In September 2014, metal detectorist Derek McLennan discovered over 100 artifacts in a field near Dumfries, Scotland. Among them was a 1,200-year-old Viking pot, heavy enough to contain something, but too fragile to open. Now archaeologists have been able to determine what is in the pot with the help of a CT scan. (photos)
Giovanni della Torre reports that his lady, Kathy, has posted photos from Gulf wars 2015. The photos are available to view on PhotoBucket.
Members of the Richard III Society have long believed that the last medieval king of England got a bad rap from the conquering Tudors and their bard, William Shakespeare. Now, with the discovery of Richard's remains, others are beginning to reconsider the monarch. (audio interview)
Plans are afoot for the revamping of the Binchester Roman Town in County Durham, England, with the purchase of the archaeological site by the owners of nearby Auckland Castle. Among those announced are the construction of a glass walkway over the dig, and a visitors' center.
On May 7, 2014, the armor collection of the Higgins Museum was sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd at Southby's Auction House in London. The catalog from the sale is available online in PDF format.
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Elfsea Springfaire which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
The Society Seneschal has indicated that the ACCEPS payment system is no longer approved for use by SCA branches, effective at midnight April 18.
At Gulf wars 2015, Their Majesties Lochlann Dunn and Michelle Chantal de Charante of the Kingdom of Ansteorra placed Vladislav Strelec on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.
The Kingdom of Atlantia will again sponsor the Knowne World Poetry Competition on Monday, August 3, at Pennsic in conjunction with Poetry Day at Artisan's Row.
Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
The Falcon Banner reports that Sir Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxes was the victor of the March 28, 2015 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Sir Xerxes was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress BelAnna de Rouge de Anjou.
At Rowany Festival this Easter, Countess Eva Von Danzig, Baroness of Innilgard, became the first female knight of Lochac.
Medical researchers have long sought the origins of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, but most now believe that the pox was brought back by Christopher Columbus from one of his voyages to the New World. LiveScience recently published an Op-Ed from the Conversation.
This spring, viewers of the BBC and PBS will be treated to a video version of the Hilary Mantel book Wolf Hall set in the court of Henry VIII. Since its announcement, there has been discussion of the size of the actor's codpiece, perhaps smaller than is historically accurate. Jane Huggett of The Guardian joins the conversation.
It's true that Shakespeare's plays bent gender over backwards by requiring female roles to be played by male actors, but a new version of Henry IV, staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London, took the practice even father by presenting an all-female cast set in a women's prison. (photo)
In 2014, the city of Washington DC was privileged to host two copies of the Magna Carta, one permanently housed in the National Archives, and another on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in England, displayed at the Library of Congress. Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post looks at the differences between the two documents.
A new study by Gregory Clark of the University of California, Davis and Neil Cummins of the London School of Economics reveals that those people with Norman surnames are more likely to have a higher social status in the UK that those without.
Art historians around the world are never quick to validate a "lost" work by one of the great masters. Thus is the case of La Bella Principessa, a small, "pen-and-ink portrait of a Florentine woman with a Mona Lisa-esque smile," believed to have been created by Leonardo da Vinci. (photo)
For Halloween 2014, Bryan C. Keene of the J. Paul Getty Museum blog Iris, chose to look at some of the frightening images of medieval, illuminated manuscripts in the museum's collection. The article is richly illustrated with examples. (photos)
Bowing to the inevitable, the Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. has announced that beginning May 1, 2016, all SCA events will take place in cyberspace, using Facebook.