Archive - 2011 - Story

November 6th

14th century Ottoman conqueror found at Perperikon

Discoveries continue to be unearthed at the Perperikon archaeological site in Bulgaria. The latest is the tomb of a 14th century Ottoman conqueror.

Viking boat burial found in Scotland

An intact Viking boat burial has been found in the highlands of Scotland, the first burial of its kind found on the UK mainland. The artifacts found at the site indicate the man buried there may have been a high ranking warrior.

Professor investigates newly-discovered Missouri runestone

Dr. James Frankki, of Sam Houston State University, has studied the Kensington Runestone in Minnesota and the Heavener Runestone in Oklahoma. Now he is taking look at a recently-discovered stone in Missouri.

November 5th

Roman baths discovered in London

Builders of a new office block in the Southwark district of London will not see their dreams realized until they have determined what to do with the remains of a Roman bath house, complete with cold plunge bath and hypocaust heating system. (photo)

"Penn in Hand" database online

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the conclusion of a two-year project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to digitize and make available on the World Wide Web its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Restoration planned for Greece's Bourtzi Castle

In the late 15th century, the Bourtzi fortress castle was constructed to protect the Byzantine city of Nafplio from invasion from the sea. Now the castle is to be restored as a tourist attraction. (photo)

River Wars photos online

Cateline la Broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from River Wars which took place recently in the East Kingdom. The photos are available on PacasaWeb.

November 4th

Greetings from Atenveldt: Estrella War Information

Mineko of Twin Moons, Estrella War Promotions Officer, has released a number of announcements for the upcoming War.

Eyrny Omarsdottir to become Pelican at Wassail

At Pennsic Court, Their Majesties Aaron and Rustique of the Kingdom of Ealdormere placed Baroness Eyrny Omarsdottir on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Her Excellency will give her answer at the upcoming Wassail.

Churches in Sudan shed light on saints and pilgrims

A series of well-preserved medieval churches in central Sudan are giving researchers new information into the world of medieval pilgrimages and veneration. Inscriptions at one site show that pilgrims came from as far away as Catalonia.

Nat Geo to explore Staffordshire gold

On Monday November 7, 2011, the National Geographic Channel will present two, hour-long programs on the Staffordshire Hoard, the Viking treasure discovered in 2010 in England. The programs are scheduled for 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. (EST).

November 3rd

Marginalia: An "Invisible College" for Natural Philosophers of the Known World

Friar Galen of Ockham announces the formation of Marginalia: An "Invisible College" for Natural Philosophers of the Knowne World of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

The venerable bagel

Long a New York favorite and portable feast choice of SCA college students everywhere (hint: they can be easily smuggled out of dining halls), finding solid documentation for the bagel as a medieval foodstuff has been a challenge.

Richard and Alloria new Lord and Lady of the Swan

Viscount Sir Richard de Camville was the victor of the October 29, 2011 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom of the West. Prince Richard was inspired by Alloria.

More Atlantian Coronation photos

Ursus of Anglesey has posted some photos of the Coronation of their majesties Cuan and Padraigin in Atlantia.

November 2nd

Own an "extraordinary medieval castle" in Italy

Southby's International Realty invites interested parties to purchase an "Extraordinary Medieval Castle" in Torino, Italy.

Photos of the Coronation of Gregor and Kiena

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Coronation of Gregor and Kiena which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

13th century graveyard in Italy reveals strange burials

A woman with nails driven into her skull and another surrounded by 17 dice have led archaeologists to speculate that a cemetery in Tuscany may have been a witch's graveyard.

Early Christian cemetery found in Ireland

A pre-Viking burial site dating to the 600s has been found near Dublin, Ireland. The site was discovered during construction for a power company project.

Yavneh-Yam believed to be stronghold of Islamic power

The harbor at Yavneh-Yam in Israel has been an important port since the Roman era, but now researchers think it was also "one of the final strongholds of Early Islamic power in the region."

Archaeology meets folklore in documentary

Filmmakers Davide Marco Zori and Jesse Byock from the UCLA Archaeology Department explore "whether oral and written histories can help us understand the relics of the past" in The Saga of a Viking Age Longhouse in Iceland.

November 1st

The Pictish beast stone of Moray Firth

Isobel Henderson found something cruious - and exciting - in a stone wall on a Highland farm building near Moray Firth, Scotland: a Pictish beast stone dating to the 5th-7th centuries. The stone is carved with a beast, crescent, comb and mirror. (photo)

What prompted the Icelandic Sagas?

Dr. Emily Lethbridge of Cambridge University is seeking to understand the significance of the Icelandic Sagas, why they were created during the 13th and 14th centuries, and why they still resonate with the people of Iceland today.

7th century burial site found in Fingal County, Ireland

Workers laying pipe for EirGrid were startled to discover human remains while excavating for underground power lines north of Dublin, Ireland. Tests revealed that the skeletons in the burial ground dated from between 617 to 675 CE.

Loop braiding tutorial online

Ingrid Crickmore of the Braid Society in Great Britain has posted a tutorial on Loop Braiding on the Braids and Bands Yahoo Groups.

Countess Damiana McDade elevated to Pelican in Atenveldt

Jarl Tristan Dragonheart reports that Their Majesties Arthur and Gabriela of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have recognized Countess Damiana McDade for her years of service by elevating her to the order of the Pelican.

English kings and queens remembered in song

Remembering the names of English Royals can be daunting, but the folks at Horrible Histories have made it a song - literally. View the video on YouTube.

October 31st

Video of 1978 West Kingdom Crown online

Hirsch von Henford reports that the West Kingdom History site can now display videos. The first video posted online is from Hal Ravn, June Crown, 1978.

Own an ancient English Monument

For a mere UK£30,000, interested parties can purchase a two acre site in Driffield, England containing Moot Hill, where archaeologists believe an 11th century motte and bailey castle may have stood.

The search for the Stirling Roman road

The site of the new visitor center at Bannockburn, Scotland may hold more history than just the battlefield. Archaeologists are looking for evidence of a Roman road which is believed to have run through the site.