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The REAL Basiliscoe Mercury 298

The Basiliscoe Mercury 298

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

As usual, a mix of news - cricket and the VOC in Sri Lanka, German castles, new exhibition of remembering World War I, Tipu Sultan rockets and Indian princesses, as well as renaissance armour in Rome. All this from a hot and thundery Yorkshire.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms & forts

Military equipment recovered from the recent excavations at Sardis
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-war-found-in-ancient-lydian-city-sardis-134494

Is the Western Wall crumbling?
http://artdaily.com/news/106449/Archaeologists-lead-Western-Wall-check-up-after-stone-fall#.W1mExTG0V9A

Is there a future for Rome’s Aurelian walls?
https://www.9news.com.au/world/2018/07/15/21/22/ancient-rome-walls-at-risk-of-being-lost

Roman towers uncovered in Turkish province
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/07/13/2000-year-old-roman-observation-towers-unearthed-in-turkeys-konya
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Saxon warrior and his weapons found on Salisbury Plain - Putin denies involvement…
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/07/sign-up-for-lab-notes-the-guardians-weekly-science-update

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Discussing a fascinating fresco in Shropshire
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/uncovering-the-mysteries-of-englands-bayeux-tapestry-and-its-connections-to-charlemagne/

Wressle castle
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/secret-castle-you-can-visit-1783336

German state reclaims Reinhardsbrunn Castle
https://www.dw.com/en/german-castle-expropriated-from-russian-owner/a-44701607

Finds from medieval Bulgaria
https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/07/23/archaeology-2018-season-excavations-begin-at-kastritsi-fortress-at-bulgarias-euxinograd-palace/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/07/23/archaeologists-find-seal-of-byzantine-empress-yolande-of-montferrat-in-bulgarias-lyutitsa-fortress/

Through the gunloop…

Cricket and VOC forts don’t mix in Sri Lanka
http://artdaily.com/news/106318/Sri-Lanka-s-Galle-stadium-faces-axe-over-Dutch-Fort#.W1Lx8jG0V9A

17th-century artillery fort in Castlecome, Kilkenny , found
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/english-fort-discovered-during-castlecomer-hotel-development-1.3565838

Tipu-era rockets found on a farm in Hosanagara, India https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/blast-from-the-past-another-haul-of-500-tipu-era-rockets-has-been-found-on-a-farm-in-hosanagara-the-same-place-as-the-last-find-a-few-years-ago/articleshow/65124509.cms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/27/indian-warrior-king-tipu-sultan-rocket-cache-unearthed-in-abandoned-well

Grave stories

Has an early governor of Virginia been found?
https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/07/24/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-think-theyve-found-remains-of-virginias-first-governor/

DNA testing for the Tsar and his family
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-fresh-dna-authenticate-bones-russia.html

On the frontlines

Presenting Glencoe for the public
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/giving-glencoe-a-fresh-focus

Revisiting Waterloo
http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/16340481.search-is-on-for-waterloo-relics/

Café Basiliscoe: This week’s specials

Prehistoric gazelle wrap
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44846874

Ancient Japanese fish stew in a pot
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/japan-s-love-affair-with-fish-began-very-early

Washed down with an Irish-Egyptian beer
https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/life/325203/beer-column-kildare-brewer-makes-ancient-egyptian-beer-for-british-museum.html

Princesses and Amazons

The brilliant career of Nur Jahan, Empress of India
https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/07/21/the-brilliant-career-of-nur-jahan-empress-of-india

Lakshmibai & her fortress
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65087134.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Into the 20th century

Crowd-funding excavations round Ypres
https://www.dw.com/en/dig-hill-80-a-day-at-crowdfunded-world-war-i-archaeology-dig/g-44669457

Remembering WWI (more about this under EXHIBITIONS)
https://museumcrush.org/lest-we-forget-how-we-choose-to-remember-the-first-world-war/

Nautical news

Calchis’ medieval port
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-theban-port-chalcisa-medieval-maritime.html

Update on Sweden’s Mars
http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-reveal-new-finds-legendary-swedish-warship

Update on the status of Colombia’s San José project
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-san-jose-shipwreck-colombia-salvage/
https://en.brinkwire.com/news/recovery-of-colombian-shipwreck-with-up-to-17billion-of-treasure-moves-a-step-closer/

Latest news from this season dives on VOC ship Rooswijk
https://theisleofthanetnews.com/nineteen-crew-members-of-1740-rooswijk-wreck-on-goodwin-sands-identified/
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/rooswijk-crew-shipwreck-silver-smuggled/

Unfurling HMS Victory’s sails
https://museumcrush.org/hms-victorys-battle-of-trafalgar-sail-is-carefully-unfurled-at-portsmouth-historic-dockyard/

Dmitrii Donskoii, Russian armoured cruiser sunk off South Korea 1905 found
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/shinil-group-found-the-russian-first-class-armored-cruiser-donskoii-which-sank-near-korea-s-ulleungdo-for-113-years-888321375.html

But doubts she was carrying a fortune in gold…
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doubts-swirl-claims-gold-shipwreck-180969715/

U-966 German submarine Gut Holz found off Spanish coast
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/09/inenglish/1531126146_043564.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Debating the future of Sydney’s Powerhouse museum
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sydney-museum-move-could-be-most-expensive-gallery-relocation-in-history

Hurrah funding for curators
http://artdaily.com/news/106260/New--pound-600-000-initiative-to-support-future-of-curators-and-museum-collections#.W1BGKDG0V9A

Brexit and the arts
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/26072018-reciprocal-visas-culture-sector-brexit

New museums

An open museum at the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum, Turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bodrums-open-air-museum-project-launched-134627

New images of how Norwich Castle could be transformed in £13.5m project http://www.edp24.co.uk//news/norwich-castle-gateway-to-medieval-england-new-images-1-5620240?

Things to do with derelict palaces in St Petersburg
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jul/27/can-artists-save-st-petersburgs-crumbling-palaces

Museum musings

Long feature on Sir Richard Wallace and his collection
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-mysteries-and-marvels-of-sir-richard-wallace/

Yorktown’s current exhibition on artillery in 18th century America & the gun debates
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/07/20/yorktown-american-revolution-museum/805486002/

Life in the British school of archaeology, Iraq, over the years
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/17/british-school-archaeology-iraq-nimrud-agatha-christie

Conservation corner

Smithing for Picts
https://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/are-these-markings-the-handprint-of-a-pictish-man-1-4773260

Objects

Ashmolean launch a virtual Civil War in Oxford tour
https://ashmolean.org/civil-war-tour

Tomahawk goes on display at Albany, NY
http://artdaily.com/news/106214/State-museum-displays-19th-century-tomahawk-recently-returned-to-museum-s-collections#.W02iXzG0V9A

Museum given panoramic painting of Gettysburg
http://artdaily.com/news/106420/The-Johnson-Collection-donates--The-Battle-of-Gettysburg--painting-to-the-Spartanburg-County-Public-Libraries#.W1g0CjG0V9A

Police helmets in Brighton
https://museumcrush.org/headgear-and-homicide-inside-the-old-police-cells-museum/

The unknown warrior’s rose
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/22/rose-from-unknown-warriors-coffin-to-be-part-of-exhibition-about-national-mourning

Exhibitions

The Sikh empire in London
https://www.empireofthesikhs.com/exhibition/

CRW Nevinson: Prints of War and Peace in London
http://artdaily.com/news/106490/British-Museum-opens-new-display--CRW-Nevinson--Prints-of-War-and-Peace-#.W1rTIzG0V9A

Remembering WWI
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jul/27/lest-we-forget-first-world-war-great-imperial-war-musuem

1918 in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation/expositions/detail/1918-armistices.html

Renaissance armour in Rome
https://www.art-city.it/mostre/armi-e-potere.html

Man and horse in NY state
http://artdaily.com/news/106364/Hyde-Collection-exhibition-examines-relationship-of-man--horse#.W1WRUzG0V9A

Dutch marine painting in Washington
https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2018/water-wind-and-waves.html

Books

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

Latest from Osprey
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month

Online book

The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/The_Age_of_Napoleon_Costume_from_Revolution_to_Empire_1789_1815?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=20180708&utm_campaign=metpublications

Events

Jousting with English Heritage
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/knights-jousts-events/

Jousting in Denmark
https://www.middelaldercentret.dk/en

1 September Leeds
Waterloo Study Day
https://royalarmouries.org/event/waterloo-study-day/

Conferences

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

Call for papers for session papers on medieval equestrian history at IMC Leeds 2019
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/call-for-papers-medieval-equestrian-history-imc-2019/

Websites and downloads

Patrimonio Nacional, Spain
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/

INA
http://nautarch.tamu.edu/

1066 etc: Hill Forts, Battling Barons & Richard III
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/hill-forts-in-the-dark-ages-post-roman-britain/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/failure-magna-carta/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/richard-iii-and-the-woodville-faction-the-events-surrounding-1483/

Finally

This fortnight I have been enjoying @LadySaltpetre ‘s Daily Knight
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 29 July 2018

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