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The Basiliscoe Mercury 262

The Basiliscoe Mercury 262

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Happy New Year! The most exciting to happen in the arms and armour world while we have been away carousing is the discovery of an ancient Chinese sword in its scabbard. But we also have assorted hunting stories, Joan of Arc, a whole wodge of cannon and underwater articles, and an article on how British regimental museums are faring. In short, more round ups since the last episode of Raw Hide.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms, battles & forts

2,300 year old sword and scabbard found in Chinese tomb - pictures & video
http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/02/ancient-sword-is-pulled-from-sheath-after-2300-years-and-it-still-looks-lethal-6356115/

Long piece on the Griffin warrior tomb, Greece
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/

Recent discoveries in ancient Cyprus
http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/01/02/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-ancient-palace-tomb/

‘Ancient’ standing stones linked to 1314 battle of Bannockburn
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14994252.___Ancient____standing_stones_are_linked_to_1314_battle/

New visitor centre planned for Kalø Castle, Jutland
http://inhabitat.com/visitor-center-disguised-as-a-hill-to-welcome-visitors-to-denmarks-historic-kalo-castle-ruins/
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Hunting round the world and through the ages

Salmon fishing in the early middle ages
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/12/historical-rise-waterpower-initiated-collapse-salmon-stocks/

Inuit hunting life revealed by retreating ice
http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/12/27/melting-arctic-ice-patches-reveal-rich-archaeological-record/

Archaeologists document Dene caribou fences in the Northwest Territories
http://www.cbc.ca/1.3902397

Through the gunloop…

Welsh castle looking for its missing room
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-38512748

The secret life of a landscape gardener
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/dec/26/cambridge-student-discovers-hidden-life-renaissance-spy

Part of Newark’s Civil War defences found
http://www.nottinghampost.com/historic-ditch-unearthed-during-water-works-in-newark/story-30025324-detail/story.html

Tour of Fort Washington, Maryland
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fort-washington

Musket ball from Jacobite ambush? Perhaps…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38377403

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Cast-iron cannon found at Brunswick/Fort Anderson, NC - pictures & video
http://portcitydaily.com/2017/01/03/pre-colonial-cannon-pulled-from-the-cape-fear-at-brunswick-townfort-anderson/
http://portcitydaily.com/2017/01/05/archaeologists-say-cannon-discovered-in-cape-fear-river-could-date-from-the-early-1700s-and-there-may-be-more-out-there/

Interesting feature on Udaipur’s legendry cannon ‘Jagat Shobha’, c 1750
http://www.udaipurkiran.com/legendry-cannon-assumes-goddess-position/

Longest cannon in the world?
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/discoverers-worry-for-the-worlds-longest-cannon/articleshow/56216810.cms

Time for Westmount, Canada’s 1800 British howitzers to re-appear?
http://www.thesuburban.com/news/westmount-needed-cannon-resolution/article_a65765ea-4240-5ca0-8aa6-0622c9018a07.html

Restoring 1841 cannon at Macoupin County Courthouse
http://myjournalcourier.com/news/103928/group-hopes-to-breathe-life-into-old-cannon

Cannons from Second Opium War renovated in Dagukou Battery, north China http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1026867.shtml

The story of Charlotte’s Spanish cannon
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/retro-charlotte/article122299999.html

Lyle cannon stolen from Bournemouth
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14994206.Can_you_help_find_thieves_who_dug_one_of_a_kind_cannon_out_of_front_garden_/
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14996832.Country__39_s___39_one_of_a_kind__39__cannon_is_stolen_from_garden/?ref=twtrec

Café Basiliscoe

Crusaders’ gingerbread…
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-crusades-helped-create-your-gingerbread-latte-180961535/

…washed down with a glass of 400-year-old Japanese wine
https://scienmag.com/historical-documents-reveal-evidence-of-japanese-winemaking-400-year-ago/

Things that go bang….

Investigating Chilworth’s gunpowder history
http://www.guildford-dragon.com/2016/12/22/chilworths-west-lodge-reveals-wartime-secrets-hopes-will-now-preserved/

Schultze Gunpowder Factory, New Forest, for sale http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4081866/Old-Schultze-gunpowder-factory-market-4million.html

Princesses and Amazons

Remembering Joan of Arc, the original nasty woman http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-joan-arc-original-nasty-woman-180961709/

Skirt of Queen Elizabeth identified
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/queen-elizabeth-long-lost-skirt-found-church-altar-herefordshire/

World Heritage

Naldurg Fort in Maharashtra, S India http://www.deccanherald.com/content/588193/impregnable-naldurg-fort-maharashtra.html

Remains from Siege of Osaka found
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612250005.html

Introduction to the British East India Company http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-01-07/what-was-the-real-east-india-company-bbc1s-taboo-takes-on-the-formidable-corporation

Chinese & Portuguese archives of Macao achieve global recognition
http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2016/12/30/unforgettable-chinese-documents-archives-of-macao-achieve-global-recognition/

Nautical news - mainly round-ups and updates

Update on the Black Sea wrecks
http://www.connecticutmag.com/the-connecticut-story/uconn-professor-takes-part-in-monumental-shipwreck-find/article_7ccdfe7c-c30c-11e6-935a-53ce18f4d28b.html

Shipwrecks off Devon - round up of latest thinking and discoveries
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/drone-footage-reveals-south-devon-s-forgotten-shipwrecks/story-30004061-detail/story.html

Round up of underwater archaeology’s new techniques
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/29/new-technologies-bring-marine-archaeology-treasures-to-light

Indian carpet found on Dutch ship
http://www.livescience.com/57287-lavish-carpet-found-17th-century-shipwreck.html

First finds from China’s Zhiyuan, sunk in 1894 by the Japanese navy.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-12/29/c_135942532.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/military/2017/01-02/239812.shtml

Investigating USS Arizona
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/pearl-harbor-arizona-memorial-abe-obama/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Discussion of museums of war and peace
https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/war-and-peace-tale-of-two-museums-0

Fall in visitors to French museums blamed on fears of terrorism
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/louvre-attendance-falls-as-tourists-stay-away-from-paris/

How to visit the Met - arms and armor comes in, eventually!
http://www.nytimes.com/guides/culture/guide-to-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

US universities are investing in their museums
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/why-us-universities-are-investing-in-their-art-museums/

What’s happening to Britain’s local regimental museums
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/08/local-military-heritage-risk-mod-cuts-cash-regimental-museums/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New museums

New hangars in Scotland’s aviation museum
http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight/whats-on/new-hangars/

Outstation of Palace Museum Beijing to be built in Hong Kong
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/hong-kong-will-build-branch-of-beijing-s-palace-museum-/

More on the new Higgins gallery at Worcester
http://artdaily.com/news/92718/Worcester-Art-Museum-reinstalls-its-Medieval-galleries-drawing-on-its-exceptional-collection-of-arms---armor-#.WGO0HjGml9A

And an article on displaying of arms and armour there http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20170104/call-to-arms-at-worcester-museum

New gallery planned for treasures of Westminster Abbey
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/14/new-tower-will-reveal-hidden-world-westminster-abbey

Conservation corner

Round up (I know, another one) of new archaeological techniques, uses & results
http://thescienceexplorer.com/technology/stonehenge-nefertiti-how-high-tech-archaeology-transforming-our-view-history

Investigating 17th century Dutch paintings - fascinating read!
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/imagining-technology-reveals-hidden-secrets-of-dutch-golden-age-paintings/

London church and tomb of Throckmorton re-united
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/dec/21/city-london-st-katharine-cree-church-reunited-stolen-16th-century-carving

Objects

Claims that samurai sword hilts have hidden Christian symbols
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/were.japanese.samurai.really.secret.christians/103588.htm

Marengo rides again!
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/26/napoleons-warhorse-marengo-gets-ready-to-ride-out-again

Weapons of WWI
http://www.businessinsider.com/most-terrifying-weapons-world-war-i-2017-1?IR=T

Exhibitions

Pacifism coming to the IWM
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/09/aa-milne-letter-features-in-imperial-war-museums-anti-war-show

Swedish diplomat and Boucher at the Louvre
http://artdaily.com/news/92786/Spectacular-selection-of-around-a-hundred-artworks-by-Fran-ccedil-ois-Boucher-on-view-at-the-Louvre#.WGocqzGml9A

Fetes at Versailles
http://www.chateauversailles.fr/news-/events/expositions/fetes-et-divertissements-a-la-cour-en

Charles IV in Nuremburg
http://www.gnm.de/en/exhibitions/current-and-upcoming/charles-iv/

Artemisia Gentileschi in Roma
http://artdaily.com/news/92197/Magnificent-masterpieces-by-Artemisia-Gentileschi-on-view-at-the-Museo-di-Roma#.WGeB_jGml9A

Charles III in Madrid
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/carlosiii/

Samurai at the Cincinnati Art Museum http://www.wcpo.com/entertainment/local-a-e/discover-the-japanese-samurai-at-the-cincinnati-art-museum

Underground art of the WWI in Ottawa
http://www.warmuseum.ca/event/preserved-in-stone-underground-art-of-the-first-world-war/

Books

Oliver H. Creighton & Duncan W. Wright: The Anarchy: War and Status in 12th-Century Landscapes of Conflict
http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/80874

Hélène Delalex : Le Carrousel du Roi-Soleil
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/beaux-livres/le-carrousel-du-roi-soleil/11232.html

Martin Pegler: Colt Single-Action Revolvers
https://ospreypublishing.com/colt-single-action-revolvers

Doug Knight: Guns of the Regiment (guns used by the Canadian Regiment of Artillery
http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/article/guns-of-the-regiment/24178

Gordon L. Rottman: Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments
https://ospreypublishing.com/vietnam-war-us-allied-combat-equipments

Books sales
http://shop.nms.ac.uk/collections/sale
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/sale.html
http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/discounted-books/icat/book_sale
https://npgshop.org.uk/collections/sale

Popular culture

Acting with horses
http://www.horse-canada.com/star-crossed-horses/game-of-thrones-ross-ohennessy/

Guns and films
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/05/will-hollywood-ever-end-its-love-affair-with-guns

Events

Diary Dates

National Army Museum
http://www.nam.ac.uk/events

Wallace Collection
http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson/treasure/175
http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson/latestevents

Websites and downloads

The Vasa Museum
http://www.vasamuseet.se/en

Imperial war museums
http://www.iwm.org.uk/

1066 etc
French fencing & English kings
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/01/roots-fencing-twelfth-fourteenth-centuries-french-language-area/
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/12/role-ritual-ceremonial-reign-edward/

Finally

This fortnight I finished my monster cannons Advent calendar
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 10 January 2017

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