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Pennsic 40 Artisans Row, An Invitation

Unto the Artisans of the Known World, An invitation to participate in the Artisans Row at Pennsic 40. 

This week in barley: Two brewing discoveries in Germany

Thousands of charred barley grains have been found in ditches in the early Celtic settlement of Eberdingen-Hochdorf, Germany. The site may have been used to make beer for a nearby religious center.

Cannabis catapult hurls pot over the Mexican border

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and Mexican authorities have joined forces to intercept a catapult used by drug smugglers to hurl pot from Mexico into Arizona.

January 30th

"Bloody war" in Caid

In October 2010, West Coast members of the SCA and others from around the Known World met to cross swords and trade tales at the Great Western War. Samantha Garrett of the Bakersfield College Renegade Rip visited the war and reports on what she learned. (photos)

Gulf Wars XX pre-registration extended

Duchess Mary-Grace of Gatland reports that online registration for Gulf Wars XX has been extended until February 28, 2011.

Small town bands in the Middle Ages

Medievalists.net blog offers a link to an article by David M. Guion dealing with wind bands from the 14th through 19th centuries. The article, published in the Journal of Band Research, Vol.42 (2007) is entitled: Wind bands in towns, courts, and churches from the Middle Ages to the Baroque.

January 29th

Town of Bobbio may help redefine Mona Lisa

Research by Carla Glori seems to point to the norhtern Italian town of Bobbio as the backdrop for Leonard da Vinci's painting of Mona Lisa. Glori also believes that Bianca Giovanna Sforza is the real subject of the painting.

Estrella pre-registration extended to January 31, 2010

The Estrella War Staff reports that it has extended the pre-registration deadline for Estrella War XXVII until January 31, 2011.

Royal Shakespeare Company to hold costume sale

Costumers: The opportunity of a lifetime presents itself on Feruary 12, 2011 when the Royal Shakespeare Company will sell thousands of costumes worn by such theatre luminaries as Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh.

January 28th

Three Peerages announced at Northshield's Old Twelvey Night

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair, Codex Herald, reports that at Their January 15, 2011 Old Twelvey Night event, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne, King and Queen of Northshield, offered Peerages to three of Their subjects.

Photos posted from Jararvellir's Yule Moot

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos from the recent Yule Moot in the Barony of Jararvellir, Kingdom of Northshield. The event was held in Waunakee, Wisconsin on January 9, 2011.

"Enigma" discovered in Renaissance church

For centuries, church historians have been puzzled by the symbols carved into diamond-shaped stones in the fascade of Naples' renaissance Gesù Nuovo church, but new eivdence shows that the engravings are a musical score. (audio)

January 27th

Irish "giants" more truth than myth

The myth of Irish giants such as Fionn Mac Cumhail may contain a grain of truth, according to a recent genetic study. DNA may show that a strain of gigantism ran through five families in the northern part of the country.

Hadrian’s Wall trench intended as road

Archaeologist Geoff Carter has proposed a controversial new theory concerning the trench that runs south of Hadrian's Wall: It was intended to be a Roman road, linking the forts that were part of the wall complex.

Mead makes a comeback

Vicky Rowe knows a lot about mead. The owner of Gotmead.com, "the Internet's premier resource for everything to do with mead," spoke recently to Allen G. Breed of SFGate.com about the comeback of the drink in mainstream society.

January 26th

12th Night is a "time lapse" for Oregon SCA members

Lauren Fox of the Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) recently visted the Kingdom of An Tir's Twelfth Night event and spoke to a number of attendees, including longtime member Pam Perryman, about their experiences in the SCA.

Living the life medieval in a Pennsylvania castle

Twelve years after they were married, SCA members Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter decided to translate their memories of England into a medieval home of their own. Gretchen McKay, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visted the castle and interviewed the couple. (photos)

Celtic treasure unearthed in Germany

Archaeologists have found gold and amber jewelry in a Celtic tomb near Herbertingen, Germany. They believe the tomb belonged to a noble woman from the area. The tomb is part of a region that was an important Celtic trading center in the 7th-4th centuries BCE.

January 25th

Port Oasis celebrates 12th night

"We just take this time to share medieval foods, arts, crafts and even fencing with one another and the public," said Leland Hoburg of the Shire of Port Oasis about the group's recent 12th Night celebration. Lacie Pierson of the Huntington (West  Virginia) Herald-Dispatch has the story. (photo)

Monastic documents of Durham Cathedral online

Scribes and early medieval English scholars will want to visit the Durham Cathedral Muniments website and view a collection of documents comprising the "most important medieval archive in the British Isles outside the Public Record Office."

Five honored with peerages at Loch Salaan Solstice

Lord Padruig Mctavish, voice herald to TRM Timmur and Saige of the Kingdom of Artemisia, reports that several gentles were honored with the offer of peerages at the recent Loch Salaan Solstice.

January 24th

El Cid: epitome of the medieval leader?

Benjamin Smith is a professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His paper, Principles of Leadership in the Middle Ages: The case of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar has been recommended by Medievalists.net.

The role of teenagers in combat

Young combatants, who would be considered children by today's standards, were occasional warriors in medieval battle. In an online article Teenagers at War During the Middle Ages, Kelly DeVries looks at the roles of such youth in combat as the Black Prince and Joan of Arc and why they were so unusual.

"Knights and ladies" inspire kids in Eugene, Oregon

Library assistant Cynthia Olsen wanted to introduce kids to the Middle Ages, so she invited members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to bring their knowledge and skills to the Eugene Public Library. Winston Ross of the Register-Guard has the story.

January 23rd

Tons of Song Dynasty coins found in Chinese kiln

Several tons of copper coins dating to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) were found recently in an ancient kiln in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The coins were strung into ropes through a center hole. (photos)

Lochlan and Gwen new Prince and Princess of Ansteorra

Donnchadh reports that Sir Lochlan Dunn was the victor of the January 15, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Gwen verch Cynwrig de Ynys Mon.

Estrella Camping Map is now Online

The Estrella War Promotions Staff has announced that the Estrella XXVII camping maps are now online.

January 22nd

Battle of Towton study shows gruesome side of medieval combat

During England's War of the Roses, the Battle of Towton was a turning point in long-going warfare between the Houses of Lancaster and York. Now new forensic studies are helping researchers to understand the concept of medieval warfare in a new way.

New Prince and Princess in Oertha

Baron Khevron reports that Viscount Kenric Maur was the winner of the recent Coronet tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Anton Cwith new Heir to Calontir Throne

Hywela reports that Anton Cwith, inspired by Isabeau De Beauxyeux, was the winner of the January 15, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir.