Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

War 2, Archaeology 0

Recent bombing and a resulting oil spill in Lebanon have damaged two World Heritage sites, says an inspection team from UNESCO. Roman remains at Tyre and a medieval tower at Byblos are in urgent need of repair.

Armor Stolen in Principality of the Mists

Faelan ua hEogain (Michael McPartland) reports that his armor was stolen from his vehicle on Saturday September 30, 2006 in Sunnyvale, California.

Heraldry: Alive and Well in the U.S. Army

Think heraldry is an activity for creaky, old SCAdians in dusty libraries? Think again. The United States Army has The Quartermaster Heraldic Section and the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.

A website with examples of military heraldry and a history of heraldry in the American Army is available to view online.

SCA Board of Directors Meeting

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Strong honorable knights locked in armored combat. Beautiful ladies in soft flowing gowns. Amazing craftwork. Delicious feasts. The very best of the Middle Ages. At least that's what you thought.....

The Barony of Grey Niche invites you to attend the Third Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Saturday, October 21, 2006 beginning at 9:00 AM. Location:
Barony of Grey Niche (Memphis, Tennessee)

East Kingdom Group Joins with Lions Club for Charity Event

Brian Prince of the Ashbury Park Press recently paid a visit to the 25th annual Charity Renaissance Faire, hosted by the Lakewood Lions Club and the Society for Creative Anachronism at Pine Park in Lakewood, New Jersey.

New Tolkien Book to be Published

Over thirty years after his death, a new, unfinished work by the British author of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, is scheduled to be published. The Children of Hurin will appear in the United States and Britain in the spring of 2007.

Stonekeep Armory Suffers Setback

Michael Spiers, the proprietor and chief armorer of Stonekeeper Amory, has undergone emergency spine surgery, and his assistant has announced that current orders will be delayed.

Kingdom of Atlantia Offers "LibraryThing"

The Kingdom of Atlantia is offering its residents a chance to share their personal libraries through Librarything.com, an online database that allows users to catalog their personal book holdings.

Latin to Become Lingua Europa?

L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, is calling for Latin to become the official language of the European Union. The article comes in the wake of a move by Finland's president to promote the use of the language as "potentially contemporary."

Vikings Gather for Moot in Denmark

Richard Boyd, a network engineer living in Heidelberg, Germany, reported on a recent Viking Moot which took place in Denmark where reenactors from eleven countries met to cross swords and compare notes. The article appeared in Stars and Stripes.

Report of Pyramid Find in Ukraine

An archaeological team working in eastern Ukraine claims to have found pyramids.

SCAdians Participate in "Ohio's Oldest Fair"

Burton Cole of the Tribune Chronicle learned about attractions at the Great Geauga County Fair, Ohio's oldest fair, and met with Cerise of Cleftlands, a member of the Incipient Shire of Eastwatch.

World Music Festival Comes to Madison, Wisconsin

The world comes to Madison, WI September 21-23, 2006 in the form of the World Music Festival. The event will feature a variety of music from South America, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

Worldcat Helps Locate Books Worldwide

Gillian Durham reports that the "world's largest library catalog", WorldCat, is now available to search free online.

Scotland Hopes to Crack Down on Crime and Violence by Banning Swords

Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson has announced that the new ban on the sale of knives and swords in the United Kingdom will help stem knife violence in the country. So far, over 12,000 blades have been turned in to authorities.

Southeastern Medieval Association Conference to Present "Beginnings and Endings"

The SouthEastern Medieval Association will host the 2006 conference at The University of Mississippi October 12-14, 2006. The conference will feature Giles Constable of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Roberta Frank of Yale University.

SCA on-line encyclopedia boasts 3,593 articles

Cunnan, a Wiki-style encyclopedia, now has almost 3600 articles available and more are added daily. First put on-line in 2003, Cunnan offers "information for re-enactors of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with a heavy slant towards members of the SCA."

Fencing Gear Stolen in Ansteorra

Don Duncan Hepburn (Wayne Ross) reports that his car containing his fencing gear was stolen August 28 or 29, 2006 from his home in Dallas, Texas. SCAtoday.net readers are asked to be on the lookout for the stolen gear.

Lords & Ladies, Welcome Aboard the Floating Ren Faire!

For those who want the Middle Ages with all the comforts of a cruise: Mirth & Merriment Aboard The Carnival Miracle!

Woad may have modern use in cancer-busting drugs

The medieval Scottish rebels made famous in the movie Braveheart used dye from the woad plant to paint their faces blue for battle. Now Italian biochemists say this plant could become a promising weapon in the fight against cancer.

Fantasy "Dane's Head" league seeks interested parties

A SCAdian is organizing a "fantasy football [American]" league for those interested in the modern version of period bloodsport.

Medieval Heavy Metal Pollution Still An Issue

Scientists have tracked down the source of heavy metal pollution on a site in Northern France to the remains of medieval metallurgical workshops.

Pennsic "Fight for Kids" 2007

Freiman the Minstrel is in the process of organizing a Fight For Kids at Pennsic 2007 heavy fighters' tournament for Pennsic XXXVI and is looking for volunteers to help with the project.

Lego Crossbow

Have an extra 300 hours of free time? Here's a way to use it: Alexei has created a crossbow from Lego blocks, and it actually works.

Records Document Challenge Between British Monarch and Pretender

New records released by the British National Archive show that Anthony Hall, who claimed to be a descendent of Henry VIII in the early 20th century, deserved to be declared insane for threatening to lop off the head of King George V.

EMS company given charge of Chirurgeon’s Point at Pennsic

At midnight on Saturday evening (August 12), the SCA Chirurgeonate at Pennsic 35 was informed that their duties were being assumed by a private EMS company, Northwest EMS.

Obscure Medieval Law Frustrates Britons

A law dating back to the Middle Ages is causing mayhem in the British real estate market.

Cosmologists Find Truth in Medieval World View

In The View from the Center of the Universe, Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams point out the similarities between ancient beliefs about a terracentric universe and recent discoveries about the results of the Big Bang.

Janet Arnold Award Provides Research Funds for Costumers

The Society of Antiquaries of London sponsors yearly awards of up to UK£4000 "to further in-depth study of Western dress." The Janet Arnold Award is presented in honor of the historical costume expert who died in 1998.

"Unforgettable I Do's" Include SCAdian Wedding

Sarika Jagtiani of the Associated Press looks at themed weddings including that of one couple, Diana Stoughton and Andrew Hazen, who met at the Pennsic War and married at AEthelmearc War Practice.