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The Basiliscoe Mercury 258

The Basiliscoe Mercury 258

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

The season of darkness and lights! Stories about Diwali, Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes scattered though the newsletter. Prime stories concern a well-preserved Japanese sword, assorted VOC ships and a digitalized roll of the life of Edward IV. Finally a new website for ICOMAM! Enjoy whichever of the festivals takes your fancy.

Ancient arms and battles

New information about stone tool making
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2016/article/extensive-heat-treatment-in-middle-stone-age-silcrete-tool-production-in-south-africa2
http://artdaily.com/news/91050/In-Africa--humans-used-heat-to-make-tools-long-before-others--Study#.WA3ALzHrt9A

Tomb of ancient warrior and his weapons found in West Pomerania
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411676,west-pomerania-discovery-of-a-warrior-tomb-from-the-roman-period.html

Early 6th century BC sword from Japan in astonishing condition
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201610250078.html

New info on Titus’ attack on Jerusalem
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/20/israeli-archeologists-discover-titus-breached-jerusalem-walls
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Beasts of assorted varieties but mainly extinct…

Extinct bison found depicted in cave art - nice pictures!
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2016/article/the-higgs-bison-mystery-species-hidden-in-cave-art

Extinct cave lions - humans to blame?
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2016/article/upper-paleolithic-humans-may-have-hunted-cave-lions-for-their-pelts

Round the world

Excavations reveal palace of Khirbat Al-Minya in Israel destroyed in 749 AD. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161021120422.htm

Problems with UNESCO and Jerusalem
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/row-over-temple-mount-in-jerusalem-is-reignited/

Piece about Anglo-Sikh war memorial in Ferozepur
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/ferozepur-memorials-in-a-state-of-neglect/316270.html

Some background here
http://www.discoveredindia.com/punjab/attractions/monuments/anglo-sikh-war-memorial.htm )

Grave stories

Update on the death-by-boomerang story
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/first-boomerang-victim-australia.html?_r=0

Article on the search for the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent
http://www.die-erde.org/index.php/die-erde/article/view/233

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Caverswall Castle for sale - moated castle with own dungeon… http://dailym.ai/2eZbobw

Dracula’s castle for Hallowe’en?
http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/draculas-castle-to-host-2-people-on-halloween

Interesting piece about Edward I's War Wolf at the siege of Stirling Castle: http://www.scotsman.com/news/war-wolf-the-world-s-biggest-catapult-built-to-take-a-scottish-castle-1-4265012

Through the gunloop…

Spanish watch tower and powder house discovered in Texas
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/East-Side-historic-site-discovered-10078017.php

Artefacts from Castillo de San Marcos
http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/archeologists-finding-artifacts-near-castillo-de-san-marcos/459168888

Icelander's autobiography includes view of Danish Tranquebar, India http://scroll.in/article/819569/an-icelanders-autobiography-offers-glimpses-of-danish-rule-in-india

Exploring the Dutch legacy in Matara, Shri Lanka
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2016/10/24/travel/star-fort-and-old-dutch-trade-centre-nupe-market-magnificent-dutch-legacy-matara

Volunteers give Civil War cannon some tlc in Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA http://fw.to/MSYImrD

Living in the past

Spear throwing for beginners
http://boingboing.net/2016/10/10/primitive-technology-making-a.html

Café Basiliscoe

Roasted vole
http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.co.uk/2016_10_01_archive.html#4231279014313376873

Gunpowder tacos
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-raichlen/a-brief-history-of-the-ta_b_12687046.html

All washed down with 2,500 year old beer
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/24/498863394/2-500-years-ago-this-brew-was-buried-with-the-dead-a-brewery-has-revived-it

And apple brandy to finish
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/10/17/apple-brandy-the-surprising-fall-spirit-flowing-from-the-stills-at-mt-vernon/

Gunpowder, treason and plot

Short piece on the history of gunpowder
http://blog.oup.com/2016/10/gunpowder-history-irony-warfare/

Goldfinches, gunpowder and Delft in art
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/oct/21/the-goldfinch-carel-fabritius-scottish-national-gallery
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/28/carel-fabritiuss-the-goldfinch-an-unravelling-illusion

Ten things about Diwali
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/ten-things-you-should-know-about-diwali-116103000015_1.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2016-10-28/myth-money-and-majesty-inside-india-s-festival-of-lights

Nautical news

Bronze gun stolen from Dunwich Bank wreck site: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/divers_steal_a_bronze_gun_from_at_risk_shipwreck_site_on_dunwich_bank_1_4743984

Bronze cannons go into conservation in Spain
http://www.iaph.es/web/portal/actualidad/contenido/161028_estabilizacion_canones_delta.html

Third ship of the de Luna fleet found?
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/10/21/third-shipwreck-luna-fleet-uncovered/92487848/

Funding a dive round cannons in the Farne islands
http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/bid-to-create-the-north-east-s-first-underwater-dive-trail-1-8197398

VOC ship De Haarlem found off South Africa?
http://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/historic-trove-buried-in-table-bay-2084782

VOC ship Aagtekerke found off Australia?
http://www.amalfipublishing.com.au/wp/2016/10/21/wreck-hunter-claims-dutch-treasure-ship/

Ship from the battle of Trafalgar?
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/10/24/ciencia/1477297638_714700.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Hope for the future of Palmyra
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/the-man-who-spent-40-years-preserving-palmyra-s-past/

Confusion over the National Museum of Ireland
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/24102016-row-over-plans-relocate-senate-national-museum-ireland

New museums

Basrah Museum opens
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/iraq-s-newest-museum-determined-to-open-against-the-odds/

Jorvik Viking Centre to re-open next year after the Christmas floods
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37749443

Conservation corner

Two terra-cotta works said to be by Donatello and Verrocchio http://nyti.ms/2el7BZ7

Restorers use Japanese algae and sturgeon glue to treat Futurist work http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/restorers-use-japanese-algae-and-sturgeon-glue-to-treat-futurist-work/

Objects

National Museum of Australia acquire whaling gun - picture
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/museums-barbarously-beautiful-whaling-gun-goes-on-display-20161019-gs5nva.html

Fascinating story of a Civil war’ soldier’s letter
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-letters-bring-insight-life-civil-war-soldier-180960784/?no-ist

Verlaine’s revolver for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/90976/Gun-that-nearly-did-for-poet-Rimbaud-up-for-sale#.WAnWGTHrt9A

Nordenfelt for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/90992/Pioneering-19th-century-machine-gun-leads-the-Daedalus-Collection-at-Bonhams#.WAnXlDHrt9A

Exhibitions

Analysing arms and armour at the Wallace
http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/exhibition/124

World War One in Lewes - a fascinating story, this
http://www.sussexlife.co.uk/out-about/places/world_war_i_exhibition_in_lewes_1_4747401

And you can read about the archive here http://www.reevesarchive.co.uk/index.php

Supernatural in the Islamic world in Oxford
http://artdaily.com/news/90981/Ashmolean-opens-first-major-exhibition-to-explore-the-supernatural-in-the-art-of-the-Islamic-world#.WAnVxzHrt9A

Queen Victoria in Paris in Compton Verney
http://artdaily.com/news/90992/Pioneering-19th-century-machine-gun-leads-the-Daedalus-Collection-at-Bonhams#.WAnXlDHrt9A#

Lawrence of Arabia in Newark (Lincs rather than NJ)
http://www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/exhibitions/

Historic photographs at Edinburgh
http://artdaily.com/news/91204/Exhibition-showcases-richness-of-the-National-Galleries-of-Scotland-s-photography-collection#.WBXAoTF759A

Swedish hunting pictures in Paris
http://www.louvre.fr/expositions/un-suedois-paris-au-18e-sieclela-collection-tessin

Winterhalter at Compiègne
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/boutique/special/3349-winterhalter-portraits-de-cour-entre-faste-et-elegance/1/
http://palaisdecompiegne.fr/evenement/winterhalter-portraits-de-cour-entre-faste-et-elegance

15th century engraver at Munich
http://artdaily.com/news/90977/Staatliche-Graphische-Sammlung-Munich--exhibits-German-engraver-Master-E--S--s-alphabet#.WAnW3DHrt9A

Luther at Minneapolis
http://artdaily.com/news/91197/First-exhibition-marking-500th-anniversary-of-Martin-Luther-s--Ninety-Five-Theses--opens#.WBW_uzF759A
http://new.artsmia.org/luther/

Dutch explorers in Fremantle
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/western-australia-museum-showcases-treasures-of-dutch-explorers/news-story/afef2f38b31c7178cb7b4519c5045a11
http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/maritime/travellers-and-traders-indian-ocean-world

Books

Morten Ravn: Viking-Age War Fleets
http://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/en/news/archive/1970/january/article/viking-age-war-fleets-a-new-book-by-the-viking-ship-museum/

Alison Kinney: Hood (Object Lessons)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hood-Object-Lessons-Alison-Kinney/dp/1501307401/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477496272&sr=1-2&keywords=hood

Online books

Roll of the life of Edward Iv digitalized - wonderful illuminations!
http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Harley_MS_7353

ICOMAM MAGAZINES available again
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

Events

Diary Dates

What’s at the Historial
http://en.historial.org/

19 November Dublin
The Battle of the Somme film screening with live score by Laura Rossi
https://www.nch.ie/Online/Press-Battle-of-the-Somme

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

9 November 2016 London

Chinese Imperial Matchlock Musket
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2016/supreme-number-one-l16214.html

Websites and downloads

ICOMAM has a new website
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/about-icomam/what-is-icomam/

1066 etc: wounds & medieval Poland
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/10/23/the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-wounds-in-the-old-english-medical-collections-anglo-saxon-surgery/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/10/23/history-of-poland-during-the-middle-ages/

Finally- Mummies for Hallowe’en

Andrew Smith: Lost in a Pyramid,
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

And here too get you in the mood is one of the stories
http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0603041h.html

This fortnight I tweeted days and nights in Yorkshire
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – Hallowe'en 2016

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