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The Basiliscoe Mercury 278

The Basiliscoe Mercury 278

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

This week’s Bazzy delayed due to tour of German museums with colleagues, but some of those visits have filtered into the newsletter items. Otherwise, a cracking Bazzy, with Roman weapons, Viking swords, bodies in Swiss glaciers, wreck updates and new books from Germany.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Neanderthals show how clever they were by gluing their weapons together
http://www.ibtimes.com/how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-tar-make-stronger-weapons-2585232

Roman military equipment excavated near Hadrian's Wall
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/09/hadrians-wall-lost-secrets-roman-vindolanda-unearthed

Feature on the Guisborough Roman helmet - pictures
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/15536579.Archaeologist_on_a_mission_to_raise_awareness_of_North_East_discovered_historic_Roman_helmet/

Viking sword found in Norwegian mountains
http://secretsoftheice.com/news/2017/09/05/viking-sword/

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Fishing in ancient Taiwan
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/

Grave stories

Bodies & their weapons found in Swiss glaciers - stunning pictures of wheellock & rapier
http://secretsoftheice.com/news/2016/11/17/death-high-mountains/

Fascinating piece on Westminster Abbey’s royal funeral effigies
http://museumcrush.org/the-secrets-of-the-funeral-effigies-of-westminster-abbey/

Mass graves found near Vinegar Hill, Ireland
http://www.independent.ie/regionals/goreyguardian/news/archaeologists-find-mass-graves-on-vinegar-hill-36121841.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Exploring a Hospitallers’ estate
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/archaeologists-explore-medieval-manor-linked-knights-hospitallers/
https://www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/discoveries/projects/medieval/castle-hill-in-search-of-the-knights-hospitallers

Medieval castle and blast furnace for sale in Shropshire
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/shifnal/2017/09/02/ancient-furnace-site-goes-on-market/

Update on Hull blockhouse fortifications
http://developmentfinancetoday.co.uk/article-desc-5721_excavations-begin-at-the-site-of-henry-viii%E2%80%99s-hull-fortress

Princesses and Amazons

Viking woman in warrior grave raises problems…
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/su-aoa090817.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeleton-ignites-debate-over-whether-women-were-viking-warriors

And more on women warriors
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-warrior-was-written-out-of-history
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/battle-prejudice-warrior-women-ancient-amazons?CMP=soc_3156

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Raising funds for new carriages for two Civil War cannon
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_31278559/funds-provide-carriages-historic-cannons

World War I cannons dedicated at Fort Howard, Baltimore County
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-co-defenders-cannons-20170902-story.html

The story of the Fremont cannon and the feud
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/opinion/dennis-cassinelli-fremont-cannon-trophy-center-of-football-feud/

A history of rocket technology
http://www.popsci.com/what-are-rockets-red-glare-in-star-spangled-banner

Round the world

Walking the Great Wall of China
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41240113/the-first-men-to-walk-the-great-wall-of-china

Interesting piece about Afghanistan and its place in history - lots of pics
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/world/asia/afghanistan-graveyard-empires-historical-pictures.html

Another week, another neglected Indian fort
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Telangana/2017-09-10/Molangur-Fort-in-a-state-of-neglect/325379

Saigo Takamori: The Last Samurai?
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/who-was-saigo-takamori-the-last-samurai.aspx

Smuggling antique pistols out of Egypt foiled - picture
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/17/authorities-seize-attempt-smuggle-ancient-guns-turkey/
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Café Basiliscoe

Medieval diet
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/medical-dietetic-references-medieval-german-cookbooks/

Miscellany

13th century psalter acquired by British Library - nice knights!
http://artdaily.com/news/98762/Thirteenth-century-Mostyn-Psalter-Hours-saved-for-the-nation-#.WcElc7puL4g

Yorkshire schoolgirl finds a sword in the water on holiday - don’t get excited….
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-region/south-yorkshire/doncaster/yorkshire-schoolgirl-left-stunned-after-discovering-king-arthur-s-legendary-excalibur-1-8734754

Piracy and bankers - we all knew there was a connection…
http://www.thejournal.ie/the-central-bank-of-ireland-is-opening-its-archives-for-the-first-time-3574045-Aug2017/

Archaeologists discover coins hidden from the Swedes in 30 Years War http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,459512,czluchow-archaeologists-discovered-coins-hidden-from-the-swedes--more-than-350-years-ago.html

Into the 20th century

Exhibition on one WW1 officer in Parliament
http://museumcrush.org/the-parliamentary-clerk-lured-to-the-wwi-trenches-never-to-return/

Cache of old guns and parts found in Somerset river
http://www.guns.com/2017/09/07/father-and-son-dredge-wwii-guns-out-of-river-in-great-britain/

Metal-detecting on battlefields in Eastern Europe
https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/sep/17/battlefield-bounty-hunters-in-polish-ww2-battlefields

Archaeologists attempt to unite dog tags with families from RAF base in Norfolk
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-41280711

Remembering Mikhail Kalashnikov in Moscow with 30ft-high statue.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/19/30ft-high-statue-of-mikhail-kalashnikov-unveiled-in-moscow

Nautical news

Update on the shipwrecks located in the Black Sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-41320935/stunning-pictures-of-black-sea-shipwrecks
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/60-ancient-shipwrecks-found-by-climate.html?spref=fb&m=1#3TcCsbTALEUepoMX.97

Update on the Bom Jesus lost off Namibia, 1533
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/in-namibia-1533-portuguese-shipwrecks-relics-hidden-away/2017/09/15/139ed4a8-99fd-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html

Remains of Sweden’s Sceptre, built 1615, identified in Stockholm
https://www.thelocal.se/20170906/swedish-kings-scepter-shipwreck-17th-century-warship-found-in-central-stockholm

Update on the Rooswijk
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/rescuing-the-rooswijk.htm

Interesting article inspired by Capt Cook’s Endeavour cannon
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/cook-rediscovered-miracle-on-the-great-barrier-reef/news-story/2e118a456b4df6ded3cce366e6d8aeeb

Investigating the fate of Jean François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse and his crew, disappeared 1788
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170830114820.htm

Two cannon recovered from the Mercedes
http://algarvedailynews.com/news/12419-cannons-from-1804-spanish-wreck-recovered-off-the-algarve
http://www.laverdad.es/murcia/cartagena/expedicion-pecio-senora-20170829183039-nt.html

Update on the Franklin expedition
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/lost-franklin-expedition-historical-tug-of-war-1.4293114?cmp=rss

Just when you think they have solved how the Hunley sank….
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/the-mystery-of-why-the-hunley-sank-off-the-coast/article_2f9152e4-8dc3-11e7-ba92-739503f2fe3f.html

The sinking of USS San Diego
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-usssandiego-exploration-20170913-story.html

Another week, another U-boat found; this time off Belgium, WWI vintage
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41318195

Prototype for Canada's secret plane found in Great Lake
http://theprovince.com/news/national/avro-arrow-model-found-in-lake-ontario/wcm/8efa72d3-e758-47a3-b4b2-b8151e76467e

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Met named number 1 museum in world
http://artdaily.com/news/98947/Metropolitan-Museum-named--1-museum-in-the-world-by-TripAdvisor#.WcNzMDFK19A

Houston museums re-open…
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums-in-houston-reopen-after-hurricane-harvey

..while Florida museums assess the damage
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/florida-museums-assess-damage-and-start-repairs-in-irma's-wake

New museums

British Museum plan major new redisplays
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-plans-sweeping-redisplay-of-world-cultures

Conservation corner

Stolen Guercini badly damaged
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/stolen-guercino-painting-will-need-a-year-of-conservation

Restoring historic firearms
http://www.bendbulletin.com/outdoors/5555937-151/gunmakers-guild-celebrates-the-artistry-of-historic-flintlock

Exhibitions

Scythians in London
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/12/real-face-mummified-warrior-revealed-british-museum-scythians
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/12/scythians-review-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-london

Napoleon in Arras
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/napoleon-exhibition-museum-france-modern-civilisation

Goya portraits in Madrid
http://artdaily.com/news/98581/The-Prado-exhibits-works-by-Goya-and-Esteve--portraitists-to-the-Osuna-Family#.Wa0H5DFK19A

Flemish portraits in The Hague
http://artdaily.com/news/98736/Van-der-Weyden--Rubens-and-Van-Dyck--Flemish-masters-on-view-in-The-Hague

Books

Willers, Johannes et al: Kaiserburg-Museum des Germanischen Nationalmuseums. Führer durch die Schausammlung.
https://www.zvab.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=20517195244&searchurl=hl%3Don%26tn%3Df%25FChrer%2Bschausammlung%2Bkaiserburg%2Bmuseum%2Bgermanischen%2Bnationalmuseums%26sortby%3D20%26an%3Dwillers%2Bjohannes%2Bkarl%2Bwilhelm%2Bnawroth

Wilfried Baumann: Katalog der Stiftung Baumann (CD rom)
http://www.reichsstadtmuseum.rothenburg.de/index.php?id=160

Tomaz Lazar: Late-Medieval Artillery in Slovenia: A Study of Two Early Artillery Pieces from the Regional Museum Ptuj-Ormoz
https://www.amazon.com/Late-Medieval-Artillery-Slovenia-Regional-Ptuj-Ormoz/dp/9616981021

Holger Schuckelt: The Turkish Chamber: Oriental Splendour in the Dresden Armoury
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turkish-Chamber-Oriental-Splendour-Dresden/dp/3422069143

Online texts

Craig Nakashian: “A New kind of monster … part-monk, part-knight”: the paradox of clerical militarism in the Middle Ages
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/new-kind-monster-part-monk-part-knight-paradox-clerical-militarism-middle-ages/

Daniel Franke: Beyond the Medieval military revolution: Robert Ufford, Earl of Suffolk, and the wars of England 1298–1369
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/beyond-medieval-military-revolution-robert-ufford-earl-suffolk-wars-england-1298-1369/

Popular culture

Their Finest…- very absorbing film about propaganda in the Second World War, now available on DVD- both funny and sad
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/20/their-finest-review-bill-nighy-gemma-arterton-lone-scherfig

Munich by Robert Harris
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/17/munich-by-robert-harris-review-spy-novel

Events

Conferences

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

30 September Olympia Arms Fair
http://artdaily.com/news/98709/The-Olympia-Arms-Fair-to-be-held-on-30th-September-at-Pillar-Hall--London-#.WbaFYbpuL4g

Websites and downloads

Jagdschloss Kranichstein Museum
http://jagdschloss-kranichstein.de/

1066 etc: Templars, Charles the Bold, horses, & Greek Fire
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/rise-spectacular-fall-templars-interview-dan-jones/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/matthias-corvinus-charles-bold/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/horses-work-horses-war-divergent-horse-market-late-medieval-england/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/horses-work-horses-war-divergent-horse-market-late-medieval-england/

Finally

This next fortnight I will be tweeting German museums, castles and forts!
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 22 September 2017

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