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Basiliscoe Mercury 289

The Basiliscoe Mercury 289

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Norway features in a couple of interesting stories. The usual graves, wrecks and queens are out in full force. Spring brings a number of tournament-related features, hopefully it will stop snowing soon, but a number of good books out to read if it doesn’t and is too cold to actually watch one…

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Article on the Rudham dagger
http://museumcrush.org/the-giant-bronze-age-ritual-dagger-found-in-a-field-in-norfolk/

Rock art, rock shelters and rock music!
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-echoes-thought-sites-prehistoric-art.html

Officer’s house found in Rome, or possibly a spy…
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-rome-subway-uncovers-2nd-century-military.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/08/2nd-century-007-archaeologists-discover-barracks-may-have-used/
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Domesticating rabbits
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/rabbits-first-domesticated-early-middle-ages/

Grave stories

Burned to death by the pharaohs?
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/three-skeletons-and-a-fiery-destruction

Three bodies from Trondheim - not the latest Scandi-noir, but medieval archaeology
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495345/pdf/pone.0180277.pdf

In the lists

Recreating the Field of the Cloth of Gold
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-field-of-the-cloth-of-gold

the Eglinton tournament
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/romance-past-nineteenth-century-medievalism-tournament/

Forts and battlefields

Investigating Fort Juan 1566
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologist-uncovers-hidden-history-conquistadors.html

Threats to 16th century Spanish fort in South Carolina
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-carolina/articles/2018-03-09/spanish-fort-in-south-carolina-threatened-by-erosion

Visiting Culloden
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/culloden

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Culzean’s cannons - don’t trust the dating in the text!
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/a-blast-from-the-past

Finding Trinconamalee’s Armstrongs
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180304/plus/a-boom-from-the-past-284140.html

Update on Fort Cornwallis cannon
https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/03/03/unearthing-stories-from-the-soil-discovery-of-twin-cannons-at-countrys-largest-standing-fort-stirs-i/

Now with extra cannonballs found now!
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/03/04/9-cannonballs-unearthed-at-fort-cornwallis/

And two more iron cannons located, this time in Aliabad
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/royal-cannons-in-graveyard-get-asi-lifeline/articleshow/63227413.cms

Gunnade goes on view in Wrangell Museum
http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2018/03/08/news/old-cannon-poised-for-display-in-museum-collection/5658.html

Smartening up Vicksburg’s cannon
http://www.vicksburgpost.com/2018/03/13/americorps-national-director-chips-in-locally/

The supergun
http://wonderfulengineering.com/saddam-husseins-supergun-made-iraq-center-space-exploration/

Café Basiliscoe

Cooking up a medieval feast
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/exploring-world-colourful-medieval-cuisine/

Where Roger Bacon ate
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oxford-university-archaeology-dig-secrets-medieval-beer-mugs-students-a8239266.html

Brewing Beer in Temple Newsam
http://museumcrush.org/how-beer-and-brewing-kept-the-country-house-running-at-temple-newsam/

Trying the sailors’ diet
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/diet-of-the-ancient-mariner/

Princesses and Amazons

Discussing Christine de Pizan
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/who-was-christine-de-pizan/

Recreating fireworks for a Queen
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/03/07/lucy-worsleys-fireworks-tudor-queen-review-perky-history-explosive/

Identifying the lady in a fur
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40275610

Update on the fate of Amelia Earhart
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-forensic-analysis-bones-amelia-earhart.html

Nautical news

What you can learn from ballast - more fascinating than it sounds!
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/how-bomb-debris-from-bristol-england-made-a-road-in-nyc/

Diving in Cornwall – it’s not all pirates and Poldark!
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/remains-lost-forge-60-feet-1313759

Discussion of Admiral Zheng He’s expeditions
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-quest-for-chinese-navigator-zheng-hes-ancient-fleet-an-ominous-bid-for-validation-of-chinas-expansionist-claims/news-story/0ed1e754cd927a78569129bf83770478

Searching for the Cordelière and Regent, lost 1512
http://www.newsweek.com/underwater-search-legendary-16th-century-warship-begins-france-834931

Pirate wreck on the Canaries?
http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/smoking-pipes-sailors-betray-sunken-corsair-beach-el-burrero-de-ingenio/

American Revolution-era wreck exposed by storms off southern Maine
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/03/05/noreaster-winds-reveal-a-surprising-beach-discovery-the-remains-of-a-revolutionary-war-era-ship/?utm_term=.e4b053585d9f

So not the Clotilda after all…
http://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2018/03/wreck_found_by_reporter_not_th.html

USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43296489

Japanese Navy battleship Hiei found in the Solomon Islands
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/26/wreck-japanese-battleship-hiei-may-have-located-solomon-islands/amp/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Puerto Rican museums regroup after disasters
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-road-to-recovery-puerto-rican-museums-regroup-after-hurricane

New charging at the Met goes into practise
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-met-s-new-admissions-fee-goes-into-effect

London museums visitor numbers drop
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/why-the-number-of-visitors-to-two-of-london-s-major-museums-has-plunged

Costs and profits of touring exhibitions
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/burrell-collection

Museum musings

Emptying the shelves
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/the-mirage-of-riches-in-museums-vaults

This week in statues - remembering the memorials
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/mar/05/historic-england-to-record-memorials-to-the-less-known-immortalised-project

And students are doing it for themselves
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/us-students-and-activists-take-creative-action-against-gun-violence

Conservation corner

Bayeux tapestry update
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/bayeux-tapestry-conserved-in-london
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/how-britain-tried-and-failed-to-borrow-the-bayeux-tapestry-twice-before

Conserving standards of the Scots Guards
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/flags-flying-again

Conserving iron shot from the sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43334700

How much of conservators’ work should be visible & how much hidden?: http://theartnewspaper.com/news/how-much-of-conservators-work-should-be-visible-and-how-much-should-be-hidden

Medieval altarpieces from Norway and not Lubeck?
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-reveals-middle-ages-altarpieces.html

Saving Syrian antiquities
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/we-need-to-invest-in-people

Objects

Part of wheellock pistol found in Colorado
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/02/27/gun-western-slope-mesa-county/

Still life with armour for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/102998/Recently-rediscovered-memento-mori-painting-offered-at-Koller-Auctions-Zurich#.WqD84zEiF9A

Pair of Whitehaven pistols
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/Would-you-pay-2000-for-pair-of-guns-fit-to-fight-a-Cumbrian-Duel-ee03eb0e-87e3-43ed-a49b-0405ac382414-ds

You can own the swivel gun of Maximus Decimus Meridius
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5502883/Strange-items-sale-Russell-Crowes-3-6-million-auction.html

Exhibitions

Ravilious in Compton Verney
http://artdaily.com/news/103234/Compton-Verney-exhibition-focuses-on-Eric-Ravilious-and-his-relationships-with-luminary-British-artists#.Wqza6zHA99A

15th century manuscripts in Dublin
http://artdaily.com/news/103075/Exhibition-at-Chester-Beatty-Library-focuses-on-a-masterpiece-of-fifteenth-century-illumination#.WqT66TEiF9A

Tintoretto in Paris
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/boutique/special/5173-tintoret-naissance-dun-genie/1/

High society in Amsterdam
http://artdaily.com/news/103097/Exhibition-at-the-Rijksmuseum-gives-a-glimpse-into-the-informal-life-of-the-well-to-do#.WqZFizEiF9A
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Italian renaissance at Worcester
http://artdaily.com/news/103090/Exploring-another-Leonardo-mystery--Worcester-Art-Museum-presents-exhibition-and-new-research-on-Italian-panel-paintings#.WqZGQzEiF9A

Murillo in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/102882/National-Gallery-marks-the-400th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-Bartolom--Esteban-Murillo#.WpqW6DEiF9A

Rembrandt and India in LA
http://artdaily.com/news/103117/The-J--Paul-Getty-Museum-presents--Rembrandt-and-the-Inspiration-of-India-#.WquUDTEiF9A

Books

Bernt Rundberget: Tales of the Iron Bloomery Ironmaking in South-eastern Norway - Foundation of Statehood c. AD 700-1300
http://www.brill.com/products/book/tales-iron-bloomery

Hans Lecküchner (trans. by Jeffrey L. Forgeng) The Art of Swordsmanship
(new in paperback)
https://boydellandbrewer.com/i-the-art-of-swordsmanship-i-by-hans-leck-252-chner.html

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

Julian Hale: The RAF 1918–2018
https://www.bloomsbury.com/non-fiction/history/heritage/

Two books on the Indonesia massacres
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/15/killing-season-geoffrey-robinson-army-indonesian-genocide-jess-melvinreviews

Online book

Edited by Margot Finn and Kate Smith: The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/the-east-india-company-at-home

Popular culture

The Armed Man
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/100-Days-To-Peace-tickets/artist/5255853

Tower of London poppies
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/05/how-we-made-tower-of-london-poppies-paul-cummins-tom-piper

The Square – satire on the art and museum worlds
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/19/the-square-review-ruben-ostlund-elisabeth-moss-cannes-2017

Events

Jousting in Leeds
https://royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds

English heritage at Easter
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/easter/

Conferences - calls for papers

ICOMAM IN Slovenia
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/news/detail/article/koblenz-conference/

Sales, fairs and auctions

Hermann Historica preview
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en

Websites and downloads

National Trust for Scotland
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/a-new-website-for-the-national-trust-for-scotland

Shipwrecks of St Malo
http://www.epaves.corsaires.culture.fr/mobile/en/annexe/intro-Home

1066 etc Castles, Templars, chivalry & medieval wars
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/idea-castle-medieval-england/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/templar-lands-lincolnshire-early-fourteenth-century/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/two-different-views-knighthood-early-fifteenth-century-le-livre-de-bouciquaut-works-christine-de-pizan/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/medieval-geopolitics-two-types-warfare-medieval-europe/

Finally don’t forget we are putting the next ICOMAM Magazine together soon - send in your contributions! You can see earlier issues here
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

This fortnight I tweeted pictures from my visit to London
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 18 March 2018

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