Archive - Aug 2010 - Story

Archeologists discover trace of unknown Peruvian language

Archeologists digging at Magdalena de Cao Viejo in Peru have found a letter written in the eary 17th century by a Spanish colonist. On the back of the letter is a list of numbers written in Spanish, Arabic numerals, and an unknown language.

Artemisia's Masked Ball photos online

Darius has created a large album of photos from Masked Ball which took place in January 2010 in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Creating an SCA persona

SCA newcomers faced with creating a persona may want to visit Modar's Heraldry Page for information and links on how to build a usable SCA persona.

August 30th

"Podcasting the Dream" now online

Colin Theriot, of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, has created a podcast concentrating on the Society for Creative Anachronism and historical topics. The blog and podcast is entitled Podcasting the Dream.

Pennsic Battlefield cookbook now available

Fans of Pennsic's Battlefield Bakery will be glad to know that a cookbook, authored by Bakery proprietors Marian Walke (aka Marian of Edwinstowe, aka Old Marian) and Bonnie Feinberg, is now available.

August 29th

Vikings turned profits in Canadian Arctic

Patricia Sutherland of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa knows that Vikings traveled to North America. The Vikings of her area of interest, however, were not in the New World to colonize, but to make a quick profit.

Overgrown grass a concern at Carlisle Castle

The City Council of Carlisle, England is concerned over the state of the moat at the city's primary attraction, Carlisle Castle, where, for safety reasons, English Heritage has stopped mowing the grass. Mark McAlindon of BBC News has a video report.

Lyondemere Anniversary 2010 photos online

Fausta reports that she has created an album of photos from Lyondemere Anniversary 2010, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

August 28th

Gregorian chant: "ancient, unchanging and timeless"

The cloistered sisters of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation near Avignon, France have a record deal. Their album, Voices – Chant from Avignon, will be release in November 2010.

Castle discovery fills gap in Danish history

Danish archaeologists believe that the discovery of a 13th century castle on Kattegat Island may help fill a hundred-year gap in the island’s history. The castle belonged to King Erik Menved, who reigned between 1287 and 1319.

Tudor history course offered online by University of Exeter

The University of Exeter (England) will offer a non-credit, distance learning course entitled The Tudors: History, Culture and Religion for fall 2010. Deadline to register is September 15, 2010.

August 27th

"Archwilio" maps Welsh archaeological sites

Welsh heritage minister Alun Ffred Jones has announced the creation of the website Archwilio, an online database mapping archaeological sites and discoveries across the country.

Sir Wilhelm Skalla Grimmson wins Caid Crown Tournament

Cormac Mor, Event Steward for the Kingdom of Caid's summer 2010 Crown Tournament, reports that Sir Wilhelm Skalla Grimmson was the victor of the Tournament. Sir Wilhelm was inspired by Thaleia Lakediamonia.

Monticello to host Historic Plants Symposium

On September 10, 2010, the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center at Monticello will host the 2010 Historic Plants Symposium as part of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. The program will feature a dinner program “Come to Table,” Historic Plants in the American Kitchen" with  Rosalind Creasy.

August 26th

A cool US$600,000 buys Viking ship

Have you ever had the urge to own your own Viing longship? Now is your chance. The city of Sandefjord would like to sell a replace of the Oseberg ship found in 1904 in a Viking grave near Tønsberg, Norway. (photo)

Master Sigmundr Haakonarson victorious in second Insulae Draconis Coronet Tourney

Lord Aylwin de Renham reports that Master Sigmundr Haakonarson was victorious over Baroness Dorothea Weberin in the 2nd Coronet Tourney of the Principality of Insulae Draconis held in the Shire of Eplaheimr in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

"New" edition of Chaucer's poems discovered

A professor in New Zealand has discovered a previously unknown edition of Chaucer's poems. The book was published in 1807 and distinguishes between poems correctly and incorrectly attributed to Chaucer. This is the earliest known edition to make such a distinction.

August 25th

SCA members create guild on World of Warcraft

Alastair Ronal Kester Aeyalweard has announced the creation of a guild on World of Warcraft for SCA folk who want to adventure together in cyberspace when they can't be together in person at events.

Major Roman road found in south-eastern Serbia

An eight meter wide, stone block road, dating to the first century, has been discovered near the town of Dimitrovgrad, Serbia. Archaeologists believe the road was part of the Via Militaris, a major Roman military road.

Domesday Book by map and charter

A new website, PASE Domesday, allows users to search William the Conqueror's 1086 Domesday book by person and village. The results can be seen in tabular or map form.

August 24th

2010 Palio takes place in Siena, Italy

The Tartuca (Tortoise) neighborhood is the winner of this year's Palio, a bareback horse race that takes place in the middle of Siena, Italy.

SCA BoD coming to Pittsburgh

The Society for Creative Anachronism offers so much - revelry and pageantry, honorable combat, delicious feasts, dancing, arts and sciences, and...a chance to conduct corporate business.

Battle of Crecy tutorial online

Baron Charles O'Connor of the Kingdom of Meridies reports that slides from his presentation on the Battle of Crecy, taught at a recent Meridies Royal University, are now available to view online.

August 23rd

"Visible display of wealth" discovered at Nevern Castle excavation

Archaeologists are excited by recent excavations at Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which have uncovered evidence of several 12th century buildings including two towers and a "highly desirable stone residence."

Researcher to document native Greenland language

A British anthropologist is going to live for a year with the Inughuit in Greenland in the hopes of studying and documenting their language. The Inughuit are the northernmost tribe of Inuits in Greenland and speak Inuktun, a non-written language that is considered a pure dialect of Inuit.

Til the Lucky to be knighted in Artemisia

Morgan reports that at the recent Castle Siege event, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Artemisia placed THL Til the Lucky on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

August 22nd

Greek murder victim in "wrong place at wrong time"

Sandra Garvie-Lok really likes her job, even though it requires she help investigate a 1500-year-old murder. The victim, John Doe, is believed to have been a witness to the Slavic invasion of the Greek city of Nemea during the Byzantine era.

Rare Ptolemaic gold coin found in Israel

A large 2,200 year old gold coin has been found in Israel. The coin was issued by Ptolemy Vin 191 BCE and was minted in Egypt.

Old state laws affecting homebrewers

For the first time in 22 years, there will not be a homebrew competition at the Oregon State Fair. This is because of an 80 year old law saying that homebrewed products may not leave the brewer's home. Oregon is one of several states with laws limiting or banning homebrewing.

August 21st

"Magical" times at Raven's Fort demo

“Sometimes when things are going exactly right and everything is at peace in your society, things almost seem magical,” said Baron Brian duVal of the Barony of Raven’s Fort at a recent demo in Conroe, Texas. Haylee Spencer of the Courier has the story.