Here you will find information reguarding the rules and requirements for some of The Summits Championship competitions.Alpine Scholar Competition 2015
Three entries are needed; at least one from a different category than the other two, with detailed documentation required on one and at least a short descriptive on the other two (who/what/where/when). If you need help with documentation please let me know! Be prepared to answer judge's questions and to discuss your entries. For this year's competition I have included a mandatory theme for at least one of your entries. The judging form will be similar to last year's, with modifications to accommodate the theme. The judging for this competition will be focused on craftsmanship.
If there are four or more entrants, we will have a Princess' Choice award for her favorite entry!
The theme is experimental archaeology. What is experimental archaeology? Well, if you are a local champion or someone who is considering entering this competition, you are probably already doing this! Find a single historical mystery or dilemma and try to solve it by reproducing the item in question.
The mystery or dilemma should be something that was known in the SCA time-frame, but has been lost or forgotten and is a mystery to today's experts. For example, maybe there is an item of clothing that is seen only in a few pictures and no one knows how it is put together, so you make an educated guess and see if it works. Or there is an object that was found in a dig, but no one knows what it was for, so you make it and try to figure it out. Or there is a type of clasp or closure that experts think couldn't work, so you build it and find out. Don't worry about whether the experiment is a success; a negative conclusion is useful too (like "no, this object is probably not a needle-maker, because it didn't work).
I know the theme adds some complication, so if you need help figuring out how your entry fits into the theme, please don't hesitate to ask for help!
Here are ideas to help you develop your project within the theme:
What is the item, guess, or idea being tested?
What information is currently known about it, and where did you get it?
What do you think the variables are and what did you do to control them? Would using a different type of fabric or substituting a different herb or spice alter the result of the experiment?
What is the conclusion of your experiments?
If you were to do this again, is there anything you would change? Why?
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