-Bajin is an archaeological site that dates to the 8th or 9th century. Its walls enclose 7 acres (2.8 hectares), a maze of about 30 buildings.

Past Atenveldt A&S Competition photos online

Dame Hrefna karsefni reports that several albums of photos from past A&S competitions are now available to view online.

Two to be elevated to peerages in Atlantia

Baron Talorgen Hersir reports that, at Their Court at the War of the Wings V, Their Majesties of Atlantia placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

October 23rd

Videos from Lochtober Fest 2010

Arian reports that he has created a number of videos from Lochtober Fest 2010 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Decoding Ptolemy's map re-dates German cities

A group of experts from Berlin Technical University's Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science have cracked a 2nd  century map of Germany created by Ptolemy, re-dating many of the country's cities by 1,000 years.

Change in SCA email addresses announced

Tom Hughes, President,  SCA, Inc. and Franchesca Havas, CTO-PM, SCA, Inc., have announced changes to the Society's email system.

Mikolaj and Vittoria new Heirs of the Mists

Her Majesty Arianwen, Queen of the West Kingdom, has announced that Sir Mikolaj de Bracy was the winner of the recent Principality of the Mists Coronet. He was inspired in his endeavors by Vittoria Aureli.

October 22nd

Lochac Fall 2010 Crown Tournament combatants announced

Gabriel de Beaumont, Royal Steward for Their Majesties Edmund and Leonore of the Kingdom of Lochac, has posted the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament.

SCA Announce: Corpora Addition: Contributing Membership

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is considering the addition of two new tiers of membership. Comments are requested.

"Happy Few" challenge

Richard the Poor of Ely of the East Kingdom challenges members of the SCA to memorize the Saint Crispin's Day speech from Henry V and submit a video or audio of your performance by 5pm on October 25, 2010.

October 21st

Meridian Grand Tournament 2010 photos online

Baron David le Ymagourhas created an album of photos from the Meridian Grand Tournament which took place recently in the Shire of Glaedenfeld. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Vikings raid southern Maryland

The Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland (USA) had some unusual guests when a company of Vikings - longship and all - sailed into port. The Longship Company sailed their ship, the Sae Hrafn, to the museum's boating basin for a day of education and entertainment.

SCA and MSR members extras for "Running Wilde"

Several SCA and MSR (Medieval Scenarios and Recreation) members were on hand recently to serve as extras at Sands Point Preserve in New York for a filming of the Fox television series Running Wilde. Farrah Weinstein of the Port Washington Patch has the story. (photos and video)

Cædmon's Hymn in Old English online

On his blog, Unlocked Wordhoard, Richard Nokes, professor of medieval literature at Troy University, has posted video of a performance of Cædmon's Hymn, an early piece of West Saxon poetry, recorded by Bede in the 7th century.

October 20th

16th century Scottish archway destroyed in vehicle crash

An historic, 16th century stone archway on the grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire was destroyed recently when a van driven by a contractor crashed into it.

Calontr's Grand Melee photos online

Cathus reports that he has created an album of photos from Grand Melee which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontire. They are available to view on Flickr.

2nd century Roman waterwheel found in Cumbria

A team of volunteer archaeologists has discovered a rare Roman waterwheel dating to the first or second century C.E. near Cockermouth, an ancient market town in Cumbria, England. (photos)

Cider League Stoolball

Cú Allaidh Dona of the Kingdom of Ealdormere reports that he is interested in forming a Stoolball team, and invites others to join him.

October 19th

East Kingdom Fall 2010 Coronation photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the Coronation of Gryffith and Aikaterine which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her Picasa website.

Silver coins prove global trade in 8th century Germany

"The discovery of Arabic coins at the coast of the Baltic sea proves that there was global trade more than 1,200 years ago," said Greifswald historian Fred Ruchhoeft about the discovery of 82 Arabic coins in a northern German field.

24 August 410: "the 9/11 of the ancient world"

On August 24, 410, Imperial Rome was sacked by an invading force of Visigoths from northern Europe, an event that has been compared with September 11, 2001 in the United States.

Atlantia issues three Peerage Writs

Their Majesties of Atlantia, Bryan & Brianna issued three Peerage Writs at War of the Wings V, held in the Barony of Sacred Stone.

October 18th

Madoc ap Llewellyn to join Calontir Pelicans

Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed Madoc ap Llewellyn on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Worlds Upon Worlds: An Illustrated Talk by Toby Lester

Lecture given by Toby Lester -- a longtime editor and writer for The Atlantic, and the author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) -- about the Waldseemüller world map of 1507.

Having fun storming the castle

The sad life of a lone castle guard is depicted in a short animated film from Bird Box Studio.

October 17th

Estrella War Gatebook art

The organizers of the 2011 Estrella War are seeking artwork for the event's gatebook.

Dig hopes to uncover bones of 14th century Scottish bishop

A team of archaeologists is hoping to find the remains of Bernard of Kilwinning, the 14th century Scottish bishop who drafted the Declaration of Arbroath. The team is excavating a medieval monastery in the Ayrshire town of Kilwinning.

Debora of Durham elevated to Laurel in Ansteorra

Mistress Radegund reports that her apprentice Debora of Durham has been elevated to the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

October 16th

BBC articles on Scottish history listed

Scottish history buffs with time on their hands will want to check out the BBC Scotland's website which features a links list of stories and videos relating to Scottish history.

Syeria Caminante to be elevated in Artemisia

At Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Artemisia placed Syeria Caminante on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.