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The Basiliscoe Mercury 304

The Basiliscoe Mercury 304

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Of course this last week has been dominated by the centenary of the Armistice. This is reflected throughout the newsletter. Otherwise lost Danish ships, oldest cave paintings and a plethora of popular culture features with Robert the Bruce and Robin Hood in leading roles.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms & forts

Copper plant on the Black Sea
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/02/2500-year-old-metallurgical-plant-at-ancient-copper-mine-discovered-near-bulgarias-black-sea-town-sozopol/

Weapon fragments from Poland
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31508%2Cnew-evidence-human-presence-poland-late-antiquity.html

Serving on the Antonine Wall
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/black-history-month-did-african-soldiers-patrol-scotland-in-the-roman-era-1-4819936

Tiny terracotta army found in Chinese tomb
https://www.livescience.com/64071-mini-terracotta-army-discovered-china.html
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Oldest cave paintings found in Borneo
http://artdaily.com/news/108985/Old-Master--Cave-paintings-from-40-000-years-ago-are-world-s-earliest-figurative-art#.W-P6UDGNx9A

Caesar’s beasts
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/identifying-the-beasts-in-caesar-s-forest

Grave stories

Embalmed decapitated heads from Celtic Gaul
https://www.livescience.com/64030-embalmed-heads-ancient-celts.html

Scanning US Civil War skeletons
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-lab-d-scans-human-skeletal.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Żelechów Castle, Poland, found?
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31509%2Cmazowieckie-medieval-castle-discovered-zelechow.html

Water for the Assassins’ Castle
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/429203/Centuries-old-water-supply-system-found-in-Alamut-castle

Through the gunloop…

Fascinating piece about archaeologists’ discoveries in Quebec’s ramparts http://artdaily.com/news/108962/Relic-of-Quebec-ramparts-unearthed-by-Canadian-archaeologists-in--major--find#.W-KzHTGNx9A
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/archaeologists-quebec-city-325-year-old-wooden-fortifications-1.4893781

Exhibition at Fort Canning, Singapore, to be redesigned
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/exhibition-site-of-fort-canning-archaeological-dig-to-be-refreshed-for-first-time-in-17

The state of Tipu’s armoury - spoiler alert - not good….
https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/second-edit/protect-preserve-tipu-s-702729.html

Papers of the exiled Stuarts go online
http://artdaily.com/news/109071/Papers-of-the-exiled-Stuart-kings-published-online-for-the-first-time-#.W-09HzGNx9A

Old soldiers help look at old battlefield
https://www.whec.com/news/us-veterans-conduct-battlefield-archaeology/5141055/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Sheringham cannon goes on display
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/coastguard-s-cannon-goes-on-show-at-sheringham-museum-1-5760325

What they found planting trees in Mumbai
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/british-era-cannons-found-at-mumbai-raj-bhavan/678737.html

Coldwater, Michigan, Civil war veteran - Parrott rifled cannon
http://www.thedailyreporter.com/news/20181030/civil-war-cannon-returned-to-four-corners-park

Boer War surviving cannon
http://www.grocotts.co.za/2018/10/30/war-time-giants-stirred-back-to-life/

Sheridan, Illinois, WW2 howitzer ready for the Armistice
https://www.mywebtimes.com/2018/11/05/cannon-goal-for-sheridan-memorial-has-been-met/ajyf6jp/

Café Basiliscoe: sharing menu

Peruvian potatoes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/11/02/potatoes-were-not-just-a-symbol-of-the-elite-in-ancient-peru-archaeologists-find/#4f9d821b1877

Mongol cheese
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181105160857.htm

2000 year old Chinese rice wine
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-rice-wine-discovered-sprawling-2000-year-old-tomb-1203849

Miscellany

Brother of the more famous Robert comes to sticky end in Ireland
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/02/gone-long-forgotten-robert-the-bruce-brother-edward-chris-pine-outlaw-king

Royston cave on endangered list
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/08/heritage-at-risk-list-adds-knights-cave-and-grimsby-kasbah-historic-england

Update on Henry VIII tapestry
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/long-lost-tudor-tapestry-could-be-saved-for-the-nation

The gunpowder plot for beginners and its changing meaning
https://daily.jstor.org/gunpowder-plot-redux/

Enjoy a winter walk round a Cambrian gunpowder works
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/17212447.walk-short-stroll-that-combines-farm-walk-with-an-historical-tour/

As the Danube’s level falls, finds are uncovered
https://www.geek.com/news/hidden-treasures-uncovered-in-hungary-as-danube-water-levels-fall-to-record-low-1758390/

What they found in Blenheim’s lake
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-46044204

Lysander and Hampden: two iconic RAF aircraft restored and revealed
https://museumcrush.org/lysander-and-hampden-two-iconic-raf-aircraft-restored-and-revealed/

World War I - a very small selection…

South Wales and the WWI
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17217550.factory-mine-and-railway-the-workers-war/

Remembering them on the beaches
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-46173462/beach-images-across-the-uk-honour-world-war-one-soldiers

India’s stories
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-46148207

The war horses
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/09/sport/world-war-one-remembrance-horses-war-horse-spt-intl/index.html

Nautical news

The importance of waterproofing Viking long ships
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/04/viking-longboat-industrial-tar-pits-dominance-seas

Update on the French Florida wreck
https://www.livescience.com/64022-florida-shipwreck-legal-battle.html

Earlier in the year I identified these cannon from Chile
https://www.cnnchile.com/pais/descubren-historicos-canones-de-la-epoca-de-los-piratas-en-las-costas-de-caleta-tortel_20181113/?fbclid=IwAR2R42PZfK7ERLgcLb1hyaO3WH4lBE6UBuDDozucAjTvZiLMcEHSWcypZ34

Stray cannon found in Florida Keys
https://keysnews.com/article/story/cannon-find-may-be-part-of-bigger-story/

Piece about a slave ship from Mozambique
https://www.history.com/news/slave-ship-wreckage-discovery-south-africa-sao-jose

Picture feature on Cape Town slave ship
http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20181022-cape-towns-slave-ship-secret

Update on the search for the Bonhomme Richard - (sceptical about those cannon and cannon balls being worth “millions”, whatever…)
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/wreck-of-american-warship-which-sank-in-1779-discovered-off-yorkshire-coast-1-9430425

Denmark’s’ Printz Friederich lost 1780 found?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46144717
https://www.thelocal.dk/20181113/divers-find-18th-century-danish-warship

Looking for a boatyard from the War of 1812
https://www.ohio.com/news/20181109/is-there-war-of-1812-boatyard-in-akron-archaeologists-working-to-find-out

Feature about the wrecks at Scapa Flow
https://www.countryfile.com/go-outdoors/days-out/history-of-scapa-flow-what-happened-and-where-to-see-the-remains/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Venetian museums briefly closed by floods
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/venice-floods-museums

And trouble at the Vatican Museums
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/02/vatican-considers-limit-on-museum-visitors-amid-safety-fears

Funding for new galleries at the Imperial War Museum
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/imperial-war-museum-receives-generous-donation-from-billionaire-roman-abramovich

New museums

New V&A in the East of London
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/the-promise-of-v-and-a-east

Museum developments

How museums can fight climate change
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/fixes-for-flood-quake-and-sheer-popularity

Museum musings

Curating the Middle Ages
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/11/medieval-matters-curating-the-middle-ages-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/

UK Museums with WWI collections
https://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-first-world-war-museums-and-collections/

Dealing with museum fakes
https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/october/Unearthing-museum-fakes-critical-for-setting-the-historical-record-straight

Possibly not the way to deal with women’s history (or gunfounders)
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/06/national-trust-exhibition-margaret-armstrong-cragside-northumberland-covering-up-artworks-men

Conservation corner

Fascinating piece on conservation - and history - of medieval retable
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/beheading-of-saints-just-the-start-of-medieval-altarpiece-s-tribulations

Conserving a 16th century Spanish breastplate from shipwreck
https://eu.pnj.com/story/news/local/2018/10/31/uwf-archaeologists-make-new-emanuel-point-artifact-discoveries/1818306002/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7114-181101-florida-spanish-breastplate

Objects

Illustrated feature on Japanese arms and armour
https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-technology/japanese-weapons-0010921

Horse-related artefacts at Fyvie Castle
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/horsing-around

Portrait of Scottish officer acquired by Williamsburg
http://artdaily.com/news/109004/Rare-Revolutionary-War-portrait-acquired-by-the-Colonial-Williamsburg-Foundation#.W-VY6DGNx9A

Artefacts at Fort Ticonderoga
https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fort-Ticonderoga-shows-Revolutionary-artifacts-13360842.php

Edward Burne-Jones in close-up
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/02/edward-burne-jones-love-among-the-ruins

Exhibitions

Planning Leonardo 2019 in Italy
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uffizi-launches-leonardo-da-vinci-500th-celebrations-across-italy

Assyrians in London
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/assyrian-warrior-king-rides-into-town-with-his-library-in-tow

Lotto in London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/01/lorenzo-lotto-portraits-review-national-gallery-london

Romanovs in London
http://artdaily.com/news/109070/New-exhibition-explores-relationship-between-British-and-Russian-royal-dynasties-#.W-08qTGNx9A

VCs in Leeds
https://royalarmouries.org/event/victoria-crosses/

After the War in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/actualites/a-lest-la-guerre-sans-fin-1918-1923.html

Chinese Empresses at the Peabody Essex
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/unlocking-the-secrets-of-china-s-qing-dynasty-empresses

Books

David Graci: The Ames Foundry and Their Statues
https://www.thereminder.com/localnews/chicopee/david-graci-publishes-book-on-ames-foundry/

Ann Demeester: Frans Hals Museum
http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=new-titles&subcategory=&id=3910

Lot of new publications coming out of the Royal Armouries
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications-en.html

This month from Osprey
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month

Online book

Historic England Research
https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/research/introduction-issue-10/

Popular culture

When times are tough, we’ll always have Robin Hood….
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4532826/?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=dd21a7a1-19ff-41b4-a46f-6578a9171541&pf_rd_r=BQPJ23P7AV3KYKA36A4M&pf_rd_s=right-8&pf_rd_t=15061&pf_rd_i=homepage&ref_=hm_cs_t1

Comparing medieval Scottish history movies
https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/movies/a25018061/outlaw-king-braveheart/

How a film on Robert the Bruce boosts visitor figures to historic properties
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/lights-camera-fact-ion

Break-dancing in armour…
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/nyregion/subway-dancers-metropolitan-museum-art.html

The Black Prince by Adam Roberts - comic novel:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/17/the-black-prince-by-adam-roberts-review

Feature on Roger Fenton’s photography and its inspiration today
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/subtly-subversive-a-victorian-pioneer-s-images-of-war

BBC’s radio WWI dramas
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/nov/16/home-front-and-tommies-epic-radio-dramas-of-the-first-world-war

Wes Anderson let loose on Vienna’s museums
http://artdaily.com/news/108999/Wes-Anderson-presents-box-of--treasures--from-Viennese-vaults#.W-VYOjGNx9A

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

Feature on Murphy auctions
https://www.guns.com/news/2018/11/14/morphy-auctions-sets-sights-on-fresh-gun-collections

Preview for Thomas Delmar Sale
http://artdaily.com/news/109133/Auction-of-antique-arms---armour-includes-an-eclectic-range-of-rare-and-important-items#.W-07lTGNx9A

21 Nov 2018 London
Medals, Bonds, Banknotes and Coins
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24642/

28 Nov 2018 London
The Richard Garrett Collection of Antique Firearms
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25247/

29 Nov 2018 London
Antique Arms and Armour and Modern Sporting Guns
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24660/

5th December 2018 London
Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/Catalogues/as051218/index.html

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Sowrds, 100 Years’ war in comics, & visiting Mongolia
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/11/fiore-dei-liberi-master-sword/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/11/graphic-novel-depictions-medieval-mobility-exchange-hundred-years-war/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/11/the-look-of-medieval-ethnography-william-of-rubrucks-mission-to-mongolia/

Focus on the end of WWI
http://blog.nationalmuseum.ch/en/2018/11/swiss-history-social-tensions-divide-the-country/
http://blog.nationalmuseum.ch/en/2018/11/switzerland-a-safe-haven-for-pacifists/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-46098878
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/world/europe/armistice-day-100th-anniversary-photos.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/science/chemical-weapons-world-war-1-armistice.html

Finally

This fortnight I will be tweeting churches in Hampshire
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 18 November 2018

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