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The Basiliscoe Mercury 283

The Basiliscoe Mercury 283

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

A new site for Caesar’s invasion of Britain, what Gorm the Old looked like, odd finds in the latest gun amnesty, forts and museums in India, and a fortress under a Turkish lake. Plus the second part of the Christmas shopping; if you’re having trouble choosing, why not adopt a wrought-iron breechloader in Norwich instead?

Ancient arms, battles, and forts

Spanish warriors depicted on vase
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/14/actualidad/1510672886_222840.html

Thracian fortress damaged
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/21/archaeologists-find-ancient-thracian-fortress-near-bulgarias-burgas-bulldozed-treasure-hunter/

Bulgarian fortress damaged
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/21/archaeologists-find-ancient-thracian-fortress-near-bulgarias-burgas-bulldozed-treasure-hunter/

3000 year old fortress found under Turkish lake
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/castle-discovered-lake-turkey-underwater-lake-van-urartu-thousands-years-old-a8070911.html
https://www.livescience.com/61038-real-story-of-ancient-underwater-castle.html

Excavating Sardis
https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2017-11-22/all-glitters-uncovering-sardis-ancient-city-gold

Iron Age sword among finds from Leicestershire
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-sword-incredible-items-discovered-837742

Pegwell Bay - where Caesar landed?
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/29/caesars-invasion-of-britain-began-from-pegwell-bay-in-kent-say-archaeologists

Update on Viking camp at Repton
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-viking-camp-870s-village-repton-104659235.html​

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Prehistoric dogs on a leash
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/these-may-be-world-s-first-images-dogs-and-they-re-wearing-leashes

What did the Romans do for us? Bring us camels apparently….
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/17/were-there-camels-in-roman-britain-new-evidence-suggests-camels-were-common-across-the-empire/#7248780923f8t

Whales came to a sticky end in 19th century Orkney
http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-whale-bone-mystery-beached-shore-718919?piano_t=1

Yetis turn out to be bears after all
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/29/dna-sampling-exposes-nine-yeti-specimens-as-eight-bears-and-a-dog

Grave stories

Gorm the Old gets the makeover treatment - spoiler - not a looker…
http://sciencenordic.com/denmark%E2%80%99s-first-viking-king-printed-3d

Massacre cave in Scotland - skeleton investigated http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-archaeologists-identify-mysterious-bones-discovered-massacre-cave-708283
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Through the arrow-slit . . .

Excavating a medieval fortress in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/26/medieval-fortress-wall-ladys-ring-crystal-discovered-rescue-digs-bulgarias-asenovgrad/

Couldn’t see the castle for the trees in Northern Ireland
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42019714

Investigating the castle of the Golden Horde, Crimea
http://tass.com/society/975401

Southampton’s walls to receive major funding
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42111398

Gunloops, cannons and things that go bang

Update on the excavations at Hull’s citadel
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/highlighting-hulls-tudor-history.htm

Goa’s fortifications in need of repair
https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/Citizen-Herald/Cabo-de-Rama-lies-neglected-seeks-immediate-government-attention-/123166.html

Visiting Fort and Battle of Sitabuldee
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/battle-of-sitabuldee-a-group-travels-200-yrs-back-in-time-at-sitabuldi-fort/articleshow/61811264.cms

What makes Ahmedabad special as a world heritage city
http://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/others/sunday-read/What-makes-Ahmedabad-special-as-a-world-heritage-city/articleshow/61705596.cms

Researching two civil war cannons in Illinois
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2017/11/22/schrader-2-cemetery-cannons-date-back-to-the-civil-war/ahx1wzy/

Chile’s saltpetre works on endangered list
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us/news/articles/10-unesco-world-heritage-sites-in-danger-of-disappearing/89686

Living in the past

Publicizing your joust the medieval way
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/come-one-come-medieval-tournament-announcements/

Who’s behind the armour?
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/meet-members-armored-combat-league-new-york-chapter-gallery-1.3657003

Ever wanted to dress up and fight like a Samurai? Now’s your chance
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201711230007.html

Café Basiliscoe

Iron Age stew
http://artdaily.com/news/100594/Unique-metal-artefacts-from-Iron-Age-settlement-shed-new-light-on-prehistoric-feasting#.Wh7C2-SDN9A

With extra aubergine…
https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-was-for-dinner-in-jerusalem-1100-years-ago-a-massive-refuse-pit-tells-us/

Princesses and Amazons

Women in trousers
http://museumcrush.org/women-wearing-the-trousers-the-archive-celebrating-women-taking-strides-across-history/

Nautical news

Building boats in Viking Skye
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15677584.The_Skye_Boat_Yard__historic_Viking_site_over_the_sea_is__saved/

Update on the Batavia graves
http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2017112310154/research/batavias-mysteries-unfold-discovery-mass-grave

HMS Invincible shipwreck artefacts to go on show http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42152214

Piece about the Revolutionary War wreck off St. Augustine http://jacksonville.com/metro/news/2017-11-22/revolutionary-war-wreck-st-augustine-brings-era-life#.WhldlxQzOWU.twitter

Mapping Western Australia’s shipwrecks
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-volunteers-d-imaging-shipwrecks.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Investigating British military collections
http://materialculture.nl/en/projects/baggage-and-belonging-military-collections-and-the-british-empire-1750-1900

New museums

New Military Gallery at Manx Museum
http://museumcrush.org/five-objects-from-manx-museums-new-military-history-gallery/

Revamp at the Courtauld
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/courtauld-sets-sights-on-50m-revamp-and-sends-art-on-tour

Museum developments

3D Pictish cave
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/castle-discovered-lake-turkey-underwater-lake-van-urartu-thousands-years-old-a8070911.html

Museum musings

Modern conflict and current archaeology
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/22/is-conflict-damage-really-damage-archaeology-iran-iraq-war

This week in statues
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42051352

Conservation corner

Accelerating particles for art
http://artdaily.com/news/100486/World-s-only-particle-accelerator-dedicated-to-art-revs-up-at-the-Louvre-in-Paris-#.WhhlO-SDN9A

Objects

Norwich museum puts up medieval weapons for adoption
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norwich-castle-puts-more-historic-artefacts-forward-for-keep-adopting-scheme-1-5286217

Latest gun amnesty turns up some historic firearms
http://talkradio.co.uk/news/world-war-ii-nazi-pistols-handed-police-during-amnesty-west-country-17112121188
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/wartime-pistol-handed-into-police-135846/
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/deadly-weapons-handed-bristol-police-806504
https://www.metro.news/clint-eastwood-film-prop-is-handed-in-to-police-during-gun-amnesty/837222/

French engravings in 18th century India
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/spectrum/arts/how-objects-travel-across-continents/502365.html

Exhibitions

Illustrated medieval manuscripts in Oxford
http://museumcrush.org/how-english-graphics-muscled-their-way-into-medieval-manuscripts/

Watercolours from WWI in Leeds
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/artists-who-offered-a-different-perspective-on-the-first-world-war-1-8873601

Medicine in wartime in Aberdeen
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/events/12294/

Galileo in Padua
http://artdaily.com/news/100591/Exhibition-offers-a-fascinating-journey-into-the-uniqueness-of-Galileo#.Wh0pduSDN9A

Portuguese empire in Moscow
http://www.kreml.ru/en-Us/exhibitions/moscow-kremlin-exhibitions/vladyki-okeana-sokrovishcha-portugalskoy-imperii-xvi-xviii-vv/

Books

Martin Robson: The Lancaster Bomber Pocket Manual 1941-1945 https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/preorder-next-month/the-lancaster-bomber-pocket-manual

Myra D. Orth: Renaissance Manuscripts: the Sixteenth Century (A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in France), 2 vols,
http://theartnewspaper.com/review/histories-of-16th-century-french-art-have-overlooked-manuscript-illumination-until-now

Latest Ken Trotman catalogue
http://www.kentrotman.com/

Online book

Publications from the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online?searchtype=F
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/online-publications?searchtype=T&Tag=Online%20publications

Popular culture

Winston Churchill in America
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/26/darkest-hour-winston-churchill-gary-oldman

The days when you were educated on the back of a cornflakes packet
http://cerealoffers.com/Kelloggs/Cornflakes/1960s/Armour_Through_the_Ages/armour_through_the_ages.html

Gaming and renaissance art
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/new-game-allows-students-explore-art-15th-16th-century-florence/

Gaming for rajahs
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-11-27-raji-and-the-rise-of-indian-gamedev

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/24/the-quantum-astrolgers-handbook-by-michael-brooks-review

Events

Diary Dates

Christmas in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/actualites/blog-des-actualites.html

Christmas in York
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/york-becomes-home-medieval-christmas-celebrations/

Christmas in Denmark
http://natmus.dk/
https://www.middelaldercentret.dk/en

Sales, fairs and auctions

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

6-13 December - online
Arts of the Samurai: the Dolphyn Collection
https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/arts-samurai-dolphyn-collection/lots/409

Websites and downloads

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

Met blog on WWI
https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/in-circulation/2017/in-flanders-fields

1066 etc: Irish castles, archery, sick crusaders, war in Mercia & Ankara
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/defensibility-irish-tower-houses/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/archery-preface-procopius-wars-figured-image-agonistic-authorship/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/experience-sickness-health-crusader-campaigns-eastern-mediterranean-1095-1274/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/war-mercia-942-943/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/multi-agent-simulation-battle-ankara-1402/

Focus on Christmas shopping
https://www.museumsbutikken.dk/default.aspx?
https://www.si.edu/visit/museum-stores
http://shop.rmg.co.uk/?_ga=2.175380898.1673568165.1511966897-2112632756.1511966897&_gac=1.216270370.1511966898.EAIaIQobChMIqPeTyoPk1wIVLLvtCh2X7QXUEAAYASAAEgLYbPD_BwE
https://www.nts.org.uk/Shop/
https://www.bodleianshop.co.uk/
http://www.historial.org/

Finally

I shall be tweeting fantastic cannons for Christmas!
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 1 December 2017

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