South Kyme Festival showcases medieval re-enactors

A highlight of the year in Boston, Lincolnshire, England is the South Kyme Festival where medieval jousters compete and the proceeds go to charity. This year's festival featured two medieval re-enactment groups – The Woodvilles and The Knights of Skirbeck. (photo)

Winter storms may point experts to 13th century Cromarty

The 2012 winter storm surge has been a boon for archaeologists working near Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands. The storms washed away part of the shore, revealing what may be part of the 13th century town.

Tournament of the Phoenix returns to Poway, California

"The Tournament of the Phoenix is not a renaissance festival, theatrical stunt show or a medieval theatre show but a real multi-day, multi-event sports contest - the original 'extreme' sport!" reads the advertising for the event, which will take place October 18-20 at the Poway (California) Rodeo Grounds.

Battle of Bloodstock

Now this from the InterTubes... Battle of the Nations fighters in full armor battle each other - in bumper cars. Let's face it, you wish it were you!

Board of Directors Nominees Request Notice

Kelly Magill, Communications and Content Deputy for the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, reports that the SCA is seeking nominees for the BoD.

Medicine: From Galen to Saturday Night Live

In an article for the website Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee looks at the contributions of Roman physician Galen, upon whose work most medieval medicine was based. The writer begins his story with a look at Steve Martin's portrayal of medieval doctor Theodoric of York on Saturday Night Live. (video)

Murdoch and Brockman offered peerages at Pennsic XLII

Eowyth reports that, at Pennsic XLII, Their Majesties Damien and Issabell, of the Kingdom of Calontir, offered elevation to the peerage to two members of Their Kingdom.

Texas paper spotlights the Barony of Raven's Fort

In its Club Spotlight column for July 14, 2013, the Huntsville Item (Huntsville, Texas) looks at the Barony of Raven's Fort, the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Remains of medieval boat found near Loddon, England

Archaeologist Heather Wallis is excited about the "particularly significant" discovery of a boat dating from between 1400 and 1600 CE during excavations of a drainage dyke near near Loddon, England. (photo)

Richard III Had Worms?

Ignominiously buried, scientists now believe that Richard III suffered from roundworms, an intestinal parasite.

Village pillaged in New Jersey

A recent Saturday afternoon in Mount Holly, New Jersey, found axe-throwing Boy Scouts mixing with sword-wielding SCA members at the Pillage the Village fair -- and this year's fair had pirates! Courier-Times staff writer Steven Hart visited the event and has the story. (photos)

Northern Regional War Camp photos online

Brita reports that she has created several albums of photos from the East Kingdom's Northern Regional War Camp. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.

Learning "the best of history" in the SCA

Residents of Carlisle, Mechanicsburg and the West Shore in Pennsylvania have a chance to learn "the best of history" in the SCA by taking "what happened in historical times and recreating it to the best of their ability," says Rachel Wright of Hampden Township. Joseph Cress of The Sentinel spoke with Wright and others for a recent article.

Baroness Johanna Dudley answers the EK Gazette's Questions

Baroness Johanna Dudley was the first authorized female fighter in the East and former Baroness of Carolingia. The East Kingdom Gazette asked her to share her memories in a Q&A format, which she kindly did.

Unique horse harness found at Cork castle dig

Archaeologists working on excavations at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork, Ireland, have discovered a gilt-covered leather harness with heraldic symbols dating to the 13th-14th century, the only "intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland."

Viking and NASA collaboration stirs controversy

Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics graduate student at Stanford University, was looking for an unusual photo shoot when he connected NASA's Ames Research Center with a local group of Viking re-enactors. The results were amazing photos... and an investigation by a member of the United States Senate.

Eirik Andersen's 2013 Pennsic War photos

Eirik Andersen, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that he has created several albums of photos from the recent Pennsic War LXII. The photos are available on his SmugMug website.

Roman cemetery at Glevum excavated

Experts from Cotswold Archaeology have discovered a number of new burials in what they believe was the cemetery for the Roman city of Glevum, now Gloucester. "This is probably one of the most significant finds that has been made within Gloucester within the last 30 years. It will add greatly to the knowledge of the [city]," said archaeologists Stuart Joyce.

11th century Byzantine graves found in Turkey

Three tombs, believed to be those of a man, woman and child, dating to the 11th century, have been discovered near the city of Komana in northern Turkey. The site of the excavation was known in the  Byzantine era as a "temple city," the first so described from the time period.

Hanging with "the hard-core SCA"

The Kingdom of Trimaris can be a forbiddingly hot place in the summer, especially in 40 pounds of armor. Kyle Swenson, reporter for New Times in Broward County and Palm Beach, Florida, tried his hand at SCA fighting... with mixed results. The story was reprinted in The Week.

Medieval graves discovered by a badger

An artist in North Germany watching badgers on his property discovered that they were digging up human bones. An excavation revealed eight 12th century burials, including several warriors.

SCA Director-Elect Selected

The SCA Board of Directors would like to announce that David Keen / Master David of Caithness has agreed to accept the position of Director-Elect. Mr. Keen/Master David hails from the Kingdom of Caid. He will be replacing Director Mark Faulcon, whose term ends at the close of business at the October 2013 quarterly meeting.

Journalist remembers the Pennsic War

On the publication's blog Bygone Days, The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) history reporter Joseph Cress remembers his participation in the Pennsic War.

Fourteenth-Century Poison Ring Found in Bulgaria

Made of bronze, the ring appears to be made for a man's little finger and has a hidden "exit hole" where the poison could be poured out.

Pennsic photos

Ursus of Anglesey has begun posting his Pennsic photos, and now has 4 galleries on line.

“Gutenberg Parenthesis” discussed in interview

In a recent interview in Odense, Denmark, Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review spoke with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, who authored the Gutenberg Parenthesis, a theory that the digital age is much like the medieval.

Murder at the War FREE for Kindle August 29, 2013

Murder at the War (also known as Knightfall), by the SCA's own Mary Monica Pulver, is available from Amazon.com for FREE download August 29, 2013 only. The book is set at the Pennsic War.

Two offered peerages at Iron Ox Academy of Performing Arts

Gleann Abhann Historian, Mistress Barbara Sterling, has announced that at Iron Ox’s Academy of Performing Arts, July 27, 2013, Their Majesties Jon and Emma offered elevation to the Peerage to two of Their subjects.

Photos from Midwinter Coronation for the Kingdom of Lochac

The Midwinter Coronation for the Kingdom of Lochac took place on 6th July AS 48, and an extensive photo album is now available on a Facebook page (publicly accessible).

Amnesiac mystery solved by Swedish SCA

In February 2013, a 61-year-old man woke up in a Palm Springs, California hospital, speaking Swedish and claiming his name was Johan Ek. Diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia and identified by his ID as an American, Michael Boatwright mystified doctors until the Society for Creative Anachronism became involved. (photos)