October 24th, 2004

New Sections of 5th Century Synagogue Unearthed in Albania

Archaeologists working on the excavation of a 5th or 6th century synagogue near the coastal city of Saranda have uncovered impressive new structures.

Did 2nd Century Comet Shake Roman World?

Scientists believe that a field of craters around Lake Chiemsee in southern Germany is the result of a comet striking in earth in the second century.

October 23rd

Discovery Channel: Michelangelo's David Not Perfect

Michelangelo's David, long thought to be the model of male perfection, is not as perfect as once believed. He is missing a back muscle.

Badgers Damage Salisbury Burial Mounds

Badgers? We Don't Need No Stinking Badgers! OK, I couldn't resist! But badgers are reportedly doing serious damage to prehistoric burial mounds on Salisbury Plain.

Loch Lomond Site Offers Wealth of Artifacts

Archaeologists working on a site near Loch Lomond have discovered evidence of settlements dating back 3500 years, including a 7th century Christian cemetery.

October 22nd

Heraldic Publications Available from SCA Marketplace

SCA President Meg Baron has announced that all of the SCA Heraldic publications are now available through the SCA Marketplace.

Ansteorra to Host BoD Meeting

The Barony of the Steppes is proud to host the Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, October 23, 2004 c.e. 9:00am, at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Ben Dunfirth Baronial Birthday Bash Photos Online

Lord Alexander shares photos from the recent Ben Dunfirth Baronial Birthday Bash in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

October 21st

Discovery Channel: Medici Murder Mystery Solved

The exhumation of remains from the Medici Family tomb in Florence, Italy has set to rest the question of whether or not family members were murdered.

Cumberland News: 1st Century Roman Armor Preserved in Clay

Hundreds of thousands of metal artifacts, including scale armor, from a Roman fort have been preserved by a layer of clay.

October 20th

Instructors Needed for Estrella A&S Collegium

Lady Turrela Michelovna Vidmeyera, A&S Autocrat for Estrella War XXI, is seeking instructors for Estrella's A&S Collegium.

Canterbury Carols: Twelfth Night in Lonely Tower

Canterbury Carols: Twelfth Night in Lonely Tower, January 8th, 2005, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 202 S. 20th St. Omaha, NE 68102

Cossacks, Mongols and Huns--CANCELLED

Unto the Populace,

We regret to say that due to site issues, the Cossacks, Mongols and Huns event scheduled for the weekend of November 13-14 has been cancelled. The reservationist will contact those who have already sent in their preregistrations to arrange for refunds.

On behalf of the event autocrat and staff, we apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause to you.

History of Halloween

Aoife's Links this week focus on a very appropriate seasonal topic: the history of the Halloween holiday, which dates back to the ancient Celtic and Roman civilizations.

Photos from Saxon Summer online from Rivenvale

The Shire of Rivenvale, proclaimed as full status at Pennsic 33, hosted its first "flying solo" event recently, and they've posted a photo album on the web.

October 19th

Lochac Musicians Form Discussion Group

Finn invites musicians who reside in the Kingdom of Lochac to participate in a new discussion list.

Beowulf & Grendel

A new film version of Beowulf, filmed in Iceland, dresses its warriors in riveted chainmail.

Fields of Gold

The Shire of Silver Rylle proudly announces that it will be hosting, with the generous permission of the Shire of Owl's Reste, Fields of Gold, a combination Golden Seamstress competition and Golden Quill competition, on February 4 & 5, 2005.

Carnivale in Italy

Vanished Wood Invites All Souls to CARNIVALE IN ITALY November 13, 2004 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 West Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

Flaming Arrow

The Incipient Shire of Glen Rathlin is proud to announce Flaming Arrow, to be held on the 01st to 03rd of April 2005 at Ardnavally Scout Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Drachenwald Crown Tournament Photos Online

Lord Heinrich von Westfelsen has posted photos from the recent Drachenwald Crown Tourney, which was won by Sir Padraig, inspired by Viscountess Elsa.

Padraig and Elsa New Heirs to Drachenwald

Genevieve Schwarzdrachen, Drachenwald Kingdom Herald, reports on the recent Crown Tourney fought October 16, 2004.

October 18th

Independent: Norse Hit the Slopes in Greenland

Researchers, working on an 85cm-long piece of wood found near the town of Nanortalik, Greenland in 1997, now believe that it was a ski.

Daffodil Tournament XXVIII

On March 19, 2005, the Barony of Seagirt will host the 28th Daffodil Tournament to choose the Defender of Seagirt (rattan) and the Captain of the Grenadiers (Rapier).

Bring Out Your Dead

Bring out yer dead! Join the Independent Dominion of Myrkfaelinn on November 20, 2004 to celebrate the Black Death by fighting, fencing, and feasting... Why? Because we're not dead yet!

Pictures from Northshield's First Coronation

The first of the picture album from the Coronation of Siegfried & Bridei, the first King and Queen of Northshield, are now posted.

October 17th

Kingdom of Northshield Proclaimed, First Royalty Crowned

Lord Earnan Sanntraigh, who lives in the Barony of Nordskogen, offers a wonderfully detailed account of the day's festivities, for those of us not lucky enough to be attending in person as the SCA's newest Kingdom was proclaimed on October 16.

King Coenwulf Penny Brings US$409,000 at Auction

A 9th century, gold, Anglo-Saxon penny sold for over US$400,000 recently, a world record for a British coin.

14th Century Fresco Discovered in Siena, Italy

A well-preserved fresco dating to 1370 has been found on the wall of the Santa Maria della Scala hospital museum in Siena, Italy.

King's Wall Protected Against Invasion and Plague

A section of the "King's Wall" constructed in Edinburgh, Scotland by James II has been discovered during excavation for a building site.