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The Basiliscoe Mercury 293

The Basiliscoe Mercury 293

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

A number of stories of armour in popular culture this week, mainly from the Met, from Joan of Arc to modern dance. Otherwise a number of updates including stunning pictures of a Spanish galleon in the deep, the cannonball that wasn’t and uses for helicopter paint.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Prehistoric use of fire and axes pushed back in time
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/scientists-confirm-earliest-use-of-fire-and-oldest-stone-handaxe-in-europe/

Romans in Poland
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29414%2Carchaeologist-we-have-evidence-presence-roman-legionaries-poland.html

Update on the remains of a battle with the Romans outside Dusseldorf
https://www.thelocal.de/20180502/roman-relics-found-in-rhein-region-show-evidence-of-bloody-uprising

Ancient roman triumphal arch found in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/07/archaeologists-find-1st-century-ad-roman-triumphal-arch-from-ancient-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
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Hunting round the world and through the ages

Fishing in Alaska
https://www.ktoo.org/2018/05/10/archaeologist-finds-fish-trap-defensive-sites-on-afognak-island/

Grave stories

What famous people died from?
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/05/what-killed-historys-most-famous-people-medical-sleuths-gather-to-investigate

More on the Scottish survivors of Dunbar
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16194712.Fresh_light_cast_on_the_brave_Scots_who_survived_the_bloody_Battle_of_Dunbar/

The remains of 40 soldiers found during archaeological work in Wijtschate
http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/11158/the-remains-of-over-40-soldiers-found-during-archaeological-digs-in-wijtschate

Over the wall, through the gunloop

Searching for lost royal castle in Scotland
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-search-for-lost-castle-at-former-royal-retreat-1-4737452

Update on the search for Fort Vancouver
http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/may/02/graduate-student-embarks-on-project-to-pinpoint-site-of-original-fort-vancouver/

The three Solent forts for sale
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-three-historic-military-forts-solent-also-known-palmerstons/

Back to the front

Jacobite trail in Glenfinnan
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/on-the-jacobite-trail-at-glenfinnan

Saratoga battlefield recovers from major storm damage http://www.saratogian.com/article/ST/20180509/NEWS/180509800

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Possible old cannons cause chaos in Phuket
https://www.thephuketnews.com/suspected-cannons-found-in-phuket-66944.php#dLlWrkQkOKismFDQ.97

Suspected cannonball from River Don in Sheffield 'is an industrial weight' https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/suspected-cannonball-hauled-from-river-don-in-sheffield-is-an-industrial-weight-1-9146122

Canadians rescued WWI German trophy cannon from neglected Neepawa.
http://www.mywestman.ca/community-news/7793-cannon-re-captures-former-glory

Café Basiliscoe - this week’s menu

Roast rhino…
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/04/butchered-rhino-suggests-humans-were-in-the-philippines-700000-years-ago

or iced sloth…
https://apnews.com/a8e4855765ea42c39cec1676f4ce2f21

…with 220 year old beer, from Australia
https://mashable.com/2018/05/03/world-oldest-beer-revived/#mscNmA7fpsqi

Miscellany

Spying in the American Revolution
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20180502/reverend-west-revisited-acushnet-preacher-helped-catch-british-spy-nearly-250-years-ago

Do-it-yourself tattoo kit, from long, long ago
https://hyperallergic.com/438579/worlds-oldest-tattoo-kit-fernvale-native-american/

Two new Rembrandts go on show in Amsterdam - Man with a Sword
http://artdaily.com/news/104553/Two-newly-rediscovered-paintings-by-Rembrandt-go-on-view-at-the-Rembrandt-House#.WvacuzGG99A
https://www.rembrandthuis.nl/en/from-may-9th-special-guests/

The tale of two telephone engineers stranded in the Channel Islands in WW2
https://museumcrush.org/the-story-of-two-post-office-men-trapped-on-the-channel-islands-during-wwii/

Nautical news

Update on the wreck of the San José galleon – stunning pictures! https://thecitypaperbogota.com/news/exclusive-a-first-look-at-the-wreck-of-the-san-jose-galleon/19636

Update on HMS Victory - (the one underwater)
http://thepipeline.info/blog/2018/05/08/omex-maritime-heritage-foundation-victory-1744-puff-piece-deflates/

Update on Virginia’s colonial ships
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-newly-discovered-18th-century-ships-found-buried-alexandria-virginia-180969033/

Visiting U1277 off Portugal
http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/second-world-war-submarine-is-guarded-by-these-divers/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Poppies boost attendance at Fort Nelson
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/great-war/joy-as-fort-nelson-poppy-sculpture-draws-in-more-than-50-000-visitors-1-8495677

New museums

Maritime Museum of British Columbia looking for new home
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/maritime-museum-of-b-c-setting-sights-on-waterfront-home-1.23291100

Museum musings

Will British Museum return/lend Benin bronzes to Nigeria?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/will-british-museum-lend-back-the-benin-bronzes

Hamburg is considering it
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hamburg-considers-fate-of-three-benin-bronzes

While Germany looks into cultural looting in colonial times
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-to-fund-museum-investigations-into-provenance-of-colonial-era-artefacts

The lost treasure of Troy
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-homer-s-troy-and-priam-s-treasure

Conservation corner

Helicopter paint helps statues
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/army-helicopter-paint-used-to-restore-outdoor-sculptures

Berlin still treating war damaged art
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/damaged-art-undergoes-intensive-care-in-berlin-s-bode-museum

Objects

Fitzwilliam’s horse armour gets a make-over
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/horse-mannequin-dressed-and-ready-go

Henri IV’s dagger
http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson/treasure/192

Exhibitions

The poppy in Edinburgh
https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-war-museum/whats-on/the-poppy/

The Irish and WWI in Dublin
https://www.museum.ie/Decorative-Arts-History/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/War-in-the-Mud,-The-Irish-soldier-in-Belgium-in-th

New acquisitions in Vienna
https://www.hgm.at/de/ausstellungen/sonderausstellungen.html

Charles V in Spain
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/tordesillas/index.htm

Books

Publications from Brussels
http://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/en/content/publications

Book bargains from Scotland
https://shop.nms.ac.uk/collections/sale

Online Book

Online books
http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/defaultAll.asp?OpenAccess=Y&intro=true

Popular Culture

Games and medieval weapons
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-05-08-the-allure-of-medieval-weaponry

Joan of Arc as fashion icon
http://www.flare.com/fashion/met-gala-joan-of-arc/

Met’s armours go walk-about
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/three-to-see-new-york-10-may

Pictures from the world medieval combat
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2018/may/11/the-medieval-combat-world-championship-in-pictures

Met’s Arms and Armor department collaborate on dance program
https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=223994

Events

Conferences

May 21–23 2018 The Cody Firearms Museum
Arsenals of History: Ethics of Firearms in Museums
https://centerofthewest.org/event/firearms-symposium/

Conferences - calls for papers

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

20 September 2018 Bank of Albania, Tirana
The role of money in wartime
http://wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp?eventid=75965&copyownerid=115929

Sales, fairs and auctions

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

New website for Brussels
http://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/

1066 etc, tattooed Vikings and Templars
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/tattooed-vikings-a-look-at-medieval-body-art/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/who-were-the-templars/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted a visit to Hampshire
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 13 May 2018

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