As Rowany Festival soon approaches, we are once more in need of dedicated helpers to cover our first aid requirements at the event.
THLord Stefan li Rous provdes updates for Stefan's Florilegium for January 2015.
At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice.
On LinkedIn, Landinn de Marest (Kristen Fife), reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachornism, Inc. has approved the creation of a new kingdom.
The fighting in Iraq continues to threaten, not just the populace, but historical treasures and manuscripts. Recently a Dominican Order of priests, known as the Order of Preachers, managed to rescue a number of these precious documents when Islamic State jihadists advanced into the region. (photos)
At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage.
Sir Jon reports that the Winter edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter is now available online.
Do you remember why you joined the SCA? If you don't, or need to remember why you are still a member, watch For Glory & Honor: Medieval Reenactors Go To Battle, an NBC News feature showcasing the SCA at the Pennsic War. (video)
The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Archaeologist Anna Ihr's doctoral dissertation, Becoming Vitrified, shows that the glass industry in Sweden is much older than previously believed, as early as the 13th century. The thesis describes how different vitrified, or glassy, materials can be interpreted and analysed.
Effective February 1, 2015, the SCA is discontinuing its Known World Mail, a hosted mail service previously offered to SCA members.
The 8th century, Old English poem called The Ruin may be the oldest surviving literature to mention Stonehenge, says medieval liguist Dr Graeme Davis. The poem refers to stones called "the old ones" or the "elders."
The Pennsic Pre-reigistration Office reports that pre-registration for Pennsic 44 is now live
THLord Stefan li Rous provides updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2014.
“Send me a shirt, towel, trousers, reins, and, for my sister, send fabric. If I am alive, I will pay for it,” wrote a 14th century father, Onus, to his son, Danilo, in the block letters of Old Novgorod language on a birch bark scroll. The note, among a dozen others, was discovered recently in the "magicial mud" of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Gold was believed to have magical powers in Anglo-Saxon society, which may have led to discovery of special processes to make the metal appear "more golden than gold." These findings are part of a new study of the Staffordshire Hoard which "showed goldsmiths knew how to remove alloyed metals such as copper and silver from the surface of objects."
As the reburial of King Richard III approaches, the city of Leicester, England and Leicester Cathedral prepare for the festivities by calling on the locals to help with fundraising. The diocese has raised only UK£1.9m of the £2.5m cost of the celebration.
September 2014 was a great month for British metal detector enthusiast Derek McLennan. The retired businessman discovered "one of the most important Viking hoards ever found in Scotland" in a field in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. (photos)
In early medieval Italy, "burying the dead facedown was a way to prevent the impure soul threatening the living,” says anthropologist Elena Dellù. This might explain the remains of a teenage girl discovered recently at the complex of San Calocero in Albenga, Italy. (photo)
A team of archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group, along with members of the community, were intrigued by discoveries resulting from two weeks of excavations near York, England's Guildhall. The workers found artifacts dating from Roman times through World War II, including evidence of a medieval friary.