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The Basiliscoe Mercury 275

The Basiliscoe Mercury 275

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

We celebrate the summer with a variety of stories from around the world - from assorted Stone Age weapons, the investigation of graves from Ancient Greece to the Romanovs, forts and castles. Strange things people find include toe bones, a shot gun and a bouncing bomb! We finish off with the two course lunch offered this week at Café Basiliscoe - drinks included!

Ancient arms

Investigating Stone Age tools
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/s-toa072617.php

Recreating ancient weapons
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-re-creating-weapons-discoveries-human-history.html

Where did the copper in Ötzi the Iceman’s axe come from? https://www.sciencenews.org/article/copper-otzi-icemans-ax-came-surprisingly-far-away
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Grave stories

Archaeologists in 2,500-year-old Greek cold case: Cylon's army? http://artdaily.com/news/97510/Archaeologists-go-high-tech-in-2-500-year-old-Greek-cold-case#.WWsPCzFK19A

The search for Genghis Khan’s tomb and why they’re not finding it
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170717-why-genghis-khans-tomb-cant-be-found

Romanovs
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/red-century-russia-romanov.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Not a Norman motte, but the “Sutton Hoo of Slough”
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-archaeologists-mound-slough-car-prestigious.html

Trebuchet building in France
http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/Indre-et-Loire/Loisirs/Patrimoine-tourisme/n/Contenus/Articles/2017/07/18/La-forteresse-conserve-son-trebuchet-3170676

Chester castle re-opens
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40657606

Excavating at Tintagel
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/13/tintagel-excavations-reveal-refined-tastes-of-medieval-settlers

Still not sorted out your summer hols yet? Ideas here….
http://royalcentral.co.uk/blogs/how-to-stay-at-a-british-castle-84876

Through the gunloop…

Tudor fortifications of Hull
http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hidden-medieval-fortress-buried-beneath-215490

Exploring gun emplacements in Civil War Nottingham castle
https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-digging-find-evidence-guns-fired-nottingham-castle-17th-century-civil-war/

Archaeologists excavating Fort Michilimackinac and their finds http://www.9and10news.com/story/35959771/archaeologists-find-rare-artifacts-at-site-in-fort-michilimackinac

Manjarabad Fort, Mysore
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/pets-and-environment/230717/sunday-story-misty-manjarabad-where-glinting-swords-clashed-for-a-slice-of-glory.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Buffalo’s memorial cannons and what happened to them - lots of photos
https://www.buffalorising.com/2017/07/where-did-all-the-cannons-go/

Feature about the Civil War napoleon cannon
http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1792181-how-civil-war-cannon-tore-infantry-apart

Cannons in Malaya
https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/sunday-vibes/2017/07/260037/when-malay-cannons-boomed

Living in the past

Archery in Istanbul
https://www.theislamicmonthly.com/ottoman-archery-modern-day-istanbul/

Artillery demonstration at Antietam National Battlefield explains gore of battle
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/artillery-demonstration-at-antietam-national-battlefield-explains-gore-of-battle/article_e72b837c-6ff3-11e7-b91d-3f321f7ca16b.html

Café Basiliscoe: on this week’s menu

Turtle from Israel…
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Humans-hunted-freshwater-turtles-in-Israel-60000-years-ago-500757

...or fish from Southampton
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40635975

..washed down with a flagon of byzantine wine
http://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-years-ago-soldiers-may-have-quaffed-wine-from-this-desert-press/wash

...and finished off with a glass of Madeira…
http://www.npr.org/2017/07/14/537276241/new-jersey-museum-holds-a-stash-221-year-old-madeira-wine

Miscellany - mostly found objects this week!

Weird things you find in your garden - and how to make money from them!
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/cannon-balls-toe-bones-rifle-flints-and-musket-balls-unearthed-in-county-gardens-up-for-auction/story-30440426-detail/story.html

Cannon ball in a Surrey yew tree
http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/the-oldest-tree-in-england-is-thought-to-be-4-000-years-old-and-stands-in-surrey/story-30448361-detail/story.html

18th century bayonet (and other military finds) found near Loon Lake
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2017/07/french-indian-war-bayonet-discovered-near-loon-lake.html

Mortar shell found in Old Quebec from Battle of the Plains of Abraham http://www.cbc.ca/1.4202559

19th century shotgun found in Blackfoot River, Montana http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/barrels-of-history-blackfoot-river-yields-th-century-shotgun-to/article_cb4b818b-545f-56c5-929d-ad1a37c02871.html

Divers recover World War Two Highball bomb in Scottish loch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-40662322/divers-recover-world-war-two-highball-bomb

Princesses and Amazons

Update on the search for Amelia Earhart
http://kuow.org/post/search-amelia-earhart-draws-archaeologist-eugene-south-pacific

Strong women in popular culture
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/22/game-of-thrones-handmaids-tale-wonder-woman-female-power

World Heritage

Interesting article on looking at maps
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/

Telangana drops guard on Hyderabad’s historic fortified wall http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/220717/telangana-drops-guard-on-hyderabads-historic-fortified-wall.html

19th century steel making sites in Sheffield discovered
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40669159#

Earthquake damaged Kos sites and monuments, Archaeological Service reports
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/21/earthquake-damaged-kos-sites-and-monuments-archaeological-service-reports/

Captured bells and cannon from the Philippines
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/07/24/duterte-us-return-balangiga-bells-554668

Boom in trebuchets coming to Mexico soon?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/14/trump-admits-his-border-wall-could-be-defeated-by-medieval-siege-technology/?utm_term=.4371660584db

Nautical news

Dive Bermuda’s wrecks, virtually
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-40598822/bermuda-shipwreck-digitally-recreated-by-divers

Investigating Port Royal
https://nottstv.com/nottingham-archaeologist-uncovers-secrets-sunken-pirate-city-jamaica/

18th century merchant ship found off St Augustine?
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/st-augustine/shipwreck-found-off-st-augustine-coast-believed-to-be-1700s-merchant-ship/457432291

Update on the survey of HMS Erebus
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674ship_glitch_scales_back_franklin_wreck_survey_in_nunavut/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Funding for the Imperial War Museum
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/25072017-5m-towards-new-imperial-war-museum-galleries

Visiting Cairo’s military museum
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/8/27/273368/Travel/News/Exploring-Cairo-Discover-the-lives-of-Egypts-royal.aspx

Taiwan Museum makes images available
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-40594287

Museum musings

BBC looking for museum partners
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/26072017-bbc-wants-museum-partners-for-civilisations-festival

No connection to Game of Thrones left unexplored...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/british-museum-lures-game-thrones-fans-exhibition-little-known/

Conservation corner

V&A X-ray their fashion collection
https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/x-raying-the-fashion-collection

Paris collections suffer in storms
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-s-poussin-masterpieces-damaged-after-torrential-rain-hits-paris/

New lives for old guns
http://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/making-art-out-of-historic-guns-1-8056705

Objects

Scottish history in 25 objects
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/5-000-years-of-scottish-history-summed-up-in-25-objects-1-4508701

What Bonnie Prince Charlie left behind at Culloden
http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-object-bonnie-prince-charlie-left-when-he-fled-culloden-1-4503894

17th century armour sold
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/superb-17th-century-armour-result-at-sothebys-thought-to-be-an-auction-record/

The weapons handed in to Plymouth police...
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/the-amazing-weapons-handed-in-to-plymouth-police/story-30440772-detail/story.html

Exhibitions

Tudor monarchs in London
https://www.sal.org.uk/museum-collection/exhibitions/

Renaissance drawings in London
http://artdaily.com/news/97528/The-National-Portrait-Gallery-opens-its-first-exhibition-of-old-master-European-portrait-drawings#.WWxt9jFK19A

War Horse goes to Bethnal Green
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/15/a-series-of-lucky-accidents-michael-morpurgo-on-the-birth-of-a-war-horse-

Black PoWs of the Napoleonic Wars in Portchester
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/18/hidden-story-of-2000-african-caribbean-pows-in-a-medieval-castle

Animals and War in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation/expositions/detail/animaux-guerres.html

John III Sobieski in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/97723/Exhibition-at-Prince-Eugene--146-s-Winter-Palace-focuses-on-Polish-king-John-III-Sobieski-#.WXhTvTFK19A

Books

Stefan Krause, Matthias Pfaffenbichler: Turnier; 1000 Jahre Ritterspiele
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000031310-1988-0&cHash=ab22cf3372c84de18289d459592383ac

Michael Jones; The Black Prince
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/07/the-black-prince-stained-by-evil-or-the-flower-of-chivalry/

Svetlana Alexievich: The Unwomanly Face of War https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/23/unwomanly-face-of-war-svetlana-alexievich-monument-to-courage-soviet-women-war

Osprey’s latest listing
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month

Online books

Ian Peirce & Ewart Oakeshott: Swords of the Viking Age
https://archive.org/details/SwordsOfTheVikingAgeByIanPeirceEwartOakeshott

Torsten Lenk & JF Hayward: The flintlock : its origin, development, and use
https://archive.org/details/Flintlock_The

Popular culture

Why isn’t there gunpowder in Westeros?
http://www.rstreet.org/op-ed/whats-stopping-technological-progress-in-game-of-thrones/

Tooling up your Lego figures
http://www.guns.com/2017/07/17/brickarms-brings-mini-weaponry-to-lego-buffs/

Land of Mine gets a wider release
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_Mine

Dunkirk reaches our beaches
http://www.dunkirkmovie.com/

And the Dunkirk spirit in modern culture
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jul/20/dunkirk-spirit-british-film-brexit-national-identity-christopher-nolan

Using mud to remember Passchendaele
http://www.centenarynews.com/article/mud-soldier-rests-in-trafalgar-square-for-yprespasschendaele-centenary

Events

Diary Dates

Vienna
http://www.hgm.at/

Jousting in the UK
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/knights-jousts-events/

Jousting in Denmark
https://www.middelaldercentret.dk/en
Conferences

5-6 August 2017 Ticonderoga
Seminar on 18th century artillery
http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/workshop-seminars/artillery

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

15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference
https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/whats-on/event/blackprinceconference/

Calls for papers

The Black Powder Ordnance: A conference on safe use
Hindlip Hall, 14 October 2017
Contact Roger Emmerson for details: emmersonrw@aol.com

Call for Papers for the sessions on the medieval horse at the International Medieval Congress 2018 at Leeds, 2-5 July 2018
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/call-papers-medieval-horse-imc-2018/

Websites and downloads

New display at Dresden
http://www.skd.museum/fileadmin/SKD/Bilder/Museen/Ruestkammer/Dateien/Macht___Mode_web.pdf

1066 etc: Chivalry & Cnut
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/ramon-llull-book-order-chivalry-attempt-retake-ideals-christian-chivalry/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/pilgrim-patron-cnut-post-conquest-historical-writing/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted Percy tombs and castles, and 18th century ironworks
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2017

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