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The Basiliscoe Mercury 292

The Basiliscoe Mercury 292

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Apologies for the lateness of this Bazzy; I have been travelling off and on for the last fortnight. We start with the sad news of the sudden death of John Waller, whom many of you will have known. We extend our sympathies to family and his many close friends.
On a happier note, sea mammals in medieval Iceland, Napoleonic French prisoners like to draw ships and the Vasa are looking for their cannon.

Obituaries

John Waller
http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/2018/04/in-memoriam-master-at-arms-john-waller/

Ancient arms and defences

The defences of Mytilene
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31101-ancient-defensive-wall-emerges-during-salvage-excavation-on-lesvos-island.html

New technology used on the Antonine Wall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43838792?

Investigating a Highland vitrified fort
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43813824?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story#

Harold Bluetooth’s treasure found in Rugen
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/treasure-of-legendary-danish-king-bluetooth-unearthed-in-germany

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Interesting horse burial
https://www.livescience.com/62419-ancient-horse-burial-tombos.html

Whales, seals and walruses in medieval Iceland
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/whales-walrus-and-seals-in-medieval-icelandic-literature/

Settling Iceland, mythically
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/the-legendary-topography-of-the-viking-settlement-of-iceland/ )

Grave stories

Investigating a 5th century massacre in Sweden
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/25/swedish-archaeologists-uncover-brutal-5th-century-massacre

Studying the remains of Napoleon’s army
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/13/skeletons-from-napoleonic-battlefield-shed-light-on-soldiers-health/#73a4e0b4227e

How Custer’s men met their deaths
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/suicide-custer-little-big-horn-soldiers-may-be-overblown

Turning Grandpa into a weapon
https://www.livescience.com/62399-human-cassowary-bone-daggers.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Latest excavations in the Byzantine fortress of Trapesitsa uncover church
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/17/unknown-14th-century-church-containing-hoard-of-bronze-engolpion-crosses-discovered-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Crumbling castles make poor neighbours!
https://www.metro.news/crumbling-castle-proves-monumental-problem-for-homeowner/1019400/

What Windsor Castle used to look like
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/windsor-castle-original-size-reconstruction-medieval-fortress-a8321766.html

They’ve found the moat at Newark castle
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/business/moat-created-defend-newark-castle-1497609

What they are finding at Norwich castle
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-43840546

Through the gunloop…

Lost colony’s lost fort
http://norfolkdailynews.com/news/national/feature_national/land-deal-will-preserve-site-linked-to-lost-colony-mystery/article_fd5989c0-4aed-11e8-b569-43115cdd5220.html

French prisoner of war graffiti discovered at Sissinghurst Castle
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/art-seven-years-war-sissinghurst-national-trust-kent-a8328186.html

Excavating Fort Clarence
https://greatlakesledger.com/2018/04/13/fort-clarence-military-fortification-to-be-excavated/

Excavations at Fort Frederica https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/first-archaeological-digs-in-year s-to-take-place-at-fort/article_cdf72ffa-cdc6-5c76-b50f-09d616de9c4b.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

How Grandmaster’s Ximenez’ cannon got to the Royal Armouries
https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180422/life-features/The-Ximenes-Cannon-from-plunder-to-prize-of-war.677148#

Decrepit old cast-iron cannon found on Palm Beach https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/local/why-this-old-cannon-palm-beach-pointed-west-palm-beach/o6MGGdR7VUY5tepRQvdWLK

The two Tredegars – a shared heritage
http://ideastations.org/two-tredegars-shared-heritage

Always take care when cleaning cannon https://www.middletownpress.com/local/article/Memento-found-in-Civil-War-cannon-12875446.php

Pair of 125-ton guns at Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island http://mynorthwest.com/966379/the-twisted-tale-of-whidbey-islands-big-guns/?

Back to the front

Future of Culloden field
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/battle-for-cullodens-future-begins-says-top-academic

Restoring a US Civil War landscape
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/20/604431862/controlled-burn-held-at-manassas-battlefield-park-to-restore-civil-war-landscape

Princesses and Amazons

Shieldmaidens in Old Norse
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/maiden-warriors-in-old-norse-literature/

Hunting for ladies
https://www.ammoland.com/2018/04/women-guns-hunting-far-from-recent-trend/#axzz5D0xinAxb

Into the 20th century

Ten objects from D-Day
https://museumcrush.org/ten-objects-from-the-newly-opened-d-day-story-in-portsmouth/

Wartime medicine in photographs
https://museumcrush.org/the-treasure-trove-of-wartime-medical-photos-found-in-the-archives/

Nautical news

Mystery wreck found off Western Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-17/mystery-shipwreck-found-off-pilbara-coast/9663740

Finds from HMS Invincible go into museum
https://museumcrush.org/hms-invincible-treasures-recovered-from-the-watery-depths-gifted-to-navy-museum/

UK gives Canada two Franklin ships
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-britain-officially-gifts-two-long-lost-ships-from-franklin-expedition/

The Vasa are looking for their cannon…
https://www.vasamuseet.se/finding-the-vasa-cannon

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Short list for UK’s Museum of the Year
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/01/tiny-mail-rail-trains-post-museum-london-heritage-art-fund-prize

Uncomfortable tours of galleries and museums
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/24/slaver-invader-tour-guide-ugly-truth-empire-uncomfortable-art-tours-alice-procter

IWM drops exhibition charges for the summer
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/23042018-iwm-drops-temporary-exhibition-charges

New museums

Getty Villa re-opens
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-villa-renovation

New sculpture at USA’s National WWII Museum
http://artdaily.com/news/103952/The-National-WWII-Museum-breaks-ground-on-Bollinger-Canopy-of-Peace#.WtWrnzGG99A

Finance for new Higgins Armory displays at Worcester
http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2018/04/higgins_arms_and_armor_will_fi.html

Museum developments

UK sculpture to go on national database
http://artdaily.com/news/104284/Photography-starts-for-major-UK-sculpture-project#.Wul3zjGG99A

Museum musings

This week in statues & memorials
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/us-memorial-confronts-america-s-racist-history
http://artdaily.com/news/104286/Poland-consigns-communist-era-monuments-to-dustbin-of-history-#.Wul3FDGG99A

Conservation corner

Tapestries from Falkland Palace conserved in Belgium
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/falkland-tapestries-return-from-belgium-ablaze-with-colour

Objects

Nine historic knives
https://www.history.com/news/knives-that-changed-history

Books

Susan Jenkins and Tony Trowles: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, Westminster Abbey
http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=new-titles&subcategory=&id=3898

Online Book

Wealden Iron
https://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/pub.htm

Events

Events at Les Invalides
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation.html

Conferences - calls for papers

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

Sales, fairs and auctions

1-11 May Hermann Historica Munich
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/Auktionen/Laufende
http://artdaily.com/news/103721/Hermann-Historica-GmbH-announces-highlights-from-its-76th-auction#.WsSELTGG99A

22 May 2018 Edinburgh
Sporting sale
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24751/

22 May 2018 LA
Tribal arms and armour
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24946/

23 May London
Arms and armour
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24657/

Websites and downloads

Scotland’s Royal Company of Archers
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-royal-company-of-archers

1066 etc medieval military revolution, crusaders, medieval militias
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/medieval-military-revolution/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/the-square-fighting-march-of-the-crusaders-at-the-battle-of-ascalon-1099/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/medieval-origins-of-the-second-amendment/

Finally

This fortnight I will be tweeting about my recent travels!
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 30 April 2018

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