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The Basiliscoe Mercury 299

The Basiliscoe Mercury 299

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Summer has delayed this Bazzy, but it is a bumper edition! Whole fortresses in lakes, Roman camps, cannons and shipwrecks. In addition, lots of items of popular culture, the Bazzy equivalent of the beach book. And a number of nautical items for those enjoying their beach holiday….

Ancient arms and forts

This week’s weapon in the lake: an axe
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30448%2Cwest-pomerania-weapon-have-been-sunk-lake-lubanowo-nearly-two-thousand-years.html

Or a whole fortress in a Bulgarian lake
https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/08/20/archaeology-remnants-of-ancient-fortress-found-underwater-off-bulgarias-st-thomas-island/

Interesting article about the Hallstatt salt mines and their use through time
http://artdaily.com/news/107167/Salt-of-the-Alps--Ancient-Austrian-mine-holds-Bronze-Age-secrets#.W4Jx7jG0V9A

Investigating Roman legion base in Anatolia
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/roman-legionary-base-in-turkey-to-be-unearthed/1233653

Update on the Roman fort at Binchester
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16409808.new-discoveries-in-dig-at-bishop-auckland-roman-fort/

Impressive Roman period tower found in Turkey
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/08/13/roman-era-military-observation-tower-discovered-in-southeastern-turkey

Investigating Byzantine fortress in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/18/second-bulgarian-empire-demolished-6th-century-byzantine-walls-of-rusocastro-to-build-far-more-massive-fortress-archaeologists-find/
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Fishing in ancient Korea - older than we thought
http://artdaily.com/news/106764/Cast-from-the-past--World-s-oldest-fishing-net-sinkers-found-in-South-Korea#.W2qZfjG0V9A

Bison hunting and prairie fires
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/smu-nbh071818.php

Roman “horseshoes” found in Vindolanda
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-45034623

Chariots and weapons found in recent Indian survey
https://www.latestly.com/technology/science/mahabharata-era-relics-found-in-up-by-archaeological-survey-of-india-294952.html

Importance of walrus ivory to the Norse Greenland settlements
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/lost-norse-of-greenland-fueled-the-medieval-ivory-trade-ancient-walrus-dna-suggests/

Interesting illustrated article about punt guns in Yorkshire
https://www.guns.com/2018/08/01/snowden-slights-and-his-canoe-sized-shotgun-photos/

Grave stories

Update on the late-5th century massacre at Sandby borg
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/moment-frozen-in-time-evidence-of-a-late-fifthcentury-massacre-at-sandby-borg/5C803B7E77A41439BC3B50D4BF96560E

Feature on Peru’s trophy skulls
https://www.livescience.com/63295-trophy-heads-mummies-ancient-peru-pits.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

The latest enemy to attack castles: weeds
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/21/english-heritage-launches-campaign-to-save-castles-from-weeds

Castles in the UK to visit - though the choice from Scotland is abysmal…
https://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-castles/

Heatwave shows up the secrets of Ashby Castle
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/heatwave-ashby-castle-dry-grass-1840894

14th century blacksmith shop found in medieval Bulgarian castle
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/16/14th-century-blacksmiths-workshop-with-kilns-found-at-tsarevets-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Sheffield castle - the search is on!
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/search-begins-for-sheffields-lost-medieval-castle/

Saving Fairburn Tower
https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/support-us/projects-and-appeals/fairburn-tower-appeal/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=b1d9d5a8-86b4-4a83-b3c5-8dd7f485b714&utm_campaign=banquetinghouse

Investigating a 17th century attack on Scottish castle
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/public-dig-uncovers-evidence-of-17th-century-attack-at-castle-fraser

Trying to protect the walls of Kano, Nigeria
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-peopleand-politicsthreaten-kano-ancient-walls.html

Investigating Fort Edward and the Seven Years War
http://www.saratogian.com/20180730/archaeological-field-school-reveals-french-and-indian-war-findings

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Interesting feature on the Lyle gun
http://www.miningjournal.net/news/local/2018/08/history-comes-alive-with-firing-of-lyle-gun/

Cannons at the Tamil Nadu Police Museum
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/police-museum-proves-a-crowd-puller/article24578494.ece

Alamo cannon return, with a salute…
http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Alamo-cannons-sent-off-with-a-bang-at-Texas-AM-Rellis-Campus-491453581.html

Sprucing up Colorado State University’s WWI trophy cannon
https://source.colostate.edu/csus-cannon-returns-home-after-6-week-facelift-in-englewood/

German trophy stolen from Canadian war memorial
http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/regional/display-gun-stolen-from-yarmouth-county-war-monument-site-in-arcadia-is-still-missing-230546/

Living in the past

Heatwaves and armour wearing
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/29/heatwave-britain-how-affects-jobs-summer-hot-weather

Serving medieval York
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/medieval-servants-yorks-barley-hall/

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s specials

Medieval omelette…
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/how-to-make-omelet-medieval/

…with cheese of the pharaohs...
http://artdaily.com/news/107012/World-s-oldest-cheese-found-in-Egyptian-tomb#.W3p3KTG0V9A

…and prehistoric bread
http://artdaily.com/news/106881/Archaeologists-discover-bread-that-predates-agriculture-by-4-000-years#.W3p6vDG0V9A

Miscellany

Heatwave reveals the road of the Templars
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/heatwave-reveals-medieval-road-in-england/

Fascinating depiction of a sword in 15th cent Flemish painting http://artdaily.com/news/106650/15th-century-masterpiece-loaned-to-the-Rijksmuseum#.W2QQlDG0V9A

Investigating Yorkshire’s ironworks
https://www.thestar.co.uk/lifestyle/remains-of-200-year-old-ironworks-found-near-elsecar-and-hoyland-1-9288907

Short illustrated piece on Chinese military historic sites
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d514f3259544d79457a6333566d54/share_p.html

Killing fields

No point looking for a horse at Bosworth soon
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/26m-mira-driverless-car-testing-1921045

1683 & the Battle of Vienna - still relevant today?
https://aeon.co/essays/the-battle-of-vienna-was-not-a-fight-between-cross-and-crescent

Culloden at risk from trees
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/modern-day-battle-with-trees-at-culloden

Into the 20th century

Metal detecting in Germany can be against the law
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-crime-weapons/german-police-seize-nazi-era-weapons-man-said-to-have-found-with-detector-idUSKBN1KF2IF?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=quora&utm_medium=referral

Marking Amiens
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/04/100-years-after-the-battle-of-amiens-a-poignant-reminder

What to do with that old Anderson shelter in the garden
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/how-britains-abandoned-anderson-shelters-are-being-brought-back-to-life

One family and the Falkands
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/26/falklands-war-retold-helen-parr-our-boys

Nautical news

Update on the search for two 16th century ships, the Cordelière and the Regent
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44806083

Looking for Cortes’s wrecks
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2462097&CategoryId=14091

Researching the earliest ships on the slave trade in the 16th century
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/transatlantic-slave-trade-voyages-ships-log-details-africa-america-atlantic-ocean-deaths-disease-a8494546.html

Cast-iron cannon lifted from Florida wreck
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/08/14/spanish-cannon-found-off-florida-coast-orig.cnn

Update on the search for HMS Endeavour at Rhode Island
https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/north-america/shipwreck-may-solve-250yearold-mystery/news-story/841298bff0fa71a8adf724f175f8d7e2

What happened to HMS Culloden’s cannons?
https://www.danspapers.com/2018/07/british-man-o-war-cannons-off-montauk/

Update on the Hunley
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-clues-about-why-confederate-submarine-hl-hunley-sank-180969724/

1863 Lt Haines, Royal Artillery, goes round Lake Ontario
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/curr/author-discovers-tale-of-english-artillery-officers-breezy-1863--jaunt-around-lake-ontario-20180729

Probing the mystery of HMAS Sydney
https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/drain-the-oceans-greatest-mysteries-of-our-oceans-uncovered/news-story/bf94aef144553dbd399b59c82ed218ed

More WW2 ships in Asia have been looted and partly destroyed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/19/government-investigates-fresh-reports-of-looting-of-sunken-navy-ships

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Six best museums in regions of Azerbaijan
https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Six_best_museums_in_regions_of_Azerbaijan-1185167

Prize for the Mary Rose Museum
http://artdaily.com/news/106877/The-Mary-Rose-wins-Visitor-Experience-Award

Swedish crown is stolen
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/01/thieves-escape-motorboat-swedish-crown-jewels/

Italy scraps free entry to cultural sites on Sundays
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/italy-tickets

New museums

Museum of Antiquities re-opens in Idlib
http://artdaily.com/news/106884/Antiquities-museum-reopens-in-Syria-s-rebel-held-province-of-Idlib#.W3p5_TG0V9A

New wing at the Prado opens
http://artdaily.com/news/106644/The-Museo-del-Prado-completes-the-redesign-and-rehang-of-its-North-Wing-galleries#.W2K4zjG0V9A

Museum developments

Digitalizing medieval manuscripts
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/penn-brings-philadelphias-rare-medieval-manuscripts-to-the-world/

Museum musings

Baroque paintings and US museums
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/very-much-an-acquired-taste

Remembering the Wall
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/project-could-see-berlin-wall-reconstructed-and-then-demolished-as-part-of-anniversary-performance

And still pulling down statues
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/20/confederate-statues-north-carolina-silent-sam

Conservation corner

Dating Henry VIII’s portrait
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/08/14/tree-rings-date-henry-viii-portrait-1525the-year-became-obsessed/

Objects

Medal depicting Peterloo Massacre to go on display - pictures
https://museumcrush.org/the-rare-medal-commemorating-the-peterloo-massacre/

Confederate time capsule found
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/05/us/new-orleans-beauregard-statue-time-capsule-trnd/index.html

Italian government revoked license for Gerard portrait
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/italy-revokes-export-licence-for-the-frick-s-princely-portrait-by-gerard

Exhibitions

Rembrandt school drawings in Berlin
http://artdaily.com/news/107080/Kupferstichkabinett-opens-exhibition-of-drawings-from-the-Rembrandt-School-#.W30X_jG0V9A

Japanese arms and armour and prints in Bologna
http://artdaily.com/news/106667/Palazzo-Albergati-exhibits--Japan--Tales-of-Love-and-War--#.W2VmJDG0V9A

Cartoons in Washington
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/national-gallery-explores-humour-in-the-age-of-trump

WWI posters in Athens, Georgia
http://artdaily.com/news/106979/Exhibition-at-Georgia-Museum-of-Art-celebrates-end-of-World-War-I#.W3p4cDG0V9A

Books

Pamela Hartshorne: The Royal Mews Buckingham Palace
http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=new-titles&subcategory=&id=3669

Feature on Iran’s Book of the Kings
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-the-book-of-kings-the-book-that-defines-iranians

Selection of recent mediaeval books
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/new-medieval-books-crusaders-devils/

Online Book

Two underwater surveys
https://www.boem.gov/ESPIS/4/5109.pdf
http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/sites/default/files/no._305_broome_flying_boat_compendium.pdf

Popular culture

Remembering the armistice in Scottish gardens
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/armistice-gardens-bloom-across-aberdeenshire-to-mark-first-world-war-centenary

Recreating Spain’s lost Antarctic adventure
http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/death-on-the-ice-the-forgotten-spaniards-who-discovered-antarctica/

Street fashion - carry your own riot shield…
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2018/jul/30/war-core-what-is-this-fashion-trend-good-for

Lost bits of Monty Python and the Holy Grail found
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/01/monty-python-amorous-pink-knight-unseen-sketches-revealed

Recreating World War I lives
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/02/100-days-100-lives-pen-portraits-to-mark-armistice-centenary-first-world-war

How not to make a sword like in the movies
https://www.wearethemighty.com/entertainment/movies-get-blacksmithery-wrong

Build your own Kenilworth Castle on Minecraft
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/building-kenilworth-castle-minecraft/

Why we never saw Gladiator 2
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-gladiator-2-was-written-and-its-mad

Events

Diary Dates

Last few weeks to tour Greenwich Naval chapel ceiling
http://artdaily.com/news/107089/Final-weeks-for-once-in-a-lifetime-ceiling-tours-of--Britain-s-Sistine-Chapel-#.W35t7TG0V9A

27 October Royal Armouries Leeds
Remembering John Waller

Conferences

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

Calls for papers

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/

Material Culture of War
http://deremilitari.org/2018/07/cfp-material-culture-of-war-imc-leeds-2019/

Sales Fairs and auctions

Highlights from Hermann Historica’s autumn sale
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en

Sale of shotguns
http://artdaily.com/news/106837/Gavin-Gardiner-Ltd-announces-highlights-from-its-auction-of-Modern---Vintage-Sporting-Guns-#.W3QKkvZFzmI

Websites and downloads

If still in holiday mode, the illustrations of Sir John de Mandeville’s travels
http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_24189

To the Sound of the Guns: Civil War Artillery, Battlefields & Historical Markers
https://markerhunter.wordpress.com/

1066 etc: Scottish wars, war & the state, gaining a throne, & Parisian violence
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/shock-and-awe-the-use-of-terror-as-a-psychological-weapon-during-the-bruce-balliol-civil-war-1332-38/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/04/medieval-military-revolution/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/staging-deaths-king-sverre-or-a-usurpers-path-to-the-throne/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/the-calamity-of-violence-reading-the-paris-massacres-of-1418/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted a visit to Hardwick Hall & its glorious plasterwork
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 27 August 2018

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