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The Basiliscoe Mercury 282

The Basiliscoe Mercury 282

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

An ancient helmet found under the sea, the usual round up of gruesomely killed skeletons, cannons in Thailand, the devilish courgette bomb and wrecks in Asian waters. In addition lots of conservation stories, and a selection of museums shops for Christmas.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Helmets from Punic Wars raised from seabed
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.821064

2,400-year-old horse and chariot pit unearthed in China
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/01/c_136720716.htm

The Art of the Fling: Trebuchets & Onangers http://www.sentinelsource.com/parent_express/big_kids_teens/the-art-of-the-fling-trebuchets-onangers/article_8db08d06-bff3-11e7-a061-db8fc5de7ddc.html

Temple of Mithras reopens in London
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-mithras-opens-public-bloomberg-hq
https://www.londonmithraeum.com/

Carving of ancient Pict warrior uncovered
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/rare-pictish-carving-of-big-nosed-warrior-found-near-perth-1-4602051

Battles, towers and forts

Iron Age fort needs help
http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/a-2-500-year-old-castle-near-exmouth-needs-your-help-1-5260692

Byzantine finds from Bulgarian fortress
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/09/1000-year-old-childs-bracelet-virgin-mary-stamp-found-momchils-fortress-southern-bulgaria/
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Importance of cows and horses
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/how-taming-cows-and-horses-sparked-inequality-across-ancient-world

17th century ring of keeper of hawks found
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41763074

Grave stories

Violent death in Mercia - skeleton in Hereford cathedral
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15651904.Skeleton_found_at_cathedral_dates_back_to_the_origins_of_Hereford/

Death by sword in medieval Denmark - a fascinating story
https://journals.scholarsportal.info/pdf/23530707/v23i0001/13_tdoamdacobti.xml

Investigating Jamestown’s early colonists
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/experts-have-uncovered-remains-at-americas-first-permanent-colony-but-whose-bones-are-they/2017/10/26/6ceaa0c4-b446-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.4cb89fa51684

And a Christmas book for the folks who like this section:
Martin Smith:​Mortal Wounds: The Human Skeleton as Evidence for Conflict in the Past
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Mortal-Wounds-Hardback/p/13843

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Another week, another stretch of the Great Wall of China found…
http://www.magtheweekly.com/detail/699-ancient-gates-walls-excavated-in-china

Hoard of ancient coins found in Scotney castle…
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/03/cache-of-antique-coins-found-in-drawer-at-scotney-castle

Black Prince’s stained glass?
http://vidimus.org/issues/issue-114/feature/

Walrus trade in the Middle Ages
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/walrus-ivory-history-trade-greenland-trade-networks-north-atlantic/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Cannon district of 18th century Istanbul
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/16/the-cannon-district-a-clash-of-cultures-in-istanbuls-tophane

Thai Navy allowed to keep and exhibit 12 old cannons http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30331491
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1358815/revered-war-veteran-cannons-to-go-on-display

1816 Carron gun on a Broome EICo carriage in Pakistan
https://dailytimes.com.pk/134467/forgotten-village-unsung-heroes/

Civil war battlefields looking for protection
http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15632934.Field_which_played_a_major_role_in_Second_Civil_War_could_be_protected/

WWI-era cannon refurbished, on display in Rochester park http://13wham.com/news/local/wwi-era-cannon-refurbished-on-display-in-rochester-park

Restored WWII cannon returning to Mokena on Veterans Day http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-mokena-cannon-restored-st-1107-20171108-story.html

Triumphant return: WWII gun redeployed to McCormick Park https://www.thechronicleonline.com/news_paid/triumphant-return-wwii-gun-redeployed-to-mccormick-park/article_3b123d64-c503-11e7-a3ee-473923e56c03.html

Café Basiliscoe

A glass of Neolithic vintage…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41965080

To wash down the meat our crocodile chef prepared earlier…
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/ancient-animal-and-human-bone-cuts-could-be-work-crocodile-teeth-instead-early-butchers

Into the 20th century

Update on Sergeant Gray of Littlehampton
http://museumcrush.org/public-help-solve-the-mystery-of-what-happened-to-sgt-gray/

Forgotten soldiers of WWI
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/12/forgotten-muslim-heroes-fought-for-britain-first-world-war

Bomb that was really a courgette/zucchini
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/03/germany-police-bomb-garden-courgette-zucchini

Listing monuments
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/11/gravestone-london-children-first-world-war-bomb-grade-ii-listed

Nautical news

Women and the Royal Navy in objects
http://museumcrush.org/eleven-objects-that-tell-the-story-of-women-and-the-royal-navy/

Search for Zheng He’s lost ship
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2118421/hunt-ming-dynasty-admiral-zheng-hes-lost-treasure-ship-heats

Update on the French 16th century wreck off Cape Canaveral
https://www.livescience.com/60859-shipwreck-excavation-awaits-court-ruling.html

A lot riding on one cannon ball: San Francisco lost off Japan, 1609?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41965080

Update on the survivors (but not for long) from the Batavia, 1629
https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/more-bodies-found-on-the-abrolhos-the-site-of-aust/3263637/

On the trail of VOC ship Aagtekerke, lost 1726
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa-day/elephant-tusk-found-off-the-abrolhos-islands-could-point-the-way-to-18th-century-dutch-ship-the-aagtekerke-ng-b88657357z

The fate of WW2 wrecks in Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/worlds-biggest-grave-robbery-asias-disappearing-ww2-shipwrecks

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Victoria and Albert Museum secures £15m endowment fund http://theartnewspaper.comnews/victoria-and-albert-museum-secures-pound15m-endowment-fund-with-donation-from-art-jameel

New plans for Cleveland
http://artdaily.com/news/99959/Cleveland-Museum-of-Art-releases-new-strategic-plan#.WfreVjGDN9A

Naqquar Khana (Trumpet House), Vijayapura museum of archaeology http://www.deccanherald.com/content/642512/delve-regal-past.html

Museum developments

Get up close and personal with Van Eyck
http://artdaily.com/news/99908/Major-enhancements-unveiled-on--Closer-To-Van-Eyck--web-application#.Wfg9iTGDN9A

Visit historic properties from the comfort of your own arm chair
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/07/english-heritage-joins-the-digital-age-with-new-google-partnership

Museum musings

Give the museums cash
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/commentisfree/2017/nov/14/the-guardian-view-on-the-museums-review-wheres-the-cash

How ballistics entrapped a criminal antiques firearms dealer
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/how-ballistics-traced-gang-guns-back-to-antique-arms-dealer-paul-edmunds

Conservation corner

Cleaning Vermeer
http://artdaily.com/news/100084/Gem-auml-ldegalerie-Alte-Meister-to-restore-Johannes-Vermeer-s--Girl-Reading-a-Letter-at-an-Open-Window-#.WgLJSDGDN9A

Reproduction armour displayed in Smolensk
https://stopru.org/in-smolensk-the-exhibition-visitors-of-the-armor-will-be-immersed-in-the-middle-ages/4564

Conserving Florentine frescos
http://artdaily.com/news/99979/Friends-of-Florence-completes-major-restoration-of-Renaissance-frescoes-at-Basilica-of-the-Santissima-Annunziata#.WfwyzzGDN9A

Researching Caravaggio
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/galleria-borghese-launches-caravaggio-research-centre-with-a-little-help-from-fendi

Behind the scenes at the Met’s Costume Institute
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/behind-the-seams-at-the-mets-costume-institute

Update on conservation projects at Cosford RAF museum
http://museumcrush.org/rebuilding-wwii-aircraft-inside-raf-museum-cosfords-conservation-centre/

Objects

Lost portrait of Nelson found
http://artdaily.com/news/100227/Lost-portrait-of-Nelson-discovered-by-Philip-Mould---Co-#.WglfwTGDN9A

Clark Art Institute buys portrait of the son of a French hero – with sword!
http://artdaily.com/news/100247/Clark-Art-Institute-acquires-early-nineteenth-century-French-portrait#.WgqwxjGDN9A

Lloyds patriotic fund sword
https://blog.royalarmouries.org/2017/11/01/object-of-the-month-for-november-james-edward-bowens-lloyds-patriotic-fund-sword/

Exhibitions

Conflict in ancient art at London
http://artdaily.com/news/100112/New-display-at-the-British-Museum-examines-the-relationship-between-conflict-and-art-#.WgQahTGDN9A

WWI in Rotherham
http://artdaily.com/news/100194/WW1-Masterpiece-lent-to-Rotherham-Museum-for-Armistice-Day-and-the-final-centenary-year-of-the-war#.WggOvTGDN9A

Vikings in Toronto
http://artdaily.com/news/100029/The-largest-collection-of-Viking-artifacts-on-display-in-North-America-comes-to-the-Royal-Ontario-Museum#.Wf7ezjGDN9A

Weapons in the National Museum of Korea
http://www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/exhiSpecialTheme/view/specialGallery?exhiSpThemId=174666&listType=gallery
http://english.donga.com/List/3/08/26/1122673/1

Books

Matthias Pfaffenbichler: Turnier - 1000 Jahre Ritterspiele
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000031310-1988-0&cHash=ab22cf3372c84de18289d459592383ac

Ritter! Traum & Wirklichkeit - sale price!
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000028596-1539-0&cHash=90a1f7a92d392df7a02a056fb217c0bf

Alan Larsen & Henry Yallop: The Cavalry Lance
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-cavalry-lance

Historic England: Portsmouth
https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media/paperback-historic-england-portsmouth

Trevor Absolon: Samurai Armour; Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/samurai-armour

Thomas Hippler: Governing from the Skies; A Global History of Aerial Bombing
https://www.versobooks.com/books/2261-governing-from-the-skies

Anna Feigenbaum : Tear Gas; From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today
https://www.versobooks.com/books/2109-tear-gas

Ken Trotman’s latest
http://www.kentrotman.com/

Basiliscoe Press
http://basiliscoe.com/id2.html

Online Books

Former RAF Upper Heyford, Cherwell, Oxfordshire: A reassessment of the flying field Conservation Area
http://research.historicengland.org.uk/Report.aspx?i=15868&ru=%2fResults.aspx%3fp%3d1%26n%3d10%26rn%3d74%26ry%3d2017%26ns%3d1

British Journal for Military History
http://www.bjmh.org.uk/index.php/bjmh/index

Popular culture

Guy Fawkes’s legacy
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/nov/03/gunpowder-plots-how-guy-fawkes-ignited-an-explosive-literary-tradition

Designing costumes and armour for Bollywood
http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/fashion/padmavati-style-files-ranveer-singh-shahid-kapoor-warrior-armours-designs-4909554/

And for a wonder woman, too
https://nerdist.com/wonder-woman-medieval-armor-costume/#

Events

Diary Dates

Christmas fair Denmark
https://www.middelaldercentret.dk/en

Christmas market Vienna
http://www.hgm.at/de/nc/museum/veranstaltungskalender/detail/show/Event////mittelalterlicher-adventmarkt-2017-1.html

Events in Chelsea
https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

Events in Spain
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/

Sales, fairs and auctions

29 November 2017 - London, Knightsbridge
Antique Arms and Armour
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24230/
http://www.bonhams.com/press_release/24879/

30 November 2017 - London, Knightsbridge
Modern Sporting Guns
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24228/

6 December 2017- London
Arms, armour and militaria
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Websites and downloads

Tøjhusmuseet
http://natmus.dk/museerne/toejhusmuseet/

Vasa Museum
https://www.vasamuseet.se/en

1066 etc: Jousting, Dover castle fighting huns & Trial by combat
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/persistence-warrior-tradition-last-years-middle-ages-example-pas-darmes-burgundy-duke-charles-bold/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/henry-ii-thomas-becket-building-dover-castle/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/hunnic-warfare-fourth-fifth-centuries-c-e/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/trial-combat-bloody-business-justice/

Focus on Christmas shopping
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/accessories.html
https://shop.nms.ac.uk/
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/
https://www.rijksmuseumshop.nl/en/
https://store.metmuseum.org/?utm_source=mainmuseum&utm_medium=metmuseum.org&utm_campaign=topnav+static&utm_term=100517&utm_content=topnav+static+shopall
http://en.natmus.dk/sales-and-services/museum-shops/
https://shop.khm.at/en
https://shop.historic-scotland.gov.uk/outlander
https://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/shop/
http://www.maryroseshop.org/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted pictures of Kings Lynn
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 18 November 2017

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