Archive - 2011 - Story

December 8th

Historic re-enactment in Scotland

"The Historic Saltire Society is an organisation dedicated to two things. The first is living history and the second is Fun!" reads the opening paragraph on the group's website. Historic Saltire Society travels "the length and breadth of Scotland to various venues to perform for our audiences."

December 7th

Gold Chain and Artisan Challenge photos online

Augusto G reports that he has posted an album of photos from Gold Chain and Artisan Challenge, which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PhotoBucket.

Bath baths in jeopardy

Experts working on the Roman baths in Bath, England, hope that drilling a new borehole will save the hot springs used by the Romans from a geyser that could drain the historic baths.

"Treasure of the Shishman Dynasty" found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered 18 gold coins minted during the reign of 14th century Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Alexander. The coins were found during the excavation of the medieval fortress Urvich near Sofia.

Bess Darnley elevated to Pelican in Calontir

Gabriel reports that Their Majesties Ostwald and Kaye of the Kingdom of Calontir have offered Their subject Bess Darnley elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

December 6th

Slideshow tells story of Sudanese church

Archaeologists are working on the excavation of the 11th century church at Banganarti, in the Sudan. Live Science has created a slideshow of some of the finds during the excavation, and provides a 3-D view of the church. (photos)

New from The Tudor Tailor: The Queen's Servants

The Tudor Tailor, publishers and authors of books on re-constructing sixteenth century dress, have announced the publication of their latest book: The Queen's Servants: Gentlewomen's dress at the accession of Henry VIII by Caroline Johnson.

Anglo-Saxon burials reveal life of hardship

A 7th-8th century CE cemetery has been discovered during a patio renovation at a home in Warwickhire, England. The burials, probably part of a much larger cemetery, have revealed new insight about life for people in the Middle Saxon period.

SvartulvR Kåte elevated to Laurel in Drachenwald

Their Majesties Lief and Morrigan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald have elevated SvartulvR Kåte to the Order of the Laurel for his skill in the arts of the forge. The elevation took place in the city hall of Miltenberg am Main.

December 5th

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia might return to place of worship

The 6th century Byzantine marvel, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, may be returning to its orgins as a place of worship by once again becoming a mosque. The former church is now a museum.

Full Contact Combat and Battle of the Nations - Poland 2012

Kit Houston, who is involved in the Full Contact Combat movement in Australia, offers information on the sport, and hopes to contact others in the country who might be interested.

Pierced skull leads to 1,000 year old murder mystery

As the saying goes, "Bows don't kill people, arrows do." Such seems to be the case for a burial in Galway, Ireland. Evidence of a shallow grave and an arrow found in the victim's skull has led researches to conclude that the man may have been murdered.

Medieval reading list

What do you get for the SCAdian who has everything? More books of course! Medievalists.net presents a list of new books of medieval topics that might also make your holiday wish list.

December 4th

Archaeologists plan conservation of 8th century Buddhist university

For years, the ruins of Vikramshila university, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning in Bhagalpur, India, have been neglected. Now a team of archaeologists have decided to begin work on the "university" which once housed over 10,000 students.

Charles and Vlad: Royal cousins?

In a speech to help save the forests of Transylvania, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, revealed that he is related to Vlad the Impaler, the 15th-century Romanian warlord who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Desperately seeking Sir Francis

The quest for the body of Sir Francis Drake, who died at sea in 1596, is on. Pat Croce, owner of a pirate museum, believes he has discovered the location of Drake's body off the coast of Panama.

December 3rd

Acre: “one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology”

Archaeologists and tourists alike are rediscovering Acre, the Crusader city in Israel. Now the ancient city is being viewed as a goldmine for medieval artifacts. Eliezer Stern, the Israeli archaeologist in charge of Acre, calls the city “one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology.” (photos)

7th century Christian prayer box found in Jerusalem

The archaeological dig at the "Givati parking lot" in Jerusalem has yielded an extremely rare Byzantine prayer box dating to the 6th or 7th centuries. The small box is made from stone and is decorated with a cross. (photos)

Viking silver "of national significance" found in England

Somewhere along the Cumbria-Lancashire border, a metal detector enthusiast named Darren Webster uncovered a simple lead pot, and out spilled a fortune in Viking silver. "That's when I noticed I'd found something of great importance," he said. (photo)

December 2nd

E-Newsletters: FAQs Updated and Optional Steps to Take to Discontinue Your Paper Newsletter

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism offers information, and  has created a FAQ to address questions about electronic issues of kingdom newsletters.

Count Gemini's shield class on YouTube

Kaydian reports that a video of a class taught by Count Gemini Asonte of Antir, on the use of shields in combat, has been posted to YouTube. The 90 minute class has been broken down into ten segments.

Heraldic quadrant up for sale in England

A brass quadrant bearing the arms of Richard II is going up for auction in England. The late 14th century piece is similar to one housed in the British Museum.

Baroness Margery Garrett Laureled in Oertha

Viscountess Anne of Bradford has announced that Their Majesties Rolf and Aurora of the Kingdom of the West have chosen to elevate Baroness Margery Garrett to the Order of the Laurel.

December 1st

Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens Islamic galleries

For eight years, the vast collections of Islamic art at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has been unavailable to the public, but now visitors can enjoy the collection as never before. Holland Cotter of the New York Times has a review.

Orkney Hood re-created

"The project took five and half months and a total of 230 hours to actually make it. But it is fascinating to do something like that. We have not got any garments at all like this, only scraps if we are lucky," said experimental archaeologist Jacqui Wood about her re-creation of the Orkney Hood.

Photos from 100 Minutes War

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has posted an album of photos from 100 Minutes War which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Renaissance portraiture showcased in Met exhibit

Those interested in Renaissance portraiture and costuming may want to visit the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012.

November 30th

British Male Progeniture and Act of Settlement overturned

A vote by the 16 members of the British Commonwealth has allowed a daughter of William and Catherine the possibility to ascend to the British throne. The rule of male primogeniture, giving males precedence over females in British royalty, dating to 1689, was recently overturned.

Mongol shipwreck might be part of invasion force

In the 13th century, Mongol leader and Chinese ruler Kublai Khan attempted to invade Japan. A witness to the ill-fated attempt may have been found off the coast of Nagasaki in the form of a nearly-intact Chinese ship.

SCA adds spectacle to University of Wisconsin campus

The Wisconsin State Journal follows the Barony of  Jararvellir to their fighter practice at the UW-Madison Stock Pavilion. Here students and non-students gather to fight, fence, work on armor, and show off.