By Baron Jehan du Lac
The Kingdom has recently witnessed the funeral rites of a great War King and it brings up the eternal question… what cool stuff did he leave behind? We are familiar with the riches found in places like Sutton Hoo. Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to walk into a museum, or an archeological dig, or an archive, and find the stuff from your persona’s life? Depending on the time and place, this could be grave goods buried with you, it could be wills and inventories listing your property, it could be items passed down in a family, donated to a church, or finding their way into museums through the flukes of history. Wouldn’t you love to make things from your Elizabethan persona’s recipe book? Or see that best gown mentioned in the will? Or hold that shield buried with you? If that is your idea of fun, then we have the event for you!
We’ve given ourselves a year to prepare for “Artifacts of Life,” an event co-sponsored by Barony Beyond the Mountain and Carolingia, to be held on September 21, 2013, in Manchester, Connecticut at St. Mary’s Church, a nicely Gothic structure suited for the exhibits. The goal is to recreate these goods from your life and to make it more exciting, we are having a contest with a chest of prizes. The contest will have two categories — one for “elite” personas who left more than 5 items, and one for the rest of us, with 3 to 5 items. The rules for the contest are posted on the event website at http://sca-artifactschallenge.blogspot.com/. We hope that over the coming year we will hear about your cool projects!