Archive - Feb 2010 - Story

February 28th

Search on for St. Columba's Scottish monastery

Archaeologists from Orkney College are looking for the original 6th century monastery built by the Irish monk St. Columba on the island of Iona, off Mull in the Scottish Hebrides.

Burial a "glimpse into Sleaford's Roman past"

Recent archaeological finds in the town of Sleaford, England prove that the town "was a very large and important settlement in the Roman period." Among the discoveries were the skeleton of a 4th century woman.

William and Æringunnr first Prince and Princess of Insulae Draconis

Nerissa de Saye reports that Sir William MacBrennan, fighting for his lady wife Mistress Æringunnr Yrsudóttir, was the winner of the first Coronet Tournament in the new Principality of Insulae Draconis.

February 27th

Winter festivals feature fire in Spain and Scotland

An article on Boston.com looks at the power of purifying fire in European myth and imagination in two festivals, Up Helly Aa and the Feast of Saint Anthony the Great. (22 large photos)

Michelangelo drawings show "unequaled understanding of the human body"

Michelangelo is revered one of the greatest masters of Renaissance art, especially when it comes to depicting the form of the human body. A new exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia, explores this aspect of his work.

"Secret of Kells nominated for Academy Award

The Secret of Kells, an animated film directed by Tomm Moore, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

February 26th

Early Chinese paintings subject of Freer & Sackler Galleries website

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution have announced a new online resource for the study of early Chinese painting. The site features over 80 examples of 10th through 14th century artwork.

Staffordshire horse head on display

A two-inch tall, gold filigree horse head is one of the latest pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard to be displayed at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, England. (photo)

Briony of Chatham elevated to Laurel at Birka

Broom reports that at the January 30, 2010 Market Day in Birka, in Their Barony of Stonemarche, Their Majesties Konrad and Branwen of the Kingdom of the East elevated Briony of Chatham to the Order of the Laurel.

Oysters treat of Elizabethan theater-goers

Archaeologists studying the sites of Elizabethan playhouses in London have discovered that theatre-goers were treated to an "exotic array of foods while enjoying the latest plays of the day."

February 25th

Bronzino: most influential 16th century painter in Florence

In the mid 16th century, Agnolo Bronzino was the most respected portraitist in Florence. Now a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Drawings of Bronzino, offers 59 of his works on paper. (slideshow)

Armor for Afghanistan

Zack reports that he has begun collecting armor for use by those stationed in Afghanistan who would like to begin SCA-style armored combat training.

Curling: Quirky, Cordial...and Period

To many Americans, the sport of curling is a mystery of complex scoring and opaque strategies. A deeper look reveals a sport that dates back to the later SCA period and whose participants have much in common with SCA martial competitors.

February 24th

Social networking boon to re-enactors

Devotees of past eras have found a blessing in a number of social networking websites such as Living History World Wide. Henry Hanks of CNN has the story.

General Meeting of the Society of Creative Anachronism Australia Ltd to be held at Rowany Festival

Andrew Ross-Gowan, Chair of the Society of Creative Anachronism Australia Ltd, reports that the Annual General Meeting of the SCAA will take place at Rowany Festival, April 2, 2010.

February 23rd

Open A&S at Gulf Wars XIX

Countess Gwendolen Isabella Stewart of Meridies brings news of the Open A&S competition to be held at this year's Gulf Wars.

Dark Ages really more "gray," say economists

In a recent story for NPR's All Things Considered, Madeleine Brand discusses new theories about the Dark Ages, the medieval spice trade, and the Black Plague with Chana Joffe-Walt and Adam Davidson.

Jousting fever in Escambia County, Florida

There were no damsels in distress at the recent Southeast United States Jousting Champion at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, just competitive jousters vying for the title. Rebecca Ross of the Pensicola News Journal has the story.

February 22nd

"How serious can you be dressed in a kilt?"

Bystanders came face to face with the Middle Ages recently at Machado Elementary School in Lake Elsinore, California. Justin and Ashley Katz of San Jose decided to give the activities a try. "I've never used a bow before, but it's just something I've always wanted to do," Justin said. "It seems fun and the people are extremely nice. I think I'll be back." The Morgan Hill Times has the story.

10th century Viking ingot found in England

A cigar-shaped, silver ingot dating to the 10th century has been discovered in Shenstone, England. The ingot, thought to be Scandinavian in origin, is believed to have been used as currency.

Photos from Clothier's Seminar online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Clothiers' Seminar which took place February 6, 2010 in Cúm an Iolair in the Kingdom of Calontir.

February 21st

Da Vinci resume online

In a letter to the Duke of Milan, Lenoardo da Vinci outlines his qualifications as an engineer and an artist. A scanned version of the resume with translation is available online.

"Some people fish on the weekend, I'm a 12th Century Catalan knight"

The SCA is graying. Now members, some of whom have been affiliated with the Society for over 20 years, are seeking new blood - sometimes using offbeat tactics such as Craig's List. Reporter Josh Shaffer of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer has the story.

February 20th

Winterwear for Vikings

The Wychwood Warriors Wiki offers an article on the history and design of coats and overtunics for early Germanic cultures and Vikings. Included are resources, with links, for Eastern Viking and female coats.

Ealdormere's St. Valentine's Massacre photos online

Bethóc reports that an album of photos taken at St. Valentine's Day Massacre in the Kingdom of Ealdormere is now available to view online.

Leicestershire artifacts help tell story of pilgrims' lives

Lead flasks, discovered by metal detectorists, are helping historians understand the history of medieval pilgrims in Leicestershire, England dating from the early 13th century through to the 16th century.

February 19th

Calontir winter 2010 event photos online

Cathus reports that he has posted two albums of photos taken at recent events in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Two offered elevation to Pelican in AEthelmearc

At the Royal Court of Their Majesties Henri and Elena of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc January 29, 2010, two gentles were offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican. The Court took place at Twelfth Night in the Canton of Steltonwald.

February 18th

Three placed on vigil for Pelican at Ymir

Baron James of Middle Aston of the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atlantia placed three of Their subjects on vigil for the Order of the Pelican at Ymir XXXV.

Bog People subject of new book

In a review for The Telegraph, Philip Hoare looks at Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination, a book by University of California, Berkeley professor Karin Sanders.