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The Basiliscoe Mercury 263

The Basiliscoe Mercury 263

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Most interesting reading this week is about the updating of armours in Velasquez’s royal portraits. Otherwise we have 16th century wrecks off the US, a submarine off Wales, Josephine’s wardrobe, the Army Museum’s new displays & prize-winning books. Finally a beautiful article on the Almain Armourers Album - a real treat.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Setting fire to Iron Age hill forts
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/the-fiery-demise-of-a-vitrified-hillfort-in-scotland

How to drive a Roman chariot
http://www.seeker.com/secret-of-roman-race-chariots-found-2187581176.html

Fragments of armour and weapons found in Montfort Castle of the Teutonic Knights
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.763930

Trellech - a medieval Welsh weapons factory?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/?utm_term=.eed93e424446

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Humans responsible for destroying the fauna of Australia
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2017/article/humans-not-climate-change-wiped-out-australian-megafauna

Medieval horse head found in the Colosseum
http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/archaeologists-just-found-a-medieval-horses-head-at-the-colossseum

Rewilding the Auruch
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/09/world/auroch-rewilding/index.html

Grave stories

Studying the graves from the Jacobin convent - possibly not to be read with breakfast
http://artdaily.com/news/93084/In-Rennes--Archaeologists-discover-a-new-vision-of-the-history-of-death#.WHyLhDGml9A

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Worry over future (or even survival) of Crac de Chevaliers
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/15/will-the-crac-des-chevaliers-survive-the-syrian-civil-war.html

Tower houses in Scotland and Ireland
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/01/tower-house-castle-not-fit-king/

The fate of Rattray Castle - a warning not to play cards on a Sunday
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/the-north-east-castle-that-disappeared-in-a-sandstorm-1-4337084

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Casting pit found in the Kremlin - pictures
https://realnoevremya.com/galleries/215

Virginia Military Institute’s 1848 cadet battery back on display - pictures
http://www.guns.com/2017/01/13/vmis-historic-cannon-battery-returned-after-refit-photos/

An official cannon for Texas?
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/01/16/texas-senator-wants-cannon-to-be-official-gun-for-the-state/

Back to the front

Archaeologists and metal detectorists find common ground over the Pequot War of 1637
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/science/archaeology-metal-detectorists-pequot.html?_r=0

A portrait, gunpowder and the American Revolution
http://www.cecildaily.com/our_cecil/article_949abecb-70f3-53ce-9f83-8ba9bce3ae41.html

18 abandoned forts in the Medway – photographs
http://www.kentlive.news/8203-take-a-look-at-medway-s-xx-abandoned-forts/story-30062436-detail/story.html

Civil War trench investigated in Fredericksburg
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5201-170113-virginia-fredericksburg-trench

Café Basiliscoe

Smoked goat, Stone Age style
https://phys.org/news/2017-01-iceman-oetzi-meal-stone-age.html

Roasting pit's 1600 year old meat ready soon….
http://globalnews.ca/news/3179491/royal-alberta-museum-to-crack-open-1600-year-old-roasting-pit-with-meal-still-inside/

Into the 20th century

The heroic Polish artillery bear (and Edinburgh Zoo)
http://bit.ly/2jACxHr
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2017/1/18/weird-wednesdays-the-heroic-polish-artillery-bear

WWII-era torpedo safely detonated off Vero Beach - video and photos http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2017/01/18/indian-river-county-residents-evacuated-wwii-torpedo-moved-offshore/96709044/

World Heritage

Article about 19th century photographs of Korea
https://www.10mag.com/scaling-seouls-ancient-walls-in-the-1880s/

Isis destroys tetrapylon monument in Palmyra https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/isis-destroys-tetrapylon-monument-palmyra-syria

Tipu Sultan and his rockets
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/591785/tracing-origins-rockets.html

Nautical news

Update on the 1559 Pensacola Bay wreck
http://www.livescience.com/57493-photos-spanish-colony-shipwreck.html
http://www.livescience.com/57496-16th-century-spanish-shipwreck-off-florida.html

And 16th century wreck off Florida?
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local/century-ship-off-juno-beach-might-lie-near-sub-artificial-reef-site/wgeZTgU3BJmooBkMmEY1VO/

Update on Cape Fear River cannon
https://portcitydaily.com/2017/01/13/preservation-of-18th-century-cannon-begins-at-brunswick-townfort-anderson/

New images of Resurgam submarine
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/resurgam-rhyl-submarine-sub-aqua-12483324

Survey of HMS Vanguard, veteran of Jutland, undertaken
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/barrow/Wreckage-of-Barrow-built-First-World-War-battleship-HMS-Vanguard-seen-for-the-first-time-3e931153-ca22-4493-abcb-8156e0fd82b2-ds

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Preserving Auschwitz for future generations http://artdaily.com/news/93021/Unprecedented-work-at-Auschwitz-to-preserve-Holocaust-site#.WHoQvjGml9A

The future of Britain’s regimental museums’ funding
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/11012016-regimental-museums-prepare-for-mod-cuts

Redeveloped National Army Museum to open in March
http://www.nam.ac.uk/new-museum/museum-news/venue/director-general-announces-museum-opening-date?utm_source=Direct

Museum developments

Exercising and museum visiting combined (and in Vogue, too!)
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/burning-calories-at-the-met
http://www.vogue.com/13522703/metropolitan-museum-of-art-the-museum-workout-new-york-met-monica-bill-barnes/

The importance of history in China
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/13/china-rewrites-history-books-to-extend-sino-japanese-war-by-six-years

Conservation corner

Faking the Terracotta Army
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38598577

A very intriguing read for armour historians! Velázquez and armour in portraits
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/is-the-ringling-s-vel-zquez-the-real-deal/

Objects

Export bar placed on Clive of India's flask and huqqa set https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/18/export-bar-clive-of-india-flask-and-huqqa-set-heritage

Flag for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/93050/Wartime-battle-flags-lead-Heritage-Auctions--2016-Arms---Armor-Sales-#.WHtE4jGml9A

Weapons of WWI
http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1746603-the-most-terrifying-weapons-of-world-war-i

Finds from Sobibor death camp linked to Anne Frank
http://www.timesofisrael.com/pendant-of-teen-possibly-linked-to-anne-frank-found-at-death-camp/

American presidents and their portraits
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/17/how-presidents-use-their-portraits-to-shape-their-legacy/?utm_term=.ea51912fc72f

Exhibitions

Josephine’s wardrobe at Malmaison
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/boutique/special/3427-dans-les-armoires-de-limperatrice-josephine/1/
http://musees-nationaux-malmaison.fr/chateau-malmaison/evenement/c-dans-les-armoires-de-limperatrice-josephine

Lorenzo Lotto in Bergamo
http://artdaily.com/news/93130/Exhibition-seeks-to-analyse-an-important-moment-in-the-career-of-Lorenzo-Lotto-#.WH8qrTGml9A

Hunting weapons in Tula
http://www.kreml.ru/en-Us/exhibitions/russian-exhibitions/okhota-russkikh-tsarey-i-imperatorov-iz-sobraniya-muzeev-moskovskogo-kremlya/

'Conflict and Consequence: Photographing War and Its Aftermath' opens at Sheldon Museum of Art
http://artdaily.com/news/93115/-Conflict-and-Consequence--Photographing-War-and-Its-Aftermath--opens-at-Sheldon-Museum-of-Art-#.WH8rqDGml9A

Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Tokyo
http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1814
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1853449/eternal-treasures-from-kasuga-taisha-shrine-at-tokyo-national

Books

Hans Prunner: The Gwynn Collection: A Lifetime Passion for Antique Arms and Armour
http://www.hansprunner-estore.com/portfolio-items/The-Gwynn-Collection/

Steven Muhlberger, Charny’s Men-at-Arms: Questions Concerning The Joust, Tournaments and War
http://deremilitari.org/2016/12/steven-muhlberger-charnys-men-at-arms-questions-concerning-the-joust-tournaments-and-war-hass/

Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst & Timothy George Dawson: Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries)
http://www.brill.com/products/book/late-medieval-and-early-modern-fight-books

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

Peter Kidd: 500 Years: Treasures from the Library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=new-titles&subcategory=&id=3868

Two prize-winners from 2016

Tonio Andrade: The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History
https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/medieval-warfare/blog/why-the-gunpowder-age-must-read/

Michael Livingston & Kelly DeVries: The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook
http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/blogs/news/battle-of-crecy-wins-distinguished-book-prize-2017

Online book

Sir Guy Laking & F H Cripps-Day: A record of European armour and arms through seven centuries vols 1-5
https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Cripps-Day%2C+Francis+Henry%22

Popular culture

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls053181649/videoplayer/vi487962137?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2797007962&pf_rd_r=17FW1F6J26V8F3W7MVBX&pf_rd_s=hero&pf_rd_t=15061&pf_rd_i=homepage&ref_=hm_hp_i_2

Hacksaw Ridge
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2119532/

Play about the Narvik campaign
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jan/16/lizzie-nunnery-interview-playwright-liverpool-everyman-narvik

Viceroy’s House
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/16/viceroys-house-tells-bloody-truth-of-partition

A world without guns
http://now.howstuffworks.com/2017/01/19/thought-experiment-world-without-guns

Events

Conferences

30 June-1 July 2017 National Civil War Centre
Newark Military History Conference http://www.militaryhistorylive.co.uk/conference.html

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Medieval Islam & Castle Rushen
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/01/monstrous-muslims-depicting-muslims-french-illuminated-manuscripts-1200-1420/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/01/understanding-castle-rushen/

Finally

Lovely piece about the digitalization of the Almain Armourers Album
https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/almain-armourers-album

This fortnight we tweeted poems for Sad Times
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 24 January 2017

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