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The Basiliscoe Mercury 274

The Basiliscoe Mercury 274

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

More on the Viking graves on Iceland and Viking forts in Denmark, assorted fireworks, Revolutionary Wars and cannon stories in the wake of 4 July, and several Game of Thrones inspired stories. Let’s just hope Winter doesn’t come to Leeds before we have had a bit of summer….

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Mapping hillforts in UK and Ireland
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/22/hillforts-uk-ireland-mapNgfortresses new ped-first-time-online-database-atlas

How Hannibal crossed the Alps
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-hannibal-crossed-the-alps-180963671/

Displaying Colchester’s Roman gateway
http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/local/15377774.REVEALED__The_exhibit_set_to_be_opened_on_the_remains_of_Britain_s_largest_Roman_arcade/

More letters from Roman times found at Vindolanda, Hadrian’s Wall
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/10/new-cache-of-roman-letters-discovered-at-hadrians-wall

Video of the removal of sword from Viking grave, Iceland
http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2017/06/17/video_viking_sword_removed_from_boat_grave/

And update on the finds
http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/pearls-viking-swords-spears-and-shields-among-hundreds-items-excavated-n-iceland

Dating Viking ring fort new work
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/au-bid070417.php
http://sciencenordic.com/new-discovery-could-rewrite-viking-fortresses%E2%80%99-history

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Chinese giants developed because of big game hinting?
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-unearth-grave-of-giants-in-china-1796678781

Shetland ponies pulled chariots…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/19/shetland-ponies-could-have-pulled-chariots-colchester-find-suggests/

Fishing in ancient Alaska
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170628/prehistoric-stone-fish-trap-discovered-on-alaska-island?rssfeed=true

Grave stories

Next in the search for dead monarchs: King Harold
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/25/king-harold-buried-hertfordshire-churchamateur-historians-try/

Tower of skulls found in Mexico is causing debate (!)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/tower-human-skulls-found-archaeologists-mexico-aztec-history-doubt-a7818841.html

Sometimes you really want to look at the back of the museum cupboard…
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15391043.Severed_hand_is_gruesome_discovery_in_Swindon_Museum_vaults/

Late medieval skeleton from Halton Castle goes on display
http://www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk/news/15405723.Medieval_skeleton_found_buried_at_Halton_Castle_on_display_for_first_time/

On the Frontlines

Remembering Stoke Field
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40292647

Short article on Battle of Flodden
http://www.thenational.scot/culture/15402104.Scotland_Back_in_the_Day__Flodden__the_worst_day_in_Scottish_history/

Investigating the siege of Charleston
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/tiny-lead-ball-confirms-archaeologists-are-digging-in-right-place/article_4e92c066-5d02-11e7-b92a-47d8da82a83c.html

Through the gunloop…

Seljuk sultans’ bath in castle on Takkeli Mountain http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sultans-bath-a-surprising-find-atop-takkeli-mountain.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115192&NewsCatID=375

The Dutch Forts of Sri Lanka: enhancing heritage tourism (and obligatory cannon photo)
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2017/07/02/culture/dutch-forts-sri-lanka-enhancing-heritage-tourism

Short piece on the history of the building of Louisbourg, Canada
http://dailycommercialnews.com/en-US/Projects/News/2017/7/Fortress-of-Louisbourg-Canadas-first-megaproject-1025459W/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

New research on bronze cannons found off Haifa in the 1970s.
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/10/new-research-sheds-light-on-centuries-old-cannons-discovered-off-israels-coast#.WWR8ITFK19A=
http://www.timesofisrael.com/cannons-found-off-israeli-coast-may-have-been-used-to-fight-16th-century-pirates/
https://www.academia.edu/32877498/A_late_16th-_to_early_17th-century_European_shipwreck_carrying_Venetian_ordnance_discovered_off_the_Carmel_coast_Israel

The story of Hope’s cannon
http://www.valleybreeze.com/2017-07-12/observer-smithfield-west/honoring-history-refurbishing-planned-hope-furnace-cannon#.WWcupTFK19A

One of New Zealand’s disappearing gun gets a firing
https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/94168055/Devonports-disappearing-gun-to-be-fired-for-only-third-time
https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/94337030/historic-disappearing-gun-goes-off-with-enormous-bang-on-aucklands-north-shore

Cleaning up a Civil War monument
http://www.nhregister.com/lifestyle/20170702/long-awaited-restoration-underway-in-derby-on-civil-war-monument

Rhode Island Gettysburg cannon and its story and a local family
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170702/on-gettysburg-anniversary-cannon-in-ri-has-story-to-tell
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170707/civil-war-connection-discovered-by-straight-descendants

Fairview cemetery’s XI inch Dahlgren shell gun
https://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2017/07/cannon-in-amsterdam-cemetery-has-interesting-history/

Bus hits German cannon on war memorial in Brookline, Pittsburgh
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/07/08/Port-Authority-bus-cannon-Brookline-war-memorial/stories/201707080115

Anti-aircraft gun to return to battleship New Jersey after removal 50 years ago http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/2017/07/11/anti-aircraft-gun-return-battleship-new-jersey-after-removal-50-years-ago/460629001/

Café Basiliscoe

Ancient beverages re-created
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/06/30/532959384/meet-the-indiana-jones-of-ancient-ales-and-extreme-beverages

The Chelsea bun that went to war (and came home)
http://museumcrush.org/the-chelsea-bun-that-travelled-to-the-first-world-war-trenches-and-back/

American pie
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/03/482854462/as-chinese-iranian-and-indonesian-as-apple-pie

Miscellany

Roman sandals
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/huge-shoe-find-reveals-what-13243936

Finds from Roanoke found in Native village
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/artifacts-show-lost-colony-settlers-moved-to-hatteras-island-lived/article_5031be6a-e3b5-5531-9401-f63701e278d9.html

Things that go bang

A July 4th trip on New Jersey's Revolutionary War trail
http://s.nj.com/co7ty9X

The chemistry of fireworks
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2017/06/29/science-behind-fireworks-chemistry-in-action/

BL blog on early fireworks manuscripts
http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2017/07/a-recipe-for-medieval-fireworks.html

A brief history of fireworks
http://nypost.com/2017/07/02/how-fireworks-exploded-into-history-and-became-an-american-symbol/

Cannon balls found in Indian fort near Mumbai
http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/3-british-era-iron-cannonballs-dating-back-to-1860-found-near-mumbai/story-Flcn6SYF0anjunfskZdOOJ.html

A brief history of fireworks
http://nypost.com/2017/07/02/how-fireworks-exploded-into-history-and-became-an-american-symbol/

Short piece on Portuguese gunpowder factory in Goa http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/protected-monument-in-ribandar-sees-illegal-kiosk/articleshow/59519506.cms

World Heritage

Cultural losses in recent conflicts
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/22/architecture/precious-monuments-lost-in-middle-east-conflicts/index.html

Nautical news

Update on the Cattewater wreck
http://www.devonlive.com/plymouth-shipwreck-could-be-older-than-the-famous-mary-rose/story-30434311-detail/story.html

Update on the Luna fleet
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/06/29/uwf-pensacola-bay-bridge-construction-threatens-1559-luna-shipwreck-excavation/439319001/

Piece on the Swan, lost off Mull in 1653
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/discoveries-from-the-deep-sailing-aboard-the-swan-in-the-17th-century.htm

Story of an early 18th century shipwreck off Portland head
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/09/lost-and-found-tale-of-a-1711-shipwreck-off-portland-head-light/

Tale of a Sussex shipwreck and Parson Darby’s Hole http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/tale-of-a-sussex-shipwreck-and-parson-darby-s-hole-1-8033037

Update on HMS Invincible
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/districts/bournemouth/15376159.Bournemouth_University_archaeologists_to_excavate_historic_warship_Invincible/
http://uknip.co.uk/2017/07/solent-wreck-project-ensured-legacy-with-national-lottery-award/

Update on the San Jose
http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/colombia-attempts-to-recover-spanish-shipwreck-worth-over-1-billion/

Searching for Florida’s lost loyalist fleet
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/27/florida-frontiers-american-revolution-era-shipwreck/433868001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Gun from USS Revenge is raised
http://www.divernet.com/home-diving-news/p320202-historic-gun-found-by-us-divers-is-raised.html

Dispute continues over the Franklin expedition
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/nunavut-complains-to-trudeau-that-federal-scientists-took-franklin-artifacts-without-permission/wcm/a670e186-ef66-4928-8594-a31436baf1e4

Ten maritime museums around the world: Ships on shores http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/maritime-museums-of-the-world-from-the-bahamas-to-sweden/news-story/8c1d190128df67dbe97237746d4401cc

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most popular museum of all?
https://qz.com/1015412/new-yorks-metropolitan-museum-of-art-may-soon-surpass-the-louvre-as-the-worlds-most-popular-museum/

Why an indigenous Australian wants the British Museum to return his ancestor’s shield
https://hyperallergic.com/385885/why-an-indigenous-australian-wants-the-british-museum-to-return-his-ancestors-shield/

Museum developments

BM looking for ways to lead visitors to the lesser visited galleries!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/04/british-museum-goes-digital-ease-congestion-popular-exhibits/

Museum musings

Firearms experts gather for Cody museum symposium http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/firearms-experts-gather-for-cody-museum-symposium/article_af4c258f-ff5f-5b09-9fdf-a421b3f5105c.html

Conservation corner

Free online course in antiquities trafficking
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/art-crime

Restoration and technical study of Tiepolo painting in Madrid http://artdaily.com/news/97327/Museo-Thyssen-Bornemisza-presents-the-results-of-the-restoration-and-technical-study-of-Tiepolo-painting#.WWH7NDFK19A

Objects - mainly Revolutionary War

Powder horns
http://wesa.fm/post/powder-horns-were-cell-phones-18th-century#stream/0

American revolutionary war amputation kits for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/97292/Dr--John-Warren-s-Revolutionary-War-Amputation-Kits-to-be-auctioned#.WV879jFK19A

George Washington and his swords
http://www.thedailybeast.com/for-george-washington-a-sword-was-much-more-than-an-accessory

Interesting feature on Civil War map: Gloucester Point 1862
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/

Exhibitions

Franklin exhibition coming to London
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/01/franklin-arctic-voyage-tragic-inuit-wrath-museum
http://artdaily.com/news/97353/Story-of-an-ill-fated-Arctic-expedition-opens-at-the-National-Maritime-Museum#.WWNBHDFK19A

Repaired objects in London - more interesting than it sounds!
http://museumcrush.org/how-londoners-reused-and-recycled-their-junk-down-the-centuries/
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/londoners-have-been-recycling-for-longer-than-you-think

1830s English rural life in London
http://artdaily.com/news/97224/Exhibition-is-first-exhibition-to-investigate-W--H--Hunt-s-depiction-of-rural-figures-in-his-work#.WVySODFK19A

Tapestries in Glasgow
http://artdaily.com/news/97287/Burrell-Tapestries-on-display-for-first-time-in-over-100-years#.WV87YjFK19A

Alma Tadema in London
http://artdaily.com/news/97328/Leighton-House-Museum-opens-the-first-Alma-Tadema-exhibition-in-London-since-1913#.WWH54jFK19A

Books

Simon Quellen Field: Boom! The Chemistry and History of Explosives
https://www.amazon.com/Boom-Explosives-Simon-Quellen-Field/dp/1613738056?tag=nypost-20

Marco Noris: Gods, demons and ancestors: Art of the keris hilts
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?p=217807#post217807

Clare Mulley: The Women Who Flew for Hitler: The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Who-Flew-Hitler-Valkyries/dp/1447274202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499939115&sr=8-1&keywords=Clare+Mulley

Extract from: Philip G. Smucker: Riding With George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America's First President http://www.thedailybeast.com/for-george-washington-a-sword-was-much-more-than-an-accessory

Kay Smith et al: Arms and armour in Shropshire Museums
http://www.basiliscoe.com/id2.html

Online book

David Ramsay: The Life of George Washington: Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States of America
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xChV1CO8KhcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=george+washington&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4zJLkgoTVAhUYM8AKHQTtCscQ6AEIQDAE#v=onepage&q=george%20washington&f=false
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Popular Culture

Jousting for health
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/jul/03/jousting-ultimate-workout-fit-as-footballers-tennis-champions

And jousting for ladies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058hdfl

Jeremy Deller's human Somme memorial lives on http://theartnewspaper.com/news/in-the-frame/jeremy-deller-s-human-memorial-lives-on-/

Expert’s discuss the next series of Game of Thrones
http://mashable.com/2017/07/10/game-of-thrones-how-ends-diplomat-medieval-war-experts-economists-politics/#H0_yDii5iiqw

And GoT inspires new interesting in Viking and medieval artefacts
http://artdaily.com/news/97403/Game-of-Thrones-ignites-new-collector-interest-in-Viking-jewelry-and-medieval-relics#.WWXVGDFK19A

And fighting women…
http://theconversation.com/game-of-thrones-and-the-cut-and-thrust-of-warring-women-through-the-ages-80336

Historians and TV
https://news.northeastern.edu/2017/07/when-tv-and-professors-research-interests-align/

Events

Conferences

17-18 July 2017 Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West Wyoming
Arsenals of History: Firearms and Museums in the 21st Century
https://centerofthewest.org/2017/03/29/registration-open-firearms-symposium/
http://www.ktvq.com/story/35585129/cody-firearms-museum-to-host-arsenal-of-history-firearms-symposium-in-july

5-6 August 2017 Ticonderoga
Seminar on 18th-Century Artillery
http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/workshop-seminars/artillery

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

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

Calls for papers

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

Websites and downloads

Le Musée de l'Artillerie Draguignan
http://musee.artillerie.asso.fr/

Bellfounders data base
http://bellfounders.net/

1066 etc wounds, murder in Byzantium & horrible deaths
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/heads-shoulders-knees-toes-injury-death-anglo-scottish-combat-c-1296-c-1403/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/06/murder-byzantine-emperor/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/07/top-10-brutal-medieval-deaths/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted a visit to Sandal Castle and the battle of Wakefield
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 14 July 2017

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