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The Basiliscoe Mercury 301

The Basiliscoe Mercury 301

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Most interesting thing this week are the helmets found by a mushroom picker! Surprising number of stories related to hunting round the world - from Austria to New Zealand. Otherwise new galleries at Greenwich, the home of the Kaiser saved and the net closes in on HMS Endeavour (possibly).

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Two Bronze Age helmets found picking mushrooms in Slovakia
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913941/mushroom-picker-finds-precious-helmets-from-late-bronze-age.html

Gladiator relief found in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/06/gladiator-fight-relief-discovered-in-ancient-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum-near-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Investigating Iron Age defences in Turkey
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/09/18/traces-of-iron-age-wars-found-on-double-skin-wall
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Ice age wolf cub and caribou calf found in Yukon
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/14/spectacular-ice-age-wolf-pup-and-caribou-dug-up-in-canada

Woolly mammoth killing fields found in Austria
https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/07/grisly-ancient-stone-age-woolly-mammoth-kill-site-discovered-7922563/

Hunting moas
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oral-history-suggests-maori-proverbs-bird-extinction-mirrored-fears-indigenous-groups-own-decline-180970225/

Mayans kept pumas in cages
https://www.livescience.com/63558-copan-bones-jaguar-captivity.html

Grave stories

Finding King Arthur
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/09/the-discovery-of-king-arthur-and-guinevere-at-glastonbury-abbey/

1354 Lithuanian invasion victim found in Poland
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30863%2Cremains-victim-lithuanian-invasion-1354-discovered-pompeii-warmia.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Excavating Pembroke castle may have revealed birthplace of Henry VII
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/16/likely-birthplace-of-henry-vii-found-in-pembroke-castle

Recreating Sheffield Castle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45587064

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Cannons on Indian forts still at risk
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/ancient-cannon-atop-petla-burj-headed-towards-doom/articleshow/65738887.cms

Update on the cannons from Thalassery.......
https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/offbeat/historic-cannons-still-remain-inaccessible-to-public-1.3150652

Back to the front

Volcanoes and Waterloo
https://www.livescience.com/63494-napoleon-defeat-waterloo-volcano.html

Living in the past

Modern problems in past times
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dagorhir-ragnarok-women-metoo_us_5b44e1afe4b048036ea31fcb

Recreating Henry VIII’s pavilions
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/sep/22/henry-viii-tent-field-of-cloth-of-gold-reconstruction

Bringing Falkland Palace to life
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-falkland-palace-apothecary

Café Basiliscoe

Pomegranates
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-before-judaism-the-8-000-year-old-history-of-pomegranate-reverence-1.6461970

Babylonian beer
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/new-findings-confirm-that-bronze-age-babylonians-really-loved-beer

Posca - for the roman soldier in a hurry
https://qz.com/quartzy/1372506/posca/

Into the 20th century

WWI training trench found in Ireland
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/spike-island-dig-uncovers-first-world-war-training-trench-867272.html

Nautical news

Painting of the Spanish Armada up for export
http://artdaily.com/news/107653/Rare-16th-century-painting-of-Spanish-Armada-at-risk-of-export#.W6S3KzHQZ9A

16th century wreck found near Lisbon
http://artdaily.com/news/107692/Next-Antique-Arms-Fair-to-take-place-on-29th-September-at-Pillar-Hall--Olympia-London#.W6S0IjHQZ9A

Archaeologists hope they are closing in on Cook’s Endeavour
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/19/wreck-of-captain-cooks-hms-endeavour-discovered-off-coast-of-america

Napoleon’s barge on the move from Paris to Brest
http://artdaily.com/news/107673/Barge-built-secretly-for-Napoleon-Bonaparte-in-1810-on-the-move-again-#.W6S0uTHQZ9A

Iron cannon found off Kinsale - hard to tell from the picture
https://www.southernstar.ie/news/farming/articles/2018/09/16/4161670-cannon-from-1600s-is-fishermans-catch-of-the-day/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Dutch royal family save Kaiser’s last home
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/18/dutch-royal-family-step-in-to-save-former-home-huis-doorn-kaiser-wilhelm-ii

Update on Brazil: Fire precautions to be improved
http://artdaily.com/news/107559/Brazil-orders-museums-to-boost-fire-protection-#.W5toJzHQZ9A

New museums

V&A in Dundee
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/dundee-s-designs-on-culture-bring-v-and-a-to-scotland

New galleries opened at Greenwich
http://artdaily.com/news/107753/Royal-Museums-Greenwich-opens-four-new-galleries-covering-500-years-of-human-exploration#.W6YPMzHQZ9A

Museum musings

UK ivory ban beginning to hit problems
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/the-uk-s-imminent-law-against-the-trade-in-ivory-is-a-serious-threat-to-liberty-says-former-lord-chief-justice

Conservation corner

Restoring Dulle Griet - the painting not the cannon!
http://artdaily.com/news/107749/Restoration-of-painting-by-Peter-Bruegel-the-Elder-reveals-colour-and-discoveries#.W6YOpzHQZ9A

The delights of conservative miniature portraits
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/the-miniatures-conservator-who-sees-the-bigger-picture

Objects and collectors

How to make a living out of collecting Napoleonia
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/design/french-collector-napoleon-paris-biennale.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Portrait of the young Charles II in armour for sale
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/11/van-dycks-portraits-future-charles-ii-sister-sale

WWI panorama and memorial found in Museum store
https://museumcrush.org/found-the-22-metre-wwi-painting-lost-inside-a-museum-storeroom-for-over-30-years/

Exhibitions

HMS London at Southend
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-45521765

New archaeological discoveries from Germany in Berlin
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/berlin-blockbuster-from-worlds-oldest-sculpture-to-bombed-art

Callot in Mannheim
http://artdaily.com/news/107635/Exhibition-of-works-by-Jacques-Callot-opens-at-the-Kunsthalle-Mannheim#.W59ygDHQZ9A

Cannons and other finds from the Mercedes go on show
https://murciatoday.com/temporary-exhibition-in-the-arqua-examines-the-plundering-of-spains-sunken-treasures_649360-a.html

47 Ronin in New York
https://www.roningallery.com/exhibitions/47-ronin

Books

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

Online Book

The Geometry of War 1550-1750
https://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/geometry/content.htm

Popular culture

Soldiers’ art in WWI
https://museumcrush.org/the-art-the-soldiers-made-during-the-first-world-war/

Lovely article about Magic lanterns!
https://www.livescience.com/63508-magic-lantern-victorian-netflix.html

Duelling in real life and on the screen
https://theconversation.com/pistols-at-dawn-why-theres-more-to-duelling-than-whats-seen-on-our-screens-101665

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/
http://artdaily.com/news/107692/Next-Antique-Arms-Fair-to-take-place-on-29th-September-at-Pillar-Hall--Olympia-London#.W6S0IjHQZ9A

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

Websites and downloads
1066 etc

Archers, Brunanburh & video games
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/09/the-service-patterns-and-social-economic-status-of-english-archers-1367-1417/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/09/searching-for-brunanburh-the-yorkshire-context-of-the-great-war-of-937/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted pictures from a recent trip to Worcestershire
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 24 September 2018

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