A Guide to Archery at Pennsic

Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood provides a review of archery at Pennsic.

Coin hoard found in Estonia

A hoard of silver coins dating to the 11th century was found in a wetland in Jõgeva, Estonia. The coins are believed to have been placed there as a deliberate sacrifice.

Steppes Warlord photos online

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

Photos of the Mary Rose

CNN goes inside the new Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth, England. The Mary Rose was a warship that sank in 1545 during a battle with the French.

CW premieres "Reign" in fall 2013

The BBC has announced Reign, a new drama based on the teenage years of Mary, Queen of Scots, which will hit American TV screens autumn 2013. The series will star Adelaide Kane as Mary and will begin with 15-year-old Mary's arrival in France as the bethrothed of the French prince Francis.

A&S stressed at Rockland demo

Residents of the Penobscot Bay area of Maine were treated to the sight of knights in armor and ladies in fine gowns when the Shire of Hadchester (Rockland) held a Renaissance Faire/demo in Harbor Park. Chris Wolf of The Pilot spoke with members. (photos)

Spooky Rait Castle still mystifies

Rait Castle, on an island in a loch near Naim, Scotland, is haunted, or so say some of its admirers, by the ghost of a handless girl, killed by her father for loving a son of the enemy.

Scientific Instrument Day at Pennsic's Artisans' Row

Master Richard Wymarc reports that On Monday July 29, 2013, Pennsic University's Artisan's Row will feature a Scientific Instrument Day.

Alken Bog site of human sacrifice?

Post-Roman Germania was a dangerous place, both for intenders invaders and those who found themselves on the bad side of the warlord. This was the conclusion of a team of Danish archaeologists investigating a bog in present day Denmark where the team discovered the remains of 40 men "hacked to bits and thrown into the shallows of Lake Mosso."

Archaeologists search for the body of James IV at Flodden

On 19 September 1513, Scottish King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden in Northumberland, England, along with 10,000 other Scots. Now archaeologists are scouring the battlefield, hoping to find the remains of the king. The project marks the 500th anniversary of the battle.

Crown Tournament of AEthelmearc's Maynard and Liadain photos online

Alaxandair reports that he has created an album of photos from AEthelmearc's Spring Crown Tournament which took place May 4, 2013 in the Shire of Gryffyns Keep. The photos are available on his public Facebook page.

Known World Players Pennsic Auditions for "The Canterbury Tales"

The Known World Players will hold auditions for the Pennsic 43 production of Chaucer's “The Canterbury Tales” this year on the following dates and times at the Amphitheatre:

"Spectacular colorful mosaic" found in Kibbutz Bet Qama dig

Archaeologists working on an excavation at Kibbutz Bet Qama, in the B’nei Shimon region of Israel were surprised to discover a beautifully-preserved, Byzantine mosaic dating to the 4th - 6th centuries. The mosaic adorned the floor in what experts believe was a public building. (photo)

Proposed Revision to Corpora Section X – Grievances and Sanctions

The SCA’s Board of Directors sent out a request for comments on a proposed revision to Corpora that concerns Grievances and Sanctions.

Pictures from Aethelmearc War Practice

Lady Isabel Fleuretan and Augusto G report that they have posted albums of photos from AEthelmearc War Practice which took place May 16-19, 2013 at Cooper's Lake Campground in Pennsylvania. The photos are available to view on PhotoBucket.

Changes to Pennsic announced

Pennsic 42 Mayor, Mistress Chai’usun, has announced a number of changes of import to those planning to attend this year's War.

Vehicles with trailers targeted

Carowyn encourages travelers to the Pennsic War to take care in securing trailers carrying gear with a lock to prevent theft of the trailer.

Position Available: Society Minister of Arts & Sciences

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is seeking candidates for the position of Society Minister of Arts & Sciences.

Be a hero, save a life at Pennsic 42

Baroness Angelique d’Herisson reports that a Red Cross Blood Drive will again take place at this year's Pennsic War.

"Chivalry, honour and grace" in Lochac

"What I love about these events is the gentile [sic] behaviour of the lords and ladies with everyone embracing the concept of chivalry, honour and grace," said Catalina Damiana Flores de la Monatana (Camila Turner) about attending events in the SCA. Catalina recently spoke to Chris Owen of the Sunshine Coast Daily (Queensland, Australia). (photos)

Is this the oldest European image of Native Americans?

Restoration of a fresco in the Vatican has revealed a small group of naked dancing men with feathers in their hair. Researchers think these figures may be depictions of Native Americans. The fresco was painted by Renaissance master Pinturicchio in 1494, just two years after Columbus sailed to America.

East Kingdom's Archery Champions Decided

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the outgoing Royal Archery Champions of the East ran a devious (some would say “despicable”) tournament to determine their successors.

Pennsic 42 War Point Schedule

The outcome of this year’s Pennsic War is based on 47 war points. The East Kingdom Gazette reviews the overall schedule, as it will appear in the site booklet.

Stone from medieval church found in Welsh stream

An archeologist taking a walk in the woods discovered an inscribed stone that likely belonged to a nearby medieval church in Wales.  The decoration on the stone dates to the 9th or 10th century. The stone features an unusual cross only seen in two other stones.

AEthelmearc Spring 2013 Crown Tournament photos

Joe reports that he has created an album of photos from Spring 2013 Crown Tournament which took place May 4, 2013 in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available to view on Photobucket.

Laurels Beat Pelicans in Boffer Fundraiser

The Laurels and Pelicans tried to take to the field at Panteria on a rainy weekend to raise money for the East Kingdom's Pennsic War Chest. Instead of holding boffer melees outside, the peers engaged in one-on-one bouts for the entertainment of a soggy crowd at an event where most of the activities were rained out.

Perthshire community pitches in to excavate Pictish longhouse

Residents of Perthshire, Scotland will have a unique opportunity in June 2013 to re-discover their own heritage when archaeologists will undertake the excavation of a Pictish longhouse. In addition to the chance to help in the dig, the project will include workshops, guided walks, presentations, and demonstrations.

Three placed on vigil at AEthelmearc War Practice

Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, reports that Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have placed three of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage. The announcements were made at AEthelmearc War Practice, May 18, 2013.

Corning Museum to host glass bead exhibition and conference

Until January 5, 2014, the Corning Museum of Glass will present Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead, a major exhibition of glass beads and beadwork from many cultures. In addition, the museum will offer demonstrations of bead-making, as well as hosting its Annual Seminar on Glass October 18-19, 2013.

Making ink with Ian the Green

On the SCA Newcomers list, THLord Ian the Green offered information on the making of period ink by way of his blog Scribescribbling. He also offers documentation on recent ink-making experiences.