Archive

March 19th, 2014

Photos of Ansteorra Kingdom A&S

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Kingdom A&S which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Ohio State University presents conference with "Game of Thrones" theme

Academics rubbed garbed elbows with members of the Society for Creative Anachronism recently when the Ohio State Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies presented a conference entitled Pop Culture and the Deep Past with a Game of Thrones theme. Andrew Zistler of The Lantern has the story. (photo)

March 18th

April 2014 SCA Board of Directors meeting

Maistresse Alysia Gabrielle de Fougeres of the Barony of Grey Niche reports that the April 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism will take place in Memphis, Tennessee.

Contemplating Alfred the Great

In a feature-length story for History Today, historian Barbara Yorke looks at the history and reputation of King Alfred the Great, who she names "The Most Perfect Man in History."

Pennsic Grand Ball changes

Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance, Lady Margherita Battistina, has announced changes that have been made pertaining to Pennsic 2014's Grand Ball.

March 17th

Grog recipe shows "innovative flair for using available natural products"

It might seem that archaeologists and brewers make strange bedfellows, but such a combination was ideal recently when experts unearthed a Roman wine strainer containing remnants of grog buried in a grave in Denmark.

Cainder ingen hui Chathaarnaig elevated to Pelican in Ealdormere

In Their Court at Their recent Winter War, Their Majesties Nigel and Adrielle, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, offered elevation to the order of the Pelican to Cainder ingen hui Chathaarnaig.

March 16th

Govan stone: Viking treasures in Scotland

The Scottish town of Govan, near Glascow, has long been known for its shipbuilding, but lying in a churchyard are some of its lesser-known masterpieces: a collection of 31 recumbant stones carved with classic Viking patterns. The stones, including five massive "hogbacks," dating from the 9th century. (photos)

Drachenwald event photos online

Jonas Evertsson reports that he has created an album of photos from recent events that took place in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The albums are available to view on Flickr.

March 15th

Introducing the Falcon Banner

Debra Hense, of the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that the new Falcon Banner blog is up and running with Calontir news, events and announcements.

March 14th

"Not a pretty picture" painted by pit of Roman skulls

In 1988, 39 skulls of adult men were discovered near the Museum of London. The skulls dated to Roman times and now are believed to have been gathered by "head hunters" who retrieved the heads of those who died in the nearby amphitheater. "It is not a pretty picture," said Rebecca Redfern, from the centre for human bioarchaeology at the museum of London.

Metallurgy conference to focus on personal adornment

The Historical Metallurgy Society AGM will hold its annual conference May 31 - June 1, 2014 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. The them of this year's conference will be Metals used in Personal Adornment.

Margaret de Mey placed on vigil in Drachenwald

At Their recent Insulae Draconis Spring Coronet Tourney, Their Majesties Prothall and Cecilia of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, placed Baroness Margaret de Mey on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

March 13th

Feast Survey Update

The Feast Survey mentioned earlier in SCAtoday.net is still available, and the organizers are still looking for more respondents.

Jotunvillur code cracked

The ancient Norse 'jotunvillur' code, dating back to the 12th or 13th century, has been cracked by Norwegian runologist  K Jonas Nordby of the University of Oslo. The key was an unassuming wooden stick, found at the the Bergen Wharf in Norway and covered with runes. (photo)

New Peers created at the Stellar University of Northshield

Minister of Protocol, Maol Mhich mac Giolla Pheadair, reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne, King and Queen of Northshield, have chosen to offer elevation to the Peerage to several of Their subjects. The offers were made February 8, 2014 at the Stellar University of Northshield in the Shire of Rockhaven.

March 12th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2014

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2014.

Illuminated Mystery Play Is Digitized

The British Museum has digitized, in two online volumes, a highly-decorated copy of a French medieval mystery play, with illuminations depicting scenes from the play.

Heather Dale seeks crowd-funding for Celtic Avalon project

Canadian folksinger and SCA bard Heather Dale (Mistress Marian of Heatherdale) reports that she is looking for financial suuport for a new project called Celtic Avalon, a musical stage show and youth educational program designed to recount the story of King Arthur.

March 11th

Introducing the SCA Youth and Family Achievement Program

From the 2010 SCA Census of the membership one of the key questions was about declining membership - when asked this question the fourth most cited reason was that families were finding it difficult to attend events with children, and that there was nothing for the children to do.

Agrippa new Prince of Caid

Countess Eilidh reports that Lord Agrippa Morris was the victor of the Caid Spring Crown Tourney, which took place February 22, 2014 in the Barony of Dreiburgen. Prince Agrippa was inspired in His endeavor by Mistress Bridget Lucia Mackenzie.

Trial begins for accused murderer of Florida SCAdian

Prosecutor J. Ryan Will contends that on March 2, 2012, Scott Austin Stuut II broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Gee, of DeLand, Florida, and murdered her. Gee was an SCA member and Seneschal of the Shire of Vaca Del Mar. The trial began March 4, 2014.

March 10th

Rowany Festival deadlines approaching

Caristiona nic Beathain, Lochac's Rowany Festival Steward, reports that several deadlines for the festival are rapidly approaching.

Gulf Wars Request

Master Cynric of Bedwyn, Co-Autocrat, Gulf Wars XXIV (2015), has a small request of those attending this year's War.

Gulf War A&S information

Greetings unto the Known World Ministers of the Arts & Sciences from Mistress Maudeleyn Godeliva Taillour of Meridies. The A&S Open hosted by Meridies and Gleann Abhann will take place on Friday at Gulf Wars from 8 AM to 3 PM at Bede Hall, and the surrounding area.

March 9th

Little hook protector of 16th century fashion

What could be worse than dragging your elegant skirts through the muck on the streets? Nothing, apparently, as revealed by the discovery of a 20mm (0.8 inch) long gold hook designed to hold up ladies' skirts when crossing a muddy yard. (photo)

"Staggering find" links British Isles and Norway

Curator Barry Ager of the British Museum discovered a rare Viking artifact lately in an unexpected place: the storeroom of the British Museum. The ornate, gilded brooch, spotted by Ager "in a lump of organic material excavated from a Viking burial site at Lilleberge in Norway," turned out to be a rare piece of jewelry. (photo)

March 8th

Rare gaming piece found in Anglo-Saxon royal hall

Archaeologists from the University of Reading have found an extremely rare board game piece dating to the fifth century during the excavation of an Anglo-Saxon royal complex in Lyminge, Kent, England. The piece would have been used for games such as backgammon or draughts. (photo)

Peers created at al-Barran Midwinter in the Outlands

Master Angus Reid MacFarlane, Blue Iris Herald, reports that at Their Courts at al-Barran Midwinter, Their Majesties Alrik and Salomea of the Kingdom of the Outlands, offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.

March 7th

BM's Sutton Hoo gallery receives facelift

Room 41 of the British Museum has received a facelift in order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. The room, which houses the museum's early medieval collections, was refurbished with new flooring, roof and internal architecture renovation thanks to a gift from Sir Paul and Lady Jill Ruddock.