Richard III generates first research paper

It must have been a race to the finish line, but the first academic paper to be published on the discovery of the remains of Richard III is The king in the car park: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485 by Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Deirdre O'Sullivan, and Lin Foxhall.

Volunteers join experts to uncover Roman road in Wales

For three days, residents of Abergwyngregyn, Wales worked alongside archaeologists to uncover a portion of a Roman road, which once ran from Caerhun to Segontium. The road runs near the home of 13th century Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great and his grandson, the first Prince of Wales. (photo)

Metal detector loot returned to Irish museum

The discovery of historic artifacts using a metal detector has begun a popular pastime in Britain and Ireland, but some enthusiasts are using their equipment to discover and keep, or sell, their objects without permission. One such hobbyist died last year leaving nearly 1000 artifacts to be returned to their rightful owner, the National Museum of Ireland. (photos)

More on the art of Roman hair fashion

Baltimore hairdresser, and self-proclaimed "hairdo archaeologist," Janet Stephens, discusses her unique work with Roman hairstyles with the BBC while on a recent visit to London. (video)

Q&A with Andy Keleman, Director of SCA Web Ad

Andy Keleman, a commercial director based out of Pittsburgh, created a commercial for the SCA as his entry in a competition sponsored by Diners Club. He answered questions for the East Kingdom Gazette about creating the commercial with the SCA and his work.

Digitization of Vatican Library faces challenges

A year after the project's announcement, the firist digitized volumes of the Vatican Library are now available online. Experts began with the library's "most delicate" volumes, including "the Vatican’s 8,900 incunabula (books printed before 1501): the Sifra, a Hebrew manuscript written a millennia ago, a 4th century manuscript of the Greek Bible and the De Europa of Pope Pius II, printed around 1491."

"Dear Edward, Leave the Scots alone!"

A copy of a previously unknown letter from Robert the Bruce to King Edward II has been discovered at the British Library. The letter, written in 1310 during the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn, requests that Edward recognise Scottish independence and end persecution of its people. (video)

Ansteorra's King's College photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that photos from King's College, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available to view online. The photos are on Flickr.

Whacks and wenches at Three Barons Renaissance Faire

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were on hand in early June for the 21st annual Three Barons Renaissance Fair in Anchorage, Alaska. Bill Roth of the Anchorage Daily News offers a photo album with highlights.

Balthasar Thiabold elevated to the Order of Chivalry

On the Legio Draconis website, his Grace Brannos reports that Captain Balthasar Thiabold of House Darkyard has been elevated to the Order of the Chivalry. The knighting took place June 23, 2013 at Baron Wars.

AEthelmearc fighters help kick off AC Celtic Festival

Participants in the first annual AC Celtic Festival in Wellsville, New York were treated to a demonstration of armored combat by members of the Society for Creative Anchronism. A representative of the Wellsville Daily Reporter was on hand to record the demo. (video)

New world duel may be the answer to colonial murder mystery

Excavations in 1996 at Jamestown, VA (USA) revealed that one of its earliest settlers died of a gunshot wound. Researchers now believe they have solved his murder. They believe the man was named George Harrison and that he was killed in a duel.

New Pelicans and Knight announced at Steppes Warlord

Snorri Hallsson reports that, at the Steppes Warlord event, Their Majesties Lochlann and Gwen of the Kingdom of Ansteorra placed three of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to Peerages.

Knights inspire reporter at Rhodes River Ranch

The Seattle Knights, a troupe of six professional knights, wowed the crowd and impressed a reporter from the UK Times at a recent show at the Rhodes River Ranch in Oso, Washington. A collection of AP photos is online.

Conference reflects new interest in King Arthur

In recent years, archaeologists have renewed their interest in finding the historic King Arthur. At the Footsteps of King Arthur Conference in Glastonbury, England, experts urged each other to keep looking, possibly as far north as Scotland.

Tribute to Chiara la Trombottiera

Hirsch von Henford of the West Kingdom's Golden Stag Players, has created a short video in tribute to Chiara la Trombottiera, who passed away May 30, 2013 of cancer.

Marc and Patricia new Heirs to West Kingdom Thrones

Baron Khevron reports that Marc d'Arundel was the victor of the Summer 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Patricia Blakethorne.

Theft of Baronial trailer in Atlantia

Aodh Adendra Marland, Baroness of Hidden Mountain in Atlantia, reports that her trailer, containing a great deal of baronial gear, was stolen June 26, 2013 from her home in Ridgeville, South Carolina.

"Magnificent" Byzantine mosaic found in Israeli kibbutz

Archaeologists working on an excavation n the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama in Israel have discovered a magnificent mosaic dating to the Byzantine period. It is believed to be part of a public building in a large settlement. (photo)

Kateryn of the Amber Mists elevated at Border Skirmish

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that in Court at Their Border Skirmish event, Their Majesties Morgan and Lusche of the Kingdom of Northshield offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Kateryn of the Amber Mists.

The catharsis of "killing" your friends

“Sometimes I feel like Wendy, and these are my Lost Boys,” said Sandy McBride of Columbus, Ohio at a recent fighter practice in Griggs Reservoir Park by members of Fight Columbus (Barony of Blackfire Pass). Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch has the story. (photos and video)

The Known World Players Announce Future Pennsic Productions

The Known World Players have announced their production schedule for the next three Pennsic Wars.

SCA merchant sells, teaches at Massachusetts market

“Women never went out in public without their hair properly covered. But Italian women were notorious for tweaking laws," said Carver, Massachusetts merchant Susan Christiano about hair dressing in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Christiano sells handmade snoods and other ornaments at the Carver Farmers’ Market. (photo)

Music at St. Cecilica's

At St. Cecilia at the Tower II, an event which took place May 18, 2013 in the Barony of Cynnabar, Midrealm, the Cynnabar Singers presented a program of period music. The program also included Martin's Bane from the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Videos are available to view on YouTube.

Morgan and Montega new Baron and Baroness of Northkeep

Their Majesties Lochlann and Gwen of the Kingdom of Ansteorra have announced that Sir Morgan and Lady Montega Blackdragon are the next Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Northkeep.

The dark history of Tom Fool

Each year, a jester is chosen to liven up life at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass in Cumbria, England. The custom goes back centuries to Tom Skelton, believed to be the original Tom Fool, a real-life jester believed to have a murderous past. (photo)

Stefan's Florilegium updates for June 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for June 2013.

Look, Mom! I found a medieval pot!

Residents of Hilton, England turned out for several drizzly days of community archaeology recently when Dove Valley Community Archaeology sponsored a series of digs around the village. During the five-day process, fifteen pits were opened, uncovering coins and pottery from Roman times through the 16th century.

Knowne World Poetry Competition and PoetryDay -- Artisan's Row, Pennsic

To all Poets, and aspiring Poets, of the Knowne World, you are cordially invited to participate in Poetry Day at Artisan's Row on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Pennsic 42. Please bring your poetry displays and plan on doing some presentations and meeting aspiring poets throughout the day.

Bardic Arts Exhibition at Pennsic 42

Lorelei Skye reports that all bards are invited to participate in the Bardic Arts Exhibition at Pennsic 42 on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 2-5 pm.