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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

Roman fort in Bulgaria investigated

Thoughts on Viking camps
Beasts of assorted varieties…

Ancient animals in African art

Training falcons

Grave stories

The mystery of Germany’s Rwandan skulls

Beheaded Lord Lovat’s skeleton examined

Investigating an Aboriginal massacre in Australia

In the lists

Crests on tournament helms

Jousting for boys

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Investigating Grognon citadel, Belgium

Norman castle in Bari re-opens

Short article about Edinburgh’s Flodden wall

Shoreham fort damaged by vandals

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Brookline’s WWI cannon, damaged in a bus accident, returned t

Conserving the Alamo’s cannon collection

Old cannons on Western Esplanade, Southampton, about 1904

Asian forts round-up

Art of the Great Wall of China explored archaeologically

Passage to India: a visit to Murshidabad, West Bengal

16th century Portuguese fort in Goa

Hyderabad: General Raymond's Tomb being disrespected

Back to the front

Investigating the battle of Wood Lake

Finds from the Alamo go on show

Archaeologists find more than they were expecting at Salisbury plain …

Living in the past

Stonehenge diet

What the army in Roman Wales ate

Living the Viking life


Gold bay leaf from Napoleon's crown to be sold

Queen Victoria’s costume ball

Why we like fireworks

Remembering Nobel

Australian school children find pair of 100 year old guns in cave

Nautical news - including paintings this week, too!

Update from the Antikythera wreck

Update on the search for Columbus’ ships - spoiler - nothing to report…

Sweden’s Mars in 3D

Update on Ireland Sligo’s armada site’s future

Elizabeth I Armada portrait back on view after conservation

Nice 1620 seascape bought by Frans Hals Museum

Update on the beeswax wreck – Spanish galleon off Oregon

WWI U-boat found off Belgium

HMS Pheasant, lost off Orkney in 1917, identified

First naval casualty of WW2 found?

HMS Narwhal located?

Macumba shipwreck sunk in Japanese air raid found in Arafura Sea

The truth about the sinking of HMS Sheffield?

Museum news and exhibitions


Problems with Robben Island as a visitor attraction

Puerto Museums re-open after hurricane's-museums-on-the-mend

UK contemplates ban on ivory trade

Sword boy gets private tour of FitzWilliam gallery!

A visit to Government Archaeology Museum in Madikeri, India

New museums

Freer and Sackler galleries re-open in DC

New gallery on the history of the Ashmolean in Oxford

Sutton Hoo to be redeveloped

Museum musings

This week in statues


Portrait of Colonel Thornton roebuck shooting loaned to Newmarket museum

You can see the portrait with twelve-barrelled volley rifle here:

Some of the finds donated to the Australian gun amnesty


Indian science in London

Women’s photographs of WW1 in Bradford

Goya’s Disasters of War in Dublin

Francis I & his court in Paris

Rubens portraits in Paris

14th century Flemish art in Amsterdam

Dutch paintings from the hermitage in Amsterdam

Raphael in Vienna

Caravaggio in Milan

Vietnam War in NY

Chinese bells in Washington

Early Netherlandish drawing in Washington

Fragonard in DC

Bellini in LA

Landscape in medieval MS in LA


Jonathan Ferguson: The ‘Broomhandle’ Mauser

Jason Edwards: Turner and the Whale

What seems like a whole shelf worth of new publications from the Royal Armouries

Online Book

M Brown: First World War Fieldworks in England

Popular culture

Princess Bride 30 years on

Just in case you were wondering…


Diary Dates

Events in the IWM


15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference

Sales, fairs and auctions

Catalogue for Hermann Historica now online

25 Oct 2017 Edinburgh
The Sporting Sale

Websites and downloads

The national Swedish Museums of Military History

1066 etc

King Arthur, tournaments & deer

Don’t forget we are gathering material for the next ICOMAM MAGAZINE!

This fortnight I tweeted on medieval Herefordshire

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 16 October 2017

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