Modern Society

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

SCA.org e-mail server issues

Jason Williams, Chairman of the SCA, Inc., describes the SCA's recent email server problems and what is being done to correct them.

British Library Images Online

The British Library has released a database of searchable images digitized from its vast collections of manuscripts, rare books and maps.

Armor Stolen in Atenveldt

Deirdre and Ajax in the Kingdom of Atenveldt have reported the theft of armor from their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Re-Enactment Gear Stolen in the UK; Site Vandalized

Guthroth Of Colanhomm reports that re-enactment gear owned by the group Conquest was stolen recently from a secure garage in North Bristol, England. The site was then set on fire.

Monty Joins the SCA

Comic strip character Monty by Jim Meddick has joined the local "Medieval Re-Creationist Society."

SCA Possessions Stolen in West Kingdom

On January 7-8, 2006, thieves broke into the vehicle of Viscountess Genevieve de Vendome of the West Kingdom in the San Jose, California area. SCA members are asked to be on the lookout for the stolen property.

"Tristan and Isolde" Trailer Online

A trailer for the upcoming film, Tristan and Isolde, is now available on the Moviefone website.

Kilt Causes Controversy at High School Dance

Nathan Warmack, who wore a traditional kilt to a high school dance, has asked for dress codes to be changed after he was forced to change his clothes by a school official.

Happy New Year from SCAtoday.net!

The creators of SCAtoday.net wish you and yours a Happy New Year, and we thank our contributors, staff, and readers for a great 2005!

Happy New Year: 964!

A new book by University of Victoria mathematician Florin Diacu, Lost Millennium: History's Timetables Under Siege, explores the time theories of Russian mathematician Anatoli Fomenko and determines that the year is really 963.

Canongate Hopes for Redevelopment Soon

The plans for a UK£180 million redevelopment, including offices, modern apartments and a five-star hotel, of the Canongate, an area dating back to 1128, mark a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of this part of the Royal Mile.

8th Century Building Gets Grant Money for Improvements

A £50,000 grant will pay for a tour of Dewsbury Minster, showcasing its 'lost' heritage. It will also pay for improvements to the Grade II-listed building’s outdated lighting, heating, access, signs and literature in the site's west end.

Smithsonian: Aerial Photography as Archaeological Tool

Smithsonian Magazine looks at the popularity of using aerial photography to do archaeological surveys, not only to make new discoveries, but to preserve sites threatened by time and circumstance.

Newport Ship Skeleton Theory

A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning.

6th Century Saxon Warrior & Horse May Stay in England

Ambitious plans to house at a Suffolk museum the "internationally important" discovery of the skeleton of a Saxon warrior buried with his horse have been launched.

Viking in Your Genes? Volunteers Donate DNA for Test

Predisposed towards battle axes, but never understood why? The answer may be in your genes.

The Self-Defense Nightstand

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdians fighter in the family? How about a sword and board that doubles as a bedside table?

15th Century Church Restored, Reopened

The historic Church House at South Tawton was packed to bursting point on Nov. 30, 2005, as visitors came to marvel at the extensive restoration work on the 500-year-old building.

First Medieval Manuscript Digitized at Manasija Monastery

The Blago Fund team made a tour of the Manasija monastery where they paid a visit to the monastery library and were acquainted with the precious cultural heritage lying there.

Historic Cornwall District Needs Volunteers to Preserve Archaeological Site

Wardens at an historic site in Cornwall are asking for help to conserve the archaeological remains on the landmark.

Joyous news from Atenveldt: A Royal birth

On December 16, TRM Aaron and Alisandra, King and Queen of Atenveldt, became the proud parents of Timothy Austin Eager, their second son.

Children Explore Mabinogion through Lessons

Welsh poet Twm Morys joined a group of school children as they gathered in the woods of Wales for a day of lessons which included poetry writing, stories of Coed Felinrhyd and walking in the woods.

Armor Stolen in West Kingdom

Eyvandr Gunnarsson reports that his armor was stolen from the Rockridge BART station in Oakland, California December 13, 2005. Please be on the lookout for armor for sale in unusual situations.

Lights, Christmas Tree on the Castle!

Carlisle Castle was back to its festive best on Dec. 9, 2005, after Mayor Sandra Fisher threw the switch to light the Christmas tree on the city’s battlements.

Shakespeare Film Festival

Set your Tivos! On Wednesday, December 14, 2005, Turner Classic Movies will hold a 24-hour-long Shakepeare film festival beginning at 6:00 am (EST).

Farmer Restoring Ancient Woodlands Unearths Pits Dating to 1350 A.D.

As Britain celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Tree Week, one Cumbrian farmer is making a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the county's woodland - and uncovering some fascinating facts about the region's industrial heritage into the process, as well as pits dating back to 1350 A.D.

"Spamalot" to Begin North American Tour

The musical hit "Spamalot" is scheduled to tour beginning with Boston in March. The show is based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Delaware farm tourist experiences range from Wild West to medieval Europe

The News Journal describes several examples of "agritourism" in the state of Delaware, including Baronage Farm in Townsend.

15th Century Welsh Castle Threatened by Development

Raglan Castle, a 15th century Welsh structure that was originally a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, is being threatened by plans for a cattle market to be built around the site.

Knights of St. Edmund Curse Developers

In England, the Knights of St. Edmund are calling down a 1,000 year-old curse upon developers involved in the construction of a shopping center.