"Not a pretty picture" painted by pit of Roman skulls

In 1988, 39 skulls of adult men were discovered near the Museum of London. The skulls dated to Roman times and now are believed to have been gathered by "head hunters" who retrieved the heads of those who died in the nearby amphitheater. "It is not a pretty picture," said Rebecca Redfern, from the centre for human bioarchaeology at the museum of London.

Metallurgy conference to focus on personal adornment

The Historical Metallurgy Society AGM will hold its annual conference May 31 - June 1, 2014 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. The them of this year's conference will be Metals used in Personal Adornment.

Margaret de Mey placed on vigil in Drachenwald

At Their recent Insulae Draconis Spring Coronet Tourney, Their Majesties Prothall and Cecilia of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, placed Baroness Margaret de Mey on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Feast Survey Update

The Feast Survey mentioned earlier in SCAtoday.net is still available, and the organizers are still looking for more respondents.

Jotunvillur code cracked

The ancient Norse 'jotunvillur' code, dating back to the 12th or 13th century, has been cracked by Norwegian runologist  K Jonas Nordby of the University of Oslo. The key was an unassuming wooden stick, found at the the Bergen Wharf in Norway and covered with runes. (photo)

New Peers created at the Stellar University of Northshield

Minister of Protocol, Maol Mhich mac Giolla Pheadair, reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne, King and Queen of Northshield, have chosen to offer elevation to the Peerage to several of Their subjects. The offers were made February 8, 2014 at the Stellar University of Northshield in the Shire of Rockhaven.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2014

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2014.

Illuminated Mystery Play Is Digitized

The British Museum has digitized, in two online volumes, a highly-decorated copy of a French medieval mystery play, with illuminations depicting scenes from the play.

Heather Dale seeks crowd-funding for Celtic Avalon project

Canadian folksinger and SCA bard Heather Dale (Mistress Marian of Heatherdale) reports that she is looking for financial suuport for a new project called Celtic Avalon, a musical stage show and youth educational program designed to recount the story of King Arthur.

Introducing the SCA Youth and Family Achievement Program

From the 2010 SCA Census of the membership one of the key questions was about declining membership - when asked this question the fourth most cited reason was that families were finding it difficult to attend events with children, and that there was nothing for the children to do.

Agrippa new Prince of Caid

Countess Eilidh reports that Lord Agrippa Morris was the victor of the Caid Spring Crown Tourney, which took place February 22, 2014 in the Barony of Dreiburgen. Prince Agrippa was inspired in His endeavor by Mistress Bridget Lucia Mackenzie.

Trial begins for accused murderer of Florida SCAdian

Prosecutor J. Ryan Will contends that on March 2, 2012, Scott Austin Stuut II broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Gee, of DeLand, Florida, and murdered her. Gee was an SCA member and Seneschal of the Shire of Vaca Del Mar. The trial began March 4, 2014.

Rowany Festival deadlines approaching

Caristiona nic Beathain, Lochac's Rowany Festival Steward, reports that several deadlines for the festival are rapidly approaching.

Gulf Wars Request

Master Cynric of Bedwyn, Co-Autocrat, Gulf Wars XXIV (2015), has a small request of those attending this year's War.

Gulf War A&S information

Greetings unto the Known World Ministers of the Arts & Sciences from Mistress Maudeleyn Godeliva Taillour of Meridies. The A&S Open hosted by Meridies and Gleann Abhann will take place on Friday at Gulf Wars from 8 AM to 3 PM at Bede Hall, and the surrounding area.

Little hook protector of 16th century fashion

What could be worse than dragging your elegant skirts through the muck on the streets? Nothing, apparently, as revealed by the discovery of a 20mm (0.8 inch) long gold hook designed to hold up ladies' skirts when crossing a muddy yard. (photo)

"Staggering find" links British Isles and Norway

Curator Barry Ager of the British Museum discovered a rare Viking artifact lately in an unexpected place: the storeroom of the British Museum. The ornate, gilded brooch, spotted by Ager "in a lump of organic material excavated from a Viking burial site at Lilleberge in Norway," turned out to be a rare piece of jewelry. (photo)

Rare gaming piece found in Anglo-Saxon royal hall

Archaeologists from the University of Reading have found an extremely rare board game piece dating to the fifth century during the excavation of an Anglo-Saxon royal complex in Lyminge, Kent, England. The piece would have been used for games such as backgammon or draughts. (photo)

Peers created at al-Barran Midwinter in the Outlands

Master Angus Reid MacFarlane, Blue Iris Herald, reports that at Their Courts at al-Barran Midwinter, Their Majesties Alrik and Salomea of the Kingdom of the Outlands, offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.

BM's Sutton Hoo gallery receives facelift

Room 41 of the British Museum has received a facelift in order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. The room, which houses the museum's early medieval collections, was refurbished with new flooring, roof and internal architecture renovation thanks to a gift from Sir Paul and Lady Jill Ruddock.

Baroness Dealla Cohen made Peer in Atlantia

Lady Wynne ferch Rhodri reports that at Their Royal Court at The Mid-Winter Revels, Their Majesties Ragnarr and Lynette of the Kingdom of Atlantia offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Baroness Dealla Cohen.

Templar interest increases with approaching 700th anniversary

With material such as The Da Vinci Code to capture the public's attention, the myths of the Knights Templar are more popular than ever. Lawyer, noveliest and historian Dr Dominic Selwood has a feature article for The Telegraph.

Investigation of Shakespeare's last home to enter phase 2

Archaeologists have been working on the site of New Place, William Shakespeare's last home in Stratford-upon-Avon, since 2009 and have now discovered "as much as they can" about the site, which was demolished in the 18th century. (photos)

Ansteorra Winter Crown photos online

Michael De Eryri reports that he has created an album of photos from the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Winter 2014 Crown Tournament. The album is available to view on  the J&M Timeless (SmugMug) website.

Three new Peers tapped at AEthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night

Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Kingdom 12th Night, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

Touring Judaic sites in Spain

After the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, much of Sephardic Jewish history and culture was destroyed, but some does remain. Gisela Dés of The Jerusalem Post offers a feature article on the "lost Jewish kingdom" in Spain.

Raising a horn with the Vikings

For centuries, the Norse used animal horns as drinking vessels, many of which had decorative metal terminals and mounts. Proof of this has been found in grave sites, although the actual horns have long decayed. A new book by Vivian Etting entitled The Story of the Drinking Horn – Drinking Culture in Scandinavia during the Middle Ages tells the long story of the custom. (photos)

Archaeologists surprised by medieval remains at Gallo-Roman site

The last thing that archaeologists working on the Roman site of Intaranum near Entrains-sur-Nohain, France expected to find was a mass grave in a well dating to the 8th-10th centuries.

New Peers at An Tir 12th Night

Court Reporter HL Finn Grim reports that, at Their 2014 12th Night, Their Majesties Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, chose to offer elevation to the Peerage to seven members of Their populace. The event took place January 11, 2014.

Society Feast Survey

Feast cooks in the Midrealm's Barony of Sternfeld have created a survey asking members from around the Known World what they want most from an SCA feast.