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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
http://www.thelocal.dk/20160831/3000-year-old-sword-found-in-denmark-and-its-still-sharp

And another bronze sword found under a football pitch in Carnoustie, Scotland
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3781950/Ancient-gold-hilted-sword-Scottish-football-pitch-date-far-4-000-years.html

Viking sword found in Iceland by goose hunters - lots of pictures
https://www.rt.com/viral/358354-viking-sword-iceland-archaeology/

Latest finds from medieval fortress of Kalyata Yakoruda, Bulgaria http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/08/31/archaeologists-find-6th-century-ad-brazier-in-kalyata-fortress-near-bulgarias-yakoruda/

And Plovdiv….
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/09/05/archaeologists-discover-necropolis-tower-in-ancient-medieval-fortress-nebet-tepe-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Searching for castles in NE Scotland
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1011158/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-buchans-lost-castle-at-aden-park/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4802-160830-scotland-medieval-castle

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Oldest snow shoe found in the Dolomites
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/12/worlds-oldest-snowshoe-found-on-a-glacier-in-italys-dolomites/

Excavating a Byzantine stable complex in modern-day Israel
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/1500-year-old-stable-exposed-in-negev-canyon/2016/09/08/
http://artdaily.com/news/89987/A-1-500-year-old-livestock-stable-found-in-the--Avdat--National-Park

Hunting still life acquired by Swedish National Gallery
http://artdaily.com/news/90110/Nationalmuseum-Sweden-announces-new-acquisition--A-hunting-still-life-by-Jan-Weenix#.V9pRyjH6t9A

Leeds Bengal tiger goes for some TLC
http://www.culture24.org.uk/science-and-nature/art561073-leeds-city-museum-bengal-tiger-object

Grave stories

Progress on Henry I, our latest king-under-a-car park
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/13/another-car-park-another-king-henry-is-remains-found-beneath-tar/

Mary Rose crew’s remains go online
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37250413
http://www.maryrose.org/virtual-tudors-project/

Update on the search for Suleiman the Magnificent’s original tomb in Hungary
http://artdaily.com/news/89918/Poor-Hungary-town-eyes-riches-of-Ottoman-ruler-Suleiman-the-Magnificent#.V8_FkzH6t9A

Investigating 1665 plague victims (and their teeth)
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art561595-bedlam-burial-ground-great-plague-london

Recovering the remains of WWII marines from Battle of Tarawa
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/osu-professor-helps-recover-wwii-remains-on-pacific-atoll/article_b91b446b-d68a-556c-99b6-dfdb347c35f0.html

Visiting cemeteries
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/historic-buildings/art558728-britain-best-cemeteries-graveyards-iona-arnos

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

17th century cannon ball stolen from Anglesey Zoo
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cannonball-run-thieves-anglesey-make-11830803

The story of Pole Tavern Cannon - cast in Naples, 1763, now in New Jersey:
http://allenbrowne.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/il-lugano-1763.html
http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-towns/index.ssf/2016/09/celebrate_upper_pittsgrove_twp.html

5 iron cannons move to new Philadelphia museum
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/09/13/five-revolutionary-war-era-cannons-moved-to-their-new-home-in-old-city/

Japanese WW2 gun on the move
http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-manchester-cannon-monument-0912-20160909-story.html

Living in the past

Fighting to Win: The Art of Sword Combat in the Early Modern Period
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/08/31/fighting-to-win-the-art-of-sword-combat-in-the-early-modern-period/

Café Basiliscoe

Salmon cooking in Alaska
http://westerndigs.org/ice-age-fire-pits-in-alaska-reveal-earliest-evidence-of-salmon-cooking/

…with toasted cheese
http://sciencenordic.com/burnt-cheese-casts-light-3000-year-old-family-drama

Miscellany

9th century mosque bombed in Yemen
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/ninth-century-mosque-destroyed-by-airstrike-in-yemen/
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Fort Howard update
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/5/archaeologist-looks-for-remains-of-green-bay-milit/

Sheffield innovations
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/transport-and-industry/art561338-made-sheffield-millennium-gallery-design-history

Into the 20th century

100 years since the first appearance of the tank
https://www.theguardian.com/world/from-the-archive-blog/2016/sep/15/first-world-war-tanks-1916

Paul Klee and the Red Baron
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/in-the-frame/paul-klee-and-the-kaiser-s-flying-aces/

Aircraft wing found in Chichester Harbour
http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/blogs/news/2016/09/07/aircraft-wing-discovered-chichester-harbour

Nautical news

Why did the Mary Rose sink?
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/mary-rose-tudor-painting-and-tidal-analysis-offer-clues-why-it-sank-006642?nopaging=1

Update on the Rooswijk, VOC ship lost off the Goodwin sands in 1740
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art561951-dutch-east-indiaman-goodwin-sands-kent
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/divers-exploring-18th-century-ship-102055/
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/dutch_and_british_joint_diving_expedition_off_kent_coast_to_assess_ship_wreck_site_1_4687322
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37355734

Searching for HMS Terror
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/world/americas/canada-franklin-arctic-hms-terror.html?_r=1

Finding HMS Terror
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/12/hms-terror-wreck-found-arctic-nearly-170-years-northwest-passage-attempt
http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1318565/Searchers-find-2nd-ship-from-doomed-British-expedition.html?isap=1&nav=5024

Battle on to save WW1 ship HMS President http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/battle_on_to_save_heroic_ww1_ship_1_4682124?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

German U-Boat 576 found?
http://www.timesunion.com/blogs/article/After-a-7-year-search-a-missing-German-U-boat-is-9195624.php
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/707535/Nazi-U-Boat-shipwreck-US-coast-WWII-relic

And HMS Tarpon?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/05/wreck-second-world-war-british-submarine-hms-tarpon-denmark

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Met voted world’s top site
http://artdaily.com/news/90099/Metropolitan-named-world-s-top-museum-in-TripAdvisor-awards#.V9kCeTH6t9A

New Museums

National Museum of African American History and Culture
https://nmaahc.si.edu/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/15/smithsonian-national-museum-african-american-history-washington-architecture-review

Progress at Dundee’s V&A
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/scottish-government-bets-big-on-v-a-franchise/

Enniskillen castle museum re-opens
http://artdaily.com/news/89926/Enniskillen-Castle-in-Ireland-reopens-to-the-public-following--pound-3-5-million-makeover#.V8_HTTH6t9A

Feature on the new National Museum of Oman
http://timesofoman.com/article/91559/HI/Travel/Oman's-National-Museum

Restoration at John Soane Museum
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/in-pictures-sir-john-soane-s-museum-unveils-7m-restoration-/

Museum developments

Oxford Museum Animation brings 2500-year-old vase to life http://artdaily.com/news/90030/Animation-brings-2500-year-old-vase-to-life#.V9UZi1VeI2I

Museum musings

Life after the museum for curators?
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/from-museum-to-auction-house-the-revolving-door-turns-faster/

Pondering a visit to the Imperial War Museum
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2016/allday070916.html

Conservation corner

New work on tree rings and carbon 14
https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/08/secret-clock-carbon-14-within-tree-rings-could-revolutionize-archaeology

Objects

Benjamin Franklin’s sword for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/90095/Benjamin-Franklin-s-sword-leads-Important-American-Furniture--Silver--Outsider-and-Folk-Art-sale-at-Christie-s#.V9kDCTH6t9A

Exhibitions

Shadow puppets in London
http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/shadow_puppet_theatre.aspx

Graphene and beyond in Manchester
http://www.culture24.org.uk/science-and-nature/art560395-wonder-materials-graphene-manchester-museum-science

Lost monuments of Berlin at Spandau Citadel
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/.premium-1.740148
http://www.zitadelle-berlin.de/en/

Memling in NY
http://artdaily.com/news/88914/Hans-Memling-s-Triptych-of-Jan-Crabbe-reunited-in-exhibition-at-The-Morgan#.V8kxKzH6t9A

Neoclassical furniture at Philadelphia
http://artdaily.com/news/89649/-Classical-Splendor--Painted-Furniture-for-a-Grand-Philadelphia-House--opens-at-the-Philadelphia-Museum-of-Art#.V8qKLjH6t9A

A visit to London's Metropolitan police study collection of firearms
http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/inside-scotland-yards-25-million-8794772

Books

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

Neil Grant: SA80 Assault Rifles
https://ospreypublishing.com/sa80-assault-rifles

Rhine Pooja: English Factories & Gunpowder Production Technology in Medieval India
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Factories-Gunpowder-Production-Technology-Medieval/dp/3659774995

Helen MacDonald: Falcon
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/02/falcon-helen-macdonald-review-pd-smith

Sale of Brill titles
http://www.brill.com/brills-autumn-sale?utm_campaign=7531589_Autumn%20Sale%202016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Brill&dm_i=25XA,4HFET,JO7RPQ,GK7WK,1

Online books

Shared cultural history of the Netherlands and Japan
http://cultureelerfgoed.nl/sites/default/files/publications/klos_2016_shared_cultural_heritage_of_japan_and_the_netherlands_.pdf

An Archaeological Evaluation at Hougoumont
http://www.waterloouncovered.com/july-2015-fieldwork-report/

Popular culture

The Magnificent Seven
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/15/denzel-washington-chris-pratt-the-magnificent-seven-interview

Ben-Hur
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLJdzky63BA

Anthropoid
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/08/31/the-incredible-true-story-behind-world-war-two-film-anthropoid/

Female Syrian war poets
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/04/female-poets-of-syrian-war-turkey-middle-east

Events

Diary Dates

25 September - Walk round Stamford Bridge
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/09/08/that-other-battle-of-1066-commemorating-the-950th-anniversary-of-stamford-bridge/

Conferences

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
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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

Hermann Historica oHG announces Autumn auction http://artdaily.com/news/89950/Hermann-Historica-oHG-announces-Autumn-auction#.V9EYktlUbp8.twitter

Websites and downloads

Video of lecture by Tobias Capwell on knightly effigies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kysaddYFHg&feature=youtu.be&a

Website on Mary Rose research
http://www.virtualtudors.org/

Medieval soldier website
http://www.medievalsoldier.org/

Netherlands maritime website
https://maritiemprogramma.wordpress.com/

1066 etc

War of the roses, sagas and Danish trade
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/09/04/the-lancastrian-retreat-from-populist-discourse-propaganda-conflicts-in-the-wars-of-the-roses/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/09/09/kings-wars-and-duck-eggs-interpretations-of-poetry-in-egils-saga/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/09/09/the-extent-of-indigenous-norse-contact-and-trade-prior-to-columbus/

Finally

Not arms and armour but a fascinating read about recreating dinosaurs
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/scientists-reveal-most-accurate-depiction-of-a-dinosaur-ever-created

This fortnight we tweeted castles in Yorkshire
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 17 September 2016

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