Archive - 2010 - Story

March 18th

Eliseg’s Pillar still a mystery

Little seems to be known about the origins of Eliseg’s Pillar, a Dark Ages monument in Wales' Pant y Groes, the Valley of the Cross. The original pillar was kncoked down during the English Civil War, and re-erected in the 18th century.

March 17th

"It Won't Go to Zero"

Financial planner Ken Robinson wanted a way to reach more people with his message of hope: As bad as the economy may be, it will eventually recover. So he wrote "It Won't Go to Zero" as a rap song and video. The rap song might blend well with his other works, including the Cleftlands Battle Song.

Stonehenge surrounded by Stonehedge

A new study of the landscape around Stonehenge seems to suggest that Stonehenge was once surrounded by two low, concentric hedges. The media have dubbed the foliage "Stonehedge."

Trash to tunes: Making a bagpipe from recorders and a garbage bag

Anyone who has ever longed to play the bagpipes, but was deterred by the cost of the instrument, may want to consider an article on Instructables which teaches how to build a set of bagpipes from recorders and garbage bags.

March 16th

Period quilts on display at European museums

Lisa Evans, from the Quilt History discussion list, reports that two famous period quilts, the Tristan Quilt and the Coperta di Usella, will be on display this spring at museums in London and Florence.

Building an Iron Age Celtic roundhouse

A PDF with complete instructions for construction of an SCA tent version of an Iron Age Celtic roundhouse is available to download online.

Photos from the first Coronet of Insulae Draconis

Arianwen ferch Arthur has announced the creation of several albums of photos from the recent Coronet Tourney in the Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis, Kingdom of Drachenwald.

March 15th

Roberta Rhiannon McMorland elevated to Laurel in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Their Royal Majesties, Henri and Elena have elevated Baroness Roberta Rhiannon McMorland to the Order of the Laurel.

Photos from Bjornsborg Academy of Defense IV online

Lady Elisava Illiesca, aka Bess, has posted an album of photos from the Bjornsborg Academy of Defense IV, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Medieval Myths panel discussion on CalonSound

Mathurin Kerbusso reports that a podcast of a panel discussion entitled Dispelling Medieval Myths, which was presented at the recent Medieval Mindset RUSH in the Kingdom of Calontir, is now available in the CalonSound Project archives.

March 14th

Northshield event photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Chronicler for the Kingdom of Northshield, shares her photos from Fighters' School, which took place February 20, 2010 in the Barony of Jararvellir, and Nordskogen's 12th Night.

Skull of St. Bridget may not be authentic

A research group at Uppsala University's Department of Genetics and Pathology recently used DNA and other tests to determine whether or not the skulls of Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Swedenand her daughter Katarina are authentic.

Experts believe they have found true site of Battle of Bosworth Field

A new study of documents, artifacts, and archaeological surveys seem to prove the true location of the Battle of Bosworth, the site of the death of King Richard of England. (map & photo)

March 13th

Medieval Irish abbots lived "life of O'Riley"

Ongoing excavations on the grounds of Rothe House in Kilkenny, Ireland, have discovered that Cistercian abbots, who had a previous residence at the site, lived a lavish lifestyle of roast swan and French wine.

Byzantine-era road uncovered in Jerusalem

The Madaba Map, a mosaic depicting 6th-7th century Jerusalem, shows Cardo Street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Now, the Byzantine-era street has been discovered by archaeologists.

Evidence of pre-Islamic society found in Ghana

Archaeologists working on a site near the village of Yikpabongo in the western African country of Ghana have discovered dozens of clay figures depicting people and animals dating from the 7th to 13th centuries. They believe the artifacts are evidence of a pre-Islamic society.

March 12th

Estrella War XXVI photos online

Lady Ailish, Séaghdha mac Roberd, and Christmas report that they have created albums of photos from the recent Estrella War XXVI. Ailish's photos are available at PicasaWeb, and Christmas' on Flickr.

The love poems of Michelangelo on display

In his fifties, it appears that renaissance master Michelangelo fell in love with a Roman nobleman 40 years his junior. A record of the infatuation can be found in handwritten sonnets on display for the first time at the British Museum in London.

Drachenwald's first Crown Tourney video available on YouTube

Sir Corby has posted video of the first Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The tourney took place in 1993.

March 11th

Baroness Peregrine of Thescorre elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Her Majesty Elena elevated Baroness Peregrine of Thescorre to the Order of the Pelican at the February 27, 2010 College of Three Ravens.

Beautiful blacksmithing

Cal Lane has taken the art of blacksmithing to a whole new level by transforming 44 gallon steel drums into works of art.

"Suburban Knights: A return to the Middle Ages" on sale now

Author and photographer E. F. Kitchen has produced a new book on the Society for Creative Anachronism entitled Suburban Knights: A return to the Middle Ages.

March 10th

Shroud of Turin expected to draw crowds from around the world

Whether it is real or an inspired hoax, the Shroud of Turin is one of the most recognized holy relics in the world. Its upcoming display is expected to draw over two million visitors to Turin Cathedral.

Sir Conrad Breakring new Prince of Caid

Duke Jason Griffiths of ShadowHyrst reports that Sir Conrad Breakwing was the winner of the March 6, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Caid. He was inspired by Eleanor di Michelozzo Gianfigliazi.

Fighting and archery at Gulf Wars XIX

THL Egil Haraldsson, Rangemaster for Live Weapons at Gulf Wars XIX, offers announcements regarding tournaments, at the upcoming War.

March 9th

Tristan Dragonheart victor of Atenveldt Crown Tourney

Mycatehall reports that Thegn Sir Tristan Dragonheart was the victor of the March 6, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Shava's Gulf Wars bardic project

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that she will be creating video of bardic performances at the upcoming Gulf Wars.

Views on risk: past and present

In a recent lecture entitled "Risk and Humanities," Cambridge classicist Mary Beard explored "the images of gambling and associated brawls that appear on the walls of bars in Pompeii."

March 8th

Renaissance texts "unread and unstudied"

In a podcast for the Classics and Ancient History website, Peter Mack and Maude Vanhalen discuss Renaissance thought and the fact that much of its works, most written in Latin, have been "largely unread and unstudied." (MP3)

Ansteorra Kingdom A&S photos online

Lady Elisava Illiesca, aka Bess shares an album of photos taken at the recent Kingdom A&S event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.