Planning a trip to Scotland? You may want to visit the four Border Abbeys, Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso, founded by King David I of Scotland in the 12th Century. A recent BBC article looks at the history of the religious sites in a troubled area. (photos)
Lady Bethia Somers of the Atenveldt Sheriff's Office reports that a lost and found list for Estrella War 2013 is now available online.
Katla Ulfhedinn, Medieval Animal Day Coordinator, Pennsic 42, reports that the Pennsic Artisans Row will feature an Animal Day.
Here are just a few stray bits of news you might find interesting.
- Dry rot leads to medieval discovery
What's the exciting discovery? Believe it or not, it's... a ditch. No, really. Article at Guernsey News includes a video.
- Rare 16th-century globe that first put 'Canada' on the map to be auctioned in U.K.
Feature by Randy Boswell at the Vancouver Sun.
- Herm's medieval bones reveal signs of leprosy and childhood mortality
Brief item at This Is Guernsey.
A ten-month-long excavation of a settlement in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, has yielded a remarkable number of artifacts, from combs and bits of jewelry to a board game to the remains of houses, some dating as far back as the 10th century. And one especially interesting find is a "suspiciously buried skeleton." The body of a teenaged girl has a damaged skull, and it is believed that the place where she was found was not her original burial site.
Could she have been murdered? Check out the article by Meredith Bennett-Smith at the Huffington Post to find out more.
In an unmarked grave in the courtyard of what was once a Dominican monastery, archaeologists have uncovered the skeletons of a man and a woman holding hands and facing each other. The man has a broken hip, the result of a blow from a blunt object, and probably the cause of his death. The cause of the woman's death is uncertain; one theory is she died of a broken heart upon hearing news of the man's demise. More prosaically, perhaps it was a heart attack that struck her down. In any case, one must have died not long after the other for them to have been buried together.
Find out more in these news items:
- Love beyond the grave: Skeletons discovered holding hands in coffin together
Article by Dion Dassanayake at the Express.
- Romanian Skeletons Found Buried Holding Hands In Cluj-Napoca
Item by Carlo Davis at the Huffington Post.
- The Romanian Romeo and Juliet: Mystery of the young couple buried holding hands in courtyard of monastery
Feature by Jill Reilly at the Daily Mail.
While it's rare for two people to be buried together, it isn't unheard of. In fact, a similar case was uncovered less than two years ago in Italy. See Eternally together, October, 2011.
The works of Shakespeare have often been used to educate scholars throughout the world, but to historians in Titchfield near Southampton, England, the education may have taken place closer to home. Scholars there believes that William Shakespeare may have spent the years 1589-1592 working as a schoolmaster in the town.
The debt woes of Cyprus and Greece, along with other European countries, have garnered headlines in recent days, but the stories are not new. Renaissance Florence had its own debt crisis, with a solution that looks surprisingly modern.
The recent discovery of the remains of Richard III have led experts to wonder if an unmarked grave in Winchester, England might hold the bones of King Alfred the Great.
When interviewed by Donesha Aldridge of WHLT 22 television, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Gulf Wars Media Specialist Sheila Doughty and rapier fighter Theorn Rutyna spoke about the fun and comradery of the SCA. (video)
Is Queen Elizabeth II the rightful ruler of Great Britain? Tony Robinsons doesn't think so. He explains in a 48-min. documentary produced for Channel 4.
Master Mordrake reports that Their Majesties Garick and Yasamin of the Kingdom of the Outlands have chosen to place THL Jethro Stille on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. The offer was made at the Tri-Baronial A&S Competition.
Lady Avelyn Wexcombe, Interim Social Media Coordinator for the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that the Society Social Media Officer, Lord Tobias Morgan, has posted some new tools and links from of the SCA's home page.
It was a fun day for students at Arab Elementary School in Arab, Alabama when nine members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism brought the Middle Ages to life in the classroom. Arab Tribune photographer David Moore was on hand for the fun with his camera. (photos)
History has recorded that the ransom of kings and nobles was a popular way for armies to raise money during the Middle Ages, but new research shows that the practice may have also been popular among common soldiers.
For centuries, medical historians have believed that advancements in medicine were stalled between the days of Galen and the Renaissance. Now radiocarbon dating of a mummified, dissected head to the 13th century, shows that medieval doctors may have been more sophisticated than previsouly believed. (photo)
While the image of the Vikings has been rehabilitated in the past few years, showing them as peaceful farmers and artisans, some evidence of cruel and bloodthirsty behavior does exist. In Smithsonian's blog Past Imperfect, Mike Dash looks at the more brutal side of the Norsemen, and the fact of torture such as the "blood eagle."
Nicolaus Copernicus was honored recently when Google recognized the 450th anniversary of the scientists's birth with a Google Doodle. The Christian Science Monitor followed with a article which looks at the career of the Polish astronomer.
In its March 2013 issue, Antiquity Magazine reports on a partnership of several universities and organizations to use the latest developments in computer science and engineering to analyze archaeological sites. In this instance, they focus on the UNESCO World Heritage, Petra Archaeological Park.