Archive - 2010 - Story

January 8th

Cod, not elephants, brought down Greenland settlements

For the past ten years, Norse scholars have debated whether the breakdown in trade of walrus ivory brought down the Norse settlements in Greenland during the 15th century. In a new article, scholar Kirsten Seaver disputes the theory and offers her own: English cod fishing.

Guardian of the Gauntlet photos online

Lady Brenna MacDonald has created an album of photos from the recent Guardian of the Gauntlet event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

January 7th

Brits balk at paying Henry's "Deer Tax"

500 years ago, merchants abutting Bushy Park in London were required to pay a "deer tax," a compensation for any deer which left the park. Today, the tax is still in effect and taxpayers are getting restless.

Boar's Head 2009 photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, and Elspeth O'Leary share photos and video from the recent Boar's Head 2009 event.

Laurel Office Request for Feedback on the Rules

Olwynn ni Chinneidigh, Laurel Queen of Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and Juliana de Luna, Palimpsest Herald, are seeking feedback on policies and procedures for heraldic submissions within the SCA. Deadline in January 31, 2010.

January 6th

Lycanthropy and the Byzantines

Apparently the Byzantines had a werewolf problem, according to a new article by four scholars from the University of Athens. "Lycanthropy in Byzantine times ([CE] 330–1453)," looks at how doctors in the Empire dealt with patients who believed they were werewolves.

SCA Afghanistan discussion list

By long tradition, members of the SCA have served overseas in the military. For those currently serving in Afghanistan, a Yahoo Groups discussion list has been created.

Dancing and revelry in Rhydderich Hael

Lord Gyles de Blair has created a wonderful video highlighting the dancing and activities at the Masked Ball event in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The event took place December 5, 2009.

January 5th

Wikiversity offers chainmail tutorial

Catherine de Winter of the Kingdom of Caid reports that Wikipedia has a new section called Wikiversity, focusing on "experiential learning." One of the entries offered is a tutorial on making chainmail.

Gleann Abhann's Crown List X photos online

Barbara Sterling, Historian for the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, reports that her photos from the recent Crown List X, which took place November 14, 2009, are now available to view online.

January 4th

Grammar of medieval and early-modern Greek subject of major study

A major multi-year study, five years underway, seeks to provide the first detailed grammar of the 3400-year-old Greek language as it evolved from 1100 to 1700 CE.

Small Gatherings Enhance the Celtic Flame in North America

Dikran Aivazian of the Kingdom of An Tir reports on the creation of a Celtic bardic association in the western United States and Canada.

January 3rd

A&S photos and dance videos from St. Eligius online

Broom reports that he has created an album of photos of A&S entries from the recent St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Schola and Competition which took place in the Kingdom of the East. He also has posted videos of performance entries.

Insulae Draconis First Coronet Commemorative Mugs and Clothing available

Pól ÓBriain, Insulae Draconis Exchequer, reports that several items commemorating the new Principality to be created February 20, 2010 will be available for purchase.

January 2nd

Celtic Psalter on display for first time at the University of Edinburgh

The Celtic Psalter, Scotland's oldest book, dating to the 11th century, has been placed on display at the University of Edinburgh for the first time in history. The book contains "hand-written psalms in Latin, with Celtic and Pictish illustrations."

No authorizations for general riding or mounted games at Gulf Wars

Baroness Chiere wreic Maredudd and the Gulf Wars Equestrian Team reports on authorization rules for the upcoming War.

January 1st

Mounted Watch at Gulf Wars

Baroness Chiere wreic Maredud, of the Gulf Wars XIX Equestrian team, reports on the expansion of the Mounted Watch at the upcoming War.

Gulf Wars XIX Volunteers Wanted

Several event staff departments are seeking volunteers for Gulf Wars, March 15-20, 2010.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2009

HLord Stefan li Rous has release updates for Stefan's Florilegium for December 2009.