Archive - 2011 - Story

February 4th

Estrella trash talk

Thomas Godefroy, Land Deputy for Estrella War XXVII, has announced rules regarding trash for the upcoming War.

Esquestrian services at Estrella XXVII

The Equestrian Coordinator for Estrella War XXVII has announced services that will be available during this year's War.

Temair Cearr to be elevated in Meridies

Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Meridies have placed the Honorably Lady Temair Cearron vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

A history of the humble eating fork

Master Robyyan Torr d'Elandris, OL, from Tree-Girt-Sea in the Middle Kingdom, offers an article on the history of the fork, an eating utensil sometimes assumed to be out-of-period for the SCA. Depending on your persona's time and place, this may not be so.

February 3rd

Volunteers needed for Estrella War XXVII

Lord Iamys, Estrella War Site Coordinator, has announced that volunteers are needed for the upcoming War.

Firewood at Estrella

The Estrella War XXVII Staff has announced that there will be firewood available to purchase at the War.

Estrella War A&S Collegium schedule online

Raven Mayne, the Kingdom of Atenveldt A&S Minister, reports that an updated schedule for the Estrella War A&S Collegium is now available online.

HowToHistory.com offers free copies of Britain's oldest cookbook

HowToHistory.com, a website dedicated to creating and preserving video tutorials in the historic arts, recently found a documentary about The Forme of Cury. The interest was so great, the site obtained a public domain copy of the manuscript to give to their newsletter subscribers.

February 2nd

Atenveldt turns 40

On January 16, 1971, the Kingdom of Atenveldt held its first Crown Tournament, marking the creation of a new SCA Kingdom.

Celtic beer: more taste, less modern

“These additives gave Celtic beer a completely different taste than what we’re used to today,” said Hans-Peter Stika of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart about the use of mugwort, carrot seeds or henbane to flavor Iron Age beer.

Byzantine-era burials found in Syria

Archaeologists working at Jabal al-Sin, Syria on the Euphrates River have found cemeteries dating to the era of the Byzantine Empire.

February 1st

Roman bones found under Jersey church

Contractors working on an extension to a church in Jersey, UK, were surprised to discover human remains during excavation. They were doubly surprised to learn that the remains are from Roman residents of the island.

Old tools never die

Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, has spent considerable time researching the fate of obsolete technology and tools, and has concluded that old tools never die -- that is, that every technology ever known to Mankind is still in modern use somewhere in the world.

Calontir Twelfth Night photos online

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that he has created an album of photos from Twelfth Night 2011 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir.

January 31st

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.