Archive - 2011 - Story

January 26th

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.

January 21st

Call for Assistance in Afghanistan

Tymothe Rankyn of Cathanar (Sgt Eric Rankin, USMC) reports that gentles serving in the military at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan have created an SCA group, and are in need of rapier equipment.

Photos from Steppes 12th Night 2011

Uilliam reports that he has created an album of photos from Steppes 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Facebook.

Preserving historic manuscripts passion of Minnesota monks

Central Minnesota is the home of Hill Museum at St. John's Abbey, an unlikely site for the world's largest collection of historic religious manuscripts. Ray Suarez of PBS Newshour interviews Father Columba Stewart, director of the museum. (video)

January 20th

Sherwood "thing" to be investigated

Five years ago, local archaeologists discovered a thing, an open-air Viking meeting place, on Hanger Hill in Sherwood Forest, England. Now the experts are moving in for an official survey.

Talhoffer's Medieval Fight Book subject of National Geographic Channel documentary

Talhoffer's Medieval Fight Book is the subject of a National Geographic television program scheduled to air on January 25, 2011. Talhoffer was a knight and judge in Scandavia in the mid-1400's, and the program shows some of the fight strategies and unusual weapons Talhoffer described in his book.

Arabella McQuharg elevated to Pelican in the West

At Their recent Twelfth Night Coronation, Their Majesties of the Kingdom King Jade and Queen Catherine of the West offered admittance into the Order of the Pelican to Baroness Arabella McQuharg.

January 19th

Come witness the business side of the Society

The Directors and Corporate Staff would like to extend a cordial invitation for all to attend the upcoming Board of Directors meeting, to be held on January 29, 2011.

Do-it-yourself Roman villa on Channel 4

A new series on Great Britain's Channel 4 challenges modern builders to construct a Roman villa using only period tools and materials. The series, Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, begins on Channel 4 on January 20, 2011 at 9pm. (photos)

Loy Schiemann der Kleine knighted in the West

His Majesty King Jade of Starfall reports that Loy Schiemann der Kleine has been admitted to the Order of the Chivalry in the Kingdom of the West.

Ancient Greek dialect spoken in Turkey

Researchers have found an isolated community on the coast of Turkey who speak a dialect of Greek very close to ancient Greek. Romeyka, a variety of Pontic Greek, has grammar and vocabulary that are otherwise only found in ancient forms of the language, but it has no alphabet.

January 18th

Cynagua Coronet, May 2010 photos online

Esmeralda of the Lakes reports that she has created an album of photos from Cynagua Coronet, May  2010. The photos are available on her website.

6th century mosaics lead to discovery of Roman city

Sometimes crime does pay, at least when it comes to archaeological discoveries. An illegal 2007 excavation of a home in southeast Turkey has revealed the Roman-era city of Germenicia. (photo)

Northumberland coal mine hides Anglo Saxon village

"The surface mine at Shotton has given us the first direct evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in this part of the county and has confirmed its potential for making important archaeological discoveries," said Karen Derham, Northumberland County Council Assistant County Archaeologist about the recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon settlement.

January 17th

Did Scots beat Norse to Iceland?

New research by experts from Bangor University in Wales may show that the Vikings were not the first to reach Iceland. The first may have been Irish monks from the Scottish islands who travled there 70 years before their Nordic neighbors.

Japanese metal techniques featured in YouTube video

Metal workers and jewelry artists will want to take a look at two short documentary films on YouTube showcasing classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a piece of decorative metalwork.

Middle Ages lives in Wisconsin

The Middle Ages is alive and well in Wisconsin, at least according to Aubrey Ralph of Wisconsin Public Radio who recently visited a Northshield shire. The podcast is available in MP3 format.