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The Basiliscoe Mercury 265

The Basiliscoe Mercury 265

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Several stories about prehistoric weapons, James I of Scotland is the latest monarch to be looked for, several stories from India - including the moving of Tipu Sultan’s armoury - and a few downloadable reports. Even better the days are drawing out here in the northern hemisphere and temperatures are creeping up. It's almost spring….

Ancient arms and forts

The Bronze Age moved by horse
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/thousands-horsemen-may-have-swept-bronze-age-europe-transforming-local-population

Fascinating piece about bone harpoons from east Africa
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-sharpening-knowledge-prehistory-east-africa.html

Violence in prehistoric California
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170217013044.htm

Bronze Age weapon hoard found in Angus
http://www.scotsman.com/news/3-000-year-old-spearhead-found-in-angus-find-of-a-lifetime-1-4367614

Roman gate found in Israeli dig
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-shocked-to-find-ancient-gateway-at-house-of-gates/
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Woolly mammoths returning, some time soon…
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/16/woolly-mammoth-resurrection-scientists

Ancient hunting weapons and tools found in Denmark
http://www.startribune.com/hunting-tools-tell-how-first-people-in-denmark-lived/413388013/

Grave stories

Death in Pictland
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/facial-reconstruction-of-pictish-man-brutally-murdered-1400-years-ago

More on the Viking grave in Scotland, with photos of the weapons
http://www.livescience.com/57793-viking-warrior-grave-has-ax-sword.html

Lions from Charles V of France's tomb to be sold - beautiful pieces!
http://artdaily.com/news/93950/Long-lost-lions-from-Charles-V-s-tomb-to-be-auctioned-at-Christie-s-in-London#.WKwBCzGml9A

This week on dead monarch watch - James I of Scotland!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-39028871

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Lincoln Castle Revealed wins award
http://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/heritage-project-award-lincoln-castle-revealed/

French chateau for sale
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/castle-sale-le-chateau-de-pouzilhac/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Piece about Malik-e-Maidan, one of India’s largest cannons
https://www.ibcworldnews.com/2017/02/07/malik-e-maidan-the-monarch-of-the-plains/

Creating 3-D image of LaSalle cannon
http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/27367273/article-SFA-s-Center-for-Regional-Heritage-Research-works-with-museum--French-officials-to-create-3-D-image-of-LaSalle-cannon?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

Protecting Fort Jefferson
http://wlrn.org/post/protecting-protector-30-year-project-stabilize-historic-fort-jefferson-almost-complete

Living in the past

How to sword fight
https://champions.co/p/watch-everything-you-know-about-sword-fighting-from-movies-is-wrong/4209150

Café Basiliscoe

Medieval cooking for modern times
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/old-food-never-better-augmenting-event-authenticity-medieval-festival/

Burnt turnips - a Siberian delicacy (interesting article!)
http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0286-charred-turnip-dinner-from-400-years-ago-throws-new-light-on-conquest-of-siberia/

Miscellany

Feature on the Tudor shoes and leatherwork from Crossrail project
http://artdaily.com/news/93972/MOLA-excavations-at-Crossrail-Farringdon-site-reveal-secrets-of-Tudor-life#.WK1f8jGml9A

Setting up a gunpowder mill in 17th century Massachusetts
http://www.thecantoncitizen.com/2017/02/10/true-tales-powder/

Inside Valetta’s tunnels
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/20/malta-secret-tunnels-inside-newly-discovered-underworld-valletta

Civil war artefacts from Starborough Castle on display in Eden Valley.
http://www.oxted-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113232&headline=Civil%20war%20artefacts%20inspire%20exhibition&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Trebuchets take on Trump’s wall….
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38986804

Into the 20th century

Fake news in WWI
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38995205

WW2 bomb found in Portsmouth harbour
http://navaltoday.com/2017/02/22/another-wwii-bomb-found-in-portsmouth/

Legacy of landmines
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/

World Heritage

Update on Nimrud
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/british-museum-trained-iraqi-archaeologist-assesses-isil-destruction-of-nimrud-/

BM sends experts to Mosul to assess damage
http://artdaily.com/news/93936/British-Museum-training-Iraqi-experts-to-save-Mosul-heritage#.WKwBRjGml9A

Short piece on Pacific trade
http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/trading-treasures-and-curiosity-fascinating-history-manila-galleons-007607

400-year-old map shows Edo Castle’s purpose when built http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201702090070.html

Experts from US to help shift Tipu Sultan's Armoury https://www.nyoooz.com/news/mysore/740087/experts-from-us-to-help-shift--tipu-sultans-armoury-by-march-10
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/597983/tipus-armoury-shifting-goes-smooth.html

A walk round Kot Diji Fort
http://nation.com.pk/blogs/20-Feb-2017/a-walk-on-kot-diji-fort

Nautical news

Traces of paint found on figure head of the Danish Gribshunden, lost1495
http://combatarchaeology.org/traces-of-color-on-the-figurehead-of-gribshunden/

Update on the search for the Neva, lost 1813 in Alaska
http://juneauempire.com/art/art/2017-02-23/200-year-old-russian-wreck-found-kruzov-island-near-sitka

WW1 shipwreck HMS Anglia sunk 1915 off Folkestone gets legal protection http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-39065046

Japanese warships stripped for scrap
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/images-reveal-three-more-japanese-wwii-shipwrecks-torn-apart-for-scrap

Project set up to investigate the tanks lost before the D-Day landings
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15095945.Do_you_have_underwater_pictures_of_Poole_Bay__39_s_Valentine_tanks_/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

RAF Museum celebrates the centenary with special book
http://artdaily.com/news/93666/The-RAF-Centenary-Anthology--An-extraordinary-edition-for-an-extraordinary-service#.WJ2LvjGml9A

Installing new painting in Philadelphia’s Museum of the Revolution
http://artdaily.com/news/93641/19th-century-painting-of-Washington-and-Rochambeau-at-Siege-of-Yorktown-installed-at-museum#.WJ2MUDGml9A

New museums

UK government art collection to go on public view
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/gallery-for-government-s-off-duty-art/

Museum developments

Early photographs available in digital archive
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/early-victorian-photos-featured-on-new-website-11364146360655
http://artdaily.com/news/93679/Oxford-s-Bodleian-launches-seminal-online-catalogue-of-the-complete-works-of-William-Henry-Fox-Talbot#.WJ7kITGml9A

Digital exhibition of 18th century South Africa
http://artdaily.com/news/93779/Rijksmuseum-unveils-18th-century-South-Africa-through-comprehensive-digital-portrait#.WKQbKDGml9A

Asian Art Museum’s new video art to commemorate 75th anniversary of Japanese incarceration during WWII
http://artdaily.com/news/93902/Asian-Art-Museum-presents-new-video-art-to-commemorate-75th-anniversary-of-Japanese-incarceration-during-WWII-#.WKqsDzGml9A

Sistine Chapel from the comfort of your own laptop
http://artdaily.com/news/94069/Sistine-chapel-photographed-in-unprecedented-detail#.WLKc_DGml9A

Museum musings

Invasion of Singapore still causes problems
http://artdaily.com/news/94073/Singapore-renames-WWII-exhibition-after-outcry#.WLKdUjGml9A

Legacy of landmines
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/

Banning ivory
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/feb/16/uk-ivory-art-ban-prince-william

Conservation corner

Breughel uncovered in Bath Museum store
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/brueghel-painting-emerges-from-bath-museum-s-storeroom/

Atlanta’s Cyclorama on the move
http://www.myajc.com/news/the-cyclorama-how-move-ton-painting/w2Dq3JspX6QySp9qtn2FHI/
http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/explore/destinations/atlanta-cyclorama

Objects

Beith Bronze Age Shield
https://www.sal.org.uk/museum-collection/unlocking-our-collections/

High price paid for Chinese firearm
http://www.artsandcollections.com/article/antique-gun-auction-fetches-millions

Very nice piece about a Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund sword
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/swashbuckling-tale-trade-trickery-tefaf/

French flag captured by Nelson on view in Norwich
http://artdaily.com/news/93825/Giant-French-flag-going-on-display-at-British-castle#.WKbFgzGml9A

Pistol used against British in 1920s India goes on show
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/90-years-after-its-final-shot-1st-look-at-bhagat-singhs-gun/articleshow/57158060.cms

Adolf Hitler’s telephone sold
http://artdaily.com/news/93919/Hitler-s-phone-sells-for-more-than--240-000#.WKqr0zGml9A

Exhibitions

London archaeology in Docklands
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/08/exhibition-offers-extensive-insight-into-londons-history-thrown-up-by-crossrail

WWI photographs in London
http://artdaily.com/news/93636/Exhibition-highlights-forgotten-aspect-of-Britain-s-First-World-War#.WJ2MnzGml9A

Women in the navy in Portsmouth
http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/news/item/705-pioneers-to-professionals-women-and-the-royal-navy-special-exhibition-shares-lost-stories-to-celebrate-women-in-the-royal-navy

Brueghels in Bath
http://artdaily.com/news/93804/The-Holburne-Museum-opens-first-exhibition-devoted-to-the-Bruegel-dynasty#.WKVoETGml9A

Caravaggio in Dublin
http://artdaily.com/news/93710/-Beyond-Caravaggio--exhibition-opens-at-the-National-Gallery-of-Ireland#.WKAkSDGml9A

South Africa in Amsterdam
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/good-hope

Bosch in Venice
http://artdaily.com/news/93946/Exhibition-at-the-Doge-s-Palace-presents-works-by-Hieronymus-Bosch#.WKwBnTGml9A

Gothic boxwood in New York
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/small-wonders

Books

Chris McNab: The FN Minimi Light Machine Gun;M249, L108A1, L110A2, and other variants
https://ospreypublishing.com/the-fn-minimi-light-machine-gun

Colin J M Martin: A Cromwellian Warship wrecked off Duart Castle, Mull, Scotland, in 1653
http://www.socantscot.org/product/a-cromwellian-warship-wrecked-off-duart-castle-mull-scotland-1653/

Review of picture book on World War I tanks http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4244860/Pictures-British-tank-secured-victory-Allies.html

Online Books

Andrei Octavian Farcas: Maces in medieval Transylvania between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries (Master’s Thesis, Central European University, 2016)
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/maces-medieval-transylvania-thirteenth-sixteenth-centuries/

H. L. Hunley: Recovery Operations
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/underwater-archaeology/sites-and-projects/ship-wrecksites/hl-hunley/recovery-report.html

Popular culture

Making armour and weapons for entertainment media in India
http://www.thehindu.com/society/dressing-up-vintage-warriors/article17326572.ece

And armour for ladies who game
http://kotaku.com/for-honor-gets-female-armor-right-1792589476

New BBC drama about the Gunpowder Plot in progress http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gunpowder-drama-kit-harington_uk_58a8b4b4e4b037d17d28912e

Events

Diary dates

Open days for firings at Crownhill Fort, Plymouth
https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/crownhill-fort/crownhill-fort-whats-on/

Conferences

24 June 2017 Ludlow
Memorials in the Marches: Monuments in the church of St Laurence, Ludlow
http://www.ludlowpalmers.uk/Ludlow_Monuments.pdf

September Germany
ICOMAM
https://icomam-germany2017.de/

Sales, fairs and auctions

28 March 2017 London
Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2017/two-great-scottish-collections-l17317.html

Preview for Hermann-Historica
http://www.hermann-historica.de/AuctionData/1/A74/pdf/flyer/A74_Flyer_komplett_Netz.pdf

Websites and downloads

L'Echo du Dôme n°38 février-mai 2017
http://www.musee-armee.fr/actualites/le-magazine-du-musee.html

Richard III’s book of hours goes on line
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/richard-lll-book-hours-now-online/

1066 etc: Robin Hood, Teutonic Knights, cavalry Byzantine soldiers
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/robin-hood-three-estates-medieval-society/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/teutonic-order-cyprus-ca-1197-1250/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/thoughts-role-cavalry-medieval-warfare/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/soldiers-life-early-byzantine-masculinity-manliness-war/

Finally

We have begun planning the next ICOMAM MAGAZINE - let us know if you have news or articles for it!

A fortnight on Twitter

James I of Scotland gets his own twitterfeed so you can follow the search for his remains! https://twitter.com/james1ofscots
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 27 February 2017

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