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The Basiliscoe Mercury 285

The Basiliscoe Mercury 285

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Happy New Year! Interesting wrecks off Mexico, Waterford’s medieval sword, lots of news from the museum world, and a number of fascinating exhibitions. To ease us into the New year there a variety of stories in the popular culture, some of which will probably make you Gnash Your Teeth…. Best wishes for 2018!

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Prehistoric spears from Arabia
https://www.livescience.com/61285-stone-tools-found-in-saudi-arabia.html

And from North Africa
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/study-may-shed-new-light-on-dispersal-of-early-modern-humans

Tutankhamun’s dagger
https://www.livescience.com/61214-king-tut-dagger-outer-space.html

Waterford’s civic sword
https://www.academia.edu/35007211/2016_How_Waterford_won_its_civic_sword_the_battle_of_Ballymacaw._

Battles, towers and forts

Investigating a Roman camp near Armageddon
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-unearthed-roman-legion-camp-near-armageddon-180967654/

Dundurn
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/570370/perthshire-hilltop-fort-was-pictish-stronghold/
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Hunting round the world and through the ages

Greenland’s coastal erosion showing up ancient settlements
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-coastal-erosion-threatens-archaeological-sites.html

Caribou on the menu
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/281-1801/features/6162-where-the-ice-age-caribou-ranged

Over the wall, through the gunloop

What to do with the medieval castles of Lithuania
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/conservation-history-problems-rehabilitation-lithuanian-medieval-castles/

Tuscan castle for sale
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/medieval-castle-sale-italy-torre-di-fiume/

Update on the Hull Blockhouse excavations
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-42414850

Story of Dunree Fort
https://www.derrynow.com/news/bbc-screen-story-dunree-fort-later-month/201779

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

George II cannon sold, but to whom?
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/david-beckham-link-to-sale-of-historic-cannon-rescued-from-river-medway-157860/

Restoring Don Juan’s gunnades, New Zealand
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/restored-cannons-take-pride-place

French WWI gun erected at Walla Walla airport.
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Historic-cannon-to-add-to-experience-at-Walla-12453023.php

WW2 gun found off Andaman Islands
https://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/india/20171229/3241156.html

Unwanted find in Florida…
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article193136909.html

Asian round-up

India’s lost monuments – includes cannons and forts
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/on-asis-list-of-missing-monuments-sher-shah-suris-guns-cemeteries-temple-5014614/

Researching the terra cotta army
http://artdaily.com/news/101274/An-order-from-the-Chinese-emperor-who-created-the-terracotta-army--Find-immortality#.WkT1S-QiF9A

Vietnam: Dien Hai Citadel (and its cannons) named National Special Relic http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/192978/ancient-citadel-named-national-special-relic.html

Living in the past

Fort Frederick, Maryland, raising money for new cannon
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/nonprofit-launches-fundraiser-for-new-cannon-at-fort-frederick/article_82ec240b-85c8-5fd7-935f-db22f386c3c0.html

Miscellany

How Henry VIII spent Christmas
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42429199

Not the yeomanry’s finest hour - the Peterloo massacre
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/04/peterloo-massacre-bloody-clash-that-changed-britain

Princesses and Amazons

Five women warriors from Indian history
https://feminisminindia.com/2017/12/22/5-medieval-women-warriors/

Nautical news

Piece about Welsh wrecks
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/hidden-wrecks-wales-you-never-14112956

Wrecks in the Bristol Channel
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/history/shipwrecks-hidden-beneath-waves-bristol-1021194#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Exhibition on great Lake wrecks at Presque Isle Bay
http://www.goerie.com/entertainmentlife/20171221/review-shipwreck-exhibit-explores-depths-of-local-history
http://www.trecpi.org/

You never know what you will find in a cannon…
http://www.reflector.com/News/2018/01/06/Paper-fragments-discoverd-in-Blackbeard-cannon-from-1712-book.html

Letters from an admiral…
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/27/petulant-jealous-lord-nelson-letters-reveal-less-noble-side

Dutch and British ships discovered off Yucatan coast https://globalnews.ca/news/3943584/remains-of-centuries-old-dutch-and-british-ships-discovered-off-yucatan-coast/
http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/12/pieces-of-history-off-yucatans-coast-part-one/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-sunken-dutch-warship-british-steamboat-lighthouse-discovered-coast-772598

Video of WWI Australian submarine
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/12/21/australia-submarine-mystery-found-lon-ejk.cnn

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Mughal jewels stolen from Doge’s Palace
http://artdaily.com/news/101509/Qatari-owned-jewels-stolen-in-audacious-Venice-heist-#.Wk4EyeQiF9A

Government interference in Poland’s museum?
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/outcry-over-polish-government-s-changes-to-second-world-war-museum

Feature on La Porte County Historical Society Museum, including weapons
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/lifestyles/ct-ptb-laporte-museum-st-0105-20171228-story.html

French museum considers returning African artefacts
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/ethnographic-museum-ready-to-return-african-art

Visitor numbers to Auschwitz rise
http://artdaily.com/news/101507/Auschwitz-and-Auschwitz-II-Birkenau-receive-2-1-million-visitors-in-2017#.Wk4FLeQiF9A

But visitors numbers to the Taj Mahal to be controlled
http://artdaily.com/news/101504/India-limits-visitors-to-save-Taj-Mahal-#.Wk4FjeQiF9A

Changes to charging for admission to the Met
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-s-metropolitan-museum-to-charge-out-of-town-visitors

Museum developments

Portuguese collections have new initiative to work with scholars and curators
http://artdaily.com/news/101490/New-monograph-series-titled--Collections-in-Focus---National-Palaces---Sintra-Queluz-Pena--launched#.Wkybk-QiF9A

Conservation corner

Restoring a Flemish masterpiece
http://artdaily.com/news/100279/Liebieghaus-exhibits-the-restored--Crucified-Thief--by-the-Master-of-Fl-malle#.WkT1yuQiF9A

More on the new St Petersburg textile facility
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/dress-rehearsal-for-hermitage-s-fashion-and-textiles-centre

Researching bronze alloys
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171222090349.htm

Objects

Marine’s awards acquired by the Smithsonian
http://artdaily.com/news/101346/Vietnam-combat-cameraman-s-Medal-of-Honor-displayed-at-Smithsonian#.WkYPhuQiF9A

Chance to buy the sandals of Lawrence of Arabia
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Lawrence-of-Arabias-century-old-sandals-to-be-auctioned-for-over-4000-518427

Or a piece of Nelson’s Trafalgar flag
http://artdaily.com/news/101567/Sotheby-s-to-offer-a-fascinating-group-of-objects-celebrating-Nelson-s-legend-#.WlM0_DEiF9A

Bonham’s armour sale results
http://www.bonhams.com/press_release/25251/

Exhibitions

Fouquet in Berlin
http://artdaily.com/news/101429/Berlin-s-Gem-auml-ldegalerie-brings-all-fragments-of-diptych-by-Jean-Fouquet-together-for-the-first-time-in-80-years#.WkoD-uQiF9A

16th century German paintings in Stuttgart
http://artdaily.com/news/101396/Exhibition-in-Stuttgart-presents-the-golden-grandeur-of-the-Master-of-Messkirch-s-work#.WkitveQiF9A

Rueland Frueauf the Elder in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/101334/Masterpieces-in-focus-at-the-Upper-Belvedere--Rueland-Frueauf-the-Elder-and-his-Circle#.WkYPF-QiF9A

Arcimboldo in Bilbao
http://artdaily.com/news/101466/Exhibition-at-the-Bilbao-Fine-Arts-Museum-brings-together-works-by-Arcimboldo#.WktPluQiF9A

19th century firearms in Athens. Georgia
http://artdaily.com/news/101427/Georgia-Museum-of-Art-Museum-shows-19th-century-weaponry#.WkoFFeQiF9A

Art of WWI in Canberra
http://artdaily.com/news/101372/-Arthur-Streeton--The-Art-of-War--on-show-at-the-National-Gallery-of-Australia#.WkiujOQiF9A

Books

European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen
http://artdaily.com/news/101171/New-catalogue-shines-light-on-silver-in-the-Royal-Collection#.WkT30-QiF9A

Steven J. Zaloga: The Anti-Tank Rifle
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-anti-tank-rifle

Online Book

Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: Etudes sur le passe et I'avenir de I'artillerie
https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_NOMmuyzUv7wC

Popular culture

Short article on MR James and how medieval manuscripts inspired his ghost stories
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/m-r-james-the-medievalist-that-turned-ghost-storyteller/

Latest Robin Hood film takes a very modern look at the subject
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/new-robin-hood-film-will-see-hero-suffer-ptsd-returning-crusades/

Piece about recent historical dramas
https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2018/01/crown-isnt-lying-it-s-time-we-accepted-historical-drama-fiction

The power of the Western
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/06/gunsmoke-deadwood-why-us-turns-to-wild-west-crisis

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: De re militari, Chinese walls, French crusaders, Templars
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/anglo-norman-vegetius-thirteenth-century-translation-de-re-militari/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/record-defense-xiangyangs-city-wall-1206-1207/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/deeds-william-villehardouin-annotated-translation-part-medieval-work-la-chronique-de-moree/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/aspects-problems-templars-religious-presence-medieval-europe-twelfth-early-fourteenth-century/

Finally
This fortnight I tweeted Christmas in Somerset
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 8 January 2018

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