"Re-creationists" meet amid the eucalypts and scrub near Mittagong

Easter weekend saw the annual pilgrimage to Mittagong, Australia for the Kingdom of Lochac's Rowany Festival, Australia's largest gathering of pre-17th century "recreationists." Peter Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald previewed the 2015 event with a look at life in the medieval village. (photos)

During a walkthrough, Munro observed armored combat training and spoke with Lochac's King, Gavin Tung, who said, "This is living archaeology. The past forms us, it makes us." The reporter also witnessed Lochac history with the knighting of the kingdom's first female knight, Eva von Dazig (Claudia Linder).