April 22nd, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-22 12:45
A team of British scientists from the University of Warwick has been able to sequence the genome of ancient RNA thanks to the study of ancient barley from Egypt. The fossilized grain contained the Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus, believed to be a modern disease, which may have been transported to Egypt by Crusaders in the Seventh Crusade.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-22 09:10
An unidentified 20-year-old man has been found murdered in Kirk Ness in East Lothian, Scotland, but the murderer will not likely be found. The victim, fatally stabbed four times in the back, was killed in the 12th or 13th century.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-21 12:39
How did you spend Ragnarok? If you are British, you might have celebrated at the JORVIK Viking Festival where warriors fought the Norse gods in an epic battle. Festival director Danielle Daglan spoke with NPR's All Thing's Considered about the event. (podcast)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-21 07:18
Dominic Selwood is a lawyer, writer and historian. He is also a blogger on a mission: to take the "dark" out of the Dark Ages. Selwood recently blogged on the subject for The Telegraph with Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-04-20 19:00
Archaeologists in the English village of Haddenham have uncovered nine burials dating to the Early Saxon period (6th century CE) in the car park of the Three Kings Pub. The graves, of both men and women, contained a wealth of grave goods including a spear and shield and a beaded necklace. (photos)
Submitted by Justin on Sun, 2014-04-20 15:10
The Laurel Sovereign of Arms invites interested candidates to apply for the job of Silent Herald Deputy, overseeing the Heralds who translate auditory information for non-hearing attendees at Court.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-04-19 16:13
New studies of the Domskirke in Ribe, Denmark show that Christians may have lived in the area 100 years before Denmark officially became a Christian country. Excavations at the site have unearthed over 70 Christian burials dating to the mid-to-late 9th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-04-19 08:24
Investigators in Germany are untangling the case of a metal detectorist who illegally dug up more than EU€1 million worth of Roman gold in a forest in southern Rheinland-Pfalz. The perpetrator may already have sold some of the pieces on the Black Market. (photos)
Submitted by Sir Kenneth on Fri, 2014-04-18 08:27
Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory introduces his new album of historical and SCA-focused music, written by himself and his wife, Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-04-17 12:38
Ladies, no more spending your hard-erned money for salon waxing. Simply follow the renaissance recipe for hair removal: arsenic, cat dung and vinegar. Read the article by Rose Eveleth in Smithsonian.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-04-17 11:02
Aeschine of Arran, Seneschal of the Barony of Innilgard, reports that Their Majesties Alfar and Angharat of the Kingdom of Lochac have announced the names of the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Innilgard.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-04-16 15:23
Conrad von Zollern reports that Count Walrick de Blakeney was victorious in the March 8, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-04-16 10:38
Baron Khevron reports that Duke Conor Weisszhan was the victor of the March 22, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Isa von Speyer.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-04-16 06:08
The builders of Mingary Castle on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland may have been illiterate, but they left their mark on history through their graffiti. The markings, discovered recently in the castle's chapel, were probably inscribed when the chapel was first built, between 1265 and 1295. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-15 16:49
A metal detectorist from Medway History Finders has uncovered a collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts dating to the 6th century near Maidstone, Kent, England. The hoard, valued at more than UK£40,000, includes silver brooches with red garnets and hairpins. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-15 12:21
Proof that gun powder technology captured the imagination of 16th century military minds can be found in a manual written by artillery master Franz Helm of Cologne, Germany who proposed strapping rockets to the backs of cats in order to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-15 08:18
Hirsch reports that Kolskeggr skialdarbriótr fra Einknnir was the victor of the April 5, 2014 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Katla von Walravensijde.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-14 18:58
THLord Stefan li Rous reports that he has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-14 16:43
The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism are seeking applicants for the position of Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-04-13 13:48
Construction work for a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma, 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, has unearthed the foundations of a 6th century Byzantine church. The remains of the basilica and its artifacts discovered include "a cistern, a pottery workshop, cooking implements, oil lamps and central halls with a pair of side aisles divided by marble pillars."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-04-13 09:26
Great civilizations of the Middle Ages were not located solely in Europe or Asia. Some of the world superpowers grew up along the coasts of Africa. In a feature article for i09, Annalee Newitz takes a look Songo Mnara, a city that thrived from the 10th to 15th centuries. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-04-12 08:45
On its website, Daegrad Tools of Sheffield, England offers an extensive list of papers on Anglo-Saxon tools. The papers are available for free download in PDF format.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-04-11 15:03
Latin is alive and well at Students at the college are required Wyoming Catholic College where students and professors recently participated in Biduum Latinum, a Latin immersion weekend, where everyone spoke only Latin. KCWY News 13 has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-04-11 13:39
The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia has just completed a project to digitize medieval and renaissance manuscripts from its own collection as well as some from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. The manuscripts are available to view on the library's website.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-04-09 12:05
Legend says that the bluestones of Stonehenge were transported from a quarry in Wales to the site on the Salisbury Plain, but a new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows that the stones may actually have come from a site only three kilometres from the structure.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-04-09 07:22
"The Old City incorporates a multitude of forts, synagogues, mosques and churches, as well as a labyrinth of alleyways that date back centuries to the early Ottoman era and before. And there are plenty of the eight-centuries-old remains of an era when the Crusaders ruled this part of the world," writes Barry Davis in a recent touristy article about Isreal's city of Acre for the Jerusalem Post.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-08 20:12
Manx was once the endangered list. Not the cat - the language. But now a new generation of young people, such as singer Ruth Keggin, is doing its best to breathe new life into the speech of the people of the Isle of Man.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-08 16:00
"I subjected the images to fundamental tests of identity and authenticity, and these revealed that we are dealing with true-to-life portraits of Shakespeare, one from his youth, the second from his old age," said Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel about two recently-discovered portraits of William Shakespeare. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-07 16:31
"Dark Ages" history traditionally considers the transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon culture in England a time of bloody conquest, but in a new article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggest that the evolution may have been more cultural than brutal.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-07 11:46
An article by Alberto Carpinteri and a group of researchers in Springer's journal Meccanica suggests that an earthquake might explain the mystery of the famous Shroud of Turin, whose cloth has been carbon dated to the 13th century.