Archive - Sep 2010 - Story

September 8th

I Genesii photos online

Master Broom reports that he has published an album of photos from a performance of the Comedia dell'arte group I Genesii. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

September 7th

Hartlington Stones may have been large-scale bread oven

Archaeologists may have to revise their conclusions on the Hartlington Stones in the English Yorkshire Dales from medieval corn drying kiln to communal bread oven. (photo)

Can national stereotypes survive the European Union?

Flamboyant lovers, opionated cowards, unshaved barbarians - some of the barbs that Europeans have used against their neighbors are as old as the nations themselves.

"Tall Tales and Short Stories" by Andrew McRobb to be released soon

Lord Mithgiladan the Herald reports that a second CD by Andrew McRobb is in production and will be released soon.

September 6th

Saxon window found in England

A window, complete with working wood shutter, has been discovered during repairs to a church in Boxford, England. Stonework and mortar have helped date the window to before the Norman conquest of 1066.

5th century Buddhist temple found in Afghanistan

Amidst the fighting south of Kabul, Afghanistan, comes a bright spot: the discovery of a Buddhist-era temple dating back to the 5th century.

Experts debate meaning of symbols on Pictish stones

The debate continues among archeologists and linguists over the symbols on over 200 carved stones dating to the time of the Picts in Scotland. Archeologists feel that the carvings are "symbolic markings that communicated information."

September 5th

New finds at Caerleon "totally unexpected"

Students learning to use geophysical equipment have discovered several large buildings at the Roman fortress of Caerleon in south Wales. Cardiff University's Peter Guest said the find was "totally unexpected."

Romans wore socks with sandals

Fibers found on a rusty sandal nail suggest that Romans were wearing socks under their sandals. The sandal was discovered in a dig in North Yorkshire, England.

September 4th

Viking "thunderstones" identified in graves

Archaeologists have long wondered about the inclusion of "thunderstones"—fist-size stone tools resembling the Norse god Thor's hammerhead -- in Viking graves. New research may show that the stones were considered good-luck talismans. (photo)

Photos from Gleann Abhann's 5th Year Anniversary

Danielle reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Gleann Abhann 5th Year celebration. The photos are available on SmugMug.

"Remodeling" of Anglo Saxon Lincolnshire

Soon after the Norman invasion of England, William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle in the old Roman fort at Lincoln, England, casuing the destruction of over 100 Saxon homes. Now archaeologists have found their remains.

How Normans changed the English language forever

In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England. Since then, Norman names, such as William, Henry and Alice, have dominated Brittish naming preferences, and it is in the language where they may have left their greatest mark.

September 3rd

Feast of Eagles photos online

Vilhelm Lich shares photos from Feast of Eagles which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Henry brings laughs to the web

Henry VIII meets the Age of Connectivity in a series of short sketch comedies from the BBC. Brian Blessed stars as the monarch on holiday with his sixth wife, Catharine Parr.

Heather Dale nominated for Pegasus Award

Mistress Marian of Heatherdale, MKA Heather Dale, has been nominated for a Pegasus Award for excellence in filking, in the Best Writer/Composer category. An online ballot is available until October 18, 2010.

"Book curses" protected medieval manuscripts

On his blog Got Medieval, Carl Pyrdum discusses medieval copy protection, which often manifested as a book curse "essentially the same as that little FBI warning that pops up whenever you try to watch a movie."

September 2nd

Skellig Michael fort may have pre-dated monastery

The precariously-perched UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Michael, in Kerry, Ireland, is known for housing monks from the 6th through 8th centuries, but new discoveries may prove that an earlier fort existed on the site.

Town criers stretch vocal chords in Chester

SCA court heralds take note: You would have strong competition from the contestants in the recent 2010 Chester World Town Crier Tournament (Chester, UK) in which criers from around the world displayed their vocal capabilities. (video)

French Shore Tapestry Project

In 2006, volunteers from the French Shore Historical Society based in Conche, Newfoundland, Canada, and Christina and Jean Claude Roy began to document the history of their region with a Bayeux Tapestry-type embroidery project.

Pennsic XXXIX photos online

Alaxandr MacLochloinn has created a large album of photos taken at Pennsic XXXIX. The photos are available to view on

September 1st

Estrella War XXVII Pre-Registration now open

Every year in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, a horn blows, a horn heard far across the Known World, beckoning all to prepare as War speedily encroaches upon us. That time to prepare begins now, and there is no better way to prepare han PRE-REGISTERING yourself and your family for EstrellaWar XXVII.

SCAdians show costumes, demonstrate combat at Comic-Con

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were among those who showed off their costuming - and armoring - skills at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, CA. (photo) launches new website

Christophor and Emily Wilson have spent the past six months coming up with the concept and direction of the newest website to bring the SCA community together.