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The Basiliscoe Mercury 288

The Basiliscoe Mercury 288

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Prehistoric weapons, cannons from India, an interesting crop of skeleton stories and a Chinese terracotta warrior damaged by party-goer. Wonderful pictures of a Japanese cuirass found in a tomb and an exhibition on samurai in Paris. Plenty to read to take the mind off being trapped at home by snowdrifts. Or maybe it is just me….

Ancient arms

Prehistoric hand axe from Wales
http://museumcrush.org/a-rare-neanderthal-hand-axe-found-in-a-long-lost-cave-in-wales/

Neanderthals invent cave art
http://artdaily.com/news/102691/Earliest-cave-art-belonged-to-Neanderthals--not-humans--study#.Wo_emzEiF9A

Massillon Museum Ohio receive private collection of prehistoric arrowheads
http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20180205/jackson-mans-family-donates-massive-arrowhead-collection

Boxing gloves found near Hadrian’s Wall
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/19/rare-roman-boxing-gloves-found-hadrians-wall?CMP=share_btn_tw

Recent discoveries in Roman Chester
https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeologists-find-roman-barrack-block-14314159

Cuirass found in 1,500 year tomb in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan,
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Sculptures of camels found in Arabia
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/science/camels-sculptures-desert-saudi-arabia.html

All the wild horses have gone
http://artdaily.com/news/102707/All-the-wild-horses-are-extinct--study#.WpE0fjEiF9A

Whale hunting in Chile - pictorial evidence
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-rock-art-shows-whale-hunts-atacama-chile-spd/#/02-rock-art-whale-dolphin-Figure-G.jpg

Grave stories

Prehistoric Swedish skulls on stakes in lake
https://www.seeker.com/archaeology/hunter-gatherer-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-reveal-symbolic-ritual-practice

CSI Pictland, 1500 year old cold case
https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/mystery-man-buried-1500-years-ago-might-finally-solved-dundee-experts/

Interesting article about murder in medieval London
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/get-away-murder-middle-ages/

Dead man’s chest? Sam the pirate found?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/530694/archaeologists-say-they-may-have-found-skeleton-pirate-black-sam-bellamy
https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/UNH-scientists-explore-pirate-mystery-12631839.php#photo-15116860
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On the frontlines

Update on the site of 1066 battle of Fulford
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15991567._We_have_located_the_site_of_the_1066_Battle_of_Fulford_/

Battle of Falkirk 1298
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/historiography-falkirk-1298-predecessor-infantry-dominance/

Memento of the crusaders in Jerusalem?
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crusader-era-high-altar-resurfaces-jerusalems-holy-sepulcher-180968192/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Walking Southampton’s walls
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/southampton-walls

Rubens castle for sale
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/yours-for-eur4m-rubens-s-33-room-country-pile

Excavating Welshpool castle
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-43140366

And excavating Norwich Castle
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/excavation-work-under-way-at-norwich-castle-1-5412401

In the lists

Medieval martial arts
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/historical-european-martial-art-crossroad-academic-research-martial-heritage-re-creation-martial-sport-practices/

Henry VIII and the Westminster tournament
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/grand-gesture-henry-viii-westminster-tournament/

Triumphs and parades
https://www.npr.org/2018/02/14/585668300/the-history-of-military-parades-in-the-u-s?sc=17&f=3&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Cannon at Golconda suffers casual damage
http://toi.in/75m0EZ/a24gk

Restoring cannons in Korigad fort, Pune, India
http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/restoration-bid-for-4-korigad-cannons/articleshow/63034826.cms

Cast-iron cannon found at Dabeerpura, Hyderabad
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/260218/asaf-jahi-era-cannon-dug-out-at-work-site.html
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/old-cannon-found-while-digging-plot-hyderbad-believed-be-nizam-era-relic-77032
https://telanganatoday.com/cannon-found-in-dabeerpura-moved-safely-to-archaeology-office

Archaeologists find 2 Georgian cannons at Fort Cornwallis, Penang https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/38928
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/02/20/two-200-year-old-cannons-found-at-fort-cornwallis/

Old cannon battery found in Montevideo Bay
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2450451&CategoryId=23620

Café Basiliscoe

Vintage Bronze Age Sicilian wine
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/13/copper-age-wine-sicily/

Princesses and Amazons

Cultural importance of the unicorn tapestries (on tour by the way)
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/13/lady-and-the-unicorn-mona-lisa-of-the-middle-ages-weaves-a-new-spell

National Museum, Sweden, acquires pictures of Queen Christina’s entry into Paris
http://artdaily.com/news/102640/Nationalmuseum-Sweden-acquires-drawing-by-Fran-ccedil-ois-Chauveau-of-Queen-Kristina-entering-Paris-in-1656#.Wo06HzEiF9A

Miscellany

Story of a lost bell
https://www.irrawaddy.com/from-the-archive/chiming-with-history.html

1850s wounds in the records of the Indian wars
http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20180209/historian-discovers-rogue-indian-wars-hospital-records

Into the 20th century and beyond

5 tanks that changed the course of WWI
http://www.historyextra.com/period/first-world-war/5-tanks-that-changed-the-course-of-the-first-world-war/

US Navy looking for ways to update old guns
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-navy-plans-take-old-guns-transform-them-hypervelocity-24511

Austrian astronauts seek inspiration in armour
http://timesofoman.com/article/128072

Nautical news

Naval battles of the Knights of St John go digital - terrific resource
https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/features/2018/02/navalbattlesoftheorderofstjohn

Project to collect Inuit memories of the Franklin expedition
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-parks-canada-inuit-elder-1.4533014

Investigating the Clotilda
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/slave_ship_clotilda_state_agen.html

Excavations continue in Pacific on Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-in-pacific-on-ottoman-frigate-ertugrul-127584

update on the looted wrecks in Indonesia
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/27/indonesia-cemetery-search-bones-british-dutch-sailors-wrecks-warships?CMP=share_btn_tw

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Report on funding for British museums - spoiler alert - too low…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/art-fund-report

New museums

New museums across the world
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/on-the-waterfront-shanghai-s-state-museums-multiply
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/marrakech-museum-boosts-africa-s-burgeoning-art-scene

Museum musings

Berlin museums and repatriation
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/berlin-museums-chief-calls-for-rules-on-restitution-of-colonial-artefacts

This week on statue watch: the Hitler bell
http://artdaily.com/news/102796/German-village-votes-to-keep--Hitler-bell--as-memorial

Conservation corner

Terracotta warrior vandalized by partygoer in Philadelphia
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/feb/19/china-calls-on-us-to-punish-terracotta-warrior-thumb-thief

Two Rembrandts newly restored
http://artdaily.com/news/102610/French--Dutch-teams-unveil-two-newly-restored-Rembrandts-#.Wovq6DEiF9A

Protecting museums and their exhibits against earthquake damage
http://artdaily.com/news/102634/Getty-Museum-collaborates-on-seismic-mitigation-research-project-#.Wo05qDEiF9A

Conserving statues in Macao which may have been cast by the Bocarro gunfounders
https://macauhub.com.mo/feature/conservator-breathes-new-life-into-ruins-of-st-pauls-statues/

Objects

George Washington’s hairs found in book
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lock-washingtons-hair-found-18th-century-almanac-180968185/

Lawrence of Arabia‘s revolver
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/18/lawrence-of-arabias-revolver-is-donated-to-national-army-museum

Austrian WWI buckle found in Stirling Castle
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6384-180216-stirling-castle-buckle

9 exhibits from the National Army Museum’s Special Forces exhibition
http://museumcrush.org/nine-objects-and-stories-from-the-national-army-museums-special-forces-exhibition/

Exhibitions

Samurai in Paris
http://www.guimet.fr/event/daimyo-seigneurs-de-la-guerre-au-japon/

Spanish still-life in Brussels
http://artdaily.com/news/102648/Exhibition-offers-a-glimpse-into-the-variety-and-opulence-of-Spanish-still-life-paintings#.Wo6I4zEiF9A

Goya in Bilbao
http://artdaily.com/news/102573/Goya-exhibition-at-the-Bilbao-Fine-Arts-Museum-presents-new-discoveries#.WolCQTEiGcw

Fra Angelico in Boston
http://artdaily.com/news/102674/-Fra-Angelico--Heaven-on-Earth--opens-at-Isabella-Stewart-Gardner-Museum-in-Boston#.Wo_fSDEiF9A

Dangerous Women in Miami
http://artdaily.com/news/102551/Dangerous-Women--Electrifying-new-exhibition-opens-at-the-Frost-Art-Museum-FIU#.WolBkTEiGcw

Prado takes Velazquez to Japan
http://artdaily.com/news/102738/The-Museo-del-Prado-takes-an-exhibition-on-Vel-zquez-to-Japan#.WpJ8pTEiF9A

Books

Mike Loades: The Crossbow
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/preorder-next-month/the-crossbow

Erik Walberg & Anders Wesslén: Vapenlexikon Artilleri 1350-1880
https://www.bokus.com/bok/9789186478537/vapenlexikon-artilleri-1350-1880/

Daimyo - Seigneurs de la guerre au Japon
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/boutique/special/5167-daimyo-seigneurs-de-la-guerre-au-japon/1/

Events

Conferences

ICOMAM in Slovenia
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/conferences/icomam-2018-conference/

Sales, fairs and auctions

Preview for Hermann Historica
https://www.hermann-historica.de/AuctionData/1/_Sonstiges/A76/A76_Flyer_Netz_komplett_oZg.pdf

Websites and downloads

Website on Guto'r Glyn - 15th century welsh soldier & poet
http://www.gutorglyn.net/gutoswales/index.php

1066 etc

Jacquerie, Byzantine deceits & Valhalla
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/soldiers-villagers-politics-military-violence-jacquerie-1358/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/ways-defeat-medieval-army/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/valhalla-rising-construction-cultural-identity-norse-myth-scandinavian-german-pagan-metal/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted my day out in Chester
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 28 February 2018

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