Archive - 2011 - Story

December 19th

Known World Estrella War Digest for December

The Estrella War event team offers the Known World Estrella War Digest for December.

The Santa marker and the richness of Scottish DNA

Somewhere is Scotland exists one man who carries Santa's DNA, the NM46 marker traced to eastern Siberia and to Lapland, Santa Claus's legendary home. The unidentified man, so far the only one recorded in Scotland, may find himself visited by a relative on Christmas Eve.

Estrella War Shenanigans

Hello all and sundry. Lord Patrick the Butcher, Bard of the Sun here. You may or may not have heard that we are planning to make this Estrella war the most fun war ever, in the history of wars, and the College Of Bards needs your help, though you may not be a Bard.

December 18th

Disturbed remains may not be fault of grave robbers

Archaeologists who have found graves from the early Middle Ages with remains disturbed have long believed that grave robbers were responsible, but new research may show that the destruction was done for other reasons than material gain.

Pictish power centered in Rhynie

Excavations near the site of Scotland's Rhynie Man, a six-foot boulder carved with the image of a Pict, have revealed a fortified early medieval settlement, possibly the seat of the mysterious Kings of Pictland.

December 17th

"Wow is there a tower" in Alderney!

A team from the Guernsey Museums and the Alderney Society in England has identified a Roman fort concealed in a ruin called the Nunnery. The site is believed to be one of the "best-preserved Roman military structures in the world."

December 25 as Christmas

Scholar Andrew McGowan offers a paper on the Dating of Christmas on the Academia.edu website. Originally published as How December 25th Became Christmas, a 2002 edition of Bible Review, the paper is available in PDF format.

December 16th

Poll for Estrella A&S Competition categories

THL Raven Mayne, Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences for Atenveldt, reports on a poll being conducted to select the arts and sciences categories for Estrella War A&S Competition XXIX.

The Renaissance comes to Canberra

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra will play host to the "first ever exhibition in Australia dedicated to Renaissance paintings." Artdaily.org has a review. Renaissance – 15th & 16th Century Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo will be open December 9, 2011 - April 9, 2012.

Outlands Fall 2011 Coronation photos online

Evain Macrae reports that she has created an album of photos from Fall 2011 Coronation in the Kingdom of the outlands. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

December 15th

The musical sounds of 16th century Venice

Musicians and choir directors have long speculated on what music of the past would have sounded like. Now a new study by a student and a professor from New York University and the University of Cambridge may offer a sample from 16th century Venice.

SCA 50 Year Anniversary

Mistress Alys Graye of the West Kingdom requests input from the Known World regarding a West Kingdom bid for an event celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the SCA.

Good news for Pennsic 41: No more one-lane bridge

Throughout time immemorial, Pennsic-goers have contended with the traffic pileups at a one-lane bridge on Currie Road leading to the event site. That bridge is, finally, being replaced in the spring of 2012.

New Society officers named

Leslie Vaughn, Chairman, Board of Directors, SCA, Inc., reports that there will be several changeovers in Society offices early in 2012.

December 14th

Duke Alrik Boleslavov to be knighted in the Outlands

Master Adam Stedefast, Blue Iris Herald,reports that Their Majesties Kynan and Gilliana have offered entry into the Order of the Chivalry to Duke Alrik Boleslavov.

Historical event seeks 19th century re-enactors, musicians and displays

Algoma 1812 is looking for re-enactors, artisans, entertainers, historical displays, musicians, merchants, etc., to join them from July 17th to July 22nd, 2012 to help launch Algoma 1812’s kick off for the War of 1812 Bicentennial, at Fort St. Joseph & Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Sites, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

December 13th

SCA corporate announcement on newsletter subscription rates

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has published an announcement on behalf of the Board concerning subscription rates for kingdom newsletters.

SCA Classifieds unveiled

William Castille reports that he has created a website for SCA members who want to buy or sell SCA gear.

December 12th

Early Roman burials wow Cirencester experts

Neil Holbrook, chief executive at Cotswold Archaeology, said he "can't underestimate the potential significance" of the discovery of more than 40 graves, dating to early Roman times, in Cirencester, England.

New Knights and Pelican in the Kingdom of Meridies

Flannait reports that, at Their Fighter's Collegium in the Shire of Glaedenfeld, Their Majesties Kenneth and Sabine of the Kingdom of Meridies added four of Their subjects to the rolls of the Peerage.

Bhakail Yule photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Bhakail Yule which took place recently in the East Kingdom. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

December 11th

Lost Newtown found in Ireland

Fifteen miles from modern Kilkenny, Ireland, a secret has been buried for centuries. That secret is the lost early Norman town of Newtown, now being decribed as "Kilkenny's Pompeii." LIDAR technology has disclosed the "streets, towns and dwellings" of the settlement.

Artifacts spanning 23 centuries declared treasure in Norwich, England

A recent inquest in Norwich, England has resulted in a number of artifacts, dating from 800 BCE through the 15th century CE, being declared treasure. The six groups of treasures were all discovered by metal detector enthusiasts. (photo)

December 10th

Reproduced Stirling Heads images online

Lord Mungo Napier reports that all 37 of the reproduction Stirling Heads, from Stirling Castle in Scotland, are available as full colour images on the Stirling Castle website.

Call for Teachers for the Ninth Known World Dance and Music Symposium

The Honorable Lady Felice Debbage of the Barony of Middle Marches in the Middle Kingdom has announced that teachers are needed for the upcoming Ninth Known World Dance and Music Symposium.

December 9th

Canton of Green Lion Bay achieves full status

Chirhart and Jeanne, Baron & Baroness of Bright Hills in the Kingdom of Atlantia, report that the Canton of Green Lion Bay is now an official branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

CNN recommends Known World Handbook as a useful gift for the geek in your life

What to get your medieval geek this Christmas? CNN recommends a copy of the Known World Handbook, or perhaps a rapier from Darkwood Armory.

December 8th

King Richard II's timepiece found in Australian shed

In the 1970s, children playing in the shed of a Queensland, Australia cattle station happened upon a brass quadrant marked with the badge of King Richard II. Now the instrument is scheduled to be auctioned with an estimated price tag of US$233,000-$311,000. (photo)

East Kingdom Crown Tournament photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the November 5, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. The albums are available on PicasaWeb.

Alverik Czypser offered Knighthood in the Outlands

Master Adam Stedefast, Blue Iris Herald, reports that Their Royal Majesties Kynan and Gilliana of the Kingdom of the Outlands has offered Lord Alverik Czypser admittance into the Order of Chivalry.