Archive - Sep 2010 - Story

September 30th

Three Stags 2010 photos online

Rothin in flamska has created an album of photos from the Three Stags Autumn Battle and Fair which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The album is available on the Webshots website.

New Peers created in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc

At various Courts throughout the Pennsic war XXXIX, Their Royal Majesties Malcolm and Tessa, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, have created several new Peers in Their Kingdom.

Ancient winery found at Byzantine fortress

A two-room winery, dating from the time of the Byzantine Emperors Anastasius I (491-518 CE), and Justinian I (527-565 CE), has been discovered at the Byzantine fortress near the town of Byala on the Black Sea.

Oertha Summer Coronet Tourney 2010 videos online

Merewyn reports that she has posted a series of videos from the Principality of Oertha's (Kingdom of the West) Summer Coronet Tourney. The videos are available on YouTube.

Two new Pelicans in the Kingdom of Northshield

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, reports that, at Their recent Coronation, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne placed two of Their subjects of vigil to contemplate entry into the Order of the Pelican.

September 29th

Holy graffiti

Experts in Fife, Scotland believe a cross carved into the wall of a farm could be "holy graffiti" created by a 13th century pilgrim on his way to the tomb of Saint Margaret. The stone was later used to build the farmer's wall.

UC Riverside Libraries creates permanent SCA archival collection

The SCA is pleased to announce that the University of California Riverside Libraries will be opening a permanent Society for Creative Anachronism Special Collection and Archive in 2011.

September 28th

Pre-Viking settlement found on Isle of Man may have "international importance"

Archaeologist Harold Mytum believes that a pre-Viking settlement at Port y Candas on the Isle of Man was probably the home of an important leader who could "support the craftsmen who would have worked making tools, weapons and bronze jewellery."

Arabian silver hoard found in Germany

82 silver coins dating from the 7th to 9th centuries have been found in Germany near the Baltic Sea. The coins originate from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and northern Africa and indicate strong trade between Europe and the Middle East at that time.

Ancient Bulgarian burial mound found

Archaeologists have unearthed a burial mound they suspect belongs to pre-Christian Bulgars of the Pliska period. Little is known about the people of this time and place.

Lions Road podcast returns for Season 2

Bringing the known world together on-line the Lions Road  continues podcasting its weekly show about the SCA, history and fun.

As before, the podcast remains free, independent, non-commercial, and non-profit.

Combatants for Northshield Crown Tournament announced

Their Majesties Hrodir and Ann of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

September 27th

Large medieval treasure found in Kastritsi floor

Bulgarian archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of "one of the largest medieval treasures in recent times" embedded in the floor of a building in the medieval city of Kastritsi in Euxinograd.

More Pennsic XXXIX photos online

Tarmach Yehuda al-Khazar, of the Middle Kingdom, reports that he has published a large collection of photos taken at Pennsic XXXIX on his Shutterfly website.

SCA announces VIP Pass program

The SCA Inc. is offering a new VIP Pass program that encourages newcomers by waiving their first three non-member surcharge fees, via a VIP Pass obtainable from a renewing SCA member.

A journalist visits The Cloisters

A New York Times journalist visits The Cloisters Museum in NYC and discovers what many SCAdians already know: that the Cloisters is a Mecca for American medievalists. [photo]

Music scholar uses period instruments to score Robin Hood film

The August 8, 2010 broadcast of University of the Air featured music scholar Tina Chancey, who has created a live music accompaniment to Errol Flynn's classic Robin Hood. Chancey uses authentic medieval instruments for the work.

September 26th

Two added to the Calontir Rolls of Chivalry

Sir Reimond of Ipstones reports that two new Knights have been created by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Calontir.

Terracotta finial may give insight into medieval London

A tiny fragment of the grandeur that was medieval London has been discovered on the bank of the Thames. A medieval terracotta roof finial, in the shape of an animal, dating to the 13th century, was found by an amateur archaeologist.

Alexander Hamstzhelm knighted at Pennsic XXXIX

Viscountess Astrid of the Yellow Rose reports that Their Majesties Tom and Sigrid of the Kingdom of Northshield have invited Alexander Hamstzhelm into the Order of the Chivalry.

Middle Ages: "the default historical playground"

The great interest in medieval themes by the public has led academics to create a new educational organization: The Society for the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages, which was formed during the International Congress on Medieval Studies to address how the general public views the historical period.

Archaeologists study remains at 16th century Icelandic hospital

For the past nine years, archaeologists have been excavating what they believe is Iceland's oldest hospital, dating to the early 16th century. The building, located near Skriduklaustur in east Iceland, was part of a monastery.

September 25th

Faddan More Psalter most important Irish discovery since 19th century

The fragments of a vellum manuscript of a book of psalms dating to the 8th century has excited the archaeological community in Ireland who have called it the “most important day in the history of the museum since 1868 when the Ardagh Chalice came in."

Drachenwald Fall 2010 Crown Tourney combatants announced

Their Majesties UlfR and Caoimhe of the Kingdom of Drachenwald have published the list of combatants and their consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tourney.

Roman helmet expected to bring large sum in Christie's auction

Bidders, get your checkbooks ready... A late first century Roman helmet is scheduled to be auctioned October 7, 2010 by Christie's Auction House. Predicted cost: US$242,000 to $363,000. (photo)

Artemisia Crown Tornament combatants online

Baroness Theodora of Trebizond, Kingdom Seneschal, reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Artemisia have announced the combatants and their consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

SCA Census 2010

There is a project that impacts future of the SCA in a very real way.  It is the SCA Census 2010 project.

September 24th

Saxon boat uncovered in England

A Saxon-era boat has been discovered during flood defense construction along the River Ant in Norfolk, England.

Time Team and students aid in investigation of medieval hospital

The South Yorkshire town of Bawtry, England, became a center of archaeological interest recently when excavation of a disused car part revealed a dozen skeletons dating to the 14th century.

Medieval African sculpture comes to the U.S.

An exhibition on sculpture from the Nigerian kingdom of Ife is coming to the United States. The works date from the 4th through 15th centuries and are made of stone and metal.