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The Basiliscoe Mercury 298

The Basiliscoe Mercury 297

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Seems you can’t visit a lake and not pull out a sword these days, we have two of them… In addition, crop marks reveal a castle in Wales, reporting the US Civil War, France awarded a 16th century shipwreck off Florida and armour in Canada.

Arms and armour in the news
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Otzi’s last meal - ibex stew
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/12/otzis-last-supper-mummified-hunters-final-meal-revealed

The Romans and whaling - Mobius Dickus?
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/11/romans-had-whale-industry-archeological-excavation-suggests

Mongolian dentistry for horses
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-horse-veterinary-dentist-Mongolia-archaeology/

When brown bears roamed England – and when they stopped
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180704112036.htm

Grave stories

Update on the Roman sarcophagus from Southwark
https://www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/contents-of-roman-coffin-finally-revealed/
(and reminder of the Roman dead exhibition in Docklands)

Attempts to DNA test bones from the Tower
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/richard-iii-princes-in-the-tower-dna-king-murder-mystery-sample-solved-shakespeare-edward-vi-a8441936.html

Ancient arms

Sword in a lake1: Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake
https://www.thelocal.no/20180703/norwegian-divers-find-500-year-old-sword-in-lake

Sword in the Lake2: Irish Lough - I’m thinking modern repro…
https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/home/323332/medieval-sword-discovered-in-lough-gill.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Article about Hesdin and its gardens
https://daily.jstor.org/the-medieval-castle-that-pranked-its-visitors/

How the Teutonic Knights passed the time on crusades
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/26/ruins-of-crusader-castle-reveal-how-soldiers-relaxed/

Latest from Auckland castle dig
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16330193.medieval-mysteries-unearthed-during-in-castle-dig/

Crop marks uncover medieval castles in Wales
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-are-cropmarks-wales

History of Örebro Castle
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/06/orebro-castle-history-secrets-and-romance/

Through the gunloop…

Visiting Malta’s batteries
https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/living-in-malta/batteries-the-ultimate-guide-to-maltas-prolific-fort-building-history-part-8

Archaeologists uncover 18th century barracks block at Elizabeth Castle, Jersey
http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2018-07-07/archaeologists-uncovering-17th-century-barracks-at-elizabeth-castle/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Henry VIII’s gift to the Knights of St John
http://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/cannon/?platform=hootsuite

Stolen iron cannon from Indian fort found
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/stolen-17th-century-cannon-found/articleshow/64966375.cms

The story of the carronade from Clinton, Connecticut
https://www.zip06.com/special/20180705/5-clinton-facts-that-maybe-you-didnx2019t-know

Focus on Civil War artillery
https://emergingcivilwar.com/2018/07/01/week-in-review-june-25-july-1-2018/

WWI 18P howitzer for Canadian collection
http://www.vancourier.com/news/vancouver-armoury-is-now-home-to-a-really-big-really-rare-gun-1.23356903

Japan and a tradition of fireworks
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2018/06/30/lifestyle/explosions-sky-fireworks-lie-heart-summer-japan/#.WzsubjG0V9A

Living in the past

Building Archimedes’ steam cannon
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/01/c_137293814.htm

Glamping in Warwick castle
https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/warwick-castle-knights-village-14841797

Miscellany

Wooden clock jack knight found in Lincoln cathedral
https://museumcrush.org/this-medieval-wooden-knight-was-discovered-in-a-tower-at-lincoln-cathedral/

Exploring Britain’s Cold War in objects
https://museumcrush.org/exploring-the-relics-of-britains-cold-war/

Latest UNESCO sites
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/7-medieval-sites-added-to-the-unesco-world-heritage-list/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/29/unesco-names-three-new-world-heritage-sites

From the front

Background to the Smithsonian’s exhibition on the American Revolution
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-revolution-was-just-one-battlefront-huge-world-war-180969444/

How the Civil war was reported at the time
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/04/insider/the-times-at-gettysburg-july-1863-a-reporters-civil-war-heartbreak.html

Nautical news

Protecting Albania’s underwater heritage
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-urge-albania-underwater-heritage.html

Florida wreck identified as Jean Ribault’s la Trinite, lost 1565 & awarded to France
https://www.livescience.com/63041-florida-shipwreck-worth-millions.html

17th cent century wreck in Bermuda close to being identified
http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20180711/experts-close-to-identifying-17th-century-shipwreck

New research on Beeswax wreck & its passengers
https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/07/a1ffab16ae9934/passenger_list_unearthed_for_s.html

Latest from Queen Anne’s Revenge
http://wunc.org/post/300-years-later-blackbeard-s-nc-shipwreck-continues-turn-archaeological-treasures#stream/0

Gun Rocks trail goes live
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/watch-incredible-footage-north-easts-14884058

Museum news and exhibitions

News

German government buy a statue of Mars for Dresden
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/german-government-steps-in-to-buy-giambologna-as-culture-minister-says-bayer-ag-should-have-donated-it-to-people-of-dresden

Arrow poison stolen from Dutch museum
http://artdaily.com/news/105940/Thieves-steal-ancient-arrow-poison-from-Rijksmuseum-Boerhaave-in-the-Netherlands#.Wz8liDG0V9A

Perhaps they should look in Amsterdam’s canals: stuff they have thrown in
https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2018/jul/02/from-stone-age-tools-to-false-teeth-the-secrets-of-amsterdams-canals

Met’s visitor figures up
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-met-announces-record-attendance

New museums

Tamil Nadu’s Police Museum
https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/inside-tamil-nadus-first-police-museum/article24373016.ece

New permanent displays at the Imperial Carriage Museum, Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/105887/Imperial-Carriage-Museum-Vienna-opens-a-new-permanent-exhibition#.WzyFVTG0V9A
http://www.kaiserliche-wagenburg.at/

Museum musings

Ethiopia want a church artefact looted in 1868 back
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ethiopia-claims-ten-commandments-tablet-hidden-in-westminster-abbey

Do museum prizes help funding?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/acclaim-and-adversity

And what wins them?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/what-swung-it

Conservation corner

Conservators discuss future programme for Bayeux tapestry
http://artdaily.com/news/105941/France--UK-in-Bayeux-Tapestry-conservation-push#.Wz8qFzG0V9A

And, if football is not coming home after all, the Bayeux tapestry is…
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/10072018-bayeux-tapestry-loan-set-for-2022

Recovering 19th century photographs
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-particle-accelerator-helped-recover-tarnished-19th-century-images

Objects

Portrait of Italian knight of Malta for sale
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/furrowed-brows-win-over-pretty-faces-at-christie-s-patchy-old-master-sale-but-gbp6-7m-sculpture-makes-price-of-the-day

Revolutionary war medal on show at Ticonderoga
http://wamc.org/post/rare-revolutionary-medal-going-display-ft-ticonderoga

Nelson’s watch for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/105896/Nelson-s-victory-watch-for-the-Battle-of-Trafalgar-to-be-auctioned-at-Sotheby-s#.WzyEuzG0V9A
http://artdaily.com/news/105956/Nelson-s-Victory-Watch-for-the-Battle-of-Trafalgar-sells-for--425-523-at-Sotheby-s-London#.Wz8q-DG0V9A

Bonaparte miniature portraits for sale
http://artdaily.com/news/105862/Portrait-miniatures-from-Bonaparte-family-collection-unveiled-at-Sotheby-s#.WzsktzG0V9A

Investigating a canteen from WWI
https://www.livescience.com/62940-love-engraving-great-war.html

Exhibitions

Rembrandt in Edinburgh
http://artdaily.com/news/106007/Exhibition-at-Scottish-National-Gallery-brings-together-key-works-by-Rembrandt-#.W0MUCTG0V9A

Pastels at the Louvre
https://www.louvre.fr/expositions/en-societepastels-du-louvre-des-17e-et-18e-siecles

Armour in Ottawa
https://www.warmuseum.ca/armour/

Monsters in New York
http://artdaily.com/news/106110/The-strange-and-mysterious-role-of-the-monster-in-the-Middle-Ages-is-the-subject-of-new-Morgan-exhibition#.W0hhHjG0V9A

Casanova’s Europe in Boston
http://artdaily.com/news/106008/Splendor-and-sophistication-of-Casanova-s-Europe-on-display-in-exhibition-of-more-than-250-works-from-the-18th-century#.W0MUyTG0V9A

Books

Kelly DeVries & Niccolò Capponi: Campaldino 1289-The battle that made Dante
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/campaldino-1289

Chris McNab: The FN MAG Machine Gun; M240, L7, and other variants
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-fn-mag-machine-gun

Priya Satia: Empire of Guns
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/13/empire-of-guns-priya-satia-review

What Napoleon read on campaign?
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/napoleon-bonaparte-what-read-books-emperor-library-campaigns-a8415776.html

Publications from the Stibbert
http://museostibbert.it/en/page/books-and-publications

Popular Culture

Lost castles rise in Liverpool in cardboard
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/20m-tall-cardboard-castles-springing-14861900

Manga meets historic guns
https://manga.tokyo/anime-review/1st-episode-anime-impressions-the-thousand-musketeers/

Events

Diary Dates

What happening at the Imperial War Museum and its outstations
https://www.iwm.org.uk/

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

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

Highlights from the autumn sale
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en

Websites and downloads

Wallace collection has new web site
https://www.wallacecollection.org/visit/

Research at the Imperial Armoury, Vienna
https://www.khm.at/en/learn/research/projects-and-results/hofjagd-und-ruestkammer/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted assorted medieval knights
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 15 July 2018

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