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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 new ped-first-time-online-database-atlas

How Hannibal crossed the Alps

Displaying Colchester’s Roman gateway

More letters from Roman times found at Vindolanda, Hadrian’s Wall

Video of the removal of sword from Viking grave, Iceland

And update on the finds

Dating Viking ring fort new work

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Chinese giants developed because of big game hinting?

Shetland ponies pulled chariots…

Fishing in ancient Alaska

Grave stories

Next in the search for dead monarchs: King Harold

Tower of skulls found in Mexico is causing debate (!)

Sometimes you really want to look at the back of the museum cupboard…

Late medieval skeleton from Halton Castle goes on display

On the Frontlines

Remembering Stoke Field

Short article on Battle of Flodden

Investigating the siege of Charleston

Through the gunloop…

Seljuk sultans’ bath in castle on Takkeli Mountain

The Dutch Forts of Sri Lanka: enhancing heritage tourism (and obligatory cannon photo)

Short piece on the history of the building of Louisbourg, Canada

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

New research on bronze cannons found off Haifa in the 1970s.

The story of Hope’s cannon

One of New Zealand’s disappearing gun gets a firing

Cleaning up a Civil War monument

Rhode Island Gettysburg cannon and its story and a local family

Fairview cemetery’s XI inch Dahlgren shell gun

Bus hits German cannon on war memorial in Brookline, Pittsburgh

Anti-aircraft gun to return to battleship New Jersey after removal 50 years ago

Café Basiliscoe

Ancient beverages re-created

The Chelsea bun that went to war (and came home)

American pie


Roman sandals

Finds from Roanoke found in Native village

Things that go bang

A July 4th trip on New Jersey's Revolutionary War trail

The chemistry of fireworks

BL blog on early fireworks manuscripts

A brief history of fireworks

Cannon balls found in Indian fort near Mumbai

A brief history of fireworks

Short piece on Portuguese gunpowder factory in Goa

World Heritage

Cultural losses in recent conflicts

Nautical news

Update on the Cattewater wreck

Update on the Luna fleet

Piece on the Swan, lost off Mull in 1653

Story of an early 18th century shipwreck off Portland head

Tale of a Sussex shipwreck and Parson Darby’s Hole

Update on HMS Invincible

Update on the San Jose

Searching for Florida’s lost loyalist fleet

Gun from USS Revenge is raised

Dispute continues over the Franklin expedition

Ten maritime museums around the world: Ships on shores

Museum news and exhibitions


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most popular museum of all?

Why an indigenous Australian wants the British Museum to return his ancestor’s shield

Museum developments

BM looking for ways to lead visitors to the lesser visited galleries!

Museum musings

Firearms experts gather for Cody museum symposium

Conservation corner

Free online course in antiquities trafficking

Restoration and technical study of Tiepolo painting in Madrid

Objects - mainly Revolutionary War

Powder horns

American revolutionary war amputation kits for sale

George Washington and his swords

Interesting feature on Civil War map: Gloucester Point 1862


Franklin exhibition coming to London

Repaired objects in London - more interesting than it sounds!

1830s English rural life in London

Tapestries in Glasgow

Alma Tadema in London


Simon Quellen Field: Boom! The Chemistry and History of Explosives

Marco Noris: Gods, demons and ancestors: Art of the keris hilts

Clare Mulley: The Women Who Flew for Hitler: The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries

Extract from: Philip G. Smucker: Riding With George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America's First President

Kay Smith et al: Arms and armour in Shropshire Museums

Online book

David Ramsay: The Life of George Washington: Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States of America

Popular Culture

Jousting for health

And jousting for ladies

Jeremy Deller's human Somme memorial lives on

Expert’s discuss the next series of Game of Thrones

And GoT inspires new interesting in Viking and medieval artefacts

And fighting women…

Historians and TV



17-18 July 2017 Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West Wyoming
Arsenals of History: Firearms and Museums in the 21st Century

5-6 August 2017 Ticonderoga
Seminar on 18th-Century Artillery

September, Germany

15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference

Calls for papers

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

Websites and downloads

Le Musée de l'Artillerie Draguignan

Bellfounders data base

1066 etc wounds, murder in Byzantium & horrible deaths


This fortnight I tweeted a visit to Sandal Castle and the battle of Wakefield

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 14 July 2017

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