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Basiliscoe Mercury 295

The Basiliscoe Mercury 295

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Still having trouble accessing US newspapers, but we do have some Canadian stories instead. A number of features on ancient arms and armour, reports from a mass grave from one of Napoleon’s battles in Austria, and an important artillery exhibition in Virginia. And the latest ICOMAM MAGAZINE is online, too.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Feature on Bronze Age axes
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/never-a-dull-moment-the-lives-of-early-bronze-age-axes.htm

Bronze Age weapons and chariots found in Indian burial pits
https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/asi-unearths-first-ever-physical-evidence-of-copper-bronze-age-chariots-118060401060_1.html

Corinthian helmet found in south-west Russia
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31431-first-ancient-corinthian-helmet-discovered-in-southwest-russia.html

Emperor Constantine's giant finger found in the Louvre
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/emperor-constantine-s-finger-found-in-the-louvre

Helmets from Hadrian’s helmet
https://museumcrush.org/the-rare-relics-that-reveal-roman-helmet-fashions-at-hadrians-wall/

Excavations at Burghead, a Pictish fort
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-44303606?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story#

Whaling in the Dark Ages
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/large-scale-whaling-in-northern-scandinavia-may-date-back-to-6th-century/
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Grave stories

Death at the end of the Roman Empire - involves arrow heads and burning…
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/goth-invasion-roman-empire-bulgaria-skeletons-archaeology-science/?beta=true

Investigating Denmark’s bog bodies - spoiler - they weren’t gay…
http://sciencenordic.com/no-evidence-europe%E2%80%99s-bog-bodies-were-gay

Update on the amputated Lombard body in North Italy
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/survival-to-amputation-in-pre-antibiotic-era-a-case-study-from-a-longobard-necropolis-6th-8th-centuries-ad/

Update on the Scottish soldiers found in Durham - and exhibition, too
https://museumcrush.org/what-happened-to-the-scottish-soldiers-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-durham/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Caergwrle Castle, Wales, taken into government care
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/cadw-to-take-over-caergwrle-castle/

Plans for new visitor centre at Clifford’s Tower in York abandoned
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/cliffords-tower-visitor-centre-plan-scrapped-mound-york

Italian castle for sale
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/italian-castle-designed-by-brunelleschi-for-sale/

Café Basiliscoe – our new drinks menu

3000 year old olive oil from Sicily
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uosf-ioo053018.php

Byzantine wine
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-winepress-found-in-excavation-of-water-reservoir/2018/06/10/

Blackbeard’s gunpowder rum cocktail
https://vinepair.com/articles/blackbeard-gunpowder-rum-cocktails/

Miscellany

Henry VIII’s diary
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/henry-viiis-personal-calendar/

Update on the search for the Lost Colony
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/archaeologists-start-new-hunt-fabled-lost-colony-new-world

Long update on Jamestown - includes weapons
https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/06/04/jamestown-unearthed-cellar-under-church-catches-experts-by-surprise/

Kirkcudbight Trades hold shoot for the “Siller Gun” as prize
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/incorporated-trades-kirkcudbright-hold-shoot-12626049

Investigating Fort Kaskaskia Illinois
https://news.siu.edu/2018/05/053118-unknown-american-fort-found-by-archaeological-field-school.php

From the front – mainly Jacobites

Investigating Glen Shiel battle site
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/study-at-battlefield-glen-where-spanish-joined-the-jacobites-1-4753199

Update on Culloden field
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/concerns-over-new-threat-to-culloden-conservation-zone

Mass grave from May 1809 Battle of Aspern-Essling in Austria uncovered
https://www.livescience.com/62774-mass-grave-napoleonic-wars.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Never know what you will find in Bishop's Stortford: a trench mortar? https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/magnet-fisher-describes-moment-pulled-1638636

Or in a Toronto privy…
https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/one-toronto-archaeologists-potentially-explosive-find

Article on the wealth of the Fullers, gunfounders of Heathfield
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/focus/20180603/anthony-gambrill-making-mad-jack-fuller

Cannon-worship in India!
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-maharashtra-government-guns-for-gps-tags-for-cannons-2621811

Bollard in Halifax, Canada, gets a new lease of life
https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/remember-this/remember-this-downtown-dartmouths-sterns-corner-950653

Yellow springs Ohio - restoration of Rodman cannon on war memorial
https://ysnews.com/news/2018/05/a-memorial-to-civil-war-veterans-local-cannon-restored-rededicated-after-110-years

Graffiti on Derry Walls and historic cannons causes damage of £2,000 https://www.derrynow.com/news/court-hears-derry-man-caused-estimated-damage-2000-painting-graffiti-citys-walls-historic-cannons/228990?

Alamo cannon on the way back from conservation,
https://www.statesman.com/news/local/historic-cannons-make-pit-stop-bastrop-way-back-alamo/qDzCJZH6vRTfCElTOGqHfM/

Cannons from Castillo de San Marcos headed to Texas for rust removal https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/cannons-from-castillo-de-san-marcos-headed-to-texas-for-rust-removal/765015284

Into the 20th century

Kill the Kaiser! (Sure to be on our screens in a mini-series soon…)
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-world-war-kaiser-wilhelm-uk-raf-bombing-kill-germany-emperor-boulogne-a8375996.html

Excavations in Crete in WW2
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229156/gallery/ekathimerini/life/wehrmacht-excavations-on-occupied-crete

Nautical news

Story of the Hollandia and Victoria
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/shipwrecks-uk-hms-victoria-voc-hollandia-anniversary-a8368926.html

East Indianman President found off Loe bar
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/divers-find-remains-lost-treasure-1655094

Update on HMS Invincible
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-44357695

Worth following on twitter because so much is coming up on an hourly basis!
https://twitter.com/DanPascoe79

Update on Le Dragon
https://www.admat.org.uk/le-dragon-july-2018-project-background/

Gun from the Bounty sold in Scotland
https://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/cannon-from-famous-mutiny-ship-bounty-sold-after-turning-up-on-scottish-estate-1-4752849

Feature on the divers involved in the Slaves Wrecks Project
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article212848494.html

WW1 HMS Hermes shipwreck in Dover Strait looted
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-44361799

Feature on the divers involved in the Slaves Wrecks Project
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article212848494.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Visit to the Mongolian Military Museum
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mongolian-military-museum

Visiting the Mary Rose and Vasa museums
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/mary-rose-henry-viii-flagship/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/the-vasa-gustav-ii-adolfs-warship/

What India wants back from the UK
https://www.news18.com/news/india/spell-out-steps-to-bring-back-kohinoor-diamond-tipu-sultans-sword-cic-tells-pmo-mea-1767481.html

Ethiopian treasures in UK museums
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-looted-ethiopian-artefacts-that-ended-up-in-uk-museums/

Angola recovers six artefacts looted from museum during civil war: http://theartnewspaper.com/news/angola-recovers-six-artefacts-looted-from-museum-during-civil-war

New museums

New museum at Westminster Abbey
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/westminster-abbey-s-lofty-new-museum-reveals-the-best-view-in-europe

New gallery on life aboard Polaris at Gosport
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/13/exhibition-spotlights-secret-life-onboard-britains-nuclear-submarines

Museum developments

Interesting discussion on the scientist as historian (mentions Partington) https://blog.oup.com/2018/06/scientist-historian/

Handling classes for students at Philadelphia
http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2018/June/Handle-With-Care-Course-Takes-Drexel-Students-Behind-The-Scenes-At-Philadelphia-Museum-Of-Art/

Conservation Corner

Conservation as you watch
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/all-eyes-on-van-der-weyden-project

Cleaning feathers by laser
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/why-using-lasers-to-clean-feathers-is-not-a-bird-brained-idea

Objects

Portrait of Sir Francis Drake
http://artdaily.com/news/105301/The-pirate-that-saved-England-at-Bonhams-Old-Masters-sale#.Wx-AAjG0V9A

Canova’s lost George Washington
https://www.wsj.com/articles/canovas-george-washington-review-the-very-model-of-a-lost-masterpiece-1528542000

Piece about the Hamilton-Burr duelling pistols
https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a21083805/hamilton-dueling-pistols/

What was looted from the White House
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28833238

Sitting Bull’s flintlock
http://artdaily.com/news/105334/Hudson-s-Bay-Flintlock-Trade-Musket-owned-by-Sitting-Bull-leads-Heritage-Auctions-sale#.WyDXZTG0V9A

Exhibitions

Tate Britain to host exhibition on Burne Jones over the winter
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/andrew-lloyd-webber-to-lend-works-to-tate-britain-burne-jones-show
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/may/30/edward-burne-jones-masterpieces-briar-rose-persues-paintings-united-first-time-tate-britain

While Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life will be on show in the National Gallery
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/may/31/french-artist-louis-leopold-boilly-paintings-survived-raid-first-uk-show

Indian artefacts in London
http://artdaily.com/news/105276/Dazzling-works-of-art-from-the-Indian-subcontinent-go-on-display-at-The-Queen-s-Gallery#.Wx40xDG0V9A

Tolkein in Oxford
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/31/drawn-into-tolkiens-world-exhibition

A woman traveller’s middle eastern collection in Bath
http://artdaily.com/news/105344/The-Holburne-Museum-presents-Ellen-Tanner-s-collection-of-Middle-Eastern-art#.WyIbfDG0V9A

18th century artillery in Yorktown
https://www.historyisfun.org/artillery/

Books

Pamela Porter: Warfare in Medieval Manuscripts (New edition)
https://www.bl.uk/shop/warfare-in-medieval-manuscripts-new-edition/p-2073

Seals and Status: Power of Objects
https://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/seals-and-status-power-of-objects.html

Leonardo Da Vinci and His Circle
https://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/leonardo-da-vinci-and-his-circle.html

John Langellier: The "Trapdoor" Springfield - From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-trapdoor-springfield

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

Myles Campbell and William Derham, eds., Making Majesty: The Throne Room at Dublin Castle, A Cultural History
https://enfilade18thc.com/2018/05/30/new-book-making-majesty-the-throne-room-at-dublin-castle/

Piece about the Rijksmuseum’s Country series
http://artdaily.com/news/105187/New-book-on-Suriname-completes-Rijksmuseum-s-Country-Series#.WxjrJjGG99A

Online Book

Virtual books in the British Library
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/index.html

Popular culture

Antony Beevor chooses his favourite war films - and some to avoid!
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/may/29/antony-beevor-the-greatest-war-movie-ever-and-the-ones-i-cant-bear

Events

Diary Dates

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

Sales Fairs and auctions

Preview: Morphy Auctions
http://artdaily.com/news/105278/Morphy-Auctions-offers-firearm-aficionados-opportunity-to-enhance-collections-with-Firearms-Auction-#.Wx41wTG0V9A

19 Jun 2018 San Francisco
Antique Arms & Armour and Modern Sporting Guns
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24872/

27 June 2018 London
Arms & Armour and Militaria
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Websites and downloads

Latest ICOMAM Magazine out - Japanese armour, Danish cannon, Dutch history, Middle East museums and much, much more!
http://network.icom.museum/fileadmin/user_upload/minisites/icomam/Magazine/Final_May_2018_lores.pdf

Finally

This fortnight I enjoyed keeping up with the Invincible! https://twitter.com/MASTArchaeology
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 15 June 2018

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