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The Basiliscoe Mercury 253

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Appropriately for the Olympics we have several stories of sports and also hunting and cookery. It’s summer and archaeologists are out diving and digging, with their finds creeping into the news.

Ancient arms

Details on Ötzi’s clothes and quiver discovered - lots of pictures
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/it-becometh-the-iceman-otzi-clothing-study-reveals-stylish-secrets-of-leather-loving-ancient
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/tool-or-weapon

New thoughts on the Cahokia culture
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/studies-provide-new-insight-on-cahokia

Cache of Obsidian blades
http://westerndigs.org/stash-of-obsidian-blades-hidden-for-a-thousand-years-discovered-in-oregon/

Investigating Kurul Fort, Turkey
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/30/archaeologists-resume-excavation-on-turkeys-black-sea-coast

Investigating 7th century graves and grave goods from Beckum, Germany
http://www.medievalhistories.com/prince-beckum-ad-600-650/

Piecing together a helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-36954627

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Hunting with stones
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/before-spears-or-arrows-humans-threw-stones-to-hunt-1.2751393
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/tool-or-weapon

Latest in the dead mammoth theories - thirst
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/01/woolly-mammoth-st-pauls-island-demise-due-freshwater-shortage

Butchery in the Stone-age
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/archaeology-team-makes-unprecedented-tool-discovery

Chariot racing on mosaics from Cyprus
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-roman-mosaics-uncovered-in-cyprus-/

Horse-fighting in medieval Iceland
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/06/horse-fights-the-brutal-entertainment-of-the-icelanders-in-the-middle-ages/

Salmon fishing in the middle ages
http://www.medievalhistories.com/salmon-suffered-medieval-water-mills/

Grave stories

New interpretation of the ships and graves at Salme, Estonia
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/27/ancient-ships-death-were-they-mission-politics-plunder/87586278/

Discovery of Maya warrior - and his snakes
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins

More on Henry VIII and his possible head injury
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/10/did-henry-viii-suffer-from-head-trauma/

Fascinating story of a 19th century Smithsonian explorer
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/this-smithsonian-scientist-s-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it-a7171881.html

Fans of this section will want to go and see this touring exhibition:
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560601-museum-london-skeletons-scotland-plague-syphilis

On the Frontlines

Artefacts from Fulford Bridge found
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/NEWS/14643062.More_1066_artefacts_found_in_York/

Forgotten Battle of Sark victory site added to Scotland's battlefield list
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14677899

Still digging at Lake George Battlefield Park http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/12/dig-extended-at-upstate-ny-colonial-american-milit/

Update on the Alamo excavations
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Continuing-dig-reveals-possible-signs-of-the-9122582.php
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20160802-watch-alamo-archaeologists-display-new-artifacts.ece

Palo Alto Battlefield opens for visitors
http://www.rgvproud.com/news/local-news/palo-alto-battlefield-national-park-ready-for-centennial-celebration

Following the Rogue River Indian war
http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-indian-war-battlefield-archaeologists/

Celebrating 100 years of National Parks, US
http://artdaily.com/news/89263/Smithsonian-celebrates-100-years-of-America-s-National-Parks#.V6RJDjH6t9A

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Investigating Tintagel
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwall-tintagel-dark-ages-palace-camelot-a7168761.html

Excavations at Caherconnell Cashel, the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/digging-irish-history

Interpreting the facilities at Kastritsi fortress
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/08/02/archaeologists-find-medieval-inn-with-brothel-in-kastritsi-fortress-on-bulgarias-black-sea-coast/

Italian castle for sale
http://www.thelocal.it/20160804/this-haunted-italian-castle-could-be-yours-for-600k

And Craig Castle in Scotland
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/home/1000664/one-scotlands-oldest-castles-now-market-offers-1570000-take-look-inside/

Venetian castle re-opens on Cretan harbour
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17695-heraklion-rocca-mare-venetian-fortress-koules-reopens-for-august-18-full-moon.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Artillery brochure for Fort Augustine, Florida
https://www.nps.gov/casa/learn/historyculture/upload/Artillery-Brochure-5-29-16.pdf

India’s missing historic cannons
http://scroll.in/article/813041/24-indian-monuments-are-missing-and-nearly-half-of-them-are-from-uttar-pradesh

Burnham cannon returns – the dating is a little optimistic
http://www.harwichandmanningtreestandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/14659155.Historic_town_cannon_receives_welcome_restoration/

Civil war cannon in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park defaced
http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Civil-War-cannon-defaced-by-vandals-389555531.html

World Heritage

Interesting piece about the Admiralty district of Hong Kong
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/1999546/stories-behind-hong-kong-districts-admiralty-always-place

Tipu Sultan’s dream diary on show
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/tipu-sultan-s-book-of-dreams-to-go-on-show-for-first-time-/

Short piece about powder house in Maine
http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/discovering-wiscasset-s-1813-power-house/74166

Living in the past

Still talking about jousting for the Olympics
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/08/05/armored-and-dangerous-competitive-jousters-want-to-compete-at-the-olympics/

New Zealand takes up historic fencing
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/latest-news/82703571/New-sword-school-for-West

Café Basiliscoe

Stone-age cuisine
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uotb-tdt080216.php

Restoring Pompeii’s kitchens
http://www.thelocal.it/20160802/refurbished-pompeii-kitchens-show-how-ancient-romans-cooked

War and coffee
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/25/485227943/if-war-is-hell-then-coffee-has-offered-u-s-soldiers-some-salvation

And if you are in London this summer, here’s a way to spend an evening
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/03/places-to-see-london-in-7-drinks/

Into the 20th century

Photograph album from the Boer war
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3719664/Fascinating-rare-photographs-showing-brave-British-soldiers-Boer-War.html

Unexpected find when excavating WWI training trench in Hampshire
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560485-world-war-one-bedlam-trenches-hampshire

Still looking for that elusive gold train in Poland…
http://artdaily.com/news/89479/Hunt-for-Nazi--gold-train--resumes-in-Poland#.V67ZbzH6t9A

Focus on IWM’s Victor bomber
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/military-history/art560186-Take-a-closer-look-at-a-Cold-War-icon-as-Imperial-War-Museum-works-to-repair-its-Victor-bomber

Nautical news

Re-thinking Columbus’ journey
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36884261

Shipwreck with 16th century French cannons found off cape Canaveral
http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/339155600/global-marine-exploration-inc-discovers-highly-important-shipwreck-artifacts-in-waters-of-cape-canaveral-florida

Update on the recovered finds from HMS London
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-36985971

Update on the San José, Colombia
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/07/31/colombia/1469918008_930133.html

Bit more on the Napoleonic era bronze cannon found off Liguria, Italy
http://www.italiantribune.com/napoleons-cannon-discovered-off-italian-coast/

Fascinating pictures from the sloop Washington in the Great Lakes
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0817/Second-oldest-Great-Lakes-shipwreck-offers-a-rare-window-into-the-past
http://www.wsj.com/articles/retirees-find-second-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-in-great-lakes-1471512602

WWI ships get protection
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/19/first-world-war-wreck-gets-virtual-restoration-off-coast-of-yorkshire
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560597-first-world-war-minesweeper-dorset-heritage

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Weapons stolen from Salepur Museum recovered and thieves apprehended
http://odishasuntimes.com/2016/07/31/odisha-police-arrest-four-in-salepur-museum-loot-case/

Gun thieves target Trail Museum, British Columbia
http://www.traildailytimes.ca/breaking_news/389511741.html
http://www.trailhistory.com/museum/

But recovered..
http://www.mynelsonnow.com/20782/antique-gun-recovered-arrest/

The downside of Pokémon Go visitors to your attraction- part 1
http://turnto10.com/news/local/fort-phoenix-in-fairhaven-over-run-by-pokemon-go-players

And part 2
http://artdaily.com/news/89412/Pokemon-booted-out-of-French-World-War-I-memorial#.V6rW7TH6t9A

Exhibition of war photographs vandalized
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/photographs-by-war-photographer-gerda-taro-vandalised-in-leipzig/

New museums

Interesting article to establish a museum for Gertrude Bell
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/aug/09/gertrude-of-arabia-gertrude-bell-home-museum-redcar

Ludlow Museum in the Buttercross re-opens
http://www.ludlowadvertiser.co.uk/news/14662604.Open_Day_for_new_Ludlow_museum/

Conservation corner

Investigating medieval manuscripts
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/fitzwilliam-museum-experts-get-to-the-bottom-of-a-historical-cover-up/story-29548781-detail/story.html

Tools for medieval painters
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/02/how-to-make-medieval-artists-tools/

Charles Dawson and Piltdown man, again…
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/forensic-examination-reveals-identity-of-piltdown-hoax-prime-suspect-charles-dawson

Objects

Emperor Frederick and his eagles
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/the-eagle-of-the-crusader-emperor-who-was-a-friend-of-arabs/

Portrait of Earl of Carlisle in robes by Reynolds bought by Tate
http://artdaily.com/news/89436/Outstanding-portrait-by-Sir-Joshua-Reynolds-acquired-for-the-Nation-#.V6wtUDH6t9A

Historic gold Nazi gun owned by Hermann Goering to be auctioned off http://kwqc.com/2016/08/06/historic-gold-nazi-gun-ownedby-hermann-goering-to-be-auctioned-off-in-rock-island/

Story of the Kalashnikov
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/how-the-ak-47-and-ar-15-became-rifles-of-choice-for-mass-killers-1.2749151

Exhibitions

Selection of French portrait drawings coming to the BM this autumn
http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/painting-and-drawing/art559947-french-portrait-drawings-british-museum-exhibition

Brutality of war at Saint Louis
http://artdaily.com/news/89445/Exhibition-at-Saint-Louis-Art-Museum-explores-the-brutality-of-war#.V62JqDH6t9A

Books

Ed. Ilse Bogaerts: From battlefield to drawing room - textile and (military) fashion around 1815 Book on uniforms
http://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/en/content/battlefield-drawing-room-textile-and-military-fashion-around-1815

Graeme Henderson: Swallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia’s Shipwrecks
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/swallowed-by-the-sea-the-story-of-australias-shipwrecks--henderson/news-story/31508488760edaac91441fb58a59d8de

Benjamin J. Hruska: Interpreting Naval History at Museums and Historic Site
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442263673/Interpreting-Naval-History-at-Museums-and-Historic-Sites#

Snap up some bargains at the Royal Armouries book sale
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/

Online Book

Charles John ffoulkes: The Armourer and His Craft
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sWAyQpxzAkAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Armourer+and+His+Craft&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjBq8i89M_OAhUqIcAKHR9CC4UQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Armourer%20and%20His%20Craft&f=false

Popular culture

Interesting article about Japanese films reflecting the atomic bomb and its horrors
http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/xL6NzhNsyZdKccel6y9JvO/The-greatest-horror-of-all.html

Amused by the map of the Knight Tube
http://londonist.com/2016/08/knighttube

Photo essay of the Palio
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2016/aug/18/palio-di-siena-horse-race-way-of-life-italy-photo-essay

Events

Conferences

24 August University of Southampton
Free event: Medieval Soldier Research Day
Contact c.l.wilkins@soton.ac.uk for details and tickets

12-16 September Cadiz
Introduction to Naval Artillery and its Historical Meaning
http://internationalsummerschool.uca.es/course_4/

30 September 2016 - 1 October 2016 Wallace Collection
All Depends Upon the Brave: Recent Research into Museum Collections of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour
http://www.wallacecollection.org/ms/learn/conferences/

14 -16 October 2016 London
1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016
https://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/documents/1066_conference_updated_web_info_v_3.pdf

15 October Guildhall, Shrewsbury
Fortress Salopia Symposium - Shropshire’s military heritage
http://www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk/news/free-university-centre-shrewsbury-event-explore-shropshires-military-heritage

Sales Fairs and auctions

Gavin Gardiner at Glenagles
http://artdaily.com/news/89434/Exquisite-grouse-gun-to-be-included-in-prestigious-auction-at-the-Gleneagles-Hotel#.V6wuDjH6t9A

Websites and downloads

Military History online
http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/

A few Scottish museums and institutions
http://www.nms.ac.uk/
http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/Pages/home.aspx
http://eastayrshireleisure.com/index.php?a=landing&id=5&sid=68&mid=29&gclid=CNaruISL0M4CFcMp0wodUUwMZQ
https://members.historic-scotland.gov.uk/
http://www.nts.org.uk/Home/

1066 etc

The end of Roman Britain, Richard the Lionheart and Florence, http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/06/soldiers-to-warriors-renegotiating-the-roman-frontier-in-the-fifth-century/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/06/soldiers-to-warriors-renegotiating-the-roman-frontier-in-the-fifth-century/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/13/the-florentine-archives-in-transition-government-warfare-and-communication-1289-1530-ca/

Finally

This fortnight I enjoyed PAS in the Marsh’s tweets
https://twitter.com/PeterReavill
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 21 August 2016

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