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Basiliscoe Mercury 276

The Basiliscoe Mercury 276

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Plenty of news about ancient arms and battles this week, from the Bronze-Age through classical times to the Vikings. The usual dollop of haunted castles and a mutilated skeleton. Interesting exhibitions on the Medway, narwhals & colonial Denmark.

Ancient arms

Bronze Age warrior found with weapon in Siberia
http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/ancient-warrior-unearthed-marching-to-afterlife-with-his-dagger-drawn-wearing-stylish-earrings/http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/ancient-warrior-unearthed-marching-to-afterlife-with-his-dagger-drawn-wearing-stylish-earrings/

Rijksmuseum buys Bronze Age dirk
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/ancient-peat-bog-bronze-sword-sells-to-dutch-museum-at-christies/

Excavating ancient Troy - new discoveries
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-unveil-mysteries-of-trojan-war.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116282&NewsCatID=375

Exploring England’s hillforts
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/07/walking-ancient-hillforts-wiltshire-downs-england-atlas-of-hillforts

Ballista
http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/a27520/game-of-thrones-ballista/

Delving into the Galloway Hoard
http://museumcrush.org/uncovering-the-galloway-viking-hoard-layer-by-layer/

Viking shields
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/viking-shield-british-isles-changes-use-8th-11th-century-england-isle-man/

Battles, towers and forts

Re-examining the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
http://www.dw.com/en/unearthing-the-mysteries-of-the-battle-that-created-germany/a-39817362

Gladiators clash on ancient tomb stone
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/07/27/tomb-depicting-famous-gladiator-brawl-discovered-in-pompeii_223d6f13-f15b-43d1-8405-a6f11fccd33b.html?idPhoto=1

Chariot race on Cyprus mosaic
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-mosaic-cyprus-roman-chariot-race-archaeology-spd/

Grave stories

Investigating three medieval mutilated skeletons in Portugal
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe/status/896355940315934722

Has the tomb of the first historian of the Americas been discovered? https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/27/inenglish/1501149491_780251.html
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In the lists

Fitness tips for knights
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/medieval-fitness-tips/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Excavating Sheffield castle
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/new-dig-at-castle-where-mary-queen-of-scots-was-held-for-14-years-1-4518077

If you are searching for a castle with a ghost in armour, look no further!
http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/clonony-castle-offaly-haunted-soldier-10897939

Medieval Irish castle and what to do with it…
http://www.chron.com/life/style/home-design/article/Medieval-castle-is-glioblastoma-patient-s-gift-to-11734893.php

Luna Site largest mid-16th century Spanish settlement in southeast US
http://wuwf.org/post/luna-site-confirmed-largest-mid-16th-century-spanish-settlement-southeast

Investigating early fort in Yellowstone Park
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/researcher-traces-ties-between-fort-yellowstone/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Cannonball found at Brooklyn Heights home dates to Revolutionary War (!) http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/40/32/dtg-cannonball-found-in-brooklyn-heights-2017-08-11-bk.html

Two Hotchkiss mountain cannons outside NY store to be restored - pictures!
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170802/hells-kitchen-clinton/kaufmans-army-navy-store-cannons-42nd-street

City to restore Great War trophy, Brantford Canada, http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/08/02/city-to-restore-great-war-trophy

Tynemouth WW2 cannon to be conserved
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/see-tynemouth-castle-priorys-historic-13393402

Café Basiliscoe

Etruscan honey….
https://www.livescience.com/59970-etruscans-were-expert-beekeepers.html

….drizzled on 100-year–old fruit cake
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40907084

Into the 20th century

Medicine in the trenches - one man’s experience
http://museumcrush.org/the-wwi-amputee-who-saved-his-men-and-had-the-first-front-line-blood-transfer/

Training trenches in the UK being explored.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/05/miles-of-forgotten-trenches-dug-in-england-during-first-world-war-unearthed-again

Build your own Mosquito
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-40873628

The future of rail guns
http://www.popsci.com/navy-prepares-railgun-for-future-war#page-2

Obituaries

Robert Hardy
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/03/robert-hardy-obituary

Nautical news

16th century wreck being investigated off Esposende, Portugal
http://portocanal.sapo.pt/noticia/130493

Searching for HMAS Sydney and Endurance- stunning pictures
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-31/shipwreck-hunter-searching-the-holy-grail-in-antarctica/8758920

Surveying the English Channel finds a lot of stuff - bombs, mines and a shipwreck
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/30/wartime-bombs-and-mines-fail-to-stop-cross-channel-power-cable

And cannons found when dredging Portsmouth approaches
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40787660

What to do with the Graf Spee’s eagle
https://sputniknews.com/art_living/201708101056342933-uruguay-german-warship-crest/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Director of the National Army Museum retires
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/07082017-museum-directors-step-down

Museums of Mysore
http://starofmysore.com/museums-of-mysuru/

New museums

Postal Museum opens in London
http://artdaily.com/news/97848/Signed--sealed--delivered--The-Postal-Museum-in-London-opens-for-business-#.WXxSBjFK19A

Museum developments

Fort Ticonderoga has an App for its cannon
http://www.suncommunitynews.com/articles/the-sun/new-fort-ticonderoga-app-details-guns/

Museum musings

Piece about the US’s National Endowment for the Humanities
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/neh-grants/

Interesting article about our need for cultural fakes
http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/comment/fake-heritage-for-the-fake-news-era-/

Conservation corner

Investigating medieval French sculptures
http://artdaily.com/news/98008/A-team-of-French-scientists-crack-mystery-of-the-luckless-apostles-of-Paris#.WYWGczFK19A

Trying to keep craft skills alive
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/aug/04/hats-heritage-crafts-association-artisanship

Objects

General Hill, Waterloo veteran's medals sold
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40716456

Napoleonic sword for Fort George - no picture of the sword!
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Highlanders-Museum-at-Fort-George-receives-ancient-sword-28072017.htm

Boer war 'time capsule' sold
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40715985

Exhibitions

Battle of the Medway in Chatham
http://museumcrush.org/medway-the-forgotten-battle-that-shook-britain-to-its-core/

Castles in British art in Southampton
http://artdaily.com/news/97900/-Capture-the-Castle--British-Artists-and-the-Castle-from-Turner-to-Le-Brun--at-Southampton-City-Art-Gallery#.WYA9szFK19A

Lord Nelson at Norwich
http://artdaily.com/news/97864/Exhibition-presents-extraordinary-objects-connected-to-Admiral-Lord-Nelson#.WX7hcTFK19A

Early photographs of India in London
http://artdaily.com/news/97908/Exhibition-at-Getty-Images-Gallery-presents-some-of-the-earliest-photographic-views-of-India-and-its-people-#.WYA-UDFK19A

Grant family portraits at Grantown
http://www.grantownmuseum.co.uk/exhibitions-events/

Denmark’s colonial past in Copenhagen
http://artdaily.com/news/95703/Untold-stories-from-Denmark-s-colonial-past-on-display-at-the-National-Gallery-of-Denmark#.WZANSjFK19A

WWI in Nuremburg
http://www.gnm.de/en/exhibitions/current-and-upcoming/wartime-in-the-national-museum/

Science and philosophy in Cambridge, Massachusetts
http://artdaily.com/news/96068/Exhibition-brings-together-many-long-forgotten-icons-of-American-culture#.WZAMizFK19A

Narwhals in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/97970/Smithsonian-exhibition-reveals-traditional-and-new-knowledge-of-Narwhals#.WYLfsjFK19A

Books

Ferdinand II
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000031252-1984-01&cHash=e09bde8e48e6535529dafd55f83b8e67

Kathleen Walker-Meikle: The Horse Book: Horses of Historical Distinction
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-horse-book-9781784422271/

Martin Pegler: Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War; Colt, Sharps, Spencer, and Whitworth
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/sharpshooting-rifles-of-the-american-civil-war

Marc Romanych & Greg Heuer: Railway Guns of World War I
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/railway-guns-of-world-war-i

Events

Diary Dates

Roman London
http://www.visitlondon.com/romans

Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation.html

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

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

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

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

Calls for papers

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/

Sales Fairs and auctions

Gavin Gardiner auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns at Gleneagles http://artdaily.com/news/97969/Gavin-Gardiner-Ltd-s-auction-of-Modern---Vintage-Sporting-Guns-to-be-held-at-Gleneagles#.WYLkUzFK19A

Websites and downloads

Iron-making sites of the lake District- our summer so far!
http://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/Lakes%20report-V2.pdf
http://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/prog.htm

Wealden iron research group’s home page - lots to explore
http://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/index.htm

Rüstkammer of Dresden
http://www.skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/residenzschloss/ruestkammer/index.html

1066 etc: Pharmacy & Malory,
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/pharmacy-testing-language-truth-renaissance-italy/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/love-freedom-marital-fidelity-malorys-morte-darthur/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted Bolsover Castle & a week in London
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 14 August 2017

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