Archive - 2010 - Story

March 8th

SCAtoday.net Editor hits 10,000 article milestone

Milica doesn't know I'm publishing this, but I couldn't resist! Over this past weekend, our devoted Editor-In-Chief hit a major milestone when her 10,000th article was published on this web site.

March 7th

Auning Woman: "a perfectly ordinary looking woman"

Experts at the Panum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark have shown the world the face of the 2000-year-old Auning Woman, found in 1886 in a northeastern Jutland bog.

Build your own trebuchet

On the Instructables website, visitors can learn how to build a trebuchet capable of throwing a softball 50-60 feet from cardboard. (video)

Two vigiled for Pelican in Atenveldt

Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla and Lord Vallawulf of the Kingdom of Atenveldt report that Eden Blacksmith and Sely Bloxam, called Blossom have been placed on vigil for the Order of the Pelican.

March 6th

Greek armor lecture at Arizona State University

The Central Arizona Archaeological Institute of America is offering a lecture by Gregory Aldrete (Arthur of Lockehaven) on Greek armor.

SCAdians to present writing workshop

SCA members Kevin Nunn and Helen Marshall (Arminius the Footsore and Gwerydd verch Rhys) will present a one-day fiction writing workshop at Massey College in Toronto, Ontario on March 28, 2010.

March 5th

Mona Lisa identity may cause da Vinci exhumation

A team of experts from Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage are requesting permission to exhume the remains of Leonardo da Vinci in hopes of revealing the real identity of the Mona Lisa.

SCAdian Almost-Darwin Awards 2010

SCA member and Darwin Awards author Wendy Northcutt shares several tales of "Medieval Mayhem" on the Darwin Awards website.

March 4th

12th century leper hospital explored in England

A team of young archeologists is excavating the site of the St Mary Magdalen leper hospital in Winchester. A BBC video chronicles the recent finds at the site. (video)

11th century Viking house found in Dublin

Workers for the Office of Public Works (OPW) in Dublin, Ireland have unearthed evidence of an 11th century Viking settlement on the north shore of the Liffey River.

Shava presents photos and videos from Bardic Madness

Elashava bas Riva has posted an extensive photo collection and video album from the recent Bardic Madness event held in the Barony of Windhaven in Northshield.

March 3rd

Icelandic Saga Database online

Wyndreth of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that an Icelandic Saga Database, offering a "huge selection of Icelandic sagas in various languages, is now available online for viewing or download in PDF format.

Video showcases 16th century German cards

A video on YouTube exhibits and describes a deck of German playing cards from the 16th century CE.

Roman temple and early medieval church found in Spain

Archaeologists working on excavations in the chancel of the Church of Sant Feliu Girona in Catalonia, Spain, have discovered the remains of a 6th or 7th century tombs, as well as an ancient Roman temple.

March 2nd

Gregorian Code fragments found in medieval book

Scraps of packing material in the cover of a medieval book have been identified as pieces of the 4th century Gregorian Code, a Roman law book, long believed to have been lost.

Source of Aqua Traiana discovered

British father and son filmmaking team Ted and Michael O'Neill believe they have found the source of the Aqua Traiana, the 2nd century aqueduct, constructed by the Emperor Trajan, 30-40km northwest of Rome. (photos)

Northshield authors celebrate publication of novels

Two novelists from the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the recent publication of books.

March 1st

Ansteorra to host Known World Party at Gulf Wars

Duke Ulstead the Unsteady as announced that the Kingdom of Ansteorra will host the Known World Party at Gulf Wars 19 on March 19, 2010.

Lecture series on the ancient world at University of Southern California and Getty Villa

VCAW-IMI (Visual Culture of the Ancient World & International Museum Institute at USC) will present a lecture series dealing with the ancient world in March and April 2010. The lectures will take place at USC and at the Getty Villa.

Ymir XXXV photos online

Belphoebe reports that photos taken at the recent Ymir XXXV event in the Kingdom of Atlantia are now available to view on her SmugMug website.

February 28th

Search on for St. Columba's Scottish monastery

Archaeologists from Orkney College are looking for the original 6th century monastery built by the Irish monk St. Columba on the island of Iona, off Mull in the Scottish Hebrides.

Burial a "glimpse into Sleaford's Roman past"

Recent archaeological finds in the town of Sleaford, England prove that the town "was a very large and important settlement in the Roman period." Among the discoveries were the skeleton of a 4th century woman.

William and Æringunnr first Prince and Princess of Insulae Draconis

Nerissa de Saye reports that Sir William MacBrennan, fighting for his lady wife Mistress Æringunnr Yrsudóttir, was the winner of the first Coronet Tournament in the new Principality of Insulae Draconis.

February 27th

Winter festivals feature fire in Spain and Scotland

An article on Boston.com looks at the power of purifying fire in European myth and imagination in two festivals, Up Helly Aa and the Feast of Saint Anthony the Great. (22 large photos)

Michelangelo drawings show "unequaled understanding of the human body"

Michelangelo is revered one of the greatest masters of Renaissance art, especially when it comes to depicting the form of the human body. A new exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia, explores this aspect of his work.

"Secret of Kells nominated for Academy Award

The Secret of Kells, an animated film directed by Tomm Moore, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

February 26th

Early Chinese paintings subject of Freer & Sackler Galleries website

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution have announced a new online resource for the study of early Chinese painting. The site features over 80 examples of 10th through 14th century artwork.

Staffordshire horse head on display

A two-inch tall, gold filigree horse head is one of the latest pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard to be displayed at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, England. (photo)

Briony of Chatham elevated to Laurel at Birka

Broom reports that at the January 30, 2010 Market Day in Birka, in Their Barony of Stonemarche, Their Majesties Konrad and Branwen of the Kingdom of the East elevated Briony of Chatham to the Order of the Laurel.

Oysters treat of Elizabethan theater-goers

Archaeologists studying the sites of Elizabethan playhouses in London have discovered that theatre-goers were treated to an "exotic array of foods while enjoying the latest plays of the day."