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The Basiliscoe Mercury 255

The Basiliscoe Mercury 255

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

The end of summer brings in a flush of underwater stories, leading with the discovery of HMS Terror. In addition, a new book by Thom Richardson, updates on the searches for dead monarchs in Reading and Hungary and new films for the autumn.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and defences

Bronze age sword from western Zealand, Denmark found

And another bronze sword found under a football pitch in Carnoustie, Scotland

Viking sword found in Iceland by goose hunters - lots of pictures

Latest finds from medieval fortress of Kalyata Yakoruda, Bulgaria

And Plovdiv….

Searching for castles in NE Scotland

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Oldest snow shoe found in the Dolomites

Excavating a Byzantine stable complex in modern-day Israel

Hunting still life acquired by Swedish National Gallery

Leeds Bengal tiger goes for some TLC

Grave stories

Progress on Henry I, our latest king-under-a-car park

Mary Rose crew’s remains go online

Update on the search for Suleiman the Magnificent’s original tomb in Hungary

Investigating 1665 plague victims (and their teeth)

Recovering the remains of WWII marines from Battle of Tarawa

Visiting cemeteries

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

17th century cannon ball stolen from Anglesey Zoo

The story of Pole Tavern Cannon - cast in Naples, 1763, now in New Jersey:

5 iron cannons move to new Philadelphia museum

Japanese WW2 gun on the move

Living in the past

Fighting to Win: The Art of Sword Combat in the Early Modern Period

Café Basiliscoe

Salmon cooking in Alaska

…with toasted cheese


9th century mosque bombed in Yemen
Fort Howard update

Sheffield innovations

Into the 20th century

100 years since the first appearance of the tank

Paul Klee and the Red Baron

Aircraft wing found in Chichester Harbour

Nautical news

Why did the Mary Rose sink?

Update on the Rooswijk, VOC ship lost off the Goodwin sands in 1740

Searching for HMS Terror

Finding HMS Terror

Battle on to save WW1 ship HMS President

German U-Boat 576 found?

And HMS Tarpon?

Museum news and exhibitions


Met voted world’s top site

New Museums

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Progress at Dundee’s V&A

Enniskillen castle museum re-opens

Feature on the new National Museum of Oman's-National-Museum

Restoration at John Soane Museum

Museum developments

Oxford Museum Animation brings 2500-year-old vase to life

Museum musings

Life after the museum for curators?

Pondering a visit to the Imperial War Museum

Conservation corner

New work on tree rings and carbon 14


Benjamin Franklin’s sword for sale


Shadow puppets in London

Graphene and beyond in Manchester

Lost monuments of Berlin at Spandau Citadel

Memling in NY

Neoclassical furniture at Philadelphia

A visit to London's Metropolitan police study collection of firearms


Thom Richardson: The Tower Armoury in the Fourteenth Century

Neil Grant: SA80 Assault Rifles

Rhine Pooja: English Factories & Gunpowder Production Technology in Medieval India

Helen MacDonald: Falcon

Sale of Brill titles,4HFET,JO7RPQ,GK7WK,1

Online books

Shared cultural history of the Netherlands and Japan

An Archaeological Evaluation at Hougoumont

Popular culture

The Magnificent Seven



Female Syrian war poets


Diary Dates

25 September - Walk round Stamford Bridge


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

14 -16 October 2016 London
1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016
15 October Guildhall, Shrewsbury
Fortress Salopia Symposium- Shropshire’s military heritage

Sales, fairs and auctions

Hermann Historica oHG announces Autumn auction

Websites and downloads

Video of lecture by Tobias Capwell on knightly effigies

Website on Mary Rose research

Medieval soldier website

Netherlands maritime website

1066 etc

War of the roses, sagas and Danish trade


Not arms and armour but a fascinating read about recreating dinosaurs

This fortnight we tweeted castles in Yorkshire

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 17 September 2016

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