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The Basiliscoe Mercury 302

The Basiliscoe Mercury 302

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Sadly Margaret Vining of the Smithsonian died in the last month but she leaves a wonderful legacy. Otherwise another sword from a lake - this time in Sweden - Portuguese cannons, Welsh castles and the Eighty Years War.

Arms and armour in the news

Obituaries

Margaret Vining
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newbernsj/obituary.aspx?n=margaret-simmons-vining&pid=190411465
http://americanhistory.si.edu/profile/528

Ancient arms

90,000 year old stone knife out of Africa
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-bone-knife-hints-special-tools-appeared-early-africa

Horse and chariot found in Iron Age Yorkshire site
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/iron-age-horse-and-chariot-discovered-in-east-yorkshire-town-1-9376726

Roman legionaries graves found in Bulgaria?
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31093%2Cbulgaria-polish-archaeologists-discover-rich-graves-roman-period.html

This week swords in a lake - Swedish, pre-Viking
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45753455

Roman legionaries graves found in Bulgaria?
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31093%2Cbulgaria-polish-archaeologists-discover-rich-graves-roman-period.html

Grave stories

Grisly remains of the victims of Civil War 2000 years ago found in Israel
https://www.timesofisrael.com/mass-burial-site-uncovered-in-jerusalem-evidence-of-holy-kings-bloody-reign/

3D copy of the Man of Janisławice - oldest skeleton found in Poland http://disq.us/t/36tgb4x

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Investigating Offa’s Dyke and Chirk Castle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45592682?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story

Update on excavations at Sheffield Castle
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-castle-dig-shows-site-s-potential-as-new-finds-fire-public-imagination-1-9376227

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Genoese cannon in Spain
http://www.sansebastian1813.es/440786309

Piece on a 17th century Macao-Portuguese cannon in Oman
https://timesofoman.com/article/225395/Oman/17th-century-Portuguese-cannon-a-blast-at-National-Museum

British cast-iron cannon found in fort in Lahore
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1815411/1-inquiry-launched-cannons-discovered-lahore-fort/#

Back to the front

Update on Bosworth planning decision
https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/battle-bosworth-field-planning-historical-towton-sites-historians-george-goodwin-horiba-mira-car-track-archaeology/

80 years’ war from the Spanish point of view?
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/09/30/actualidad/1538326311_241582.html

News from Culloden
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/culloden-thanks-local-community-this-autumn

Exploring the lives of Fort Douglas’s 19th century soldiers
https://www.ksl.com/?nid=960&sid=46395469

Living in the past

Medieval re-enactor killed in accident in Kentucky
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/107818079/medieval-reenactor-dies-after-2m-lance-spears-his-abdomen

Princesses and Amazons

Woman warriors of the ancient world
https://theconversation.com/warrior-women-despite-what-gamers-might-believe-the-ancient-world-was-full-of-female-fighters-104343

Nautical news

16th century Portuguese wreck found near Lisbon
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/24/400-year-old-ship-found-off-portuguese-coast-cascais

The truth about Edward Barlow - EICo sailor
http://artdaily.com/news/107992/British-curator-uncovers-rape-confession----300-years-on#.W7iH6jHQZ9A

More bits of HMS Severn found off New Jersey, lost 1804
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2018/10/04/remnants-of-214-year-old-shipwreck-found-on-a-jersey-beach/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-45798633

Update on this season’s work on HMS Erebus
https://www.livescience.com/63704-franklin-expedition-artifacts-recovered.html

Diving Cornwall’s U-boats
https://divernet.com/2018/08/08/the-u-boat-coast/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Store of Deutches Museum in Ingolstadt destroyed by fire
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/fire-consumes-depot-at-deutsches-museum

Updates from Rio fire
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/rio-national-museum-fire-restoration
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/national-museum-in-rio-starts-rebuilding-efforts-with-temporary-exhibitions

New museums

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, re-opens
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sweden-s-biggest-museum-goes-free

Gallery of Japanese Culture re-opens in the British Museum
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/japanese-collection-back-on-show-from-armour-to-the-a-bomb

V&A Photography centre
https://museumcrush.org/va-photography-centre-one-of-the-most-inspiring-collections-of-photography-in-the-world/

Museum musings

British museum defends its collections against accusations of looting
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/oct/12/collected-histories-not-everything-was-looted-british-museum-defends-collections

What to do with the Berghof?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/25/what-to-do-about-hitler-alpine-retreat

Conservation corner

Conserving Breughel
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/death-triumphs-at-the-prado

Conserving a Japanese armour
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/conserving-a-suit-of-samurai-armour/

Exhibitions

Bellini and Mantegna in London
http://artdaily.com/news/108152/Exhibition-at-The-National-Gallery-presents-a-tale-of-two-artists--their-families-and-their-cities#.W7sUczHQZ9A

Oceanic art in London
http://artdaily.com/news/107939/Royal-Academy-of-Arts-opens-first-ever-major-survey-of-Oceanic-art-held-in-the-UK#.W7iKHDHQZ9A

The Tsars in London
http://artdaily.com/news/107818/New-exhibition-marking-100-years-since-the-death-of-Russia-s-last-Tsar-opens-at-the-Science-Museum#.W6nxBzHQZ9A

Roger Fenton’s Crimea War photographs in London
https://museumcrush.org/the-birth-of-war-photography-roger-fenton-and-the-crimean-war/

Unicorns in Paris
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/selection/magiques-licornes-5338/1/

Louis Phillipe in Versailles
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/selection/louis-philippe-versailles-5447/1/

80 Years’ War in Amsterdam
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/80-years-war

Brueghel in Vienna - a stunner!
http://artdaily.com/news/108018/Kunsthistorisches-Museum-opens-once-in-a-lifetime-Pieter-Bruegel-the-Elder-exhibition#.W7iHdDHQZ9A

History of embroidery at Winterhur
http://artdaily.com/news/108095/-Embroidery--The-Thread-of-History--at-Winterthur-explores-needlework-as-a-document-of-record#.W7iFxzHQZ9A

Royal British portraits at Houston
http://artdaily.com/news/108101/Unprecedented-loans-from-the-National-Portrait-Gallery--London--chronicle-500-years-of-the-British-monarchy-#.W7nBNzHQZ9A

Books

New publication from Ingolstadt
https://www.donaukurier.de/lokales/ingolstadt/In-neuem-Licht;art599,3941229

Books from the Rjiksmuseum
https://www.rijksmuseumshop.nl/en/books-and-dvd-s

Online book

Selection of arms and armour articles available till December
http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/yaaa-15th-anniversary-vsi?platform=hootsuite

Popular Culture

Searching for the original Wolf Hall
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/oct/03/remains-of-real-wolf-hall-discovered-by-archaeologists-hilary-mantel-novel

Cai Guo-Qiang in Florence
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/chinese-artist-and-netflix-star-cai-guo-qiang-to-get-major-show-at-uffizi

Peter Jackson brings colour and sound to the First World War
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-45806234/the-lord-of-the-rings-director-peter-jackson-makes-ww1-in-colour

Rachel Whiteread’s 1918 memorial
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/rachel-whiteread-turns-a-nissen-hut-inside-out-for-her-first-uk-permanent-piece

Celebration of Where Eagles Dare
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/03/broadsword-calling-danny-boy-where-eagles-dare-geoff-dyer-review

Events

Sales Fairs and auctions

Lion of Punjab treasure leads Bonham’s Islamic and Indian Art sale in London http://artdaily.com/news/108258/Lion-of-Punjab-treasure-leads-Bonhams-Islamic-and-Indian-Art-sale-in-London#.W8BaLjHQZ9A

17 Oct 2018 London
The Marine Sale
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24654/

23 Oct 2018 London
Islamic and Indian Art including Sikh Treasures and Arts of the Punjab
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24624/

24 Oct 2018 Edinburgh
The Sporting Sale
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24759/

Catalogues for Hermann Historica autumn sale out
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/Auktionen/Laufende

Websites and downloads
1066 etc

New website for Veste Coburg
https://www.kunstsammlungen-coburg.de/en/home/

Wallace Collection
https://www.wallacecollection.org/?gclid=CJKYnb63jsICFSX3wgod56QATg

News from Paris- latest edition
http://www.musee-armee.fr/fileadmin-cru-1539353676/user_upload/Documents/Echo-du-Dome/museearmee_echodudome_43.pdf

1066 etc: London guilds, Gawain, fighting clerics and Norwegian kings
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/the-importance-of-london-for-craft-and-industry-in-medieval-england/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/gawain-scribe-also-artist/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/medieval-church-military-power/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/the-leaders-king-sverre-and-king-haakon/

Finally

This fortnight I’ll be tweeting pictures from Slovenia
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 14 October 2018

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