Archive - 2013 - Story

Growing your own indigo

Love that blue? An article from Instructables offers directions on how to grow your own indigo.

December 30th

Archaeology fan? Wales has an app for that

Wales has introduced the Archwilio app, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to "access information about archaeological sites on maps covering the whole country." The free app will also let users connect and post their own updates.

"How we have heard of the might of the kings"

The Old English poem Beowulf has been the subject of many translations over the centuries, especially the first word hwæt. Now Dr George Walkden, a University of Manchester lecturer, believes he knows what the poem's first line really says.

Galen: Prince of Medicine book reviewed

The online site for History Today recently featured a book review by Andrew Robinson for The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern.

December 29th

Plans considered to unearth Roman baths in Exeter

The Dean of Exeter Cathedral in England is consulting with English Heritage about possible plans to make the Roman baths under Cathedral Green more accessible to the public. The baths were first discovered in 1971.

Touring Roman Britain

Jolyon Attwooll has compiled a list of the "must-see" sites of Roman Britain for a recent article in the Telegraph. The article includes photos, descriptions and links of some of the best tourist spots in the country.

December 28th

Eggshells and pipes highlight 16th century Swedish kitchen

Swedish archaeologists were recently given the rare opportunity to excavate a portion of the Södermalmstorg area in Stockholm. The excavation revealed a complete 16th century kitchen, including intricately-carved tobacco pipes and an unexplained pile of eggshells. (photos)

December 27th

The history of Byzantium's gates

No one knows exactly where all of the city gates to Byzantium were located, but the literature of the day speaks of many of them. In a feature for Hürriyet Daily News, Niki Gamm discusses Istanbul's walls and gates and their places in the architectural history of the city.

Three recognized with Peerages in An Tir

HL Finn Grim, Court Reporter to TRM Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, reports that at Their Baroness’ Tourney on November 30, 2013, Their Majesties offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

December 26th

Help wanted to create a new role

The board of SCA Ltd (Australia) is seeking applications for people interested in the new volunteer role of Grants Coordinator for the SCA in Australia.

3D X-ray to reveal secrets of "unreadable" scroll

"Having the chance to unlock a part of Norfolk history which has been closed to us for maybe hundreds of years feels very special," said Gary Tuson, from the Norfolk Records Office about plans to x-ray a 15th century scroll that is too delicate to unroll.

Anna Laresdotter becomes Laurel in Drachenwald

Her Majesty Siobhan, Queen of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports that Vicountess Anna Laresdotter has been elevated to the Order of the Laurel by Her hand and that of Her King Sven.

December 25th

Old Masters Week to feature sale of the Rothschild Prayerbook

Representatives from Christie's auction house in New York have announced that the centerpiece of its January 2014 Old Masters Week auctions will be The Rothschild Prayerbook, considered to be "the finest illuminated manuscript in private hands." The manuscript was created for a member of the Dutch court in 1505. (photo)

Stargate Yule 2013 photos online

Delphina reports that she has created an album of photos from Stargate Yule which took place December 7, 2013 in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

December 24th

Viking trade connected with Persian and Byzantine Empires

A new study by Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, shows that Norwegian Vikings enjoyed a brisk silk trade with the Persian and Byzantine Empires. The study was based partially on silk fragments found In an Oseberg ship. (photo)

Clan Macneil aids in restoration of Kisimul Castle

Members of Clan Macneil have joined forces with Historic Scotland to raise UK£200,000 for the restoration of Kisimul Castle in Barra. The 15th century fortress was the stronghold of the clan in the Western Isles.

December 23rd

University of Southampton receives grant to study Roman ports

The European Research Council has awarded the University of Southampton a EU€2.49m (UK£2.1m) grant to study 31 roman ports in nine countries. The study will focus on ports in the Mediterranean region during the first two centuries CE.

Pre-fire London virtualization wins game company award

Travelers to London are sometimes disappointed to find little of the city's medieval past on tourist maps, thanks to the 17th century fire which destroyed much of the city. Now a team of students offers the next best thing with a virtual "fly-through" of Tudor London.

December 22nd

What's with the snails?

In a blog article for Smithsonian, Colin Schultz wonders why in English manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries, knights are always fighting snails. (photos)

Photos from Bull's/Boar's Head 2013

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos from Bull's/Boar's Head 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

December 21st

Cardiff Castle re-moated

After ceremonies to mark the conclusion of Bute Park's restoration, the waterworks were opened and Cardiff Castle's moat was filled for the first time in 30 years. During the restoration, the moat was excavated by archaeologists, revealing more than 3,000 items dating back to the 16th century.

Canterbury Faire 2014 is one month away

Canterbury Faire 2014 approaches. We’ve just passed our last price rise, but we still have a few feast tickets to spare, and we’d love to see you at the event. It’s a great event, a great atmosphere, and great people to spend 9 days relaxing in the Crescent Isles.

Merchant needs help for Estrella War XXX

Lady Germaine Sylverbyrd of Astarte Gifts is seeking help with her merchant's booth at the upcoming Estrella War XXX.

December 20th

Medieval Handwriting: a Google app

Google has annonced that it now has an Android app for Medieval Handwriting.

Roman eagle: one of the "finest artefacts ever unearthed in Britain"

An “exceptional” sculpture of a Roman eagle has been discovered in London. The statue, dating to the 1st or 2nd century, is made of Cotswold limestone and depicts an eagle with a snake in its mouth. (photo, video)

December 19th

Ren faire nightmare

Fans of Game of Thrones may -- or may not -- want to take a look at Bad Lip Reading's parody of the HBO hit, Medieval Land Fun-Time World. The "trailer" is available online.

"Geeky" curator enjoys complexity of history

On September 4, 2013, Sarah Bellian became the new curator of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. A self-professed "geek," Bellian often gets her historical fix in the SCA where she practices rapier combat and archery. The new curator was interviewed recently by Erinn Callahan of the Port Arthur News.

December 18th

Changes to SCA Inc. Website

In early December, the SCA's official website got a new look.  Mistress Jessa, who is responsible for the website, discussed the changes in an article in the East Kingdom Gazette.

How to Write an Awards Recommendation

As part of a "How do I..." series the East Kingdom Gazette is running, Queen Avelina II wrote an article on how to write an awards recommendation letter.

December 17th

Estrella War Announcements #1

Hail to gentles from far and near…as Estrella War XXX approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome here!