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Basiliscoe Mercury 284

The Basiliscoe Mercury 284

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

The annual Christmas Bazzy, chock full of goodies. Prehistoric clubs, Viking spears, Dutch cannon, knights, and a new publication from Ingolstadt. All this & the Bazzy Christmas stocking…

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

How deadly were wooden clubs (spoiler alert – quite)?
https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html

What was found in England last year?
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/04/coin-laden-pot-pendant-british-museum-record-haul-2016-treasure-finds

And perhaps someone will give you a detector for Christmas
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/dec/05/rise-of-detectorists-how-hunt-for-treasure

Fascinating story of a Viking spear found in the ice 40 years ago
http://secretsoftheice.com/news/2017/11/29/spear/
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Fishing in Indonesia
http://mentalfloss.com/article/519438/these-12000-year-old-fish-hooks-are-oldest-ever-be-discovered-grave

Scientists in Siberia find mammoth remains with the spear that killed it inside http://www.newsweek.com/14-inch-tusk-spear-found-siberia-inside-woolly-mammoth-skeleton-742377

But too late to buy your own mammoth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42379425

Round the world

Cave paintings found in Indonesia
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/unexplored-indonesian-island-covered-tiny-2500-year-old-cave-paintings-1651542

Grave stories

Reconstructing an Anglo-Saxon woman’s face
http://museumcrush.org/facial-reconstruction-shows-what-mrs-getty-a-high-status-young-anglo-saxon-woman-would-have-looked-like/

Medieval grave from Plovdiv – with an arrow…
http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/12/08/archaeology-mediaeval-tomb-found-at-plovdivs-odeon-site/

Reconstructing a Civil War Scots soldiers face
http://museumcrush.org/staring-into-the-reconstructed-face-of-a-seventeenth-century-scottish-soldier/

Call for repatriation of skulls from Newfoundland
https://www.cablemagazine.scot/return-beothuk-skulls/

And Algeria
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42280196
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Through the arrow-slit . . .

Crowding together to buy a castle in the clouds
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-42232308/6500-people-buy-crumbling-castle

But castle in Tuscany still available
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/castle-sale-tuscany/

Through the gunloop…

Kings Lynn South Gate gets new custodian
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/barry-howard-is-made-custodian-of-the-south-gate-in-kings-lynn-1-5307981

Visiting Ireland’s Spike Island
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/ireland/spike-island-better-than-machu-picchu-1.3308554

Dien Hai citadel (Vietnam) to be recognised as National Special Relic
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/191754/dien-hai-citadel-to-be-recognised-as-national-special-relic.html

18th century defensive earthworks found in the Bieszczady Mountains, Poland
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27376%2Chighest-situated-earthwork-poland-discovered-bieszczady-mountains.html

Princesses and Amazons

Warrior women of classical times
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/bettany-hughes-on-warrior-women/

Two queens for the price of one
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/19/elizabeth-is-suspicion-of-mary-queen-of-scots-writ-large-in-donated-letters

Update on the wax ladies in Westminster Abbey
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/10/westminster-abbey-funeral-effigies-restored-for-new-museum?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Three Dutch cannon return to Southend
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/15707555.Long_lost_cannons_are_returned_to_Southend/

Good pictures of the cannons here
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/cannons-from-a-17th-century-english-warship-return-to-uk-for-southend-museum/

Making cannon for American revolutionaries
http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20171217/historically-speaking-pioneering-manufacturer-trained-in-norwch

Civil War cannon of Morrisville, VT gets a facelift (picture of cannon in the snow!)
http://www.stowetoday.com/news_and_citizen/news/local_news/restoring-a-piece-of-history-civil-war-cannon-gets-a/article_2c7549a8-d5fd-11e7-9ceb-ab766b14fcb4.html

Fort Collins cannon (and other monuments)
http://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/2017/12/04/5-fort-collins-monuments-and-stories-behind-them/914281001/

Hereward cannon, recovered from 1898 shipwreck off Maroubra ,returns http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/southern-courier/news-story/b887cd6a9e59c4b5bf7e268b08bc5658

Asian round-up

Kalaburagi Government Museum; exhibits include cannons & weapons
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/647528/a-museum-soaked-history.html

Interesting article & video about Serampore, Bengal, & its Danish heritage
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/the-danes-are-back-how-a-bengal-town-is-restoring-its-european-legacy/story-lzWjnk1hh9cfeHMrwhLhmI.html

Living in the past

Carter House Park, Brentwood TN, receives fourth and final cannon https://brentwoodhomepage.com/carter-house-park-receives-fourth-and-final-cannon/

Civil War re-enactments began real soon
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/

Café Basiliscoe

Butchering the prehistoric way
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/new-approach-measures-early-human-butchering-practices

Mammoth steaks from Michigan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-farm-180967398/

Or the oldest turkey in England…
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/local-news/leftovers-one-first-turkey-dinners-951302

Or just go the whole Dickensian hog…
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/16/dickens-victorian-meals-clean-eating

All served on very fancy silverware
http://artdaily.com/news/100943/Magnificent-and-enigmatic-example-of-Renaissance-metalwork-reunited-at-Met-Museum#.WjDvLuSDN9A

Or ancient Chinese soup bowls
https://www.livescience.com/61170-china-tomb-full-of-soup-bowls.html

And extra-large wine glasses
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/14/size-does-matter-wine-glasses-are-seven-times-larger-than-they-used-to-be

And don’t forget the coffee
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/18/claphams-coffeehouse-cambridge-archaeologists-hundreds-items-unearthed?CMP=share_btn_tw

Miscellany

A short history of flint
http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/how-flint-made-the-jump-from-the-cretaceous-to-our-churches-1-5316555

Short article about Prince Henry
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42082710

Battle of Ruapekapeka, New Zealand, 1845-6 (picture of carronade)
https://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/nz-wars/story/2018623840/the-battle-of-ruapekapeka

The Maginot line
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/frances-maginot-line-was-not-big-failure-history-makes-it-23469

Nautical news

Update on the search for VOC ship Aagtekerke, lost 1726
https://thewest.com.au/news/augusta-margaret-river-times/tusk-find-elephant-in-the-room-ng-b88675306z

Investigating slavery trade wrecks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-42313939/hunting-the-shipwrecks-of-the-slave-trade

HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine found
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/21/first-allied-vessel-lost-world-war-finally-found-century/

Wrecks of Japanese and US warships found off Philippines https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/08/national/history/wrecks-believed-5-japanese-wartime-ships-found-southern-philippines/#.Wi_roeSDN9A

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Spain’s museums get caught up in Catalonia crisis
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/spanish-police-cordon-off-catalonia-museum-after-religious-artefacts-seized

Visitor numbers to German museums drop
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/german-museums-report-decline-in-visitor-numbers-in-2016

Getty closes during fire scares
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-wildfire

How Florida’s museums reacted to Hurricane
http://theartnewspaper.com/feature/riders-on-the-storm

British Museum to move storage to Reading http://theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-plans-to-move-storage-outside-of-london

British Museum announces 10-year partnership renewal With Mitsubishi Corporation and gets a Samurai armour of the Mori clan https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/British-Museum-Announces-10-year-Partnership-Renewal-With-Mitsubishi-Corporation-20171213

A year in museums
http://theartnewspaper.com/analysis/the-year-in-museums

New museums

New gallery of Chinese and South Asian culture opens in the BM
http://artdaily.com/news/101071/British-Museum-opens-the-Sir-Joseph-Hotung-Gallery-of-China-and-South-Asia#.Wjd9nuQiF9A

New costume gallery in the Hermitage
http://artdaily.com/news/101111/Russia-s-Hermitage-Museum-puts-rare-collection-of-tsars--clothes-on-show-

Conservation corner

Iron from the skies
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.826890

Cleaning a medieval altarpiece
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/lasers-and-water-gel-used-to-restore-rimini-s-medieval-alabaster-altarpiece

Lovely piece about conserving a Victorian fancy dress costume
http://museumcrush.org/unwrapping-a-mystery-costume-attic-find-at-scotney-castle/

Objects

Armours for Christmas
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/royal-gift-exchange/

If you have a few cents to spare, France would like them
http://artdaily.com/news/100738/Louvre-launches-appeal-to-acquire-King-Fran-ccedil-ois-I-s-Book-of-Hours-#.WiZhkOSDN9A

Nice portrait of Napoleon’s brother-in-law in fancy uniform for the Frick http://artdaily.com/news/100797/Frick-makes-its-most-significant-painting-purchase-in-nearly-30-years#.Wi0MJ-SDN9A

Exhibitions

Celebrating 100 years of Finland
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/finland-quietly-celebrates-100-years-of-independence

500 years of Tintoretto coming up
http://artdaily.com/news/100851/500th-anniversary-of-Jacopo-Tintoretto-s-birth-celebrated-with-exhibitions-in-Venice--New-York--and-DC#.Wi0KsuSDN9A

Upcoming: Leonardo codex goes to Florence
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/leonardo-salvator-mundi

Upcoming: 15th century masterpieces in NY
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/frick-collection-show-wants-to-engage-visitors-in-the-interactive-experience-of-15th-century-art

Charles II in London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/dec/10/charles-2-art-power-queens-gallery-buckingham-palace-review?CMP=share_btn_tw
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/charles-ii-exhibition-reveals-how-he-tackled-the-kings-evil

Medieval English manuscripts in Oxford
http://artdaily.com/news/100689/Bodleian-Libraries-exhibition-celebrates-first-graphic-designers-of-English-texts#.WiJ7U-SDN9A

Treasures from India in Edinburgh
http://artdaily.com/news/101057/Glittering-treasures-from-the-Indian-Subcontinent-go-on-display-in-Scotland-

Travelling exhibition about US internment of Japanese citizens
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-s-icp-revisits-america-s-shameful-history-of-japanese-internment

Books

Matthew Ward: The Livery Collar in Late Medieval England and Wales; Politics, Identity and Affinity
https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-livery-collar-in-late-medieval-england-and-wales-hb.html

Carlo Paggiarino: The Bavarian Army Museum
https://www.armeemuseum.de/en/71-veranstaltungen/veranstaltungen/1137-2017-11-publikation-bavarian-army-museum-ausfuehrlich-en.html

A parcel of medieval books for your Christmas stocking
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/new-medieval-books-war-politics-beauty/

A selection box of samurai-related books and films for Christmas
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/exquisite-grotesque-samurai/

Online book

Luttrell Psalter
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/take-look-luttrell-psalter/

Old Neptunias go online
https://www.aamm.fr/neptunia/premiers_numeros

Popular culture

Iceman the movie: stone age survivor Ötzi is brought back to life https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/03/otzi-iceman-mummy-brought-to-life-on-film

Sales Fairs and auctions

Results from Hermann Historica
http://artdaily.com/news/100795/Hermann-Historica-s-anniversary-auction-closes-with-excellent-results#.Wi0NrOSDN9A

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Knighting, fencing, saga fighting and courtly love
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/knighting-ceremony-squire-sir/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/income-working-time-fencing-master-bologna-15th-early-16th-century/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/combat-saga-literature-traces-martial-arts-medieval-iceland/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/woman-love-medieval-courtly-literature-real-fictional/

Finally the Bazzy Christmas stocking

A few coins…
http://museumcrush.org/coinage-of-conflict-the-pop-up-mints-that-kept-money-flowing-in-wartime/
http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-find-english-918285

A poetic grenade
https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/pomegranates-kandahar

Psychedelic fun with the dragon colouring book
http://www.gamesgames.com/game/castle--dragon-coloring-game

Nothing says Christmas like zombies!
http://www.gamesgames.com/game/infectonator-christmas

Cuddly Tasmanian tigers
https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2017/dec/17/playing-god-should-we-revive-extinct-species

Sit back and an enjoy a movie – The Knight’s Tale of course!
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/best-medieval-film-case-knights-tale/

Or a bit of a sing-sing- Medieval carols
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/social-political-religious-contexts-late-medieval-carol/

Tolkien for Christmas
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/19/north-pole-middle-earth-tolkien-christmas-letters-children

How to score at jousting
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/scoring-masculinity-english-tournament-jousting-cheques-early-sixteenth-century/

Something to laugh at
https://graphicarts.princeton.edu/2015/03/04/thomas-rowlandson-site-is-live/

An alchemist’s scroll
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5188237/Alchemists-scroll-sells-magical-585-000.html

A 16th century gilt badge of David and Goliath
https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/goliath-badge-slays-all-the-competition-1-8910097

And the latest ICOMAM MAGAZINE!
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

This fortnight I tweeted fantastic beasts on cannons
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – Christmas 2017
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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