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The Basiliscoe Mercury 257

The Basiliscoe Mercury 257

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Autumn has finally arrived; the nights are drawing in and it is time to sit by the fire and read the latest Bazzy. Viking swords, cave art, U-boats and two exhibitions on alchemy. Not to mention various pieces on the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Flint workshop found in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/10/07/archaeologists-discover-6500-year-old-flint-workshop-in-bulgarias-kamenovo-employed-manufactory-production/

Grave of Greek Bronze Age warrior
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2016/article/archaeologists-unveil-new-findings-from-greek-warrior-s-tomb

Ancient weapons emerge from Norwegian glaciers
http://sciencenordic.com/viking-arrowheads-emerge-melting-norwegian-glaciers

Update on the Viking sword in Icelandic glacier story - bones found close by….
http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/10/02/viking-sword-owner-found

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Ancient cave art found in north Spain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37654544

Surveying Australia’s indigenous rock art
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/03/kimberleys-hidden-world-of-indigenous-rock-art-revealed-by-researchers

On the frontlines

Article on the Medieval Soldier website
http://phys.org/news/2016-10-database-reveals-ancestor-veterans-years.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Castles and the Norman Conquest
http://castlestudiestrust.org/blog/2016/10/14/1066-castles-and-the-norman-conquest/
http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/castles-william-the-conqueror-norman-conquest-1066

Scottish castles
http://www.scotsman.com/news/seven-of-scotland-s-oddest-castles-1-4260814

Bodrum castle in bid for UNESCO status
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bodrum-castle-has-eye-on-unesco-world-heritage-list.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104620&NewsCatID=375

Fishguard Fort
https://warisboring.com/when-an-american-pirate-threatens-your-coast-build-a-fort-c24a5d14a87b#.ctex5bpao

Grave stories

Has the body of missing Swedish count Königsmarck been found? Intriguing!
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/watch-could-a-300-year-old-murder-mystery-finally-be-solved
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/dna-analysis-might-solve-this-300-year-old-case-of-royal-adultery-and-murder

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Walker & Co 32P Blomefield in Canada
http://www.theobserver.ca/2016/10/17/sarnias-beloved-cannon-had-its-start-in-britain

US Civil War ammo uncovered by storm Matthew
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/09/civil-war-cannonball-found-on-south-carolina-beach-in-matthews-wake.html

And what they did with it
http://www.livescience.com/56458-hurricane-matthew-uncovers-civil-war-cannonballs.html

Piece about the Gonzales cannon
http://buzzworthy.blog.austin360.com/2016/09/30/181-years-ago-a-small-cannon-fires-a-big-shot-in-gonzales/

Café Basiliscoe

Bison barbeque!
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/southern-alberta-archeologists-excavate-ancient-feast-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump

Into the 20th century

Austria decides on the fate of the Hitler birthplace
http://artdaily.com/news/90922/Austria-to-tear-down-Hitler-birth-house#.WAXqejHrt9A

A Cold War memento
http://www.concordmonitor.com/There-is-a-lot-to-see-in-the-Granite-State-5246885

World Heritage

Hole appears in the gardens of Topkapi Palace
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/experts-probe-hole-in-istanbuls-topkapi-palace-garden.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104434&NewsCatID=341

Bit more on the state of Topkapi Palace
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/topkapi-palace-risk-of-collapse-the-result-of-years-of-neglect-of-historical-heritage.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104509&NewsCatID=375

Interesting feature on Tradition, art blend in Morocco 'tbourida' cavalry charges
http://artdaily.com/news/90857/Tradition--art-blend-in-Morocco--tbourida--cavalry-charges#.WAXsYEgNNpU.

The state of Tughlaqabad Fort, India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Where-encroachers-hold-the-fort-as-conservation-takes-a-backseat/articleshow/54822338.cms

Living in the past

1066 re-enactment
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/15/battle-of-hastings-re-enacted-950th-anniversary
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2016/oct/14/battle-of-hastings-reenactors-at-home-in-pictures

Nautical news

Medieval Venetian ship found in the Black Sea?
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/10/01/pre-columbian-mediterranean-round-ship-discovered-for-the-first-time-by-underwater-archaeology-expedition-in-bulgarias-black-sea-zone/
http://blackseamap.com/

New work on the Vasa
http://wvtf.org/post/new-clues-emerge-centuries-old-swedish-shipwreck#stream/0

Eight wrecks found off Taiwan from the Dutch colonial period
http://news.thewildeast.net/dutch-colonial-era-ships-found-in-tainan/

New claims on the Whydah
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2016/10/09/explorer-says-found-pirates-treasure/91815050/

Update on the search for HMS Endeavour
http://www.smh.com.au/national/were-closing-in-on-it-the-hunt-for-captain-cooks-ship-the-hmb-endeavour-20160927-grph8t.html

Finds from slaveship Sao Jose Paquete d’ Africa, sank 1794, on display
http://www.gwhatchet.com/2016/10/10/shipwreck-relics-recovered-by-professor-displayed-in-new-museum/

Article about a visit to HMS Trincomalee
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/161009/plus/the-voyage-of-hms-trincomalee-through-the-ages-211456.html

Wreck of German U-boat UB-85 sunk in 1918 found off coast of Stranraer? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37691283

Museum news and exhibitions

New museums

RAF museum gets funding for future development
http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/news/we-secure-national-lottery-investment-for-our-raf/

Museum musings

What nations choose to remember
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/07/britains-view-of-its-history-dangerous-says-former-museum-director

V&A and photography
http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/comment/light-or-shadow-for-photography-at-the-v-a/

Conservation corner

Recreating an Ulfbreht sword
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/seeing-a-medieval-viking-ulfbreht-sword-get-made-today-1787362413

Worrying news about fake old masters flooding the market….
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/doubts-grow-over-old-masters-sold-by-giulano-ruffini/

France's Apocalypse Tapestry to be restored to medieval glory
http://artdaily.com/news/90652/France-s-Apocalypse-Tapestry-to-be-restored-to-medieval-glory#.V_deT-Trt9A

Objects

National Army Museum acquire robes and dagger of Lawrence of Arabia
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/19/dagger-and-robes-of-lawrence-of-arabia-saved-for-nation

Exhibitions

Caravaggio‘s circle at London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/05/artemisia-gentileshi-painter-beyond-caravaggio
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/beyond-caravaggio

Indian courts in Paris
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/boutique/special/3380-ascetes-sultans-et-maharadjahs-pages-indiennes-du-musee-guimet/1/
http://www.guimet.fr/en/home/116-anglais/exhibitions/1380-ascetics-sultans-and-maharajas-indian-pages-of-the-musee-national-des-arts-asiatiques-guimet

Flemish landscapes in Dresden
http://artdaily.com/news/90548/Flemish-landscape-paintings-on-view-at-Kunsthalle-im-Lipsiusbau-#.V_IOrOTrt9A
http://www.skd.museum/de/sonderausstellungen/das-paradies-auf-erden/index.html

Alchemy in Halle
http://www.lda-lsa.de/landesmuseum_fuer_vorgeschichte/sonderausstellungen/geplante_ausstellungen/alchemie_die_suche_nach_dem_weltgeheimnis/

18th century marine painting at Yale
http://britishart.yale.edu/exhibitions/spreading-canvas-eighteenth-century-british-marine-painting

Valentin de Boulogne in NY
http://artdaily.com/news/90709/Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-exhibits-works-by-follower-of-Caravaggio-Valentin-de-Boulogne#.V_tZzeTrt9A

Art and war in modern Japan in Saint Louis
http://artdaily.com/news/90848/-Conflicts-of-Interest--explores-relationship-between-art-and-war-in-modern-Japan#.WAXr374NIxE
http://www.slam.org/exhibitions/CONFLICTS.php

Alchemy in LA
http://patch.com/california/pacificpalisades/getty-research-institute-examines-art-alchemy
http://artdaily.com/news/90747/Exhibition-explores-the-curious-blend-of-science-and-spirituality-known-as-alchemy#.V_yYdeTrt9A
http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/alchemy/

Books

Laura Crombie: Archery and Crossbow Guilds in Medieval Flanders, 1300-1500
https://boydellandbrewer.com/bb-medieval-herald-archery-and-crossbow

Nicholas A. Gribit: Henry of Lancaster's Expedition to Aquitaine, 1345-1346; Military Service and Professionalism in the Hundred Years War
https://boydellandbrewer.com/bb-medieval-herald-henry-of-lancaster

Translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng: The Book of Horsemanship by Duarte I of Portugal
https://boydellandbrewer.com/bb-medieval-herald-book-of-horsemanship

Robert F. Smith: Manufacturing Independence; Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution
http://www.westholmepublishing.com/manufacturing_independence.php

Bill Harriman: The Mosin-Nagant Rifle
https://ospreypublishing.com/the-mosin-nagant-rifle

144 Civil and military aircraft.
http://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/en/content/144-civil-and-military-aircraft

Online books

Catalogue of a Most Splendid and Instructive Collection of Ancient Armour…
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LIVXb-zXg64C&pg=PR8&dq=Catalogue+of+a+Most+Splendid+and+Instructive+Collection+of+Ancient+Armour+...&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjj94rT-ObPAhXFDMAKHVDuDfcQ6AEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=Catalogue%20of%20a%20Most%20Splendid%20and%20Instructive%20Collection%20of%20Ancient%20Armour%20...&f=false

William Woolnoth, Edward William Brayley, William Tombleson: A series of views of the most interesting remains of ancient castles of England and Wales
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QBQHAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=A+series+of+views+of+the+most+interesting+remains+of+ancient+castles+of+...&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLrq-t-ebPAhXsCMAKHXclAAYQ6AEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=A%20series%20of%20views%20of%20the%20most%20interesting%20remains%20of%20ancient%20castles%20of%20...&f=false

Popular culture

New serial on Guy Fawkes in the pipeline?
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/10/kit-harington-gunpowder-guy-fawkes-bbc-robert-catesby

New documentary on Cai Guo Qiang
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cai-guo-qiang-sky-ladder-netflix-652061
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/11/wendi-deng-murdoch-rupert-trump-sky-ladder-art-of-cai-guo-qiang

1066 books
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/oct/14/from-bayeux-to-brexit-the-battle-of-hastings-950-year-legacy
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/10/14/book-excerpt-promotion-the-norman-conquest-william-the-conquerors-subjugation-of-england-by-teresa-cole/

Events

27 - 29 October October 27 - 29Museums at Night
http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/art563418-Hipster-Druids-and-Summoning-the-Dead-Artist-events-during-the-Museums-at-Night-weekend

Conferences

24 - 25 November Oxford
Hakluyt and the Renaissance discovery of the World
http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library-and-archives/hakluyt-400-exhibitions-and-events?_ga=1.249074503.1731705185.1476800162

Sales Fairs and auctions

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

Websites and downloads

Les Invalides blog
http://www.musee-armee.fr/collections/blog-des-collections.html

Arms and Armor Dept blog from the Met
http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/ruminations/2016/talismans-in-islamic-arms-and-armor

Subchaser Archives & Notes
http://subchaser.org/home
http://subchaser.org/newsletter

1066 etc: 1066, Templars and death in Damascus
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/10/16/kingship-in-death-in-the-bayeux-tapestry/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/10/04/embracing-death-celebrating-life-reflections-on-the-concept-of-martyrdom-in-the-order-of-the-knights-templar/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/10/04/murder-in-damascus-the-consequences-of-competition-among-medieval-muslim-religious-elites/

Finally

This fortnight I followed 1066 as it happened:
https://twitter.com/Medievalists
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 19 October 2016

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