Archive - 2011 - Story

March 22nd

I do not like virent ova, virent perna!

Want your 10-year-old to really impress her teacher? Have her quote from Winne Ille Pu. Just one of several children's classics that have been translated into Latin.

"Small things surpass large" in Ravenna mosaics

"The marble flourishes with bright rays and all the stones in starry purple shine richly. Small things confined in space are made so beautiful that they surpass the large. To Christ, whose temples exist in the human heart, nothing is small and he dwells happily confined by these walls." Latin inscription at chapel entrance. (photo)

March 21st

Luxury items more common in 16th century Ireland than previously believed

Common wisdom about 16th century Ireland, namely that it was a backwater, is being challeneged by a new study by PhD student Susan Flavin. She has looked at imports from England to Ireland between 1503 and 1600 and contradicts the common assumption.

"Jewel in the crown of Libya's Roman legacy" still intact

Archaeologists have feared the worst for Libya's Roman cultural heritage during the recent unrest in the country, but so far, sites such as Leptis Magna the "jewel in the crown" of Libya's Roman legacy, are unharmed.

Ikea does Stonehenge

For all those who have struggled to put together an Ikea desk... Ikea does Stonehenge!

Katherina Weyssin to be elevated to Pelican in Lochac

Their Majesties Gabriel and Constanzia of the Kingdom of Lochac have placed Mistress Katherina Weyssin on vigil to comtemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican.

March 20th

Welsh school site hides rare Roman fort

The playing fields of Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive Upper School in Neath, Wales must occupy a strategic location since they were the site of not one, but two Roman forts, a 1st century timber structure and a later stone fort.

Don't eat the centerpiece!

Eating flowers is period, in fact, it dates back to Biblical times. An article for Handyman online magazine teaches which flowers are safe to eat and how to prepare them.

Shava's photos from Northshield events online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Chronicler, reports that she has created albums of photos from Fighting in the Shade and Hrodir's Tournament of Chivalry which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield.

March 19th

Historic knitted artifact photos online

Those who study historical knitting will want to visit the website for the conference Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity & Innovation in Europe: 1500-1800. where they will be able to view photos of knitted items from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

A short history of fabric in the Middle East

In a recent online issue of Saudi Aramco World Magazine, the history of fabric in the Middle East from the 11th century forward is discussed. Such fabrics as gauze and muslin were once very different from the way they are known today.

Elizabethan theaters and the Internet

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Scott Turow, Paul Aiken and James Shapiro ponder the connection between “cultural paywalls,” public playhouses, and the free sharing of creative content on the Internet.

March 18th

Discoveries of "Bulgarian Indiana Jones" on display in Sofia

The National Archaeology Institute museum in Sofia, Bulgaria is hosting a display of over 50 eartifacts discovered in the country in 2010. Among the finds were a 14th century gold earring and an 8th century silver coin.

SCA Grand Council wants you!

The Grand Council of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is looking for a few good people to help deal with changes affecting the SCA in the modern world.

Hrodir of Northshield speaks

THL Teffan of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that he has updated a video of a speech given by King Hrodir at His recent Tournament of Chivalry.

March 17th

Medieval Irish fishery victim of budget cuts

Archaeologists from the University College Dublin are unable to resume research on 14th century fishweirs near the Fergus Estuary in County Clare, Ireland which have been threatened by weather. The team blames budget cuts by the Irish Heritage Council. (photo)

Medieval Irish mill site yields surprising finds

Remnants of a medieval mill, including well preserved timber beams, pottery, and shoes, have been found  beneath Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin. The site was discovered during a routine pre-constuction survey, and they did not expect to find much of interest.

Atlantis found at last?

For the first time in several years, archaeologists believe they have located the lost continent of Atlantis. The latest theory is the subject of a new television film on the National Geographic Channel entitled Finding Atlantis.

Sing along with "Serious Steel"

Longtime SCAdians know and love Leslie Fish's iconic SCA war song, Serious Steel. Now newer members can sing along to the song as posted on YouTube.

March 16th

AEthelmearc event photos online

Dragos Pelikanos reports that he has created three albums of photos from events which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Islamic necropolis discovered in Portugal

A medieval Islamic necropolis, containing over 200 human remains, has been discovered in the southern Portuguese city of Beja during renovation of a high school.

Knitting improves behavior in English schoolchildren

British schoolteachers have a new defense against the cellphone: knitting. A program to teach knitting to elementary age schoolchildren has reaped surprising results, including improved behavior.

Urban SCAdians live by the sword

The National Post has a chat with Nicolaa de Bracton and other members of the Canton of Eoforwicof (Ealdormere), mundanely Toronto, Canada. The article discusses various activities in the SCA and how the SCA has to alter some aspects of the middle ages to accommodate safety and modern concerns.

March 15th

Ryght welebeloued Voluntyne...

In 1477 Margery Brews sent the first valentine in the English language to her sweetheart John Paston begining "ryght welebeloued Voluntyne" (right well-beloved Valentine), she promised to be a good wife, adding: "Yf that ye loffe me as Itryste verely that ye do ye will not leffe me" (If you love me, I trust.. you will not leave me).

Well preserved Ming dynasty mummy found

A female mummy dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) has been unearthed in Taizhou, China. The mummy is in an excellent state of preservation including skin, hair, clothes, shoes, and jewelery.

Voynich Manuscript carbon dated

Since its discovery in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript has been the subject of debate among scholars and scientists who argued over the meaning of its 250,000 coded characters. Now experts from the University of Arizona have used carbon dating to determine the age of the document.

Bela and Anna new Heirs to Outlands Throne

Wimble Herald THL Tyrfingr von Wolfsberg reports that Duke Bela Kos was the victor of the March 12, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands. His Grace was inspired in His endeavor by Countess Anna de Apperleye.

March 14th

Fighter Auction Tourney at Canterbury Faire on YouTube

Alexandra reports that Grimr has posted a series of videos taken of the Fighter Auction Tourney at the Canterbury Faire this year to his YouTube account.

Academic dress in the Middle Ages

The British Burgon Society studies the history of academic dress with an aim to study, preserve and advise on all aspects of practice of wearing caps and gowns. Alex Kerr, an expert on the subject, has posted an article Layer upon Layer: The Evolution of Cassock, Gown, Habit and Hood as Academic Dress.

Woodworkers needed for Pennsic Artisan's Row

Master Brusten de Bearsul is seeking woodworkers to participate in the Artisans' Row project at Pennsic  war 40.