August 25th, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-25 12:34
People have long admired the beautiful Anglo-Saxon artifacts found in the burial mounds of Sutton Hoo, but few understand the symbols embedded within the metal. Rosie Weetch, a curator at the British Museum, offers an illuminating primer on how to decode the symbols and stories in a piece of Anglo-Saxon metalwork on the British Museum blog. (photos and diagrams)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-25 07:53
Do you think Renaissance masterpieces are just boring, dusty paintings? Collage artist James Kerr doesn't - and proves it with his creation of a number of animated GIFs using works of the great masters.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-24 15:40
Sometime in the late 12th century, Rhys ap Gruffudd founded a daughter house to the convent of Strata Florida in the Aeron Valley of wales. Researchers have known about the Llanllyr nunnery, but never its precise location - until now when excavations in Ceredigion have revealed the convent as well as a cemetery and Tudor mansion.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-24 10:10
King Ethelbert II was murdered, possibly for minting his own coins. Now an extremely-rare, 8th century silver penny, found by metal detectorist Darrin Simpson, has been discovered in a Sussex, England field. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-08-23 16:49
An old legend in Suffolk, England, tells of a massive black dog, known as Black Shuck, which terrorized the village folk, and was the subject of a report in 1577 by the Reverend Abraham Fleming. Now archaeologists believe they have found the remains of a huge dog buried in the area. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-08-23 11:34
The UK£22 million renovtion of Lincoln Castle continues to unearth medieval treasures, this time with the discovery of a high-status Saxon burial in a church wall. The remains showed a powerful man, suffering from rickets, who was buried in his boots.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-08-22 10:25
On June 19, 2014, the Shire of Blackhawk, the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Rockford, Illinois, invited those interested in the Middle Ages to join them at the Northwest Community Center’s Corbett Building for hands-on activities practiced by the group. The Rock River Times published the invitation. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-21 18:03
Archaeologists working at Vindolanda, the Roman fort in northeastern England, made a "special" find recently: a rare gold coin bearing the image of Roman emperor Nero, the first gold coin found during the excavation's 40-year history. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-21 14:19
The Nanteos Cup is missing. Rumored to be the Holy Grail, brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, the olive wood cup is normally kept in a bank vault in Wales, but was loaned to an ailing women in Weston-Under-Penyard. It was stolen from her home July 14, 2014. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-08-20 21:19
Researchers in Italy have the rare opportunity to examine and analyze the remains of Henry VII of Luxembourg, German king and Holy Roman emperor, who died in 1313 and is buried in Pisa Cathedral. The remains were exhuned in 2013 to determine the emperor’s physical features and cause of death. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-08-20 12:31
For issue 8 of What's Up Wednesday, the A&S blog for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, the topic is sewing, featuring some amazing projects created by artisans of the Kingdom.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-08-19 21:25
In 1540, the Byron family, ancestors of the famous Lord Byron, was given Newstead Abbey near Nottingham, England. Built in the 12th century, the abbey has since fallen into disrepair, and it has become the recipient of UK£40,000 from the World Monuments Fund to save the crumbling structure.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-08-19 11:23
Experts in Denmark are intrigued by the recent discovery of a Viking Age amulet/figurine by a metal detectorist in a field near Revninge. The small silver figurine, possibly representing Freya the goddess of fertility, wears a marvelously-detailed Viking dress. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-18 16:12
Archaeologists working on a dig at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, have discovered the remains of the medieval sanitation system which once surrounded the 14th-century Tower of Drum.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-18 11:30
Sofya reports that a number of photo albums from Lilies War 28 are now available on the Calontiri website.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-08-16 14:51
Kaliyan Kali reports that at Their Caer Galen Defender event, Their Majesties Walrick and Cecilia, of the Kingdom of the Outlands, offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to the Honorable Lady Mirabel de Malmesberie.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-08-16 10:13
A team of archaeologists at the University of Bordeaux has identified the earliest known case of Down syndrome in the remains of a child who lived in 6th century France. The diagnosis was made after the remains were submitted to a (CT) scan.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-08-15 22:10
Once upon a time, four bronze angels adorned the gateposts of the Wellingborough Golf Club in Northamptonshire, England. No one paid much attention to them until two were stolen, but now all four, identified as Renaissance treasures, are the subject of a fundraising effort by the Victoria and Albert Museum. (photo)
Submitted by SleepyUnicorn on Fri, 2014-08-15 20:30
SleepyUnicorn has posted a photo album from the Known World A&S Display held at Pennsic 43.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-14 18:15
The oldest known copy of "The Brus," an epic poem describing the Battle of Bannockburn, has been restored in time for the 700th celebration of the event. The poem was written in 1375 by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-14 16:33
Gillian reports that Their Majesties Conor and Isa of the Kingdom of the West have chosen to elevate her protégé, Chaninai al-Zarqa' bint Ibrahim ibn Rashid, to the Order of the Pelican.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-14 12:29
In June 2014, Their Majesties Tindal and Etain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Shishido Tora Gozen. The elevation too place at the Kingdom's Equestrian Championship.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-08-13 13:46
Morucatha reports that, at the recent West-An Tir War, Their Majesties Conor and Isa of the Kingdom of the West offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry to Brennos Agrocunos.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-08-13 09:24
Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products. Did you know that the SCA can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-08-12 19:01
Auctioneers at Christie's have announced that they will offer for auction a double-edged Viking sword associated with the battles of Hastings, Stamford Bridge and Bannockburn. The sword is expected to bring between UK£80,000 to £120,000. (photo)
Submitted by Gossip on Tue, 2014-08-12 15:18
Barun Pól O'Briain was yesterday elevated to the Order of the Pelican by the King and Queen of Drachenwald. Under threatening skies at Raglan Castle in Wales the two-time Viceroy of Insulae Draconis was made a peer before a tearful crowd of his noble friends and well-wishers.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-08-12 14:38
"Every time I come, it's like the highlight of my life. It's addictive. Especially if you're an adrenaline junkie," said fencer Susan Woodard about a recent fighter practice held at Roosevelt Park in Longmont, Colorado. Woodard spoke with Scott Rochat of the Times-Call about the SCA and the Barony of Caer Galen. (photos and video)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-11 16:16
The State of California is requiring a full financial audit from the SCA. We have contracted with the CPA firm of Boman Accounting Group, Inc. to conduct the audit for the years 2012 and 2013 and report their findings.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-11 12:40
Current SCA Laurel King of Arms, Meistari Gabriel Kjotvason, reports that Andrewe Bawldwyn has been named to take over the position as head of the College of Arms.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-11 08:53
The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is seeking members for a committee concerning the Chirurgeonate.