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The Basiliscoe Mercury 294

The Basiliscoe Mercury 294

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Due to recent legislation in Europe, a number of American news outlets have decided not to let those in the EU access their sites, so I am sure there are stories I can no longer read. Let’s hope they sort something out soon.
In the meantime several articles on repatriating museum objects, Hamilton’s pistols and more stunning pictures from the Columbian shipwreck

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Ancient breastplate found in Slovakia
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/15/oldest-ancient-greek-relic-in-slovakia-bronze-breastplace-from-italys-taranto-discovered-at-celtic-sacrificial-site/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6617-180514-slovakia-bronze-breastplate

Ten artefacts from Roman Scotland
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/in-pictures-10-amazing-relics-the-romans-left-in-scotland-1-4741699

Roman fittings from Poland
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6618-180515-poland-roman-army

Reinvestigating Sutton Hoo
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/first-dig-in-decades-close-to-sutton-hoo-burial-site-could-reveal-new-treasures-1-5527556

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Taming donkeys 4000 years ago
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-aue051418.php

Finding a horse (and its stable) in Pompeii
https://www.livescience.com/62595-pompeii-horse-found.html

Researching the history of the falcon and falconry
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/how-the-falcon-became-a-symbol-of-regal-power-1.734132

Grave stories

More on the massacred army in a Danish bog
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/germanic-barbarian-alken-enge-battle-archaeology-science/?beta=true

Traumas dealt to skull - including sword blows - 1000 years ago in the desert
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/researchers-discover-earliest-evidence-of-blood-vengeance/2018/05/16/

Café Basiliscoe

Recreating a 200 year old beer, inspired by a shipwreck
https://www.techly.com.au/2018/05/28/worlds-oldest-beer-aussie-shelves/

Miscellany

War - blame it on the weather
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/lead-pollution-in-greenland-ice-shows-rise-and-fall-of-ancient-european-civilizations/

Short feature on Windsor castles’ chapel
http://artdaily.com/news/104683/Royal-wedding-venue-steeped-in-British-history#.WwFFgzGG99A

Unravelling a 17th century painting
https://museumcrush.org/norwich-castle-unpacks-the-treasures-of-the-paston-treasure-painting/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Quarrels over German trophy in Saskatchewan
http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/fort-quappelle-legion-members-quarrel-over-reclaiming-ww1-cannon

Orange County’s old cannon
https://www.orangeleader.com/2018/05/23/and-now-you-know-courthouse-cannon-tells-tragic-story/

Derry walls to roar with cannon fire in history pilot scheme http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/05/19/news/derry-walls-to-roar-with-cannon-fire-in-history-pilot-scheme-1333572/?param=ds441rif44T

Excavating fortifications in Vietnam
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/200544/excavations-begin-on-ancient-sites.html

Cast-iron cannon found in Vellore temple, India http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/silent-history-cannon-found-in-vellore-temple/article24009979.ece

Into the 20th century
Archaeology in wartime Greece
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/13/wwi-troops-found-ancient-greek-treasures-while-digging-trenches/

Nice piece about the Spitfire
https://museumcrush.org/the-royal-air-force-museums-battle-of-britain-veteran-spitfire/

Ten objects from the RAF Museum
https://museumcrush.org/10-stories-and-objects-from-the-royal-air-force-museum/

Obituaries

David Baxter - writer on basket-hilted swords
http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/deaths/224028/baxter

Nautical news

17th century Dutch shipwreck investigated in Bermuda
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6618-180515-poland-roman-army

More on the San Jose
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/22/world/colombia-shipwreck-discovery-trnd/index.html
https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/new-details-of-sunken-treasure-ship-released/4405413.html
http://www.catchnews.com/world-news/underwater-robot-finds-300-yr-old-ship-with-treasure-worth-17bn-114577.html

Update on the Victory
https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/new-details-of-sunken-treasure-ship-released/4405413.html

What’s happening in Scapa Flow
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/orkney-world-war-one-shipwreck-graveyard-marine-life-climate-change-diving-a8345071.html

Buster Crabb and Navy divers
https://museumcrush.org/buster-crabb-and-the-dawn-of-underwater-frogman-warfare-in-world-war-two/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

UK’s lottery funding drops
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums-suffer-as-heritage-lottery-grants-plummet

History painting of Ivan the Terrible vandalized
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/27/famous-russian-painting-of-ivan-the-terrible-seriously-damaged-in-pole-attack

Museum developments

Museums get to grips with new technologies
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-technology-is-a-game-changer-for-conservators

Using drones
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/were-not-droning-on

Museum musings - all repatriation stories

Berlin returning Alaskan artefacts
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/berlin-returns-alaskan-grave-artefacts-looted-by-german-explorer

And another call for the UK to return colonial era artefacts
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/27/return-colonial-artefacts-to-build-bridges-post-brexit-olusoga-says

France responds
http://artdaily.com/news/104951/France-weighs-how-to-return-Africa-s-plundered-art#.Wwu5sjGG99A

And this is the sort of thing they are talking about
http://artdaily.com/news/104952/Troubled-exhibits--five-disputed-museum-treasures#.Wwu5_zGG99A

Conservation corner

Ethics of scanning museum objects
http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=609084578

Conserving Korean culture
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-positions-itself-as-a-european-expert-on-korean-art-with-conservation-project

Conserving a gun from the USS Maine
http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/conservators-restoring-a-cannon-raised-from-the-uss-maine/

Objects

Missing masterpieces - including Japanese swords
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/may/18/lost-stolen-blown-up-and-fed-to-pigs-the-greatest-missing-masterpieces

Making their shot count - Burr-Hamilton pistols go on show
http://artdaily.com/news/104956/Original-Hamilton-Burr-dueling-pistols-on-rare-public-display#.Wwu6pzGG99A

Portrait of Tsar Nicholas II in the uniform of the Scots Greys
http://artdaily.com/news/104830/Spectacular-rare-portrait-of-last-Tsar-of-Russia--Nicholas-II--is-loaned-to-National-Galleries-of-Scotland#.WwfJPDGG99

Exhibitions

The Roman dead in London
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/24/london-roman-bones-jewels-gold-museum

Women in WW2 in Boston
http://artdaily.com/news/104868/International-Museum-of-World-War-II-opens-women-in-WWII-exhibit#.WwfGzTGG99A

Books

Antony Beevor: Arnhem - The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/177016/arnhem/#srhwPULPE5CyMCR0.99

Online Book

INA Quarterly
https://nauticalarch.org/ina-quarterly/

Popular culture

Art and the First World War
https://museumcrush.org/tate-britain-on-how-art-was-changed-by-the-first-world-war-and-aftermath/

A fragment of Wagner that survived bombing
http://artdaily.com/news/104680/-Mad--king--Ludwig-II-of-Bavaria-lost-gift-to-composer-Richard-Wagner-gets-rare-show#.WwFEszGG99A

What to do with the surrendered guns…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/bay-area-commissions-turn-dismantled-guns-into-art

Dior seeks inspiration at the rodeo
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/may/25/dior-gallops-back-into-the-spotlight-with-a-mexican-rodeo

Events

Diary Dates

7June - Arms and Armour Society, Tower of London
Fencing in Renaissance Italy
http://www.condottiero.com/ep675p9oyht9/armsandarmoursociety/home.html

14-15 July Solingen
Sword festival
http://www.klingenmuseum.de/_english/dkm/schwertfestival/generelle-informationen.html

Conferences

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

Websites and downloads

Imperial War Museums
https://www.iwm.org.uk/

Waffenmuseum, Suhl
https://www.waffenmuseumsuhl.de/

1066 etc: Invasions, fighting ladies & medieval Scandinavian treasures
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/blood-cries-afar-the-forgotten-invasion-of-england-1216/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/fighting-in-womens-clothes-the-pictorial-evidence-of-walpurgis-in-ms-i-33/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/how-forgetting-about-medieval-treasures-saved-them/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted travels in the South and the Midlands - cannons and effigies
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 29 May 2018

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