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Basiliscoe Mercury 290

The Basiliscoe Mercury 290

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Several articles relating to a new exhibition of arms and armour at our Civil War Centre. Otherwise fireworks from Mexico, explosions, amazons and Swedish forts in Ghana, and the VOC in The Hague. And a small gift of Easter Eggs….

Arms and armour in the news

Battles, towers and forts

Excavating the Goths and Romans in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/03/28/archaeologists-find-traces-of-251-ad-invasion-of-roman-empire-by-goths-during-digs-at-antiquity-odeon-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Irish graffito with knight on a horse
http://www.thejournal.ie/12th-century-graffiti-art-uncovered-as-part-of-medieval-discovery-in-dublins-coombe-3918137-Mar2018/

Grave stories

Has the tomb of warlord Cao Cao been found?
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138951/archaeologists-confident-they-have-found-body-fabled-chinese

Update on mass grave at Repton
https://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/burton-news/repton-historian-excited-mass-grave-1265188

Death in Dark Age Scotland
http://museumcrush.org/facial-reconstructions-peer-out-from-the-scottish-dark-ages/

Death of an emperor
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/medieval-forensics-investigating-the-death-of-a-byzantine-emperor/
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In the lists

Jousting with Maximilian
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/a-diet-of-tournaments-maximilian-at-worms-1495/

On the frontlines

Looking for a battlefield to visit over the Easter hols?
http://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-historic-british-battlefields/

Investigating Glencoe massacre
https://www.livescience.com/62056-glencoe-massacre-archaeology.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-trace-remains-of-lost-settlements-of-1692-Glencoe-massacre-180968570/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Thinking about trebuchets
http://www.medievalists.net/2014/07/a-good-day-for-a-trebuchet/

Investigating Edinburgh Castle’s well
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16117721.Scan_reveals_secrets_of_main_medieval_well_for_the_Castle/

Old wallpaper found in Lindisfarne Castle
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/21/lindisfarne-castle-restoration-uncovers-350-year-old-wallpaper

Investigating Carrickfergus castle
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-43408931?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story

Sweden’s slave fort in Ghana
http://www.heraldlive.co.za/my-heraldlive/2018/03/18/ghana-gets-ready-to-greet-the-world/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Conserving cannon in Bermuda
http://bernews.com/2018/03/students-help-historic-cannon-conservation/

English Heritage worried about their cannon
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43557696

Cleaning Pendennis Castle’s cannon
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle/history-and-stories/

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s menu

Norwegian porridge…
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/09/591957289/the-great-norwegian-porridge-debate-or-tradition-vs-science?sc=17&f=1007

…washed down with the Beer of the Pharaohs
http://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/03/15/ale-analysis-ancient-beer-brought-to-life-by-classicist-and-winnipeg-brewery/

World War II rationing
http://museumcrush.org/how-the-ministry-of-food-managed-food-rationing-in-world-war-two/

Miscellany

Late medieval wall paintings in Coventry to go on show - nice armour!
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/26/coventry-monastery-founded-in-1385-to-open-to-the-public-in-2020

Feature on arms and armour at Newark
http://museumcrush.org/war-relics-reveal-their-battle-scars-at-the-national-civil-war-centre/

More on the Austrian WWI belt found in Stirling castle
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/sterling-finds-from-stirling.htm

Interesting article on London’s Mudlarks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43437569?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story

Reading Homer to help trauma
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/homer-can-help-you-war-veterans-use-ancient-epics-to-cope/2018/03/14/b6cb0e66-273e-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html

Things that go bang…

It happened in Windham: Gunpowder: Black Gold in the 19th century http://news.keepmecurrent.com/it-happened-in-windham-gunpowder-black-gold-in-the-19th-century/

1837 Limerick explosion - interesting story
https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/304522/limerick-chronicle-files-the-night-gunpowder-explosions-rocked-the-city.html

Mexico’s fireworks for Easter - entertaining read!
http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2018/la-quema-dejudas-mexico-city/

Princesses and Amazons

Were there amazons?
http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/were-there-ever-any-real-amazon-warrior-women

More tales of women warriors
http://digital.vpr.net/post/ancient-instruments-and-modern-media-tell-tale-women-warriors?#stream/0

Nautical news

Based on unconvincing cannonball, team looks for 1609 Spanish galleon http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803180001.html

Searching for the Purísima Concepción, lost 1765, off Tierra del Fuego, http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/from-film-conicet-scientists-investigate-a-historic-18th-century-shipwreck/

Two ships found under warehouse
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-news/two-new-old-ships-from-1700s-or-1800s-discovered-along-alexandria-waterfront/2018/03/19/576d74f0-2bac-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html?utm_term=.b506a3becb6f

Finds from Spanish galleon off Mexico on display
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/spanish-treasure-now-on-shelves-of-museum/
http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/discovery-of-a-shipment-of-colonial-jewels-on-the-yucatan-coast-revealed/

Short feature about the Amsterdam
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-amsterdam-shipwreck

Carronades from the Debraack and other underwater problems - a long read
https://gizmodo.com/heres-what-protects-shipwrecks-from-looters-and-hacks-1823608540

Inuit oral historian who pointed way to Franklin shipwrecks has died https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/29/inuit-oral-historian-who-pointed-way-to-franklin-shipwrecks-dies-aged-58

Museum news and exhibitions

News - mainly financial!

Feature on Nuremberg’s arms and armour displays
https://www.stripes.com/germanisches-national-museum-in-nuremberg-features-armor-and-much-more-1.517062

The world’s top exhibitions
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/ancient-buddhist-sculptures-triumph-over-modern-masters

Culture comes at a price?
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/mar/25/museums-disturbing-fall-in-domestic-visitors-britons

NEA gets funding for another year
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nea-and-other-arts-agencies-given-funding-boost-by-congress

Mona Lisa is staying at home…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-says-non-to-minister-s-mona-lisa-grand-tour

New museums

New museum to be opened in Devonport dockyard
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/plymouth-5-million-royal-navy-1073952

Museum developments

Bringing in the young folks - DJs and better labelling!
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/how-to-double-your-visitor-numbers-a-case-study

Museum musings

Collecting today’s protest art
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/28/posters-protest-artworks-hope-to-nope-pink-pussyhat

Objects

Fairfax’s sword
https://nottstv.com/watch-famous-sword-of-english-civil-war-commander-goes-on-display-at-newark-centre/

Two Gordon portraits go to Amsterdam
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/treasure-of-fyvie-castle-goes-dutch-at-high-society-exhibition

Exhibitions

Chatham and the sea at Chatham
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/23/art-exhibition-charts-tide-history-chatham-dockyard
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/the-glorious-history-of-chatham-dockyard-as-told-through-the-eyes-of-artists/

Civil war arms and armour at Newark
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-43531995

WWI tanks at Bovington
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16087435.New_exhibition_featuring_historic_tank_designs_through_the_ages/

Grinling Gibbons in York
http://museumcrush.org/meet-grinling-gibbons-the-michelangelo-of-wood/

The World of the VOC at The Hague
http://dewereldvandevoc.nl/?lang=en

Catherine the Great in St Petersburg
https://www.kreml.ru/en-Us/exhibitions/russian-exhibitions/ekaterina-ii-v-strane-i-v-mire/

Books

Pietro Monte's Collectanea: The Arms, Armour and Fighting Techniques of a Fifteenth-Century Soldier (Translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng)
https://boydellandbrewer.com/pietro-monte-s-i-collectanea-i-hb.html

Antony Francis: The Deptford royal dockyard and manor of Sayes Court, London: excavations 2000–12
https://www.mola.org.uk/deptford-royal-dockyard-and-manor-sayes-court-london-excavations-2000%E2%80%9312

Books from the Royal Armouries
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds.html

Online Book

Archaeology at Bloomberg (the Mithreaum)
https://www.mola.org.uk/archaeology-bloomberg

Popular culture

Some medieval novels for the summer
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/reading-recommendations-for-a-marvellous-medieval-summer/

Events

Diary Dates

Richard Wallace 200
http://www.wallacecollection.org/blog/2018/01/richard-wallace-200/

Crownhill fort open days
https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/crownhill-fort/crownhill-fort-whats-on/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=whatsonatcrownhillfort

Arms and Armour Society AGM - 5 April Tower of London
http://www.condottiero.com/ep675p9oyht9/armsandarmoursociety/home.html

Sales, fairs and auctions

7 April 2018 London
London Antique Arms Fair
http://www.antiquearmsfairsltd.co.uk/

18 Apr 2018 London
The Marine Sale
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24653/

21 April 2018 London
The Antique Arms Fair
https://www.antiquearmsfair.com/

24th April 2018 London
The Professor Charles Thomas Collection Auction
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Hermann Historica catalogues online
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/Auktionen/Laufende

Websites and downloads

1066 etc Military strategy, Henry VIII warriors &Teutonic Knights,
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/reframing-the-conversation-on-medieval-military-strategy/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/noble-warriors-the-military-elite-and-henry-viiis-expeditions-of-1513-and-1544/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/03/survival-at-the-frontier-of-holy-war-political-expansion-crusading-commerce-and-the-medieval-colonizing-settlement-at-biala/

Finally: a basket of eggs for Easter
http://hermitage--www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/what-s-on/temp_exh/2015/faberge_greatwar/?lng=en
https://londonstreetviews.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/joseph-egg-gunsmith/
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/33315
https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/67191/pair-of-pistols
https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/373537
https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-15127.html

This fortnight I tweeted a visit to London’s exhibitions
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 31 March 2018

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