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The Basiliscoe Mercury 296

The Basiliscoe Mercury 296

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Neanderthal spears, Dutch shipwrecks on land, Maya fortresses underwater, a stolen claymore and museums in Slovenia. The Rijksmuseum have plans to keep their summer visitors inside, while Beyoncé dances in the Louvre. All this and the weapons of Game of Thrones

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Spear hunting with Neanderthals
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/scientists-present-new-evidence-for-neanderthal-close-range-hunting/

Focus on Otzi’s tools
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-stone-tools-ancient-mummy-reveal.html

Bronze hand may be legacy of Roman invasion of Scotland
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hand-of-god-ancient-roman-hadrians-wall-sculpture-bronze-found-latest-a8419131.html
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Over the wall, through the gunloop

New discoveries at Tintagel castle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-44486385

Intriguing story - underwater archaeologists explore the last bastion of Maya independence in Guatemala http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,29894,underwater-archaeologists-will-explore-last-bastion-maya-independence-guatemala

Repairing the walls of Famagusta
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/10/conservation-works-at-ravelin-bastion-in-famagusta-completed/

Muttrah fort in Oman opens for visitors
http://timesofoman.com/article/136554

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Car crashes into historic cannon in Girard http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/car-crashes-into-historic-cannon-in-girard/1240130957

Update on the Fremont cannon
http://mesquitelocalnews.com/2018/06/the-re-discovery-of-the-fremont-cannon/

Miscellany

Shooting medieval guns
https://www.guns.com/2018/06/28/testing-out-some-15th-century-firepower-up-close-video/

Miss Ellen Tanner, her travels and collecting
https://museumcrush.org/the-forgotten-victorian-woman-traveller-and-her-collection-of-middle-eastern-art/

Shuttleworth Collection - biplane from WWI – interesting read indeed!
https://museumcrush.org/how-to-fly-and-preserve-a-first-world-war-combat-veteran-aeroplane/

Café Basiliscoe

More on the Greek bronze age beer
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31736-aristotle-university-study-ancient-greeks-drank-beer-4-000-years-ago.html

Swedish beer - older than the Vikings - official
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/swedes-have-been-brewing-beer-since-the-iron-age-new-evidence-confirms/

We take chocolate as payment…
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/maya-civilization-used-chocolate-money

Nautical news

Wrecks under threat
https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/modern-day-pirates-jailed-for-plundering-wrecks-1.743119

Update on the Newport ship
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/what-we-are-learning-about-the-newport-medieval-ship/

Update on the Chesil beach site
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/16300321.Scuba_divers__mission_to_solve_shipwreck_mystery/

Update on Oregon’s Beeswax wreck
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20180627/historical-magazine-highlights-beeswax-shipwreck-off-nehalem-spit

Update from HMS Invincible
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16301595.Bournemouth_University_students_working_on_historic_shipwreck_recover_a_cannon/

Archaeologists excavating 18th-century merchant ship in Noordoostpolder
https://www.rug.nl/news/2018/06/opgraving-vroeg-18e-eeuws-koopvaardijschip-in-de-noordoostpolder-begonnen?lang=en

Update on the looters at HMS Hermes
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shipwreck-looters-who-plundered-historical-12771186

Researching World War II naval battle site off the coast of Okinawa https://popular-archaeology.com/article/research-provides-insights-on-world-war-ii-naval-battle-site/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Claymore stolen from museum on the isle of Canna
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44532524

If anyone is in Russia for the World Cup, enjoy the local museums cheaply
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/russian-government-urges-museums-to-give-discounts-to-world-cup-visitors

New museums

RAF Museum London re-opens
http://artdaily.com/news/105791/HRH-The-Earl-of-Wessex-opens-transformed-RAF-Museum-London#.Wzc5ujG0V9A

New gallery on world culture at the Horniman
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/25/horniman-museum-new-exhibits-world-of-weird-forest-hill
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/in-pictures-around-the-world-in-five-objects-at-london-s-horniman-museum

Museum of the family of Emperor Nicholas II
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/siberian-museum-memorialises-the-romanovs

Museum developments

Rijksmuseum develop an escape game for the summer
http://artdaily.com/news/105752/Rijksmuseum-launches-Escape-Game#.WzXitjG0V9A

Museum musings

British museum accepts gift of Chinese ivories
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-accepts-collection-of-500-plus-ivory-works-ahead-of-tough-new-uk-regulations-to-protect-elephants

Conservation corner

A fascinating – and worrying - read!
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jun/15/how-to-spot-a-perfect-fake-the-worlds-top-art-forgery-detective

How not to conserve a 16th century St George
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/second-spanish-church-falls-prey-to-well-intentioned-restorer-st-george-ecce-homo-monkey-christ

Moving art collections out of Buckingham palace for refurbishment
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/28/buckingham-palace-move-10000-artworks-during-refurbishment

Objects

Request for help - edged weapon found in Sweden - anyone?
https://aardvarchaeology.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/djurhamn-sword-measured/

Cromwell’s funeral banner?
http://artdaily.com/news/105410/Rare-banner-from-Cromwell-s-royal-funeral-offered-at-Bonhams#.WyTTGTG0V9A

Napoleon’s hat for sale…
http://artdaily.com/news/105411/Is-it-Napoleon-s--Battlefield-hat-for-sale-at-De-Baecque-et-Associ-s-in-France#.WyTQ3zG0V9A
http://artdaily.com/news/105494/Napoleon-fever-confirmed-as-hat-sells-for-350-000-euros

The Napoleonic Eagle standard captured at the Battle of Martinique https://museumcrush.org/the-napoleonic-eagle-standard-captured-at-the-battle-of-martinique/

Exhibitions

Sir Richard Wallace in London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/19/treasures-belonging-to-wallace-collections-founder-go-on-display

WWI & its artistic legacy in London
http://artdaily.com/news/105734/Exhibition-at-Tate-Britain-marks-100-years-since-the-end-of-the-First-World-War#.WzSYOTG0V9A

Tattoos in Portsmouth
https://museumcrush.org/the-art-of-the-tattoo-heads-home-to-pompey/

Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/22/newcastles-great-exhibition-aims-to-create-buzz-on-a-budget

Scots abroad in Edinburgh
http://artdaily.com/news/105400/New-display-explores-how-Scotland-s-place-in-the-world-dramatically-transformed-from-1760-1860#.WyTRXzG0V9A
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/exhibition/remaking-scotland-nation-migration-globalisation-1760-1860

17th century Dutch design in Amsterdam
http://artdaily.com/news/105753/Rijksmuseum-opens-exhibition-focusing-on-Dutch-design-in-the-age-of-Rembrandt#.WzXh0TG0V9A

Lorenzo Lotto in Madrid
http://artdaily.com/news/105434/The-Prado-opens-the-first-major-monographic-exhibition-on-Lorenzo-Lotto-s-portraits#.WyYhmjG0V9A

Islamic art in Florence
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/the-medici-touch-how-florence-fell-for-islamic-art

The American Revolution in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/105688/-The-American-Revolution--A-World-War--exhibition-opens-at-the-Smithsonian#.WzHzIDG0V9A

Books

Latest titles from Osprey
https://ospreypublishing.com/

Online books & articles

Alessandro Senese: The True Handling of the Sword
https://guywindsor.net/blog/2018/06/the-last-of-the-bolognese-seneses-the-true-handling-of-the-sword-yours-free/

Steven A Walton: "My works will be the best in America": Peter Townsend's Cannon Foundry, 1815-25
https://www.academia.edu/36707514/_MY_WORKS_WILL_BE_THE_BEST_IN_AMERICA_Peter_Townsends_Cannon_Foundry_1815-25

Popular culture

Mucha’s Slav epic painting goes on show in Prague
http://artdaily.com/news/105388/Czech-Art-Nouveau-painter-Mucha-s-masterpiece-finds-home-after-90-years#.WyTVETG0V9A

A novel for young people sparks hunt for a missing masterpiece
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/15/the-ghent-altarpiece-a-passport-to-paradise-missing-one-magical-stamp
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/15/puzzler-says-he-has-cracked-code-to-stolen-belgian-masterpiece

Beyoncé goes to the Louvre
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44576480

Museum souvenirs go mainstream
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/25/van-gogh-leggings-tracey-teacups-how-art-tat-broke-out-of-the-gift-shop-merchandise

Designing the weapons on Games of Thrones
https://www.cnet.com/news/game-of-thrones-unsheathed-meet-the-woman-behind-the-swords/

Events

Diary Dates

What’s happening in France’s Maritime Museums
http://www.musee-marine.fr/

What’s happening in Vienna
http://www.musee-marine.fr/

What’s happening at the Middelaldercentret
https://www.middelaldercentret.dk/en

5 July Tower of London: Arms and armour society
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

Naval Dockyards Society 2019
Deep pockets needed for what sounds like a fascinating visit to Antigua
Not yet online but keep an eye on the website for more info:
https://navaldockyards.org/ or contact john.harris@chch.ox.ac.uk

Websites and downloads

The Historial
https://www.historial.fr/

Latest from Les Invalides
http://www.musee-armee.fr/fileadmin-cru-1530199533/user_upload/Documents/Echo-du-Dome/museearmee_echodudome_42.pdf

Photographic record of the ammunition collection at Firepower!
https://ordnancesociety.org.uk/2018/01/08/firepower-ammunition-photos/

Focus on Slovenia
https://www.parkvojaskezgodovine.si/en/
http://museu.ms/museum/63/Military-Museum-of-Slovenian-Armed-Forces
https://www.culture.si/en/Category:Museums
https://www.culture.si/en/Ptuj_Castle

Finally

This fortnight I enjoyed C B Newham FSA’s church visits: @cbnewham
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 30 June 2018

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