Archive - 2010 - Story

December 21st

SCA Announce: No attachments in comments

Leslie Luther-Fulton, EA SCA, Inc., requests that those wishing to send comments to the Board of Directors should refrain from using attachments in email.

Stonework sheetwall process

Anyone interested in creating a stonework look for sheetwall should visit a gallery of photos by Isabelle Le Charpentier.

Looted Viking hoard recovered in Sweden

Swedish authorities have recovered over 1,000 silver coins illegally excavated in Gotland. The coins were part of a hoard of over 2,000 coins from the 11th century of Danish, German, and English origin.

December 20th

Sir Vitus Polonius calls the Popular Company of Sojourners to fight under Drachenwald's banner at Estrella

Unto All those members of the Popular Company of Sojourners, and eke those members of the Ancient and Honourable Principality Company of Sojourners, From Prince Vitus of Drachenwald, Greeting.

Yule Toy Tourney 2010 Pictures online

Antonio Felluci reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent Yule Toy Tourney in the Canton of Saint Georges. The photos are available on the Psaltery Dreams website.

3D imaging of Nottingham's caves

Laser imaging has been used to create 3D models of the cave system beneath Nottingham, England. The study includes views of the "Robin Hood" caves beneath the city's castle. (photos)

Vivat to HG Alaric of Bangor, Drachenwald's newest companion of the Laurel

At Yule Ball in the first week of December, their Majesties Ulfr and Caoimhe called their noble Order of the Laurel to attend them, and seek out the next suitable candidate to be invited to vigil.

December 19th

Maps from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi' at Vatican

An exhibition of maps from the Ottoman Empire will be on display at the Vatican this winter. The Ottoman Worldview from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi', a traveling exhibit, was created in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Katip Çelebi'.

Bronzino portraits at the heart of first solo exhibition

For the first time, 16th century Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino will be the subject of a monograph exhibition of his paintings. The exhibit will take place at Palazzo Strozzi and will include 80 pieces from more than 40 collections.

Genetic links may show Vikings brought Americans to Iceland

According to new research, Viking explorers brought a Native American woman to Iceland in the 11th century, an act borne out by evidence of Native American genes in 80 modern Icelanders. Results of the study by Spain's Centre for Scientific Research will be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

December 18th

15th century apprentices leave their marks on nunnery walls

A plaster wall in the former St. Katherina Church near Langerwehe, Germany, bears the pictographic signatures of 15th century workers during a building renovation. (photos)

Stonehenge bluestones moved with aid of ball bearings?

A new study suggests that the massive "bluestones" at Stonehenge may have been moved into place with the help of ball bearings.

Chinese settlement may show evidence of lost Roman army.

In the 1990's, archaeologists were surprised to discover evidence of early western settlers in a remote town in China's Yongchang County on the edge of the Gobi desert, including a Roman style fort and nearby residents with blonde hair and green eyes.

December 17th

Hidden Treasures at Wisconsin museum

From December 18, 2010 through February 27, 2011, the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin will present Hidden Treasures: Illuminated Manuscripts from Midwestern Collections, an exhibition of "rarely seen ornate handmade books from university libraries, museums, and private collections in seven states."

Isabelle Le Charpentier's photos from Danelaw Feast

Isabelle Le Charpentier, of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that she has created an album of photos from Danelaw Feast, a non-SCA event, which took place recently in Arizona. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Papers and artifacts of Richard II found by National Portrait Gallery archivist

Krzysztof Adamiec, the assistant archivist at the National Portrait Gallery, was given the assignment of cataloguing the papers of the Gallery’s first Director Sir George Scharf when he discovered something amazing: fragments and artifacts from the tomb of King Richard II.

Cúchulainn film in production

The Celtic gods will get their day when the story of Cúchulainn, Ireland's greatest warrior, comes to movie theaters. The film will be part of a "multi-platform project planned to include a documentary series, stage show, educational programming and graphic novel."

December 16th

Chicago Swordplay Guild on the march

The 2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago included more than just the usual festive floats and marching bands. This year the Chicago Swordplay Guild, a live steel fighting organization, took part. WGN Television offers a video clip of their participation.

Three to be elevated in Northshield

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair reports that at Their Stellar University of Northshield session, held in the Barony of Nordskogen, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne have placed three of Their citizens on vigil to contemplate elevation to peerages.

Stefan's Florilegium files for December 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2010.

Euriol of Lothian to be elevated to Laurel in AEthelmearc

Donata Bonacorsi of the West Kingdom reports that former West resident Mistress Euriol of Lothian has been invited into the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

December 15th

Gulf Wars XX is coming

Gulf Wars XX Autocrats, Baron Godwin of Edington and Duchess Mary-Grace of Gatland share information on the upcoming Gulf Wars XX.

The Celtic tonsure

An article, written by Daniel McCarthy, of Trinity College, Dublin, entitled On the Shape of the Insular Tonsure, discusses variations in Christian clerical tonsures during the Middle Ages. The article is in PDF format.

Baron Dulinn to be knighted in Gleann Abhann

On the Armour Archive, Adair has announced that Geoffrey De Bradelei called Dulinn has been placed on vigil by Their Majesties Radu and Broinnfhionn of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Concordia Investiture photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Concordia Investiture which took place November 13, 2010 in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

December 14th

Medieval kosher feast in the East

In medieval Spain Moslims, Christians and Jews lived together in relative peace. SCA members recently brought a taste of Jewish life in the Middle Ages to the Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel in Maywood, New Jersey. Susan Joy Clark of NorthJersey.com has the story.

Pipes with personalized decoration found at Jamestown colony

400-year old smoking pipes bearing the names of their intended owners have been unearthed in Jamestown, Virginia (USA).

High living standards in medieval England

Researchers at the university of Warwick in England believe that life in medieval England was not the bleak, muddy image that is often seen in the movie as and on TV.

December 13th

Ancient Londinium revealed in London park

The remains of the "busy metropolis of Londinium" may lie beneath half a meter of the Duke of Northumberland's Syon Park, the proposed site of a lixury hotel. The Roman landscape was discovered by archaeologists before hotel construction began.

SCA Census 2010 Committee Needs a Few More Hands

Benjamin M. White, Chairman, SCA Census 2010 Committee, requests help with census data prep and statistical analysis.