DunDraCon 38 SCA demo

DunDraCon, one of the longest running gaming conventions, is bringing back the SCA demo track this year as Estrella has been moved to the end of February. DDC is an excellent opportunity to bring out your Sunday best, shake off the rust before the tourney season starts up, and to share our wonderful hobby to hundreds of interested people from all over the world.

Heidelberg Castle destroyed in digital recreation

Explosions thunder, and smoke rises, in a digital animation of the destruction of Heidelberg Castle by the French in 1693 in a new video commissioned by the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany for its exhibition Die Wittelsbacher am Rhein. The castle was once considered the "eighth wonder of the world." (video)

“Three Dinner Guests” new TI Quest

Magister Riordan MacGregor, editor of the SCA's Tournaments Illuminated, reports that the publications upcoming Quest article is “Three Dinner Guests”, with Guest Editor Esther Reese (Emma Haldan).

YouTube channel for bardic and combat videos

Alexander Van Ness of the Middle Kingdom reports that he has created a YouTube channel for videos of SCA bardic performances and armored combat.

Scottish hillfort speaks of post-Roman unrest

A team of archaeologists from Rampart Scotland has discovered evidence of a post-Roman hillfort at Sheriffside, 20 miles to the east of Edinburgh, Scotland. Experts believe that the fort, and its 2.80m deep ditch, were constructed to defend against frequent raids by Scots and Picts against local tribes.

#Beow100

College students forced to read Beowulf be heartened! Welsh medievalist, Elaine Treharne, has brought social media to medieval Scandinavia with Beowulf in a Hundred Tweets. The work is available on her blog Text Technologies.

Sir Sven Randalsson new Heir to Ansteorra Throne

Molly Maddox Netterville reports that Sir Sven Randalsson was the victor of the Winter 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Lady Antigone of York.

Geneva Breeches Bible stolen from Welsh church

Thieves of a rare 16th century bible must have had a guilty conscience when they left a modern replacement bible in a locked case in St Mary's church in Trefriw, Wales. The Geneva Breeches Bible was produced by Protestants in Switzerland in 1589.

Announcement Regarding the Society Chirurgeonate Request for Comments

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposal to eliminate the official Office of the Chirurgeonate, and the associated changes to Corpora necessary to accomplish this action.

British Library adding over a million images to Flickr

The British Library has announced that it will be adding its collections of public domain digital images to Flickr. The first collection set is Highlights from the Mechanical Curator, which includes images from over 65,000 books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Other collections are also scheduled to be added.

"Stunning" St George and the Dragon painting found in Welsh church

Beneath 20 layers of paint and lime, conservators have recently uncovered "stunning" 15th century wall paintings in the small, 13th century church of St Cadoc's in Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. (video)

Super Star Archers needed

Quivers & Quarrels is the SCA quarterly publication dedicated to target and combat archery. Each edition of Q&Q turns the spotlight on a Super Star of SCA archery.

St. Chrisopher penny oldest to depict Bohemian king

A silver coin, found recently in the crusader city of Acre, is believed to be the earliest depicting a king of Bohemia ever found. The coin bears the image of St Christopher and the inscription Zl Rex Boemo, king of the Bohemians. Experts place the date of minting in the 13th century. (photos)

Estrella War XXX Special Event Updates

KNOWN WORLD Jan 3, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Events Addition

13th century church unearthed in Poland

Archaeologists working in Kamień Pomorski (West Pomerania), Poland have discovered the remains of a 13th century Dominican church, part of a larger monastery complex. The church was destroyed in the 16th century.

King Harold and the roundabout

Traditionally it is believed that King Harald was killed on the spot where Battle Abbey now stands, but new evidence, promoted by Channel 4's Time Team, place his death in the Battle of Hastings at a mini roundabout on the A2100.

Gulf Wars volunteers needed

Gisele de Bier reports that volunteers are needed for the upcoming Gulf Wars XXIII.

Antonine Wall to benefit from Historic Scotland 5-year plan

Central Scotland's Antonine Wall has never enjoyed the reputation as a tourist destination that its southern cousin, Hadrian’s Wall, has had, but a new 5-year plan proposed by Historic Scotland may change that fact. The development plan provides a "framework" for conservation and promotion.

Free Shakespeare course offered online

On the Lochac list, Katherine Kerr reported that the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will be offering a free, 10-week, online course entitled Shakespeare and his World.

Atli från Viterheim knighted at Drachenwald 12th Night Coronation

Duchess Siobhan reports that at the Coronation of Their Heirs Cecilia and Prothall, Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, offered elevation to the Order of Chivalry to Lord Atli från Viterheim.

Celtic coins to remain in Jersey thanks to UK£738,000 government grant

In 2012, Reg Mead and Richard Miles discovered a hoard of 70,000 Celtic coins in a field on the island of Jersey. Now a grant of UK£738,000 will allow the UK£10m treasure to remain on the island.

Don Bastiano di Iacopo placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their Court at Queen's Rapier Champion, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed Don Bastiano di Iacopo on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Randy Bevins: 21st century Viking

Police officer in Whitehall, New York - and member of the SCA - Randy Bevins is going to Mars, or at least he hopes so. Bevins was one of the 1,058 candidates chosen by Mars One, a Dutch non-profit, which plans to land a four-man crew on the planet in 2025. Bill Toscano of the Post Star has the story.

Steppes 12th Night 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two large albums of photos from Steppes 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

How To Prepare Documentation

As part of the East Kingdom Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” seriesLady Ose Silverhair shares her advice on preparing A&S project documentation.

Mass medieval burial found near Durham Cathedral

Archaeologists are endeavoring to puzzle out the significance of a mass grave discovered during renovation of Durham University's Palace Green library. Instead of defined burials, the remains of 18 individuals seem to have been "tipped" into the grave.

Caoilinn Rose Maddox elevated to Pelican in the West

Muirenn ingen Brain reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the West have chosen to elevate Caoilinn Rose Maddox to the Order of the Pelican. The elevation took place January 4, 2014 at West Kingdom 12th Night Coronation.

Technology uncovers medieval defences and settlements in Poland

New studies using LiDAR (aerial laser scanning), electrofusion and magnetic prospection, soil analysis and other technologies have revealed new perspectives on six medieval sites in Poland: Chełm, Rękoraj, Rozprza, Stare Skoszewy, Szydłów and Żarnowo.

Byzantine monastery to become mosque

The 5th century Byzantium Monastery of Stoudios in Istanbul, Turkey is scheduled to become a mosque after renovation concludes in 2014. The site will be renamed İmrahor İlyas Bey Mosque.

Re-enactors to invade Menorca July 2014

Visitors to Spain's island of Menorca in July 2014 will receive a special treat when an historic re-enactment of the island’s invasion by Catalonian and Aragonese troops in the Middle Ages will take place in the capital's Plaza Conquesta.