Archive

July 14th, 2003

Discovery Channel's "Moments In Time" Series: Plague as Germ Warfare?

The Discovery Channel's "Moments In Time" series will feature an episode on the Plague, "Curse of the Rat," in which archaeologists will discuss the Black Death and bubonic plague, and raises the question as to whether an early form of bioterrorism might have been responsible for the spread of the disease.

Spain Opens First Mosque in 511 Years

Dignitaries from Arab and Muslim countries were present for the opening of the new Great Mosque of Granada, the first mosque built in Spain since King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Muslims in 1492.

July 13th

High-Tech Imaging Could Reveal Lost Texts

An Allied bombing in 1944 destroyed a collection of around 2,000 medieval books and parchments, some dating back to the 12th century. Multispectral imaging may reveal text on some of the badly burned manuscripts, many of which were unpublished.

Mary Rose Site Endangered by Dredging Project

The British Navy's faster access to Portsmouth Harbor will endanger the wreck site of the Mary Rose.

July 12th

Medieval Welsh Rare Bits

(OK, it got your attention!) This week Dame Aoife offers research information for websites on Medieval Wales.

Find Your Inner Dragon

DragonHame.com, the "sacred home of the dragons" offers yet another personality quiz. This time you are invited to find your hidden dragon.

The Mystery of the Montalto Madonna

The Scotsman: Letizia Treves, a specialist in the Old Master paintings department at Sotheby's, investigated a small copper panel that was brought for an auction, and believes it to be a lost work by Carracci.

Skull Found in Sandbox in Norway

Nettavisen: A group of Norwegian kindergartners have discovered a human skull in their sandbox.

July 11th

Henry's Wives Tell Their Side of the Story

PBS: A new PBS series takes a fresh approach to the old story of the six wives of Henry VIII by letting each present the story from her perspective.

July 10th

Lost Scottish Village Found

Scotsman.com: The mystery of the long-lost village of Whittingehame in East Lothian, Scotland has been solved with the help of a 200-year-old map.

Medieval Leicester Rediscovered

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Byzantine Cistern Discovered in Nazareth

A 1,000-year-old Byzantine cistern has been discovered near a Christian shrine in Nazareth.

Exhibit on Bronzes of South India Opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art

A new exhibit, "The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India," is being shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art from July 6 through September 14.

Roaring Wastes Welcomes Newest Midrealm Fighter & Artisan

Territorial leaders Baronesa Iasmin de Cordoba and Shugo-daimyo Kamiizumi Munenori wish to formally announce and heartily welcome the newest child born in the Barony of Roaring Wastes and the Middle Kingdom.

Atenveldt Issues New Financial Policy for Feasts at Kingdom Events

The Atenveldt Kingdom Financial Committee has issued a document with guidelines for estimating feast attendance and costs for Kingdom-level event bids.

The Magna Carta, a Challenge to Today's Democracy!

Boston Review: "For eight centuries the Magna Carta has been venerated. "It was born with a grey Beard," Samuel Johnson said." However, an new application has been found for this dusty old document.

July 9th

Guarding the Gates of AEthelmearc

Colin MacWilliams has called to arms the good subjects of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc for the purpose of guarding the Royal Encampment at the Pennsic War.

Australian Professor Denies Existence of the Pied Piper

Sydney Morning Herald: Was the Pied Piper real or a myth created to explain the outbreak of the plague? A Sydney University professor has a theory.

Winchester Residents Campaign to "Save Our King"

This is Hampshire: Residents of the city of Winchester are up in arms about plans to strike King Alfred from the city's logo.

New Peers Recognized in Outlands

At the Court of TRM Irel and Rosalind, several gentles were elevated to Peerage orders or offered elevation at future events.

3,000-Year-Old Jewelry Displayed at Baghdad Museum

The Treasure of Nimrud, a spectacular collection of jewelry dating back to the 8th century B.C., was put on display at the Iraqi National Museum by U.S.-led authorities.

Grand Council Seeks Nominations for New Committee Members

The Grand Council, an advisory group to the SCA Board of Directors, is currently seeking nominations for new members. The Grand Council recommends changes to SCA Governing Documents, administrative policies, and other modern-world aspects of the organization.

Email Discussion List for SCA Youth Officers

The SCA's Children's Officer Coordinator has created a new discussion list on YahooGroups for those holding youth-related offices in the SCA.

Tomb Inscription May Commemorate Burial Place of Father of John the Baptist

"This is the tomb of Zachariah, martyr, very pious priest, father of John," says the Greek inscription on a funerary monument at the foot of the Mount of Olives. The inscription likely dates to several centuries after Zachariah's death, and was probably put there by Byzantine Christians.

July 8th

Roman Fort to Become Tourist Attraction

Edinburgh News: A Roman fort, the British headquarters of Emperor Septimius Severus, will draw thousands of tourists to the Edinburgh area.

SCAdian On Stage in Production of Camelot

Lord Duncan of Skeene, Huscarl of Calontir, invites his fellow SCA members to attend the Topeka Civic Theatre's production of Camelot July 11-August 9, 2003 and play "How Many SCA Artifacts Can You Find in the Show?"

Russian Ethnologist Discusses the Role of the Spindle in Folklore

Svetlana Zhulnickova, who works for the Russian open air museum Karelia, has spent many years researching traditional Russian practices and how they affect folklore. In 1999, she gave a lecture on the use of the spindle in world folklore.

East Kingdom Has New Subject

Their Majesties of the East Kingdom have a new subject today: an 8 lbs, 14 oz baby boy.

July 7th

Farmers Spread Celtic Language into Britain 6,000 Years Ago

A Reuters article reports that geneticist Peter Forster of the University of Cambridge has produced a study indicating that farmers carried the Celtic language through the British Isles, Ireland, and France over 6,000 ago.

"Finding Our Past" Tour to Salute Amateur Archaeologists

The Journal: The Mildenhall Treasure will return to East Anglia as part of a touring exhibition highlighting treasures found by British amateur archaeologists.