Archive - Aug 2010 - Story

August 11th

Ealdormere spring 2010 Crown Tournament photos

Eirik Andersen reports that he has posted an album of photos from Spring 2010 Crown Tournament which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available on the Two Ravens website.

Archaeological find inspires construction of Iron Age chariot

In 2001 Mike Loades was asked to  "co-ordinate the reconstruction and field-testing of an Iron Age Chariot for a Meet The Ancestors" program on BBC. His documentation of his work is available in PDF format online.

August 10th

Calontir Summer 2010 Crown Tournament photos online

Rhianydd, Calontir Kingddom Historian, reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Summer 2010 Crown Tournament.

Lochac Midwinter 2010 Coronation photos online

Eleanor Hall from the Barony of Ildhafn in the Kingdom of Lochac reports that she has posted an album of photos from the recent Midwinter Coronation. The event took place in Auckland, New Zealand. Video is also available on YouTube.

Rushmore Shadows demo photos online

Lord Sean, of the Shire of Schattentor in the Kingdom of Northshield, reports that he has posted photos from the recent demo held by the group at the Rushmore Shadows Resort in Rapid City, South Dakota. The photos are available on the Northshield Gallery.

August 9th

Crusader-era fresco on display in Jerusalem

A rare Crusader-era fresco depicting a New Testament scene has gone on display to the public at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The fresco was discovered during restoration work to preserve archaeological sites affected by floding.

Warriors and Warlords XVII photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva has posted several albums of photos from Warriors and Warlords XVII, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on the Northsield Gallery.

Jousting as extreme sport

In an article for the New York Times Magazine, Dashka Slater asks the question: "Is jousting the next extreme sport?" The "violent sport" is attracting attention at jousting competitions around the world such as the Gulf Coast International Jousting Championships near Pensacola, Florida.

August 8th

Mayan royal tomb found

The well-sealed tomb of a Mayan king has offered a treasure trove of new information for scholars. Archaeologists at El Zotz in Guatemala found the tomb in May, but kept their discovery secret until recently in an effort to protect the find from looters.

Academia della Danza 2010 photos online

Don Domin d'Alsace, of the Kingdom of the Outlands, has posted an album of photos from Academia della Danza which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

Tewkesbury Medieval Fair features 11th century Saxon poop

Discovered in 1991 in Gloucestershire, England, a small pile of 11th century human feces has become something of a phenonmenon with the British public, drawing 11,000 visitors to the Discovery Zone of the Cheltenham Science Festival. Recently the exhibit was displayed at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair.

August 7th

Iraq's 'Garden of Eden' recovers from Saddam Hussein regime

While in power, Saddam Hussein drained the vast marshes of southern Iraq, destroying the ancient way of life of the people there and removing the habitat of many wild species. Now, the land and its culture have partially recovered, thanks to the efforts of both local people and Iraqi conservationists.

Northern Region War Camp Photos

Master Liam St. Liam has posted an album of photos from the Northern Region War Camp which took place recently in the East Kingdom.

Olaf Bjornssen ready for battle at Windkeep demo

Lindsey Erin Kroskob of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle spent a day at the recent Superday Festival in Cheyenne, and found herself drawn to an armored combat demo by members of the Shire of Windkeep. She interviewed Olaf Bjornssen (Martin Emmons) about his involvement with the SCA.

August 6th

New theatre to stand on site of London's first

A new hall will host performances on the same ground where Shakespeare's plays were first acted. The predecessor to the Globe, known simply as "The Theatre," stood on London's South Bank. Its site was bought by an amateur theatrical group and has been under excavation since 2008. 

More photos from West/An Tir War

Morrighan has created an album of photos from the recent West/AnTir War which took place over the July 4th weekend in the Kingdom of AnTir. The photos are available on Flickr.

Warrior Kitty

Does your cat have an inner warrior? Perhaps you should consider providing Kitty with his own armor? Freaking News shows you how.

August 5th

Galileo's fingers on display in Florence

Two of Galileo's fingers were discovered during rennovations at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. The remains are currently on display along with Galileo's famous telescope.

Brave belly dancer "had the bigger knife"

When a would-be robber tried to steal the purse of Yuma, Arizona belly dance instructor Zarmineh Moody, he got a big surprise: her 25-inch Turkish scimitar trumped his knife.

Woruldhord Project launched at Oxford

Dr Stuart Lee and the Oxford University Faculty of English have announced the launch of the Woruldhord Project "to create a comprehensive online archive of written, visual and audio-visual material related to Old English and the Anglo-Saxon period."

August 4th

Buddhist wall paintings pre-date western technique

Researchers studying 5th-9th century Buddhist cave paintings in the Afghan region of Bamiyan have learned that the paintings used an oil technique, centuries before the same technique was used in Europe.

"Seventh signal" leads to medieval seal

British metal detectorist David Booth, who in 2009 discovered four Iron Age torcs, has made another important discovery: a 13th century silver seal bearing a carving of a Roman figure in red jasper. (photo)

Festival Of the Rose photos online

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

Infant remains may indicate Roman brothel

Archaeologists working on the excavation of a Roman villa in the Thames Valley of England are looking for an explanation for a mass burial of 97 infants, all having died soon after birth. Experts believe the site may have been a brothel.

August 3rd

Oxfordshire balloonist spots Bronze Age sites

Drought and extreme heat in England have made it possible to see ancient sites normally hidden by vegetation. Balloonist Michael Wolf saw dark circles in a farmer's field and realized these were evidence of Bronze Age burial mounds.

Commentary on the Midrealm's Chivalric Oath of Fealty

Several years ago, Baron Ephraim ben Shlomo, KSCA, of the Barony of Cleftlands in the Middle Kingdom, authored an extensive article discussing the SCA Knight's Chivalric Oath of Fealty and how the oath governs the individual's behavior in the SCA.

Medieval folk "aware of the value of a good smile"

According to a paper published in the British Dental Journal, medieval people were more aware of dental hygiene than previously believed, and had knowledge of teeth cleaning, fillings and dentures.

Stonemasons' university at Edinburgh cathedral

Medieval skills and traditions are passed on to a new generation of stonemasons each year at the stonemasonry workshop at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The workshop is a joint effort by the cathedral and Telford College.

August 2nd

AEthelmearc newcomers' newsletter online

Lady Simona Evangelista de Fuscaldo of Endless Hills in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that the July 2010 issue of In Glorias, AEthelmearc, a newsletter especially tailored for SCA newcomers, is now available online in PDF format.

Knitted liripipe pattern

Alianora Munro has created a pattern for a "Fourteenth-Century Style Knitted Hood with Lirripipe." The pattern, with photo, is available on the Belfry Knits blog.