Alcazar to be a Reality

THL Sovany Barcsi Janos, Kingdom New Groups Coordinator for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, has announced that the formation of a new group in Spain is official.

The Non-Expert: Historical Re-Enactors

Morning News: Plant your tongue firmly in your cheek, and prepare to learn "how to live in the past, bedecked in ancient garb, profound in dead languages. Yes, how to become a[n] historical re-enactor."

Current Politics Affect Perception of Arab Contributions to Culture

In an essay in "The Scotsman" newspaper, Robert Irwin discusses how Arab culture affected the western world and how modern life has changed interpretations of these effects.

Online Map of the Middle Kingdom Available

THL Geoffrey of Wroxeter has created a clickable map of the Middle Kingdom, listing all regions, baronies, and local groups.

Rain Lessens Risks at Canterbury Faire

Due to recent rains, some fire restrictions have been lifted for Lochac's Canterbury Faire.

New DNA Research to Solve Columbus Mystery?

Discovery Channel: An ongoing investigation of the remains of Christopher Columbus may soon identify the explorer's final resting place once and for all.

Archaeologists Set to Evaluate Chester's Roman Amphitheatre

24 Hour Museum: A Roman amphitheatre discovered in the 1960s in the city of Chester, England, may soon be fully excavated, thanks to combined efforts of the Chester City Council and English Heritage.

New Exhibit on Classical Mythology in Italian Renaissance Prints at the Met

"Poets, Lovers, and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints" is on display at the Howard Gilman Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through May 2, 2004.

New Battle Over Agincourt

Residents of the area near the site of the historic Battle of Agincourt are petitioning to block construction of wind turbines.

Voynich Manuscript is Hoax!

Researchers have finally agreed on the secret of the mysterious Voynich Manuscript: it's gibberish.

One Blog's View of the SCA's History and Culture

Disinformation: Disinformation, a blog calling itself "the gateway to the underground -- news, politics, conspiracy, and weirdness," has published an article by an ex-SCAdian comparing SCA counterculture with other "fringe" groups of society.

Trimaris Part of "Deep Impact" Comet Exploration Mission

Ainfean inghean Risdeag reports that citizens of the Kingdom of Trimaris, as supporters of the "Deep Impact" mission, have received a certificate verifying that the Kingdom will be named on the spacecraft.

Student Finds Key to Roman Soldier's Life

Cincinnati Enquirer: Sharonville, Ohio student Robert Stephan recently discovered treasure in the vaults of the University of Michigan: a store of forgotten papyri chronicling the life of a young Roman soldier.

SCA Librarians Discussion List

Anna de Byxe has announced that there is a discussion list available designed for librarians in the SCA.

New Book Quashes Myths of Sistine Chapel

Beacon-Journal: "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling," a new book by Ross King, does its best to debunk the myths of how the Sistine Chapel was created.

Cooks from the East Kingdom Gather to Celebrate!

Lady Andrea McIntyre reports on the recent East Kingdom Cooking Collegium in Settmour Swamp where cooks gathered to share recipes, taste test and... cook!

Elephant, Erotic Sculture Discovered at Medieval Indian Fort

Deccan Herald: Excavations of a medieval fortress in Cuttack, India have revealed the skeleton of an elephant buried in the 15th or 16th century as well as erotic statues of female dancers.

Pickled Dragon Mystery

The Telegraph: The legends are true! Dragons do exist, or so it seems.

Known World Arts & Sciences Directory

Katalena, organizer of the Known World Arts & Sciences Directory, has announced that she is still taking registrations for the Directory.

Llandeilo Gospels May Return to Wales for the First Time in 1000 Years

IC Wales: The Llandeilo Gospels, the first document to be written in Welsh, may soon return to Wales for the first time in 1,000 years - in electronic format.

Not-So "Ancient" Art of Haggis Hurling Debunked

Sunday Herald: The "sport" of haggis hurling has been revealed to have originated in the 1970s, according to reporter Liam McDougall.

Report from Board of Directors January Meeting

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, has released the President's Report for the first quarter 2004 BoD meeting.

New Peers in Atlantia

On January 10,2004, at the Kingdom of Atlantia 12th Night celebration, two new peers were named: Rachel Wallace and Fritz Justus Fritz.

French Peat Bog Reveals Sobering Environmental Story

Nature: Excavations of a peat bog near Dijon, France have given researchers a look at the environmental history of a Celtic mining town.

SCA Chirurgeon-General Names Successor

Friar Galen of Ockham, the current Chirurgeon-General of the SCA, has announced that the successor to his office has been chosen.

"Divine Right" of SCA Kings Survey to Wrap Up

The "Divine Right" of SCA Kings Survey Response Phase ends Feb. 4th, 2004.

Fires Banned from Lochac's Canterbury Faire

Due to an extreme risk of wildfires in the area of Lochac's Canterbury Faire, the building of campfire and the use of candle lanterns have been banned. Canterbury Faire will be held February 4-9, 2004 in the Barony of Southron Gaard near Christchurch, NZ.

Iron Age House?

Vacationers have been given the chance to live in an Iron Age village for

River Cetina Dig Yields 6,000 Years of Artifacts

Evening Mail: Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham have struck gold with the discovery of artifacts dating from the Bronze-Roman ages in Croatia.

Love and Romance Online

This week, Dame Aoife takes the time to track down websites dealing with love, romance and Valentine's Day.