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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

Is the Western Wall crumbling?

Is there a future for Rome’s Aurelian walls?

Roman towers uncovered in Turkish province
Saxon warrior and his weapons found on Salisbury Plain - Putin denies involvement…

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Discussing a fascinating fresco in Shropshire

Wressle castle

German state reclaims Reinhardsbrunn Castle

Finds from medieval Bulgaria

Through the gunloop…

Cricket and VOC forts don’t mix in Sri Lanka

17th-century artillery fort in Castlecome, Kilkenny , found

Tipu-era rockets found on a farm in Hosanagara, India

Grave stories

Has an early governor of Virginia been found?

DNA testing for the Tsar and his family

On the frontlines

Presenting Glencoe for the public

Revisiting Waterloo

Café Basiliscoe: This week’s specials

Prehistoric gazelle wrap

Ancient Japanese fish stew in a pot

Washed down with an Irish-Egyptian beer

Princesses and Amazons

The brilliant career of Nur Jahan, Empress of India

Lakshmibai & her fortress

Into the 20th century

Crowd-funding excavations round Ypres

Remembering WWI (more about this under EXHIBITIONS)

Nautical news

Calchis’ medieval port

Update on Sweden’s Mars

Update on the status of Colombia’s San José project

Latest news from this season dives on VOC ship Rooswijk

Unfurling HMS Victory’s sails

Dmitrii Donskoii, Russian armoured cruiser sunk off South Korea 1905 found

But doubts she was carrying a fortune in gold…

U-966 German submarine Gut Holz found off Spanish coast

Museum news and exhibitions


Debating the future of Sydney’s Powerhouse museum

Hurrah funding for curators

Brexit and the arts

New museums

An open museum at the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum, Turkey

New images of how Norwich Castle could be transformed in £13.5m project

Things to do with derelict palaces in St Petersburg

Museum musings

Long feature on Sir Richard Wallace and his collection

Yorktown’s current exhibition on artillery in 18th century America & the gun debates

Life in the British school of archaeology, Iraq, over the years

Conservation corner

Smithing for Picts


Ashmolean launch a virtual Civil War in Oxford tour

Tomahawk goes on display at Albany, NY

Museum given panoramic painting of Gettysburg

Police helmets in Brighton

The unknown warrior’s rose


The Sikh empire in London

CRW Nevinson: Prints of War and Peace in London

Remembering WWI

1918 in Paris

Renaissance armour in Rome

Man and horse in NY state

Dutch marine painting in Washington


Chris McNab: The FN MAG Machine Gun- M240, L7, and other variants

Latest from Osprey

Online book

The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815


Jousting with English Heritage

Jousting in Denmark

1 September Leeds
Waterloo Study Day


ICOMAM in Slovenia

Call for papers for session papers on medieval equestrian history at IMC Leeds 2019

Websites and downloads

Patrimonio Nacional, Spain


1066 etc: Hill Forts, Battling Barons & Richard III


This fortnight I have been enjoying @LadySaltpetre ‘s Daily Knight

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 29 July 2018

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