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The Basiliscoe Mercury 280

The Basiliscoe Mercury 280

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

A number of tournament-related stories, as well as ancient diets, falcons, forts and cannons in India, lots of underwater discoveries and the autumn season exhibitions are now in full swing.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Bronze Age weapons found in glacier in Switzerland
https://www.thelocal.ch/20171004/bronze-age-equipment-found-on-swiss-mountain-pass

Roman fort in Bulgaria investigated
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/10/05/archaeologists-surprisingly-find-western-fortress-wall-roman-colony-ratiaria-northwest-bulgaria-survived-treasure-hunters-bulldozers/

Thoughts on Viking camps
https://www.livescience.com/60553-viking-fort-reveals-elaborate-military-network.html
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Ancient animals in African art
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278221/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-wall-markings-of-wild-animals-uncovered-in.aspx

Training falcons
http://uk.businessinsider.com/falconer-how-to-trick-training-falcons-medieval-times-animal-bird-peregrine-sports-2017-9

Grave stories

The mystery of Germany’s Rwandan skulls
http://artdaily.com/news/99317/Germany-to-probe-origins-of-colonial-era-Rwandan-skulls#.Wdd-UDFe59A

Beheaded Lord Lovat’s skeleton examined
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41483134
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/body-headless-jacobite-clan-chief-exhumed-solve-270-year-old/

Investigating an Aboriginal massacre in Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-01/forensic-science-study-seeks-truth-of-aboriginal-massacres/9001770

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In the lists

Crests on tournament helms
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/topping-off-tournament/

Jousting for boys
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/boys-joust-wanna-fun/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Investigating Grognon citadel, Belgium
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/belgiums-grognon-citadel-and-medieval.html#4yuubk8gh9D51qdr.97

Norman castle in Bari re-opens
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/03/restored-svevo-castle-in-bari-reopens_b19166b5-fb63-4425-ae06-e836350c4605.html

Short article about Edinburgh’s Flodden wall
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-flodden-wall

Shoreham fort damaged by vandals
http://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/public-urged-to-join-fight-to-keep-shoreham-fort-crime-free-1-8192597

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Brookline’s WWI cannon, damaged in a bus accident, returned thttps://patch.com/pennsylvania/dormont-brookline/historic-cannon-damaged-bus-accident-returns-brookline

Conserving the Alamo’s cannon collection
http://wtaw.com/2017/10/06/restoration-alamo-cannons-begin-rellis-campus/

Old cannons on Western Esplanade, Southampton, about 1904 http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15586157.PHOTOS__Southampton_used_to_be_a_fashionable_spa_destination__yes__really__/#gallery11

Asian forts round-up

Art of the Great Wall of China explored archaeologically
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/800-year-old-city-walls-excavated-in-china-117101400314_1.html

Passage to India: a visit to Murshidabad, West Bengal https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/passage-to-india-a-visit-to-murshidabad-west-bengal-1.663941

16th century Portuguese fort in Goa
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/ancient-guardian-of-the-mandovi-zuari/articleshow/60898760.cms

Hyderabad: General Raymond's Tomb being disrespected https://telanganatoday.com/raymonds-tomb-turns-den-anti-social-activities

Back to the front

Investigating the battle of Wood Lake
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5952-170928-minnesota-dakota-war

Finds from the Alamo go on show
http://www.expressnews.com/sa300/article/

Archaeologists find more than they were expecting at Salisbury plain …
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/man-solves-mystery-of-1930s-sports-car-buried-on-salisbury-plain

Living in the past

Stonehenge diet
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/15/stonehenge-neolithic-man-sweet-pork-rich-cheese-feasts

What the army in Roman Wales ate
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-invading-army-thousands-miles-home.html

Living the Viking life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/viking_club_where_men_fight_their_demons

Miscellany

Gold bay leaf from Napoleon's crown to be sold
http://artdaily.com/news/99439/Gold-leaf-from-Napoleon-s-crown-to-go-under-hammer#.Wd8j8TFe59A

Queen Victoria’s costume ball
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-10-13/did-queen-victoria-really-throw-a-costume-ball-to-help-the-spitalfields-silk-makers/

Why we like fireworks
http://indianexpress.com/article/research/between-the-flash-and-the-bang-trying-to-decode-why-humans-are-awed-by-fireworks-4886855/

Remembering Nobel
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/the-explosive-origins-of-the-nobel-prizes.aspx

Australian school children find pair of 100 year old guns in cave
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/exploring-wa-school-kids-unearth-old-machine-likely-owned-by-price-of-hyderabad-ng-b88614509z

Nautical news - including paintings this week, too!

Update from the Antikythera wreck
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/04/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-treasures-and-hints-of-priceless-classical-statues

Update on the search for Columbus’ ships - spoiler - nothing to report…
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/columbus-nina-pinta-santa-maria-shipwreck-archaeology/

Sweden’s Mars in 3D
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/mars-3D-reconstruction-shipwreck-baltic-sweden-archaeology/

Update on Ireland Sligo’s armada site’s future
http://sligoweekender.ie/2015/06/18/armada-cannons-recovered-from-streedagh/

Elizabeth I Armada portrait back on view after conservation
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/13/armada-portrait-elizabeth-i-restoration-spanish-armada-london-queens-house-greenwich
http://artdaily.com/news/99510/Armada-Portrait-returns-to-Greenwich-after-conservation#.WeMsXjFe59A

Nice 1620 seascape bought by Frans Hals Museum
http://artdaily.com/news/99305/Frans-Hals-Museum-buys-an-exceptional-work-by-Jan-Porcellis#.Wdd9DjFe59A

Update on the beeswax wreck – Spanish galleon off Oregon
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/sep/24/shipwreck-searchers-look-for-signs-of-spanish-galleon/

WWI U-boat found off Belgium
https://www.deeperblue.com/wwi-u-boat-found-off-coast-belgium/

HMS Pheasant, lost off Orkney in 1917, identified
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5943-170925-orkney-hms-pheasant

First naval casualty of WW2 found?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41503664

HMS Narwhal located?
http://seawaves.com/2017/10/04/wreck-of-ww2-submarine-narwhal-found-after-77-years/

Macumba shipwreck sunk in Japanese air raid found in Arafura Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-05/macumba-shipwreck-found-off-arnhem-land-74-years-after-sinking/9016796

The truth about the sinking of HMS Sheffield?
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/15/revealed-full-story-behind-sinking-of-falklands-warship-hms-sheffield

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Problems with Robben Island as a visitor attraction
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-10-05-dire-straits-robben-island-museum-operators-determined-to-keep-top-tourist-attraction-afloat/#.WdnhGjFe59C

Puerto Museums re-open after hurricane
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/puerto-rico's-museums-on-the-mend

UK contemplates ban on ivory trade
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-could-completely-ban-ivory-trade-by-2018

Sword boy gets private tour of FitzWilliam gallery!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41443601

A visit to Government Archaeology Museum in Madikeri, India
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/635869/an-ode-local-heritage.html

New museums

Freer and Sackler galleries re-open in DC
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/freer-gallery-of-art-and-arthur-m.-sackler-gallery-reopen-after-dollar13.6m-renovation

New gallery on the history of the Ashmolean in Oxford
http://artdaily.com/news/99255/The-New--Ashmolean-Story-Gallery--Telling-the-tale-of-the-world-s-first-public-museum#.WdeAfTFe59A

Sutton Hoo to be redeveloped
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/sutton-hoo-transformed/

Museum musings

This week in statues
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/the-sculptures-that-unite-america

Objects

Portrait of Colonel Thornton roebuck shooting loaned to Newmarket museum
http://artdaily.com/news/99446/National-Heritage-Centre-for-Horseracing---Sporting-Art-displays-two-important-new-loans-including-Stubbs-#.Wd8kXTFe59A

You can see the portrait with twelve-barrelled volley rifle here:
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17688/lot/1233/

Some of the finds donated to the Australian gun amnesty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-03/antique-revolver-handed-into-tasmania-police/9008900
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/drive/antique-gun-in-amnesty/9008504

Exhibitions

Indian science in London
http://artdaily.com/news/99280/Science-Museum-season-celebrates-global-impact-of-India-s-scientists-and-photographers#.Wdd_SzFe59A

Women’s photographs of WW1 in Bradford
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/05/female-perspective-of-world-war-one-revealed-in-new-photo-exhibition

Goya’s Disasters of War in Dublin
http://artdaily.com/news/99392/Chester-Beatty-Library-displays-complete-series-of-Francisco-Goya-s-The-Disasters-of-War#.WdyKPzFe59A

Francis I & his court in Paris
http://www.louvre.fr/en/expositions/francois-i-and-dutch-art
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/documents-essais/arts-et-artistes-du-nord-a-la-cour-de-francois-ier/12827.html

Rubens portraits in Paris
http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/rubens-portraits-princiers

14th century Flemish art in Amsterdam
http://artdaily.com/news/99310/Rijksmuseum-stages-first-show-of-Johan-Maelwael#.Wdd9vzFe59A

Dutch paintings from the hermitage in Amsterdam
http://artdaily.com/news/99272/63-Dutch-Masters-return-home-to-Holland-for-an-exhibition-at-the-Hermitage-Amsterdam#.WdiSpjFe59A

Raphael in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/99221/Major-exhibition-of-150-paintings-and-drawings-by-Raphael-opens-in-Vienna#.WdHzjjFe59A

Caravaggio in Milan
http://artdaily.com/news/99187/Technology-sheds-new-light-on-master-of-shade#.WdCmAzFe59A

Vietnam War in NY
http://artdaily.com/news/99249/New-York-Historical-Society-opens-unprecedented-exhibition-on-the-history-of-the-Vietnam-War#.WdeA7TFe59A

Chinese bells in Washington
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/

Early Netherlandish drawing in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/99338/Rare-Netherlandish-drawings-unveiled-at-National-Gallery-of-Art#.WdiTCjFe59A

Fragonard in DC
http://artdaily.com/news/99371/Jean-Honor--Fragonard-exhibition-unites-fantasy-figures-and-newly-discovered-drawing#.WdswMTFe59A

Bellini in LA
http://artdaily.com/news/99388/Exhibition-includes-masterpieces-by-one-of-the-most-celebrated-painters-of-the-Italian-Renaissance#.WdyJJTFe59A

Landscape in medieval MS in LA
http://artdaily.com/news/99389/J--Paul-Getty-Museum-opens--Sacred-Landscapes--Nature-in-Renaissance-Manuscripts-#.WdyJzzFe59A

Books

Jonathan Ferguson: The ‘Broomhandle’ Mauser
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-broomhandle-mauser

Jason Edwards: Turner and the Whale
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/turner-and-the-whale-9781784422851/

What seems like a whole shelf worth of new publications from the Royal Armouries
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications.html

Online Book

M Brown: First World War Fieldworks in England
http://research.historicengland.org.uk/Report.aspx?i=15654

Popular culture

Princess Bride 30 years on
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/princess-bride-30-cary-elwes-scene-dreamed-battle-scar-extreme-fans-142940090.html

Just in case you were wondering…
https://www.inverse.com/article/37398-star-wars-the-last-jedi-lightsabers-rey-luke

Events

Diary Dates

Events in the IWM
http://www.iwm.org.uk/

Conferences

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

Sales, fairs and auctions

Catalogue for Hermann Historica now online
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/Auktionen/Laufende

25 Oct 2017 Edinburgh
The Sporting Sale
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24090/

Websites and downloads

The national Swedish Museums of Military History
http://www.sfhm.se/english/

1066 etc

King Arthur, tournaments & deer
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/chretien-de-troyes-arthurian-romance-development-tournament/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/tournaments-jousts-duels-formal-combats-england-france-circa-1380-1440/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/wild-domestic-back-dynamics-fallow-deer-management-medieval-england/

Finally
Don’t forget we are gathering material for the next ICOMAM MAGAZINE!
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

This fortnight I tweeted on medieval Herefordshire
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 16 October 2017

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