One Ring Coming to Boston Museum of Science

An exhibit of film props from the "Lord of the Rings" movies will open at Boston's Museum of Science August 1, 2004. Displays will include an "armor corridor."

Doom Fresco to be Viewed for First Time in 400 Years

A recently-restored, rare medieval fresco will be seen by the public for the first time in 400 years when it is put on display in Coventry, England.

Roman Treasure Displayed in Basel

Swiss Info: A hoard of Roman treasure, hidden from 4th century raiders, has been reassembled and will be displayed for the first time in Basel, Switzerland.

King Michael Rightful Ruler of England

History News Network: Australian Michael Hastings is, in truth, King Michael I of England, the heir to the Plantagenet bloodline, and should be living in Buckingham Palace rather than Jerilderie, NSW, according to a British historian.

Outlands Barony Gathers 10,000 Toys

Daily Times: The Barony Fontaine Dans Sable (Farmington, NM) recently beat their own record by collecting over ten thousand donated toys for San Juan County's Toys for Tots program.

More Bridegrooms Opting for Kilts

Star Telegram: Scottish formal wear is becoming more and more popular for weddings, according to New York Times News Service reporter Linda Lee.

Denis the Little Tinkers with the Calendar

Townhall.com: We celebrate Christmas on December 25 due to the efforts of a Scythian monk known to history as Denis the Little, who tinkered with the calendar by papal request.

Maltese Authorities May Bury Roman Wall

Times of Malta: A Roman wall discovered during renovations on Gozo Cathedral in Malta may have to be re-buried because the work was not authorized.

Pennsic War Returns to NPR

Karen Given's report on the Pennsic War was rerun recently on National Public Radio's "Only a Game."

A New Dane in AEthelmearc

The Kingdom of AEthelmearc has welcomed a new subject: Dane Christopher Murray.

Old-Fashioned Viking Christmas

The Scandinavian celebration of Jul harkens back to Norse mythology. An article from "The Scotsman" looks at Christmas celebrations in Sweden and Norway and their roots in Viking tradition.

SCAdians Included in Geek Trendsetting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Christian Boone offers his opinion on geeks as trendsetters, and includes SCAdians in the group.

"Chronicles of Narnia" Being Shot in New Zealand

CBS: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the first book of C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, will soon begin production on location in New Zealand.

One Kingdom, One Book

Readers in the East Kingdom will get the opportunity to participate in One Kingdom, One Book.

Young SCAdian Struck and Killed by Car in Outlands

Last Saturday, the Barony of Caerthe in the Kingdom of Outlands bid a final farewell to Brendon Swatko, a twelve-year-old who died after being struck by a car outside an SCA event.

Cooks & Performers Needed for Estrella Queen's Tea

Lady Catelin Munro of Ailsa, Autocrat of Estrella XX Queen's Tea, has requested help from cooks and performers who plan to attend the Estrella War.

Mystery of Chinese Gunpowder Solved?

China View: Chinese archaeologists may have discovered the secret of China's invention of gunpowder.

Scientists Study Colosseum's "Special Effects"

A team of German archaeologists has been excavating the basement of Rome's great Colosseum, including the intricate mechanical wonders which produced the effects for the gladiatorial games.

17th Century Javanese Coins Discovered in Thames

90 copper coins, washed up from London's Thames River, have stumped archaeologists.

Medici Secrets to be Exposed by DNA Testing?

News Telegraph: Researchers are planning to exhume and test the bodies of 50 members of the Medici Family with hopes of some "sensational surprises."

Exhumation of King Harold Denied

A church court has denied researchers the right to examine the remains of what might have been King Harold.

St. Columcille's Monastery Purchased by the State

Limerick Post: Durrow Abbey and the St. Columcille Monastery in County Offaly, Ireland, have been purchased by the government for an initial sum of 270 thousand Euro.

Art Exhibit Celebrates Duccio di Buoninsegna

Herald Tribune: 13th century painter Duccio di Buoninsegna is the star of an exhibit celebrating the city of Sienna's golden age, "Duccio: At the Origins of Sienese Painting."

Voynich Manuscript: Mystery or Fraud?

Nature: A mystious, 16th-century coded manuscript is still stumping scholars. Or is it a hoax?

Fabled "Sword of Spam" Auctioned This Week

eBay: Third Age Armory claims to have uncovered the legendary Sword of Spam, and they are auctioning this rare item on eBay.

Geography of Oertha

Curious about the geography of Oertha? A new online map lists baronies and shires.

Ravenslake to Host Midrealm College of Youth

Roaring Wastes: The Shire of Ravenslake (northeastern Illinois) will host the Middle Kingdom College of Youth February 7, 2004.

Schragger Released from Prison After Posting Bail

Morning Call: Ben Schragger, known in the SCA as Ben the Steward, was released from prison, subject to "house arrest" restrictions, after posting a reduced bail bond.

German "Stonehenge" Highlights Rising Sun of Winter Solstice

Scientific American: Germany's 7,000-year-old stone circle proves that Europe's neolithic people were more tuned in to the heavens than previously thought.

Schragger Arraigned in Lehigh County Court

Morning Call: Ben Schragger, the former East Kingdom Dean of Pages accused of sexual misconduct with minors, was formally charged on December 17.