Friday, 31 August 2012

Textile journal’s old issues on line, Viking smith and building a castle the old fashion way

A Public Service Announcement!

 from Loose Threads: Yet Another Costuming Blog

Archaeological Textiles Newsletter (soon to be renamed Archaeological Textiles Review) has just made Issues No. 46 and 47 available on line here. One of the articles is unavailable for Issue No. 46, but it's good to know that ATN is carrying on with its stated intention of placing its back issues on line.

In the Austrian town of Friesach a castle to be rebuilt using only period methods of construction

Re-forging the smith: an interdisciplinary study of smithing motifs in Völuspá and Völundarkviða

Monday, 27 August 2012

Costuming, music, and prenatal food.

At the Victoria and Albert Museum London:

Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe 1500-1800

Additional Information

·                                 Programme
·                What:
Conferences and Symposia
·                When:
·                Where:
The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
CONFERENCE: Explore three key themes of early modern fashion: Innovation, Dissemination and Reputation. Invited speakers include, Lesley Miller, John Styles, and Evelyn Welch. Friday 14 – Saturday 15 September, 10.00 – 17.15
In collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London and funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)

A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and
Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The College of Music and Dramatic Arts
By Nancy Ellen Washer

Fruit of the Womb: Prenatal Food in Renaissance Italy
By Heather Ruiter

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Anglo-Saxon wills, eating cranes and other bird stuff and royal badges

Anglo-Saxon Wills a paper:

Consumption of birds in Medieval England

Avian signatures for identity and status in Anglo-Saxon England

Goose Husbandry

The Bird Resources of Medieval Novgorod, Russia

The identification of archaeological evidence for hawking
in medieval England

The Yorkshire Museum has started an appeal to purchase a rare 15th Century badge from the reign of Richard III.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Consistory court testimonies, In our time, Emboirdered Bookbindings, 15 Century Sprang and Charters on line.

 Concordia Universities Consistory Data base,.
“Consistory is a database featuring testimony offered in the main church court of the diocese of London…This online resource is projected over the next several years to present all the surviving medieval (pre-1500) records of litigation in this court (about 1100 depositions and examinations altogether), both in transcription of the original Latin of the documents and in modern English translation.”

A stitch in Time blog tell us about a conference entitled Material Culture and Gender.
The CfP is open until September 14, and the conference takes place in January 4-6, 2013, in Bath.

13th Century Constance Tales paper from University of Minnesota

In Our Time – a radio series on BBC:  They have many podcast of interested to the SCA

You can find Podcasts here:


Project Gutenberg offers ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings

Project Gutenberg has posted the free ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril James Humphries Davenport on its website. The book, free for download, features full text, illustrations and color plates.
In addition to amazing closeups of book covers, dating to the 14th century, the volume includes how-tos for bookbinding in various fabrics from canvas to velvet.

From the blog Medieval Silkwork:
15th Century Spang:
Charters on line:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Visting Durham and 14th century chemise

If you are visiting Durham, the Cathedral is remodelling some of their exhibits:

A paper on Köhler's 14th century Chemise.
By ffride wlffsdotter / Rebecca Lucas

Monday, 20 August 2012

Vikings on Uist, The black community in Elizabethen London, Free lectures at U of Minnesota, Early find on the island of Uist, Abner of Bugos, Brigitta cap.

From SCA today

Internet Medieval Sourcebook, Fordham University offers a section on medieval feudal oaths as part of a legal discussion of feudalism.

Britain's first black community in Elizabethan London

Free lectures at University of Minnesota

Kann Memorial Lecture in Austrian Studies with Nora Berend, History, Cambridge University

Date: 11/08/2012
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public

Solving an Insoluble Riddle (What Did Odin Tell Baldr on the Funeral Pyre?) - A talk by Anatoly Liberman, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, University of Minnesota

Date: 12/11/2012
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public

Abner of Burgos (Alfonso de Valladolid; c. 1260–1347) was perhaps the most important philosopher in the stream of Jewish Spanish rabbi-apostates in the 14th and 15th centuries

A c. 1400 variety of the Birgitta cap

Friday, 17 August 2012

Architecture, Viking slaves and German Alchemy

English Church Architecture: 

The Planning and Building Instruments of Architects in the Late Middle Ages
Abbate, Francesco
Second International Congress on Construction History (2006)
Viking Slaves:

Harley MS. 3469: Splendor Solis or Splendour of the Sun – A German Alchemical Manuscript
Völlnagel, Jörg
The Electronic British Library Journal (2011)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Call for papers, Leeds and Kalamzoo, and some costume patterns

International Medieval Congress Leeds 2013

Call for Papers/Sessions - International Medieval Congress 2013

Areas of discussion could include:
•  Diverging cultural attitudes toward pleasure
•  Pleasure in non-Christian contexts
•  Earthly pleasure versus spiritual pleasure
•  Visual and narrative representations of pleasure
•  Social and corporeal manifestations of pleasure
•  Pleasurable activities
•  Individual and collective experiences of pleasure
•  Prohibition and condemnation of pleasure
•  Chastity, celibacy, fasting, and abstinence
•  Love / sexuality / pleasures of the flesh - and their specific cultural expressions
•  Medical theories and approaches to pleasure
•  Mysticism, spirituality, and pleasure
•  Creating and/or experiencing pleasure
•  Entertainment and leisure
•  Humour and fun
•  Material culture and evidence of pleasure
•  Pleasure and luxury / cultural goods / worldliness
For more information on Deadlines etc:

The 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Kalamazoo MI, takes place May 9-12, 2013. The Call for Papers is now available.
For complete details see:

More info about the conference:

Free Costume patterns:

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Olive press and Experimental Archaeology Conference

7th Experimental Archaeology Conference dates confirmed 11-12 Jan 2013

Papers on any any topic related to experimental archaeology are welcome, but those that touch on the relationship between experimental and experiential approaches are particularly welcome.
Academic posters as well as oral papers are welcome, and this year we are pleased to announce that there will be a prize for the best student poster.
Expected schedule:
  • July2012 – Call for Papers
  • Early November 2012 – Papers announced
  • November 2012 -January 2013- Registration
  • 11-12 January – Conference
More information:

Byzantine-Era Industrial Olive Press Found
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has discovered an industrial olive press from the Byzantine-Muslim era (6th – 8th century CE).  The site was found near Hod HaSharon in the course of IAA digs conducted in preparation for the paving of a new road.   More info: