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The Basiliscoe Mercury 291

The Basiliscoe Mercury 291

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

A number of fascinating stories this week: an abandoned gunsmith's shop in Japan, a Lombard with a knife for an arm and a walrus buried in a graveyard. Not to mention Tutankhamun’s armour, a skull in a pub, poignant memories of WW1 & cheating Norwegians. And, best of all, a whole week without snow…

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Wooden tools of the Neanderthals found
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-oldest-neanderthal-wooden-tools-iberian.html

Flint on the points in Arctic America
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/origins-of-fluted-point-technology-in-arctic-north-america
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/native-americans-fluted-spear-points-05878.html

The armour of Tutankhamun
https://www.livescience.com/62170-king-tut-boy-soldier-explained.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/was-king-tut-warrior-egyptian-pharaoh-had-battle-damaged-armor-new-research-suggests-2666330
https://nypost.com/2018/03/26/secrets-revealed-in-king-tuts-armor/

Battles, towers and forts

Romans in Scotland
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/16115154.Remarkable_secrets_of_the_Romans_time_in_Scotland_unveiled/

Update on the boxing gloves
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/packing-a-punch-boxing-gloves-found-at-vindolanda.htm
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Mystery of the walrus in the cemetery - a good read!
https://londonist.com/london/secret/why-was-a-walrus-found-buried-next-to-a-human-body-beneath-king-s-cross

Hunting today
https://www.earth.com/news/decline-hunting/

Grave stories

The FBI and the mystery of the mummy’s head https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/science/mummy-head-fbi-dna.html

Million ducat man - with a knife for an arm
https://www.sciencealert.com/medieval-lombard-man-amputated-arm-knife-prosthesis

And now you can visit a medieval charnel house online
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/01/rare-english-charnel-house-can-now-be-seen-online

And the mystery of the skull in a pub
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-43616597

World Heritage

Destruction in Syria
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/war-savages-ancient-sites-yemen-and-iraq-destroying-archaeological-record

Personal account of a visit to Zhoushan (Chusan)
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/2140101/zhoushan-chinese-island-was-very-nearly-hong-kong-hasnt

Matchlock guns & firearms discovered in the old home & work shop of Inoue Sekiemon, gunsmiths in Japan http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201804140007.html

On the frontlines

Towton battlefield
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/why-site-of-key-yorkshire-battle-is-far-more-than-shrine-to-history-1-9104910
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/lifestyle/taleisuredaysout/16093789.Exploring_the_site_of_England__39_s_bloodiest_battle/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Fremont cannon back on display
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/john-c-fremont-exhibit-and-cannon-marching-into-las-vegas/

Living in the past

Jousting: a personal view
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/i-am-most-me-when-i-am-in-armour-jousting-on-a-horse_uk_5ac6021ce4b0aacd15b8cfb7

Café Bar Basiliscoe

2000 year old rice wine from China
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bottle-2000-year-old-wine-chinese-tomb-180968582/

500 year old wine from Japan
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/ku-4yd040218.php

Gunpowder gin from Ireland
https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/sb-voices-could-irish-gin-be-the-new-irish-whiskey/

All kept cool in a Roman fridge…
https://www.thelocal.ch/20180403/swiss-researchers-try-to-get-ancient-roman-fridge-working-again-history

Miscellany

Don’t play dice with a Norwegian!
https://www.livescience.com/62273-cheating-medieval-dice-norway.html

Recreating the lost frescoes of the Fondaco de Tedschi in Venice
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-the-fondaco-dei-tedeschi-frescoes-by-titian-and-giorgione

And creating a ceiling that never existed
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fresco-never-realized-will-be-digitally-recreated-french-castle-180968623/

New findings on the Lost Colony
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_5031be6a-e3b5-5531-9401-f63701e278d9.html

James II’s armour
http://museumcrush.org/this-is-the-last-suit-of-armour-ever-made-for-a-british-monarch/

Into the 20th century

Silk postcards from the First World War
http://museumcrush.org/from-your-soldier-boy-silk-postcards-of-the-first-world-war/

And love letters go online
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43662682

Uncovering a family history
http://www.wtrf.com/news/national/archaeologist-helps-woman-locate-lost-remains-of-her-uncle-a-wwii-veteran/1092166716

Poppies reach Fort Nelson
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/watch-a-bird-s-eye-view-of-portsmouth-s-stunning-new-poppies-war-sculpture-1-8458384

Nautical news

Did the Vikings sail by crystal?
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-simulations-viking-sunstone-accurate.html

Update on the York River wrecks
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-york-river-shipwrecks-20180410-story.html

Search for the Endurance
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43703723

St. Louis-class light cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) found
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/04/13/paul-allens-expedition-team-discovers-third-wwii-shipwreck-in-a-month/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

UK moves to ban all ivory sales
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-ivory-ban

Discussing free entry to Berlin’s new museums
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-to-pilot-free-entry-museums-at-humboldt-forum

New museums

New World Gallery at the Horniman planned http://artdaily.com/news/103794/Horniman-Museum-and-Gardens-announces-further-details-of-new-World-Gallery#.Wsx1YDGG99A

New extension at the Frick
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/frick-collection-announces-new-renovation-and-expansion-plans

Museum musings

V&A considering returning looted art to Africa
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/v-and-a-opens-dialogue-on-looted-ethiopian-treasures

British Museum called on to do the same
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ethiopia-calls-on-uk-museums-to-return-maqdala-treasures-on-long-term-loan

Making old masters interesting to youngsters
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/old-master-disco-lives-in-kasse

Conservation corner

Conserving a British flag at Ticonderoga
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/03/fort_ticonderoga_gets_funding_to_save_rare_british_flag.html

Foundation to sponsor conservation of BM’s Korean collections
http://artdaily.com/news/103748/The-British-Museum-embarks-on-major-project-to-preserve-Korean-art-#.WsnaozGG99A

Exhibitions

100 years of the RAF at Wiltshire
http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/2018/01/12/raf100-a-history-of-raf-lyneham-at-reme-museum-16th-january-16th-june-2018/

Soldiers’ art at Compton Verney
http://artdaily.com/news/103753/British-soldier-art-from-the-Crimean-War-to-today-on-view-at-Compton-Verney#.WsiLzTGG99A

Renaissance silver at Waddeson - looks a stunner!
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/apr/12/the-silver-caesars-renaissance-masterpieces-reunited-after-a-century

Bevin’s Boys in Bishop Auckland
http://artdaily.com/news/103646/Exhibition-commemorates-75-years-since-the-Bevin-Boys-scheme-began#.WsHlDTGG99A

Napoleon as strategist in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation/expositions/detail/napoleon-stratege.html

Voices from Denmark’s colonies in Copenhagen
https://en.natmus.dk/museums-and-palaces/the-national-museum-of-denmark/exhibitions/voices-from-the-colonies/

Rubens in Madrid
http://artdaily.com/news/103677/Exhibition-at-the-Prado-Museum-brings-together-82-sketches-by-Peter-Paul-Rubens#.WssZBDGG99A

Versailles visitors at the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/visitors-to-versailles

And don’t forget the Japanese armour, there, too!
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/japanese-arms-and-armor

Books

Dan Spencer: The Castle at War
http://www.glamorgan-gem.co.uk/article.cfm?id=119049&headline=Book%20review%20%E2%80%93%20The%20Castle%20at%20War%20in%20Medieval%20England%20and%20Wales&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Publications from Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/collections/ressources-documentaires/publications-du-musee.html

Online Book

A 15th century alchemist’s text: Beata Wojtalik: The way of obtaining the Grand Elixir : an edition of the 'Tamyrtone' text in BL Harley 1747
https://core.ac.uk/display/30843507?source=3&algorithmId=14&similarToDoc=30923067&similarToDocKey=CORE&recSetID=6fceb747-9f15-49e9-99a9-c05b1fa95ec4&position=1&recommendation_type=same_repo&otherRecs=30843507,18268137,32323153,31299952,1145380

Popular culture

Contemporary art installation involved samurai armours
http://artdaily.com/news/103703/Exhibition-presents-an-exceptional-collection-of-artefacts-that-belonged-to-a-powerful-caste-of-governors#.WsM8aDGG99A

Shipwreck inspires local artist in Southend
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/16137121.300_shoes_to_mark_the_lost_lives_of_shipwreck/

Tolkien novel written when convalescing after the Somme to be published
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/10/the-fall-of-gondolin-new-jrr-tolkien-book-to-be-published-in-2018

Drawing the arms dealers
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/11/the-art-of-war-the-artist-who-sketches-under-cover-at-arms-fairs

Events

St George’s day with English Heritage
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/st-georges-day/

Conferences - calls for papers

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

Sales, fairs and auctions

18 April 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
http://artdaily.com/news/103721/Hermann-Historica-GmbH-announces-highlights-from-its-76th-auction#.WsSELTGG99A

Websites and downloads

New website for the Australian Navy and its history
https://www.navyhistory.org.au/

1066 etc: War-torn Paris, swimming & embroidery
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/medieval-life-in-war-torn-paris/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/medieval-swimming/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/sewing-the-scene-the-uses-of-embroidery-in-medieval-film-2/

Finally
We are putting the next ICOMAM MAGAZINE together - please send in any contributions soon! You can read previous editions here: http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

This fortnight I tweeted a visit to Boroughbridge & Aldborough
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 15 April 2018

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