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The Basiliscoe Mercury 256

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Lots of hunting and fishing stories from right round the world. Confirmation of the identity of HMS Terror and the ramifications of the Franklin expedition- why did they die and who owns the artefacts rumbles on. Two big exhibitions for autumn - medieval Jerusalem in New York and medieval embroidery in London. Last chance to come to the Wallace collection seminar at the weekend!

Arms and armour in the news

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Mammoth found in California island
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/14/us/mammoth-skull-fossil-found-california/index.html

Dogs, hunting and prehistoric Japan
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/prehistoric-japanese-graves-provide-best-evidence-yet-dogs-were-our-ancient-hunting

Fishing in Japan, 20,000 years ago
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/19/asia/japan-okinawa-worlds-oldest-fish-hooks/

Fisherman’s hut from the Ottoman empire, Ashkelon, Israel
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fishermans-house-discovered-on-ashkelon-beach/2016/09/20/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/unprecedented-israeli-discovery-of-ottoman-era-house-provides-fascinating-glimpse-into-lives-of-a7322541.html

The trouble with melting glaciers…
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/melting-ice-in-the-arctic-is-actually-a-nightmare-for-archaeologists/

Grave stories

Burials in Georgia examined
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411221,unusual-burials-at-an-ancient-cemetery-in-georgia.html

Reconstructing an Inca warrior’s face
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology-idUSKCN11S20O

Death by boomerang
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-wound-ancient-aborigine-boomerang.html

This week’s search-for-dead-monarch: Genghis Khan!
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/2020903/why-everyones-looking-wrong-place-genghis-khans-tomb

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Anglo-Saxon palace found near Sutton Hoo
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-37412519
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Well in time for Hallowe-en - Witches in Bodiam
http://www.kentlive.news/spooky-and-rare-witch-marks-discovered-at-bodiam-castle/story-29729239-detail/story.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

New way to smuggle drugs - shoot them from cannons
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2016/09/20/mexican-police-say-van-rigged-with-cannon-used-to-shoot-drugs-to-us

Thai Minister of defence worships before ancient cannons http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1091332/gen-preecha-worships-before-ancient-cannons

Tale of a Confederate cannon
http://tucson.com/entertainment/weekend/civil-war-era-piece-appeals-to-multiple-collectors/article_e637e845-83b2-5f31-9c01-0606c87392df.html

Café Basiliscoe

Brewing beer from 200 year old yeast
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2016/09/worlds-oldest-beer

Or the 120 year old whisky, if you prefer a dram
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/09/whisky-pulled-from-120-year-old-shipwreck-goes-to-auction/

Miscellany

Interesting article about explosions in Tudor and Stuart London
http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/accidental-explosions-gunpowder-tudor-and-stuart-london

Guy Fawkes - early, I know…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/bonfire-night-why-do-we-celebrate-with-firework-displays-who-was/

Update on excavating 16th century Florida
http://wuwf.org/post/uwf-archaeologists-find-more-evidence-daily-life-1559-luna-settlement

Under Oppenheim in war and peace - interesting story!
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-underground-tunnels-oppenheim-germany-180960147/?no-ist

Update on search for Fort Howard
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/5/archaeologist-looks-for-remains-of-green-bay-milit/

Into the 20th century

What to do with Hitler’s birthplace?
http://www.dw.com/en/future-of-hitlers-birth-house-under-debate/a-19563214

Putting the cold into the Cold War…
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/27/receding-icecap-top-secret-us-nuclear-project-greenland-camp-century-project-iceworm

World Heritage

Sentence in trial of destruction of the Timbuktu shrines
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/27/timbuktu-shrines-icc-sentences-islamic-militant-nine-years-destruction-ahmad-al-faqi-al-mahdi

How not to restore your Great Wall
http://artdaily.com/news/90333/Chinese-outrage-over--ugly--restoration-of-Great-Wall#.V-ZAljHrt9A

Japanese history in the VOC archives
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201609220050.html

Piece about historical monuments in the Punjab
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/spectrum/a-town-of-many-tales/299701.html

Nautical news

Latest finds from the Antikythera wreck: spoiler - it’s human
http://artdaily.com/news/90270/Archaeologists-find-2-000-year-old-human-skeleton-at-Mediterranean-shipwreck#.V-I_yDHrt9A

Looking for the VOC ship Aagtekerke
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/shipwreck-hunter-hugh-edwards-believes-treasure-island-exists/news-story/06ed8f2ae95f51fabb57b1215437e5de

Latest from Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and its cannon
http://www.elmundo.es/la-aventura-de-la-historia/2016/09/20/57e14c35ca47418b7c8b45a9.html
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2421393&CategoryId=13003

Interesting story about Charles Brookefield and HMS Winchester
http://www.flkeysnews.com/living/article103719687.html

Survey of the Utrecht, lost off the Orkneys, 1807
http://stv.tv/news/north/1368145-orkney-divers-survey-wreck-of-200-year-old-dutch-warship/

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Questions raised by the HMS Terror discovery
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/discovery-of-hms-terror-heats-up-battle-over-who-controls-artifacts/article31863146/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/terror-erebus-arctic-tourism-1.3765559?cmp=rss
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/26/canada-hms-terror-ship-wreck-inuit-aboriginals

And what killed Franklin’s crew…
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/21/accidents-not-illness-may-have-killed-many-officers-in-franklin-expedition-says-scottish-study.html

More on the discovery of HMS Warrior, lost at Jutland
http://www.livescience.com/56160-last-shipwreck-wwi-battle-of-jutland-found.html

Wreck of Yamato battleship filmed in HD http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201609280038.html

Scotland's hidden shipwrecks
http://stv.tv/news/features/1367799-history-beneath-the-waves-scotland-s-hidden-shipwrecks/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Effects of increasing ivory ban
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/27/total-ban-on-ivory-sales-would-endanger-art

New museums

New work at Washington’s National Gallery
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/see-how-washington-s-national-gallery-of-art-grows/

New museum of antiquities planned for Cyprus
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/09/20/competition-announced-design-new-cyprus-museum/

Museum musings

Canadian Museum establishes department to return artefacts to first nations
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/royal-british-columbia-museum-to-establish-department-for-repatriation-of-first-nation-cultural-heri/

British Museum and aborigine artefacts
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/25/the-gweagal-shield-and-the-fight-to-change-the-british-museums-attitude-to-seized-artefacts?CMP=share_btn_tw

International cooperation
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/if-we-don-t-work-together-we-will-see-very-dark-times-says-outgoing-v-a-director-martin-roth/

Conservation corner

Conserving the Black Prince’s jupon
https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/2016/09/22/historic-treasures-in-london-exhibition/

Short article on gun engraving
http://www.dailyprogress.com/lifestyles/curves-of-steel-engraver-brings-details-out-of-metals-the/article_041c6c44-7b99-11e6-a45d-c77f207abe2a.html

Restoring the Dauntless
http://m.warhistoryonline.com/featured/plane-world-war-ii-found-lake-michigan-restored-portage-air-zoo.html

Objects

Silver medal commemorating recovery of cannon from a Dutch shipwreck http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/09/medal-in-nomos-auction-marks-dutch-shipwreck-recovery.html#

Civil War photograph album
http://www.npr.org/2016/09/21/494734329/family-heirloom-national-treasure-rare-photos-show-black-civil-war-soldiers

Artificial leg from WWI goes on display
http://www.culture24.org.uk/science-and-nature/art562637-erskine-world-war-one-glasgow-limb

The story of London’s bomb disposal’s medals
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/military-history/world-war-two/art562579-richard-moore-museum-london-docklands-blitz

Exhibitions

Rock art from Africa in the London
http://artdaily.com/news/90418/British-Museum-display-focuses-on-rock-art#.V-tzXeTrt9A

Medieval embroidery in London
http://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/opus-anglicanum-masterpieces-of-english-medieval-embroidery

Artificial limbs in Glasgow
http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/erskine100/#d.en.434510

The Rhine at Bonn
http://artdaily.com/news/90231/The-Rhine--The-biography-of-a-European-river-explored-in-exhibition-at-the-Bundeskunsthalle#.V-DsZDHrt9A

Second empire in Paris
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/its-time-to-look-again-at-the-golden-age-of-sleaze-and-splendour/

Breughels in Turin
http://artdaily.com/news/90297/Exhibition-in-Turin-celebrates-the-most-important-family-of-Flemish-artists#.V-OOxDHrt9A

Jerusalem in NY
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/jerusalem
http://artdaily.com/news/90350/The-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-opens--Jerusalem-1000-1400--Every-People-Under-Heaven-#.V-eI5jHrt9A
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/arts/design/jerusalem-as-a-place-of-desire-and-death-at-the-metropolitan-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/sep/25/jerusalem-every-people-under-heaven-exhibit-met-art-history

The Branchini Altarpiece in LA
http://patch.com/california/pacificpalisades/getty-museum-exhibition-reunites-giovanni-di-paolo-masterpiece

Books

George Winfree & Tom Vossler: A Field Guide to Antietam
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-aims-people-explore-antietambattlefield.html#jCp

Russell A. Potter: Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search
http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/finding-franklin

Ed. Jill Ahlberg Yohe: Plains Indian Art of the Early Reservation Era
http://artdaily.com/news/90254/Saint-Louis-Art-Museum-publishes--Plains-Indian-Art-of-the-Early-Reservation-Era-#.V-JB2DHrt9A

Book sale at Boydell & Brewer
https://boydellandbrewer.com/

Popular culture

Netflix to release "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang" http://artdaily.com/news/90440/Netflix-to-release--Sky-Ladder--The-Art-of-Cai-Guo-Qiang--#.V-tzr2uqi0E.twitter

Well in time for Hallowe’en - vintage mummy tales!
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/20/lost-in-a-pyramid-andrew-smith-mummy-stories-louisa-m-alcott-conan-doyle-shelf-life-rachel-cooke

Events

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/

8 October Worcester
ORDCON 2016
https://www.facebook.com/ORDCON & emmersonrw@aol.com

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

Results of the tank museum sale, Normandy
http://artdaily.com/news/90244/The-D-Day-Sale--Normandy-Tank-Museum-collection-achieves--4-2-million#.V-DsyjHrt9A

Julia’s October sale preview
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/09/prweb13693823.htm

05 October 2016 Paris
Bibliothèque cynégétique du Verne : Vénerie, fauconnerie, chasses
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2016/bibliotheque-cynegetique-du-verne-bernis-pf1633.html

19 October 2016 Edinburgh
The Sporting Sale
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23501/

24 October – 5 November Hermann Historica, Munich
Annual Autumn Auction 2016
Catalogues ow online
http://www.hermann-historica.de/db2_en/newauction.html

1066 etc

Baltic wars, crusading ethics & Baltic crusades
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/09/26/holy-war-holy-wrath-baltic-wars-between-regulated-warfare-and-total-annihilation-around-1200/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/09/17/an-approach-to-crusading-ethics/
http://deremilitari.org/2016/09/documents-relating-to-the-baltic-crusade-1199-1266/

Finally: Build your own trebuchet
http://www.popsci.com/build-mini-medieval-siege-weapon

This fortnight we tweeted Heritage Day pictures
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 29 September 2016

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