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The Basiliscoe Mercury 303

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Already the nights are drawing in, the clocks have gone back, the first frost has arrived and it is the annual Hallowe’en Bazzy already. Ghoulish stories seem to have crept into every section; I particularly recommend the Titanic and the Curse if the Mummy - no doubt coming to big and small screens soon… Long may you dook for your apples!

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Prehistoric tools made from antlers found in Scotland
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45963734

New Mycenaean-era fortress found in South Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/10/24/3200-year-old-cyclopean-masonry-fortress-found-in-south-bulgaria-shows-ancient-thrace-was-part-of-mycenaean-civilization/

Byzantine tower in Istanbul collapses
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/10/byzantine-tower-in-istanbul-collapses.html#Ye4M3J0D6apa7hZs.97

Investigating the Picts
https://www.livescience.com/63933-picts-developed-written-language.html
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Hunting round the world and through the ages

Fishing farming in ancient times
http://artdaily.com/news/108452/Egyptians-farmed-fish-3-500-years-ago--study#.W8w9NDHQZ9A

Grave stories

More on the Jerusalem massacres
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-beheadings-and-holy-kings-brutal-slaughter-revealed-jerusalem-mass-1176260

Sir Walter Raleigh and the head-in-the-bag (well, it is almost Hallowe’en)
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/oct/28/walter-raleigh-bag-severed-head-gory-mystery

Through the gunloop…

New discoveries at Čičva castle, eastern Slovakia (gunloops AND vampires!)
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940699/archaeological-research-at-cicva-castle-revealed-connecting-corridor.html

If ever you wanted to buy an island fortress, complete with artillery…
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-45856719

…and a nice piece about a visit there
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/drakes-island-plymouth-live-visit-2151253

Nice illustrated piece on Fort Ostenburg, Sri Lanka - pictures of cannon!
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/10/21/spectrum/fort-ostenburg-most-powerfully-gunned-bastion-ceylon

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Repainting Tufts University cannon
https://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/87120

Conserving a 1920 cannon
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/07/27/cannon-csu-rams-touchdowns/

Living in the past

That sword in your car may not legal…
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45918320

Re-enacting 1066
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/16/battle-of-hastings-revisited-reenact-1066

Simple ides for medieval costume
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/how-to-create-your-own-medieval-costume/

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s snacks

Olives
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/31821-3-500-year-old-olive-pits-discovered-in-pasman-channel

Hazelnuts
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34604576

Miscellany - mainly weapons

How the crossbow changed the world
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-crossbow-changed-warfare-forever-34332

Short piece on the longbow at Agincourt
https://southcoastherald.co.za/323370/from-my-hide-medieval-weapons-of-mass-destruction-can-take-a-bow/

What’s coming out of the glaciers goes on show in Sion
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/archaeology_swiss-glaciers-surrender-secrets-of-the-past/44466602

Into the 20th century

Touching piece about five families remembering World War I
http://artdaily.com/news/108317/Lest-they-forget--Five-families--mementos-from-World-War-I#.W8RMxzHQZ9A

Kipling’s response to the loss of his son
http://artdaily.com/news/108708/-Have-you-news-of-my-boy----Kipling-s-vain-search-for-lost-son#.W9bMrjGNx9A

Papers of TE Lawrence find a home
https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2018/10/research-collections-of-te-lawrences-biographer-acquired-by-magdalen-college.phtml

A visit to Verdun
https://www.heraldnet.com/life/the-lessons-of-verdun-where-300000-soldiers-died-in-wwi/

Nautical news

Update on the Black Sea findings
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/23/oldest-intact-shipwreck-thought-to-be-ancient-greek-discovered-at-bottom-of-black-sea

Viking ship found buried in Ostefold
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/15/viking-ship-burial-discovered-in-norway-just-50cm-underground

Medieval ship found in Enköping
https://www.thelocal.se/20181024/archaeologists-find-medieval-ship-and-german-ceramics-in-enkping

Selection of finds from HMS London
https://museumcrush.org/the-archaeological-treasures-given-up-by-the-london-shipwreck/

Two Danish slave-ships from 1710 found in Caribbean
https://repeatingislands.com/2018/10/19/wrecks-of-danish-slave-ships-identified-in-the-caribbean/

Update on the Mentor lost 1802
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33044-excavation-of-lord-elgin-s-shipwrecked-brig-mentor-yields-more-passenger-items.html

Conserving the ships’ figureheads for Plymouth
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/figureheads-shipshape-and-ready-to-set-sail

Titanic and the Mummy’s Curse
https://slate.com/culture/2018/10/mummy-curse-titanic-sinking-washington-post-article.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

New Director at the Fitzwilliam
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/17102018-luke-syson-appointed-director-fitzwilliam

New museums

National Museum of Syria re-opens
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/28/syria-national-museum-damascus-reopening-hailed-as-return-to-normal-life

St Fagans re-opens
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/18/st-fagans-welsh-history-museum-revamp-completed

Nigeria prepares for the return of looted art
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nigeria-plans-museum-for-art-looted-from-benin

But Southend scraps its proposed new museum
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/24102018-southend-council-scraps-seafront-museum

Museum developments

Trying to improve your exhibition programme
http://artdaily.com/news/108516/Are-museums-deciding-on-the-right-exhibitions--#.W8w7ETHQZ9A

Museum musings

Reviving the Monuments Men
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-army-revives-monuments-men-hopes-salvaging-art-war-torn-countries-180970563/

Conservation corner

Fascinating story about sticking together three Frans Hals portraits into one!
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/jigsaw-pieces-fall-into-place

Watch the Night Watch being conserved
http://artdaily.com/news/108393/Rembrandt-s--The-Night-Watch--to-be-restored---live-at-the-Rijksmuseum-in-Amsterdam#.W8w--DHQZ9A

Objects

Historic Ardgour gunpowder horn on show at new V&A https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2018/10/18/historic-ardgour-gunpowder-horn-on-show-at-new-va-dundee/

Louvre Abu Dhabi buy samurai armour
http://gulftoday.ae/portal/36b5381e-aa28-42a8-acbd-897c993ad46d.aspx

French flag captured by Nelson goes on show in Norwich
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/huge-flag-captured-french-battle-9824839

Exhibitions

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms in London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/21/anglo-saxon-kingdoms-review-barbaric-splendour-and-fierce-vision

Recreating Strawberry Hill
https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/losttreasures/

Playing with pirates in London
http://artdaily.com/news/108470/Major-exhibition-focuses-on-fictional-pirates-in-popular-culture#.W8w8wDHQZ9A

Burne-Jones in London
http://artdaily.com/news/108651/Tate-Britain-opens-the-largest-Edward-Burne-Jones-retrospective-to-be-held-in-the-UK

Manuscript treasures in Dublin
http://artdaily.com/news/108636/Treasures-from-Chester-Beatty-s-Collection--Exhibition-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-bequest#.W9LMdjHQZ9A

Italian women artists in Ghent
http://artdaily.com/news/108435/-The-Ladies-of-the-Baroque--Women-painters-in-16th-and-17th-century-Italy--opens-at-Museum-of-Fine-Arts-Ghent#.W8w-eDHQZ9A

Family treasures at Leuven
http://artdaily.com/news/108717/Exhibition-in-Leuven-brings-to-life-the-grandiose-world-of-the-noble-Arenberg-family#.W9bL5TGNx9A

Florentine paintings in Munich
http://artdaily.com/news/108440/Alte-Pinakothek-opens--Florence-and-its-Painters--From-Giotto-to-Leonardo-da-Vinci-

The long view - tracing the history of war in Vienna
https://www.dw.com/en/new-exhibit-traces-wars-long-and-brutal-evolution/a-45992838

Bartolomé Bermejo in Madrid
http://artdaily.com/news/108695/Bartolom--Bermejo-s-visual-universe-shown-in-all-its-splendor-for-the-very-first-time#.W9WFPTGNx9A

Frans Hals portraits at Toledo, Ohio
http://artdaily.com/news/108309/Toledo-Museum-of-Art-organizes-first-major-international-exhibition-of-family-portraits-by-Frans-Hals#.W8RMajHQZ9A

Napoleon’s court in Kansas City
http://artdaily.com/news/108626/Ambience-and-spirit-of-French-court-revealed-through-rarely-seen-selection-of-works#.W9LMETHQZ9A

Jodhpur in Seattle
http://artdaily.com/news/108518/Immersive-exhibition-explores-five-centuries-of-the-artistic-and-cultural-heritage-of-the-city-of-Jodhpur-and-its-people#.W8w6jjHQZ9A

Books

Alfred Geibig; Gebt Feuer! Ready to Fire!
https://www.lesejury.de/alfred-geibig/buecher/gebt-feuer-ready-to-fire/9783874720991

Pests in Houses Great and Small (the real stuff of nightmares - moths & mice!)
https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media/pests-in-houses-great-and-small

Recent books reviewed
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/new-medieval-books-from-jousting-to-mathematics/

Books from Les Invalides
http://boutique.musee-armee.fr/en/books/c13/1/

Medieval Warfare Magazine
https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/medieval-warfare

Online book

MR James: ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’
https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/j/james/mr/antiquary/chapter7.html

Popular culture

Ghost stories from English Heritage, inspired by their properties
https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media/eight-ghosts-paperback

Medieval films
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/from-ivanhoe-to-ironclad-excavating-layers-of-tradition-in-a-medieval-film/

Zombies and war films - you knew it was going to happen
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/oct/29/does-jj-abrams-war-film-overlord-really-need-added-zombies

Clooney goes coffee hunting in armour
http://www.bandt.com.au/advertising/george-clooney-goes-full-medieval-nespressos-latest-ad

Knotted guns - I think it is a thing now…
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-knotted-gun

Events

Diary Dates

10 May 2019 Leeds
The heart of the art of combat - Exploring medieval manuscript I.33
https://royalarmouries.org/event/the-heart-of-the-art-of-combat/

Sales, fairs and auctions

November dates for Hermann Historica
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en

Websites and downloads

Historial
https://www.historial.fr/en/

Veste Coburg’s new website
https://veste.kunstsammlungen-coburg.de/

Historic ships in Copenhagen
https://en.natmus.dk/museums-and-palaces/the-vessels-at-holmen/

1066 etc: Medieval rebellions, Templars & Kingly horsemanship
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/arrayed-as-if-for-war-tactical-innovation-and-technological-change-in-late-medieval-and-early-modern-rebellions-1381-1554/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/torture-confession-templar-interrogations/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/medieval-art-riding/

Hallowe’en

All the best ghost stories come from Scotland and The National Trust for Scotland has put together a number of themed stories about spooky happenings round their castles and other properties
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories

Finally

This fortnight we tweeted on visits to East Anglian castles, cannons and effigies…
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 30 October 2018

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