Archive

September 3rd, 2013

Learning "the best of history" in the SCA

Residents of Carlisle, Mechanicsburg and the West Shore in Pennsylvania have a chance to learn "the best of history" in the SCA by taking "what happened in historical times and recreating it to the best of their ability," says Rachel Wright of Hampden Township. Joseph Cress of The Sentinel spoke with Wright and others for a recent article.

Baroness Johanna Dudley answers the EK Gazette's Questions

Baroness Johanna Dudley was the first authorized female fighter in the East and former Baroness of Carolingia. The East Kingdom Gazette asked her to share her memories in a Q&A format, which she kindly did.

September 2nd

Unique horse harness found at Cork castle dig

Archaeologists working on excavations at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork, Ireland, have discovered a gilt-covered leather harness with heraldic symbols dating to the 13th-14th century, the only "intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland."

Viking and NASA collaboration stirs controversy

Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics graduate student at Stanford University, was looking for an unusual photo shoot when he connected NASA's Ames Research Center with a local group of Viking re-enactors. The results were amazing photos... and an investigation by a member of the United States Senate.

Eirik Andersen's 2013 Pennsic War photos

Eirik Andersen, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that he has created several albums of photos from the recent Pennsic War LXII. The photos are available on his SmugMug website.

September 1st

Roman cemetery at Glevum excavated

Experts from Cotswold Archaeology have discovered a number of new burials in what they believe was the cemetery for the Roman city of Glevum, now Gloucester. "This is probably one of the most significant finds that has been made within Gloucester within the last 30 years. It will add greatly to the knowledge of the [city]," said archaeologists Stuart Joyce.

11th century Byzantine graves found in Turkey

Three tombs, believed to be those of a man, woman and child, dating to the 11th century, have been discovered near the city of Komana in northern Turkey. The site of the excavation was known in the  Byzantine era as a "temple city," the first so described from the time period.

Hanging with "the hard-core SCA"

The Kingdom of Trimaris can be a forbiddingly hot place in the summer, especially in 40 pounds of armor. Kyle Swenson, reporter for New Times in Broward County and Palm Beach, Florida, tried his hand at SCA fighting... with mixed results. The story was reprinted in The Week.

August 31st

Medieval graves discovered by a badger

An artist in North Germany watching badgers on his property discovered that they were digging up human bones. An excavation revealed eight 12th century burials, including several warriors.

SCA Director-Elect Selected

The SCA Board of Directors would like to announce that David Keen / Master David of Caithness has agreed to accept the position of Director-Elect. Mr. Keen/Master David hails from the Kingdom of Caid. He will be replacing Director Mark Faulcon, whose term ends at the close of business at the October 2013 quarterly meeting.

August 30th

Journalist remembers the Pennsic War

On the publication's blog Bygone Days, The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) history reporter Joseph Cress remembers his participation in the Pennsic War.

Fourteenth-Century Poison Ring Found in Bulgaria

Made of bronze, the ring appears to be made for a man's little finger and has a hidden "exit hole" where the poison could be poured out.

Pennsic photos

Ursus of Anglesey has begun posting his Pennsic photos, and now has 4 galleries on line.

“Gutenberg Parenthesis” discussed in interview

In a recent interview in Odense, Denmark, Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review spoke with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, who authored the Gutenberg Parenthesis, a theory that the digital age is much like the medieval.

August 29th

Murder at the War FREE for Kindle August 29, 2013

Murder at the War (also known as Knightfall), by the SCA's own Mary Monica Pulver, is available from Amazon.com for FREE download August 29, 2013 only. The book is set at the Pennsic War.

Two offered peerages at Iron Ox Academy of Performing Arts

Gleann Abhann Historian, Mistress Barbara Sterling, has announced that at Iron Ox’s Academy of Performing Arts, July 27, 2013, Their Majesties Jon and Emma offered elevation to the Peerage to two of Their subjects.

August 28th

Photos from Midwinter Coronation for the Kingdom of Lochac

The Midwinter Coronation for the Kingdom of Lochac took place on 6th July AS 48, and an extensive photo album is now available on a Facebook page (publicly accessible).

Amnesiac mystery solved by Swedish SCA

In February 2013, a 61-year-old man woke up in a Palm Springs, California hospital, speaking Swedish and claiming his name was Johan Ek. Diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia and identified by his ID as an American, Michael Boatwright mystified doctors until the Society for Creative Anachronism became involved. (photos)

Tithe barn foundations revealed at Warwickshire construction site

In the Middle Ages, a tenth of a farmer's crops were stored in a tithe barn for use by the Church. Now the foundations of such a structure have been discovered at a construction site in Warwickshire, England. (photo)

August 27th

Photos: Steppes Artisan and Pennsic 2013

Caelin on Andrede, from the Kingdom of Ansteorra, reports that he has created several albums of photos taken by Pyro and himself from Steppes Artisan in Ansteorra and Pennsic XLII. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Machiavelli gets the sack; civilization gets The Prince

Civil servant Niccolo Machiavelli flourished at government work, but his fall from grace came in 1512 when he was fired and imprisoned for his involvement in a conspiracy against the Medicis, leading to the creation of his greatest work, The Prince. Sarah Dunant has the feature for the BBC.

Bartel fitz Neel elevated to Laurel in Northshield

At Their recent St Radegund's Fair, Their Majesties Morgan and Lusche offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Bartel fitz Neel.

August 26th

Making iron at WW

Lord Gerald Loosehelm, of the Barony of Jararvellir in Northshield, reports that he has posted a number of videos on iron smelting from the recent Warriors and Warlords event. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC)

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut and thrust combat in the SCA.

Sit, Nosewise, sit!

Choosing a name for a pet can be a difficult process, especially for a history buff, but documents have left evidence that medieval people also put some thought into their pets' names such as Little Hammer for a dog and Nettle Gray for a cat. Smithsonian.com has the story.

August 25th

Shava's WW photos and new video online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted photo and video from Double Wars, which too place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr, while the video can be found on YouTube.

Viking voyages to southern Newfoundland proved

"Provocative" new evidence shows that Vikings may have sailed south from their settlement in northern Newfoundland to Notre Dame Bay, where they may have encountered native inhabitants of the island.

August 24th

Polish church may hold remains of Grunwald knights

Scientists and employees of the Museum of the Battle of Grunwald have completed a survey using ground penetrating radar (GPR) with hopes of establishing the burial site of fallen knights from the battle. The search is centered around a parish church in Stębark near Grunwald, Poland.

Carolina dad builds "Doomsday Castle"

Retired Army officer Brent Bruns Sr has constructed a "Doomsday Castle" in the foothills of South Carolina. Bruns is the subject of a new television series on the National Geographic Channel. Douglas Main of LiveScience spoke to the patriarch on a recent blog.

Lord Miles Warde joins SCANZ Committee

Melissa Muckart, Chair, SCANZ, reports that Dillon Burke (Lord Miles Warde) has been chosen to join the SCANZ Committee.