Modelling Mary

The team who created the 3D face of Richard III, have now been comissioned to produce a virtual face of Mary, Queen of Scots as she would have looked in her 20s. The image is part of the new exhibition at the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh. (photo)

9th century church found beneath Dongola Citadel

A team of Polish archaeologists led by Prof. Włodzimierz Godlewski has discovered fragments of a medieval fortification system and the painted walls of a church, dating to the 9th century along the Nile River in the Sudan. Part of the Dongola Citadel, the medieval church survives alongside a tower and fortifications, dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, and remnants from the 15th century.

Laurels Prize Tourney 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Laurels Prize Tourney 2013, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

SCA: A good place to raise your kids

Prince Timothy of AEthelmearc has raised six children in the SCA. “It’s a good place to raise your kids and teach them a little something as time goes on,” he told Joan Mead-Matsui of the Abington Journal during the reporter's visit to Myrkfael Regional Melee Practice in the Barony of Endless Hills (Scott Township, Pennsylvania). (photos)

Two become Peers in Ansteorra

Estrill Swet reports that at Their recent event, Mooneschadowe's Triumphe, Their Majesties Lochlan and Gwen, of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, offered Peerages to two of Their subjects.

Piece of Bosworth Battle Flag Sold

A piece of Henry Tudor's flag, flown at the Battle of Bosworth, 1485, has been sold to a private collector. The piece of flag was taken from the tomb of Henry's standard bearer, Sir Robert Harcourt, where the tattered remains had been hung. (photos)

Russian Military History Society christens re-enactment theme park

Moscow has a attraction: the Zhivaya Istoriya (Live History) theme park in the Rumyantsevo district, a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactment. he first organization to use the park was the Russian Military History Society who presented the Streletskaya Sloboda (Marksman Settlement) festival in August 2013.

Ysabel Graver elevated to Pelican at Summer's End

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Summer's End event in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Ysabel Graver.

Richard III to be honored with Leicester museum

The Leicester City Council has approved plans to construct a UK£4m Richard III museum on and around the car park where the king's remains were discovered. The building is expected to be completed in 2014. (slideshow)

Franbald of Loncastre to be knighted in Atenveldt

Mineko of Twin Moons reports that Their Majesties Ivan and Ian'ka of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have placed Franbald of Loncastre on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Chivalry.

Medievalists invade the Ames Free Library

Patrons of the Ames Free Library in Easton, Massachusetts were transported back to the Middle Ages when members of the Society for Creative Anachronism offered them a history lesson, with the group demonstrating its skills in crafts and combat. A photographer from the Easton Journal was on hand to capture the activities.

Medieval rogues

Rogues, vagabonds, and wandering poets... characters from D&D or perhaps a videogame? In the medieval underworld of the Islamic Middle East, these shady characters made up the Banu Sasan, "a hidden counterpoint to the surface glories of Islam’s golden age." Mike Dash has the feature article for Smithsonian's Past Imperfect blog.

Marlowe novel sparks hostility

All Ros Barber did was write a novel that theorizes that Shakespeare's plays were written by Christopher Marlowe, but The Marlowe Papers, written entirely in verse, has brought back up the dispute over the authorship of the Bard's plays.

Are you a witch?

If you lived in the 16th or 17th centuries, would you have been accused of witchcraft? HistoryExtra.com, the official website of BBC History Magazine, offers a quiz. Check to see if you are in danger by clicking the link below.

What we can learn from Timbuktu

In the Middle Ages, Africa was a leader in the scientific research and knowledge. Now Umar Benna of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Dammam, in Al-Khoba, Saudi Arabia believes that the lessons of Timbuktu's gradual development approach can teach modern Africa, as well as the western world, how to deal with globalism.

Experts prepare to solve mystery of Lincoln Castle sarcophagus

During the reconstruction of Lincoln Castle in England, archaeologists discovered an elaborate, stone sarcophagus believed to date from the 10th century. Now plans are being made to open the tomb and discover who might lie inside.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for September 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for September 2013.

Johann of the Northern Moors placed on vigil in the Outlands

Mistress Kseniya Mikhailovna Morskaya reports that at Their Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Boleslav and Astridr of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THLord Johann of the Northern Moors.

Leonardo at the Smithsonian

Visitors to Washington D.C. this fall may want to explore a Smithsonian exhibition Codex on the Flight of Birds, which examines Leonardo da Vinci's studies and sketches dealing with flying machines, the nature of air, and bird flight. The exhibit will be at the National Air and Space Museum until October 22, 2013. (video)

The sad life of Elizabethan child actors

Elizabethan theater life may have been booming for playwrights such as Shakespeare, but it was not so rosy for children in theatrical troupes. University of Oxford professor, Dr Bart van Es, discovered evidence of systemic child abuse while researching his book, Shakespeare in Company.

Danelaw gravestone auctioned for UK£4,300

An unnamed London company recently purchased a 9th century, Anglo Saxon gravestone, engraved with a Celtic cross, for UK£4,300 at an auction by Duke's Auctioneers of Dorchester, England. The stone was original discovered "during road construction in the early 20th Century at Little Eaton, Derbyshire."

Scientists reconstruct leprosy genome medieval strains

Lepers are a common image in medieval histories, but by the end of the 16th century, the disease appeares to have mostly died out in Europe. Now a team of biologists and archeologists have reconstructed the genomes of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for the disease to find out why.

Affiliate Memberships at SCA Ltd Events

Tiffany Brown (Teffania de Tukerton), Chair, SCA Ltd, reports that members of organizations affiliated with the Society for Creative Anachronism Ltd. (Australia) residing in Australia for more than two months, will be allowed to apply for complimentary membership in SCA Ltd.

Pilgrim's Fount recognized as full status group

Jamys Chapman, Herald and Chronicler for the Incipient Shire of Pilgrim's Fount, reports that on September 7, 2013, Their Majesties John and Emma of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, announced the advancement to full status of the Incipient Shire of Pilgrim's Fount.

Artifacts of a Life Worth Examining

At Artifacts of Life this last weekend in the East Kingdom, artists displayed items they made that could have been left behind by a single historic person – their own SCA persona or someone else.

Treasures from a Byzantine garbage dump

Early Byzantines in Tel Aviv, Israel probably thought themselves very clever when they buried a hoard of "400 coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry" in a garbage heap somewhere between the 5th-7th centuries. Perhaps they were, because the hoard was only found recently by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. (video)

Comments sought on nomination for SCA Ltd board membership

Paidin MacLorkan, SCA Ltd Secretary, is seeking comments on nominees to the Board of Directors of SCA Ltd.

An introduction to equestrian combat in An Tir

Monica Bretherton writes the Horsebytes blog at the Seattle PI. She recently visited an SCA equestrian event in the Kingdom of An Tir, where she learned about medieval re-enactment on horseback. (photos)

Sanctuary of St. Dymphna created

Pani Magdalena Gdanska reports on a new Yahoo group, the Sanctuary of St Dymphna, which was created for SCA members dealing with mental/emotional/neurological disorders.

Glaslyn's Defender of the Flame photos

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Glaslyn Defender 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.