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The Basiliscoe Mercury 254

The Basiliscoe Mercury 254

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

What we laughingly call summer is drawing to a close here in Yorkshire and the evenings are beginning to draw in. To help you through these dark times we have stories of Romans in Scotland, the search for HMS Terror, a crusader grenade and a bunch of theses to peruse. At least we have the heritage open days round Europe to look forward to in September.

Ancient arms and forts

Ancient Greek fortress found in Crimea
https://rbth.com/science_and_tech/2016/08/16/ancient-greek-colonial-fortress-found-in-crimea_621543

Finds from Byzantine Bulgaria - includes general’s seal
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/08/22/archaeologists-find-byzantine-generals-seal-medieval-necropolis-in-lyutitsa-fortress-near-bulgarias-ivaylovgrad/

Finds from Roman fort near Falkirk include bolts
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560751-camelon-roman-fort-falkirk-iron-age

More on the Romans in Dumfriesshire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37194266

Crusader hand grenade amongst finds found off the sea in Israel - picture
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3500-year-old-treasures-retrieved-from-the-sea-by-electric-plant-worker/2016/08/23/

Maya edged tools
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/?no-ist

Round the world

First trial for destruction of cultural heritage at The Hague
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37152191

Grave stories

Update on the search for Suleiman’s tomb in Hungary
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/08/hungary-unearthing-suleiman-magnificent-tomb-160814120849950.html

Durham soldiers to be reburied
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560880-battle-dunbar-durham-reburied-university-soldiers

Identifying the Bounty mutineers from their pigtails (!)
http://phys.org/news/2016-08-forensic-analysis-pigtails-mutineers-hms.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Sechele's Cannon: Ramsay versus Grant in Mafikeng Museum (not as old the 1770s though!) http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=62637&dir=2016/august/29

Fighting Zanzibar, for 40 minutes…
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/the-day-the-british-went-to-war-with-zanzibar--for-40-minutes--and-brought-an-end-african-slavery/news-story/aa3fba7f7cc666d316157426e78a6f26

Miscellany

Spanish publisher clones world's most mysterious book: The Voynich Manuscript
http://artdaily.com/news/89703/Spanish-publisher-clones-world-s-most-mysterious-book--The-Voynich-Manuscript#.V7qyqjH6t9A

Caravaggio - innocent of the murder rap…
http://artdaily.com/news/89713/Caravaggio-was-not-a-murderer--The-response-to-an-article-in-Burlington-Magazine#.V7qznTH6t9A

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site; Pennsylvania's early industry
http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2016/08/14/Hopewell-Furnace-National-Historic-Site/stories/201608140039

Into the 20th century

100 years of Britain’s Coastal Forces
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37156430

Nazi gold train off again
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/walbrzych-poland-attempts-to-find-nazi-gold-train-hit-buffers

Nazis spies in Britain came to a sticky end
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/28/britain-nazi-spies-mi5-second-world-war-german-executed

What the Arctic commemorations are about
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/29/the-guardian-view-of-arctic-convoy-commemorations-more-than-meets-the-eye

Nautical news

Update on conservation of the Newport ship
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14688463.Newport_s_medieval_ship_moved_out_of_the_city_for_preservation/

Update on the Cape Canaveral shipwreck - leaning towards Spain now…
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-scientists-discover-16th-century-shipwrecks-with-treasures-worth-millions-off-florida-coast-2247748

Looking for the wrecks of slave ships from Africa
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/the-incredible-quest-to-find-the-african-slave-ships-that-sank-in-the-atlantic/2016/08/17/25dd6080-cf5b-46e0-b896-ea0512311bdd_story.html

Finding evidence of slaves escaped from a French East Indiamen
http://www.archaeology.org/issues/145-1409/features/2361-tromelin-island-castaways

Archaeologists to resume search for Sir John Franklin's HMS Terror http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/archaeologists-resume-search-sir-john-franklins-hms-terror

But Norwegians raise the Maud
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/the-maud-recovered-july-30-2016-1.3702513
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/a-complete-look-at-the-long-sunken-maud-ship-85-years-later-1.3738368

Searching for 'Who knows what we might find': lost WWII flying boat http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/who-knows-what-we-might-find-wa-wreck-divers-hunt-for-lost-wwii-flying-boat-20160822-gqyaqw.html

Fascinating story of “Churchill’s Yacht” at the Naval Museum of Québec
http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/news-link/link-view.page?doc=luxury-yacht-and-war-effort/invgcplj

Photographs of USS Independence
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/california/ci_30281405/california-shipwreck-wwii-aircraft-carrier-off-california-coast

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Hunt for red Pokémon…
http://artdaily.com/news/89744/Pokemon-mad-Russians-hunt-Ivan-the-Terrible-with-new-app#.V71T5jH6t9A

A tour of the arms and armour in Government Museum, Chennai, south India
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Guided-tour-to-a-gallery-of-arms-accessible-to-PWD/2016/08/27/article3598461.ece

Centenary for one of the Smithsonian Museums
http://artdaily.com/news/89837/Establishment-of-original-Museum-of-the-American-Indian-reaches-centennial-anniversary

Royal Society offers grants to small museums
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/22082016-local-heroes-grants?dm_i=2VBX,AL45,27M8ZE,10LK7,1

New museums – All in the US this week

A visit to Noah’s Ark, Kentucky
http://religionandpolitics.org/2016/08/23/aboard-noahs-ark-in-a-kentucky-corn-field/

Controlling visitor flow in new Smithsonian Museum
http://artdaily.com/news/89835/Smithsonian-offering-free-timed-entry-passes-to-visit-new-museum-in-Washington#.V8KdGTH6t9A

Museum of the American Revolution coming
http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2016/08/29/revolution-museum-to-open-outdoor-plaza.html

Museum musings

Is the destruction of cultures a war crime?
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/commentisfree/2016/aug/25/timbuktu-grimsby-heritage-restored-revered

Conservation corner

Conservation in Turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103155&NewsCatID=375

Cleaning the Chandos portrait
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/cleaning-could-confirm-portrait-is-of-the-bard/

Burnt tapestries to go on view
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/29/haddon-hall-exhibition-fire-tapestries

Objects

France gets to keep Joan of Arc’s ring
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/26/joan-of-arc-ring-stays-in-france-after-appeal-to-queen

Early confederate flag for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/89834/Flag-of-notorious-female-Civil-War-spy-surfaces-in-Heritage-Auctions---Lincoln-And-His-Times--event#.V8KdjDH6t9A

Exhibitions

Exhibitions at Nuremburg
http://www.gnm.de/ausstellungen/aktuell-und-vorschau/deichsler-altar/
http://www.gnm.de/ausstellungen/aktuell-und-vorschau/historische-modelle/

Engravings of Hendrick Goltzius at Basel
http://artdaily.com/news/89693/The-Enterprise-of-Hendrick-Goltzius--Basel-Kupferstichkabinett-presents-80-works-by-the-master-from-Haarlem#.V7q1ZxLcCfA

Benjamin Franklin at the Met
http://artdaily.com/news/89692/Famed-portraits-of-Benjamin-Franklin-by-Duplessis-on-view-in-focus-exhibition-at-The-Met#.V7q0zTH6t9A

Breastplate exhibition at Tweed Museum, Murwillumbah http://www.echo.net.au/2016/08/breastplate-exhibition-tweed-museum-tells-sorry-tale/#.V8U9xI1CZJw

Books

Pre-order: Thom Richardson: The Tower Armoury in the Fourteenth Century
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications/royal-armouries-publications/the-tower-armoury-in-the-fourteenth-century-by-thom-richardson.html

Mike Loades: The Composite Bow
https://ospreypublishing.com/the-composite-bow

Robert Brooker: British Military Pistols and Associated Edged Weapons, 1600-1890.
Available from Robert Brooker. P.O. Box 1537, Manchester, MA 01944, USA- he can take checks in US$ or Pounds Stirling (I can supply his email if needed)

Tøjhusmuseet now has online shop
http://www.museumsbutikken.dk/?profile=Tøjhusmuseet&langid=2

Book sale in Vienna
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/?shop[featured]=1

Online book

Cristóbal Lechuga : Discurso del capitán Cristoual Lechuga : en que trata de la artillería, y de todo lo necesario a ella, con un... (1611) -
http://bibliotecavirtualdefensa.es/BVMDefensa/i18n/consulta/registro.cmd?id=4674

Events

Heritage Open days this September!
http://www.europeanheritagedays.com/
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/important/general.html

Conferences

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

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Special on Sessions Medieval Equestrianism at IMC 2017
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/16/call-for-papers-special-on-sessions-medieval-equestrianism-at-imc-2017/

Websites and downloads

Naval Museum of Québec
http://navalmuseumofquebec.com/

Teutonic Knights thesis
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/21/the-statutes-of-the-teutonic-knights-a-study-of-religious-chivalry/
From Ringwork to Stone Fortification: Power and the Evolution of Anglo-Norman Castles in North-Eastern Ireland http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/21/from-ringwork-to-stone-fortification-power-and-the-evolution-of-anglo-norman-castles-in-north-eastern-ireland/

1066 etc- Royal palaces & sovereignty
http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/royal-palaces-hundred-years-war
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/29/the-emergence-of-regnal-sovereignty-at-the-turn-of-the-fourteenth-century/

Finally

This fortnight we tweeted on #MuseumCannonDay!
https://storify.com/MaryRoseMuseum/museumcannonday-2016
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 31 August 2016

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