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The Basiliscoe Mercury 300

The Basiliscoe Mercury 300

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

The sharp-eyed among you will see this is the 300th Basiliscoe and you will find something to remember this by at the end. Main story is the destruction of National Museum of Brazil and much of its collections, more cheerfully cannons on the move in the UK, stories about women warriors and the V&A’s digital Leonardo.

Ancient arms and forts

Bone arrowhead from the Yukon
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arrowhead-demster-highway-archaeologist-yukon-1.4805547

Recording the siege of Lachish
http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Sennacherib-Siege-of-Lachish

Investigating Roman legionary bases in Bulgaria
https://www.eurasiareview.com/25082018-bulgaria-grand-armory-of-roman-legions-mystery-unveiled/

Latest thinking on the rise of Viking fortresses
http://sciencenordic.com/danish-viking-fortresses-were-designed-fend-other-vikings

Grave stories

DNA of early medieval Germanic warriors revealed
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/revealed-genetic-secrets-of-high-ranked-warriors-at-a-medieval-german-burial-site/

Battlefields and castles

Update on the new Battle of Bosworth
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/battle-of-bosworth-planning-application-car-test-track-hinckley-council-a8510261.html

What was found under Culzean Castle
http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/259432/Hidden_medieval_door_to_Scottish_castle_caves_discovered

Passing the time in medieval Russian castles - nine men’s morris
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/archeologists-discover-medieval-board-game-secret-castle-crypt-russia-62792

Through the gunloop…

Francis Drake in Virginia
http://po.st/yfkAN3

Early 17th century Native American fort in Connecticut discovered
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-archaeologists-native-american-fort-connecticut.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Cannon from the older HMS Victory goes on display in Portsmouth
https://www.forces.net/news/incredibly-rare-18th-century-cannon-go-display#.W5Eu1J1Aa8U.twitter

Hartlepool’s historic gun battery faces a new battle & needs help https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/historic-gun-battery-faces-a-new-battle-and-bosses-need-your-help-1-9320695

Cannon dug up in Bangkok
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30353008
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1528350/ancient-cannon-found-at-sanam-luang

And what happened to it
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30353271
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30353457

WW2 shell washes up in Icelandic fjord
https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2018/08/28/boys_in_east_fjords_find_live_ww_ii_shell/

A brief history of fireworks
https://www.livescience.com/63468-fireworks-history.html

Living in the past

Re-enacting in Serbia
http://artdaily.com/news/107216/The-fighting-is-real-at-Serbia-s-medieval-festival#.W4UHcjG0V9A

Recreating Norse artefacts
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/coastal-job-experimental-archaeologist/

Café Basiliscoe: today’s special

Neolithic cheese
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/ps-eo090518.php

Miscellany
Excavating Holyrood Palace
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-45355250

Treasure trove of lost letters! This is an exciting project
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/05/huge-historical-national-archives-prize-papers-mail-captured-ships-online?CMP=share_btn_tw&page=with:img-2#img-2

Princesses and Amazons

Short feature on Boudicca
https://www.anglotopia.net/british-history/great-britons-boadicea/

Norse shield maidens
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/09/shieldmaidens-gesta-danorum/

Review of Empress by Ruby Lal
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/05/empress-ruby-lai-the-rise-and-reign-of-a-self-made-mughal-queen

Benin’s women warriors
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180826-the-legend-of-benins-fearless-female-warriors

Looking for the forgotten nurses of WWI
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/06/colouriser-hopes-to-jog-memories-of-forgotten-first-world-war-nurses

Into the 20th century

Battle of Britain collections in the UK
https://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-battle-of-britain-museums-and-collections/

Nautical news

Øsknes: rethinking Viking boat burials
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-csi-tromsowhere-forensics-vikings.html

Saving the Mary Rose
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-to-preserve-a-shipwreck

Vasa cannon found?
https://www.thelocal.se/20180828/the-vasa-ship-missing-cannon-may-have-been-found-stockholm

More on the Beeswax wreck
https://crosscut.com/2018/08/researchers-uncover-northwest-secrets-spanish-shipwreck

Feature about HMS Endeavour, colonial history and natural history
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/hms-endeavour-250.html

Tin cans not to blame for the demise of the Franklin expedition - phew
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-wasnt-major-factor-mysterious-demise-franklin-expedition-180970150/

Update on Canada’s plans for the Franklin ships
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/09/05/archeologists-explore-sunken-ship-to-uncover-secrets-of-franklin-expedition-shipwreck.html

Whaling shipwreck found in the Canadian artic
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/expedition-finds-evidence-of-first-known-whaling-wreck-in-canadas-high-arctic-692655611.html

WW2 USS Abner Read found off Alaska
http://uk.businessinsider.com/noaa-researchers-found-wwii-shipwreck-in-alaska-2018-8?r=US&IR=T

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Destruction of the National Museum of Brazil
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/national-museum-of-brazil-devastated-by-massive-fire
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/protesters-decry-neglect-after-brazilian-museum-fire

Perhaps visitor figures should be treated with a pinch of salt…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-wrong-figures

Museum developments

Da Vinci goes digital at the V&A
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/victoria-and-albert-museum-brings-leonardo-da-vinci-s-notebooks-to-life-online

Museum musings

Short article on the WA Naval Historical Display Australia
http://news.navy.gov.au/en/Sep2018/Community/4796#.W5I73jG0V9A

Statue–toppling reaches Canada
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/canada-addresses-its-monumental-problem

Conservation corner

Spain does it again
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/07/mary-and-jesus-given-garish-robes-in-botched-spanish-restoration

Objects

Basket hilted sword used at Stirling Bridge (perhaps!) sold
https://www.forces.net/news/sword-used-wars-scottish-independence-sold-auction

Exhibitions

HMS London in Southend
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/16687108.shipwrecked-cannon-takes-centre-stage/

Magic in Oxford
http://artdaily.com/news/107308/The-Ashmolean-s-autumn-exhibition-explores-the-history-of-a-fascinating-cultural-phenomenon--Magic#.W4-QZjG0V9A

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

Tintoretto in Venice
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/tintoretto-s-500th-takes-over-venice

Books of Hours in Montreal
http://artdaily.com/news/107317/Exhibition-features-Book-of-Hours-from-the-13th-to-the-16th-century-in-Quebec-collections#.W4-QujG0V9A

Renaissance court at the Getty
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/all-that-glitters-life-at-the-renaissance-court-begins-at-the-getty/
http://artdaily.com/news/107227/The-J--Paul-Getty-Museum-presents--All-that-Glitters--Life-at-the-Renaissance-Court-#.W4UG8zG0V9A

WW2 women at International Museum of World War II https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/ansel-adams-s-wartime-women

Books

Neil Grant: The Luger
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-luger

Edited James Davey: Tudor and Stuart Seafarers; The Emergence of a Maritime Nation, 1485-1707
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/tudor-and-stuart-seafarers-9781472956767/

Nigel Rigby, Pieter van der Merwe, Glyn Williams: Pacific Exploration;
Voyages of Discovery from Captain Cook's Endeavour to the Beagle
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/pacific-exploration-9781472957733/

RAF 100 - The Official Story
https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media/raf-100-1918-2018-the-official-story-

Online books

Star Carr and its landscape and natural history
https://universitypress.whiterose.ac.uk/site/books/10.22599/book1/
https://universitypress.whiterose.ac.uk/site/books/10.22599/book2/

Article on ceramic grenades from Ingolstadt
https://www.academia.edu/35146728/Franzkowiak_Wenzel_Abstract_2016
https://www.academia.edu/31775145/Explosives_aus_der_Tiefgarage_-_Ein_au%C3%9Fergew%C3%B6hnlicher_Keramikgranatenfund_aus_Ingolstadt

Popular culture

Making art from war-damaged artefacts
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/art-made-from-isis-bullet-holes-go-on-show-for-first-joint-project-between-iraq-and-kurdistan-in-the-uk

Japanese artist in Paris’s Musée de la Chasse
http://artdaily.com/news/107310/Mus-e-de-la-Chasse-et-de-la-Nature-opens-a-solo-exhibition-dedicated-to-Kohei-Nawa#.W4-RcjG0V9A

The Thousand musketeers
https://manga.tokyo/interview/exclusive-interview-with-senjushi-the-thousand-musketeers-producer-takumi-kohama/

Trebuchets get a starring role in new film on Robert the Bruce
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/09/movie-review-outlaw-king/

Events

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

13 October London
London Antique Arms fair
http://www.antiquearmsfairsltd.co.uk/

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

Websites and downloads

Celebrating the Three Hundred

The Persian wars and the Three hundred
https://archive.org/search.php?query=%28%22Thucydides%22+OR+%22Θουκυδίδης%22+OR+%22Thoukudídēs%22%29

Aeschylus and the Persians
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Persians

300 Graphic novel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/300_(comics)
https://getcomics.info/other-comics/300/

1066 etc
The Hippodrome,
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/08/spectacle-power-and-romanness-in-byzantium-the-use-of-roman-heritage-in-the-ceremonial-practices-in-the-hippodrome-10th-century/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted pictures from recent jaunts
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 10 September 2018

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