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The Basiliscoe Mercury 277

The Basiliscoe Mercury 277

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Life & death in medieval London and the discovery of Greenwich Palace cellars, fighting women, Updates on a number of wrecks- and – spoiler alert- the RAF didn’t murder Glenn Miller after all. A lot of discussion of the importance of monuments, a reminder of European Heritage Open Days and a number of interesting new books, as the evenings draw in. Finally a message from the Met…

Ancient arms and forts

Testing prehistoric weapons replicas
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-replicates-weapons-early-feats-north-american-engineering-180964077/

Bronze-Age dagger found in Slovakia – pictures
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623030/young-man-finds-4000-year-old-dagger-by-accident.html

Bronze warrior and his weapons found near Sion, Switzerland
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/bronze-age-tombs-unearthed-during-car.html#S83U7R8QLVYH92L8.97

Latest research on the Terracotta Army
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/china-terra-cotta-army-clay

Gladiators’ arena in ancient Anatolia investigated
http://sabahdai.ly/B3kCgm

Round fort found in Denmark
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1000-year-old-massive-perfectly-circular-viking-fortress-discovered-denmark-1634131
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Grave stories

Skulls from medieval London show a life (and death) of violence
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2145415-medieval-london-was-the-most-violent-place-in-england/

Searching for a Civil War grave
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20170809/team-in-swansea-tries-to-unearth-mystery-of-civil-war-soldiers-burial-spot

Through the arrow-slit . . .

York ponders lowering the portcullis
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15459002.Will_this_historic_York_portcullis_be_lowered_again_/

Remains of Greenwich palace found under Picture hall
https://www.ornc.org/News/major-archaeological-finds-at-greenwich-uncover-lost-royal-palace

Visiting the top of Windsor Castle
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2017/08/27/climbing-to-the-top-of-windsor-castles-round-tower/

Gate Discovered at Medieval Castle in Slovakia http://www.archaeology.org/news/5873-170825-slovakia-viniansky-castle

Pictures of forts and castles round the globe
http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/abandoned-castles-worldwide/index.html

Through the gunloop…

Hull blockhouse to be investigated
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-41081664

At imperilled coastal forts, archaeologist tries to document the past: report http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/08/louisiana_archaeologist_docume.html

Dutch slave trade and fort in Tamil Nadu https://scroll.in/magazine/847865/slavers-bay-the-little-known-history-of-dutch-slave-trade-in-a-small-town-in-tamil-nadu

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

North Carolina Williamston's Civil War cannon goes to museum
http://www.independentmail.com/story/news/local/2017/08/15/williamstons-civil-war-cannon-headed-citadel-museum/569431001/

Victorian cannon in Digby Nova Scotia defaced
http://www.digbycourier.ca/news/local/2017/8/23/historic-cannon-defaced-in-digby.html

Café Basiliscoe

Bronze-age wine….
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2017/article/world-s-oldest-italian-wine-just-discovered

…or recreated 17th century ships diet- beer and salted penguin
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503719/archaeologists-are-recreating-recipes-17th-century-ships

Miscellany

Fishing in medieval Iceland
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/character-commercial-fishing-icelandic-waters-fifteenth-century/

Remembering Enfield’s history
https://londonist.com/london/history/the-suburban-village-where-rifles-muskets-and-swords-were-manufactured

Princesses and Amazons

V&A acquire Victoria’s coronet
http://museumcrush.org/va-acquires-famous-coronet-designed-by-albert-as-a-love-token-for-queen-victoria/

Civil War fighters
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/donald-trump-transgender-military-ban-albert-cashier

Russian women in the WW1
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/insider/russian-women-muster-for-a-battalion-of-death.html?smid=tw-share

Into the 20th century

Surveying WW1 PoW camp in Jersey
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/25/archaeologists-survey-pow-camp/

RAF cleared of killing Glenn Miller
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/29/glenn-miller-book-clears-raf-killing-band-leader

Nautical news

Update on the Vasa
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-vasa-ship-keeps-giving-180964328/

Update on the Dutch East Indiaman Rooswijk lost 1740 on Goodwin Sands http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-40962097
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/17/lost-crew-18th-century-dutch-treasure-ship-found-coast-kent/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/treasure-and-intrigue-scientists-unravel-story-of-1740-kent-shipwreck

Investigating the slave ships lost off Senegal
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-deep-senegal-slave-shipwreck.html

Update on the Mentor, lost off Kythira, 1802
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/15/items-recovered-from-wreck-of-elgins-ship-off-Kythira/
Update of the Franklin expedition
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/franklin-ships-erebus-terror-underwater-archeology-1.4241633

Update on the Hunley
http://home.bt.com/news/science-news/the-150-year-old-mystery-of-how-the-hunley-submarine-crew-died-has-been-solved-11364206456179

USS Indianapolis found
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/paul-allen-finds-lost-wwii-ship-uss-indianapolis/ar-AAql9Fy?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

Three new shipwrecks recognized in English waters
http://www.divernet.com/home-diving-news/p320546-cannon-and-u-boat-sites-win-protection.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Houston Museums and galleries deal with the floods
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/museums-brace-for-full-impact-of-hurricane-harvey/

University Museum of Bergen has 400 Viking artefacts stolen
http://artdaily.com/news/98214/400-Viking-objects-stolen-in-Norway-museum-heist#.WZqR3jFK19A

Scotland Yard arts squad under threat
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/closure-of-scotland-yard-s-art-and-antiques-unit-now-being-considered/

Museums in Europe discuss the future of the Benin bronzes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/cambridge-benin-bronzes-loan-deal

New Museums

Partition Museum in India
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/india-remembers-trauma-and-art-of-partition/

Museum Musings

Why museum collections matter
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/

Do statues matter?
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/charlottesville-riot-hastens-removal-of-confederate-monuments-throughout-the-us/
http://artdaily.com/news/98198/Are-Confederate-monuments-important-works-of-art--#.WZlA5jFK19A
https://www.rt.com/news/400274-toppling-monuments-historic-incidents/

India’s WW1 monuments
http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/entertainment/unwind/the-battle-of-wwi-memorials/articleshow/60123251.cms

Knoxville’s monuments
http://www.knoxmercury.com/2017/08/25/times-remorseless-doom-two-monuments-fort-sanders/

Conservation corner

Working at Rock Island Arsenal Museum in Rock Island, Illinois
http://www.carrollspaper.com/Content/Local-News-Archive/Local-News/Article/Internship-exposes-Carroll-grad-to-historic-guns/1/1/25155

Objects

Robert the Bruce’s seal- or not
http://www.thenational.scot/news/15497256.Doubts_raised_over_famous_seals_said_to_have_been_used_by_Robert_the_Bruce_which_may_be_replicas/

Paintings van Blarenberghe of American battles in Yorktown
http://artdaily.com/news/98427/Last-chance-to-see-two-highly-detailed-18th-century-paintings-#.WaUsGjFK19A

Art Detectives: Solving a mystery portrait and more
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/30/mystery-solved-unknown-soldier-was-painted-by-his-mother

Mountbatten’s pistol-pen
http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/wild-buzz-the-goral-godfather-and-the-pistol-s-sign/story-W46MTsMFlyWNDSMbTQrl7K.html

Exhibitions

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

300 year old Maria Theresa in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/96875/In-Her-Majesty-s-Hands--Medals-of-Maria-Theresa-on-view-at-the-Kunsthistorisches-Museum#.WZP7CTFK19A
http://artdaily.com/news/97724/Exhibition-at-The-Belvedere-traces-the-impact-of-Maria-Theresa-s-cultural-commitment#.WZf9UDFK19A

Books

Donald J. LaRocca: How to Read European Armor
http://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9781588396297/how-read-european-armor

Dan Jones: The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/13/dan-jones-the-templars-rise-spectacular-fall-gods-holy-warriors-review

Helen J. Nicholson: The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knights Templar at Home
http://fonthillmedia.com/9781781553732

Elizabeth Cleland & Lorraine Karafel: Tapestries from the Burrell Collection
http://artdaily.com/news/98314/A-splendid-record-of-one-of-the-largest-and-most-important-tapestry-collections-in-the-world#.WZ_UfDFK19A

Online Book

Wiley Library Online: War and Conflict Research articles
http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-830190.html

Popular Culture

Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang
https://www.ft.com/content/c141c5a2-891d-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7

Trailer for new BBC drama on the Gunpowder Plot
http://www.nme.com/news/tv/watch-trailer-kit-haringtons-bbc-drama-gunpowder-2129989

Events

Diary Dates

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/

Sales Fairs and auctions

Preview for Hermann Historica
https://www.hermann-historica.de/AuctionData/1/_Sonstiges/flyer/A75/A75_Flyer_Netz.pdf

Websites and Downloads
1066 etc

Ladies on crusade, Clontarf, military surgeon’s & Anglo-Saxon battles
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/cross-purposes-frankish-levantine-perceptions-gender-female-participation-crusades-1147-1254/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/network-analysis-viking-age-ireland-portrayed-cogadh-gaedhel-re-gallaibh/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/military-surgical-practice-advent-gunpowder-weaponry/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/english-nationalism-battle-maldon-battle-brunanburh/

Finally

Don’t forget heritage open days across Europe
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
http://www.europeanheritagedays.com/

A message from the Met

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection. Starting with Volume 52 (2017), there will be two sections: Articles and Research Notes. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship. Research Notes typically present a concise, neatly bounded aspect of ongoing investigation, such as the presentation of a new acquisition or attribution, or a specific, resonant finding from technical analysis. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure.

Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear both in print and online, and are immediately accessible via MetPublications, JStor, and the website of the University of Chicago Press.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 53 (2018) is October 15, 2017.

Submission guidelines: www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/met/instruct

Please send materials to: journalsubmissions@metmuseum.org
Inspiration from the Collection: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection
View the Journal: www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/met/2016/51/1
This fortnight I tweeted on the treasures of Armourers Hall
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Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2017

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