Archive - Sep 2010 - Story

September 24th

Bran and the Magic Madrigal Dishrag Fairies

Recently Lord Bran ap Rees of  the Barony of Bhakail (East Kingdom), served as Event Steward for It Takes My Child to Raze a Village. His account of "magical" aid and volunteerism at the event is an inspiring tale for young and old.

September 23rd

Well-preserved Byzantine church found in Turkey

Professor Engin Akyürek from Istanbul University's Art History Department reports that a well-preserved, Byzantine church has been discovered in Demre in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, Turkey.

2010 Arn Hold Baronial Arts & Science Event Pictures online

Darius Coligny reports that photos from the 2010 Arn Hold Baronial Arts & Science Championship are now available to view online.

Collage video introduces the SCA

Captain Porthos of Atenveldt sat down with a friend and put together a video that was meant to try and explain to their mundane friends, what it is that SCA folk do. Their video collage of still portraits is shared on YouTube.

Analysis of pills gives insight into Roman medicine

A geneticist has analyzed some Roman pills found in a shipwreck off Italy 20 years ago. The pills date to the 2nd century BCE and were found inside a wooden medical kit.

September 22nd

Roman armor found in Wales

A complete suit of armor has been found at the Roman fortress of Caerleon in southern Wales. The armor was found on what is believed to be the top floor of a warehouse.

Baron Stefan Ulfkelsson to be knighted in AEthelmearc

Mistress Marsi of Hadley and Duke Sir Rurik Longsword have announced that a vigil will be held at Harvest Raid for Baron Stefan Ulfkelsson to contemplate entry into the Order of the Chivalry.

Rotunda from the Great Moravian Empire found in Czech Republic

Pohansko, in the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic, translates as "Pagan Place," but archaeologists have discovered the remains of a rotunda as part of a 9th century church.

Photos from Atenveldt's Middle East Feast online

Dave Kelley of Studio Seventy 3 has created two albums of photos shot recently at the Kingdom of Atenveldt's Middle East Feast.

September 21st

No jousting at Green Apple Books

A sign in the window of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, CA announces that "Lances, Shields, Helmets, Not Sold" there. Instead, the note offers books on the subject. (photo)

"Significant" Roman find in Caistor, England

Archaeologists excavating a derelict pub in Caistor, England say they have a "significant" find with the discovery of a 4th century Roman cemetery containing over forty bodies. Orientation and lack of grave goods leads experts to believe the burials were Christian.

Ancient bog road puzzles archaeologists

Archaeologists are trying to discover the exact purpose of an oak timber road found in the Bord na Móna bog in Tipperary, Ireland.

B.Y.O.M. VIII photos online

Photos from BYOM VIII, hosted by the Shire of Vilku Urvas in the Kingdom of Northshield, are now available to view on the Northshield Gallery. The event took place August 27-29, 2010.

Admiral Epic Fail: Cook, soldier... vampire?

Culinary student Anthony Emerson, AKA Admiral Epic Fail, is a child of the SCA and Ren Faires, but his particular taste for fantasy runs more to larping and Dagorhir. In an article for the Courier-News (Elgin, IL), reporter Mike Danahey spoke to Emerson about his participation in both organizations.

September 20th

Argon case prescribed for Washington's Magna Carta

The copy of the Magna Carta in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. will have a new, protective case filled with argon. The document is currently housed in a case filled with helium.

Monty Python fans flock like swallows to Doune Castle

Fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail are expected to come from around the world to Doune Castle in September, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the movie. The 14th century Scottish castley features prominently in the movie.

SCA members help with 4H Ren Faire

East Kingdom members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were among the participants at the recent Renaissance Faire in Warren County, New Jersey. NJ.com has the story. (photos)

"Gospel" guitar

Craftsman Larry Robinson, who designs and crafts custom inlayed musical instruments, has created a true work of art in a guitar, decorated with inlays based on the Lindisfarne gospels. The Lindisfarne Project is chronciled on Robinson's blog. (photos)

September 19th

Purgatorio 2010 video online

Miriam bat Yehudah ha Levi reports that she has posted a video featuring a performance for the Queen at the West Kingdom's summer 2010 Purgatorio event.

Early period trading vessels found off Italian coast

A small fleet of trading vessels, dating from the 5th-7th centuries, has been found off the coast of the Italian island of Zannone. Evidence of the ships' cargoes was also discovered.

Duct tape rules at the prom

Over 200 couples from the United States and Canada competed for scholarship money and $3,000 for their high schools in the latest The Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest. (photos)

“Chivalry and honor aren’t just buzzwords" at the University of Arizona

Curt Booth, who servers as an advisor for the College of St. Felix at the University of Arizona, says he appreciates the SCA because members take chivalry and honor seriously. He, and others, spoke with Steven Kwan of the Daily Wildcat about an upcoming SCA Renaissance Faire demonstration.

September 18th

Dry weather reveals Roman history in Great Britain

The dry summer of 2010 in Great Britain has been a help to archaeologists as it revealed hundreds of archaeological sites through "cropmarks," the landscape markings prodcued by crops growing over buried buildings.

Re-living the Middle Ages in Indiana

The sights and sounds of the Middle Ages were on display at a recent demonstration by the Society for Creative Anachronism at the South Haven Branch of the Porter County Public Library in N Valparaiso, Indian. Janna Odenthal of the Post-Tribune has the story.

Archeologists find gate in Danevirke

Archeologists in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein are excited over the discovery of a five-meter (16 feet) wide portal through the Danevirke, a 30-kilometer (19-mile) stone wall built across Norhtern Germany by the Norse in the 8th century. (photos)

Rebuild of rebuild of Eleanor's Cross unveiled in London

In the late 13th century, Eleanor of Castile, wife of England's King Edward I died near Lincoln. In her memory, the king built a series of crosses at resting points along the road to London. Now London's own cross, under renovation for five years, has been unveiled.

September 17th

World of Khubilai Khan at the Met

September 28, 2010 - January 2, 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will play host to The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, an exhibit of fine and decorative art from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Roman lantern found in England

An intact Roman lantern has been found in a farm field in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. The lantern is made of bronze and dates to between the 1st and 3rd centuy CE.

Jarl Boleslav and Countess Astridr new Heirs to the Outlands

Lord Avram ibn Gabirol, Minister of the Lists for the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that Jarl Boleslav was the winner of the recent Outlands Fall Crown Tournament. Jarl Boleslav was inspired by Countess Astridr.

US Botanic Garden: Gilding the Lily

On October 17, 2010, Artist and Illuminator Kandy Phillips will present will present a lecture entitled Gilding the Lily: The Medieval Garden Illuminated at the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. The lecture will consider "the important role flowers played in medieval life, lore, and medicine."