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The Basiliscoe Mercury 307

The Basiliscoe Mercury 307

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Happy New Year! Only the first week of 2019 and we already have the first sword discovery. A tip-top newsletter stuffed with fascinating items from around the world, - horses in Ancient Rome, Enfield rifles from Canada, trebuchet stones from Scotland and a Napoleonic solder in Kalingrad.

Ancient arms & forts

It was a mace head all the time…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-goes-belly-up

This week’s sword - from Benalí Castle in Spain
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/medieval-sword-0011229

6th century BC Persian camp identified in Israel?
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-may-have-found-2-500-year-old-persian-military-base-in-northern-israe-1.6765220

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Beasts of assorted varieties…

War elephants of the Pharaohs
https://www.livescience.com/64407-ancient-egypt-fortress-war-elephants.html

Grizzly story of the discovery of an officer’s stables in Pompeii, complete with horses
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/23/archaeologists-find-remains-of-horses-in-ancient-pompeii-stable

DNA and Icelandic ponies
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/viking-horses-burials-iceland-1.4966126

Medieval fishing baskets found in Monmouthshire
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46730571

Grave stories

Murder in the Bronze Age
https://www.dw.com/en/bronze-age-regicide-german-forensics-team-say-prince-of-helmsdorf-was-murdered/a-46793673

Fascinating study of an 1812 soldier from Kalingrad
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/12/28/this-napoleonic-soldier-survived-for-two-months-with-horrific-facial-wound-following-1812-battle/#1e169b4814fc

Through the arrow-slit . . .

More bits of the Great Wall of China found
https://gbtimes.com/archaeologists-find-new-great-wall-relic-in-north-china

Trebuchet ball found in Edinburgh Castle
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2018/12/29/discovery-of-13th-century-catapult-ball-sheds-light-on-edinburgh-castle-siege/

A blogger’s visit to Bannockburn
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/banish-boredom-at-bannockburn

Forts, cannons and battlefields Through the gunloop…

Details of the recent discoveries in Quebec
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-dig-reveals-some-of-quebec-citys-archaeological-secrets-but-location/

Rhode Island’s cannon
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190101/cannon-in-19-gun-salute-was-made-by-paul-revere

5 forts at Bengaluru
https://newsable.asianetnews.com/life/5-forts-that-will-tell-you-the-real-story-about-bengaluru-pkrfgl

Living in the past

Jason Kingsley: trustee at the Royal Armouries, living by the Chivalric code
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/dec/29/im-a-knight-and-i-live-by-the-chivalric-code

Café Basiliscoe

Fascinating discovery of a commercial ice house in London
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/28/chilling-discovery-archaeologists-uncover-lost-ice-house-under-london-street

There’s a gingerbread museum…
http://artdaily.com/news/110146/Torun-gingerbread--the-ancient-luxury-with-a-secret-recipe

Into the 20th century

Some WWI Christmas cards, delivered a little late..
https://museumcrush.org/first-world-war-christmas-cards-show-stiff-upper-lip-and-dark-humour-of-serving-soldiers/

Nautical news

More on the Schiedam lost off Cornwall, 1684
http://en.brinkwire.com/technology/divers-find-rare-pieces-of-preserved-timber-on-the-shipwreck-of-the-lost-hms-schiedam/
https://www.livescience.com/64395-sunken-17th-century-pirate-ship-discovered.html

Plane propeller dragged up in fishing nets off Plymouth - sparks mystery!
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/remains-suspected-german-fighter-aircraft-2399911
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6kTUsTUoZo&feature=youtu.be

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Smithsonian Museums close in government shut down
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/04012019-smithsonian-closure-government-shutdown

Visitor figures in Paris and New York for 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/03/beyonce-jay-z-help-louvre-museum-break-visitor-record

Interview with the director of the Prado
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/the-reinvention-of-the-prado

Italy and France indulge in Leonardo wars
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/voltafaccia-on-leonardo-loans-to-louvre

Henry Moore, the Wallace collection and helmets
https://www.wallacecollection.org/henry-moore/

New museums

Most anticipated museum openings of 2019
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/the-year-ahead-2019-new-museums

Rijksmuseum Shiphol to re-open - giving pleasure to air-passengers
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/after-year-long-rain-check-rijksmuseum-schiphol-prepares-to-reopen

New museum "L'envol des pionniers" (The Flight of the Pioneers) in Toulouse. http://artdaily.com/news/110181/Toulouse-opens-museum-dedicated-to-the-pioneers-of-flight#.XCdStTFCd9A

New Viking display at Copenhagen
https://en.natmus.dk/museums-and-palaces/the-national-museum-of-denmark/exhibitions/danish-prehistory/meet-the-vikings/

Museum musings

A chance to laugh at archaeologists - because museum curators never make mistakes…
https://www.dw.com/en/a-crown-or-a-bucket-when-archaeologists-make-mistakes/a-46807172

Still talking about repatriation
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/calls-for-post-colonial-restitution-grow-but-is-it-legal

Conservation corner

A really fascinating story about a crate of Enfield rifles found off Newfoundland and its treatment!
http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/01/02/history-recovered-from-the-sea-19th-century-rifles/

Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment : http://theartnewspaper.com/news/restoration-for-early-renaissance-pulpit-will-get-the-big-screen-treatment

Gunpowder art and its problems….
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/cai-guo-qiang-s-explosive-art-preserved-for-the-ages

Objects

Light-hearted quiz on side arms
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/what-off-hand-weapon-would-you-use-with-your-sword/

Round up of recent expensive weapons at sales
http://micetimes.asia/the-worlds-most-expensive-medieval-weapons-photo/

Exhibitions

Skating at Newmarket
http://artdaily.com/news/108198/Skating-is-theme-of-exhibition-at-the-National-Heritage-Centre-for-Horseracing-and-Sporting-Art#.XCdR8jFCd9A

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

Teesdale in WW1 in Bowes Museum
https://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/Exhibitions/2018/To-Serve-King-and-Country-Exploring-The-Role-of-Teesdale-In-The-First-World-War

Theodoor van Loon at Brussels
http://artdaily.com/news/110342/Exhibition-on-Theodoor-van-Loon-s-work-highlights-his-exceptional-talent#.XDHKbDFCd9A

Exhibitions at Brussels
http://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/en/content/current-exhibitions

Genghis Khan at Aarhus
http://artdaily.com/news/110344/Exhibition-tells-the-fascinating-story-of-Genghis-Khan#.XDHJfzFCd9A

North Indian courtly paintings at the Met
http://artdaily.com/news/110153/The-Met-opens-an-exhibition-focusing-on-early-painting-styles-that-emerged-in-the-Pahari-courts-of-North-India#.XCdT7TFCd9A

Books

Gareth Williams: Weapons of the Viking Warrior
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/weapons-of-the-viking-warrior

Das Schwert – Gestalt und Gedanke / The Sword – Form and Thought second edition.
https://shop.histofakt.de/product_info.php?products_id=64&MODsid=0v1e8b0h1t0go1nvtdpdral7e7

Trevor J Parker: An Illustrated Technical Guide to British WWI Fuzes
http://www.basiliscoe.com/id2.html

Online Books

Brad Kirkland : “Now thrive the Armourers”: The Development of the Armourers’ Crafts and the Forging of Fourteenth-century London
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/now-thrive-the-armourers-the-development-of-the-armourers-crafts-and-the-forging-of-fourteenth-century-london/

Concrete Sound Mirror Cinque Ports Training Area, Hythe, Kent
https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/sites/default/files/2019-01/59340_Concrete%20Sound%20Mirror%2C%20Cinque%20Ports%20Training%20Area%2C%20Hythe%2C%20Kent.pdf

Popular culture

Robin Hood on film
https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/robin-hood-legacy-taron-egerton-film-real-history-historical-accuracy/

Modern music inspired by the Armistice
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/06/field-music-gigs-first-world-war-ended-sound-ranging-guns-silent

Photographing WW2 concrete blocks
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-46348917

Events

Conferences

23 February 2019 Hindlip Hall
OrdCon conference
https://www.facebook.com/ORDCON/

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/

Calls for papers

September 2019 Kyoto
ICOMAM 2019 Conference, Kyoto (Japan)
Call for Papers
http://icom-kyoto-2019.org/data/images/ICOM2019_leaflet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1yUuzU74CjPT8E-Qdx4KsoD_htE1_BHGVouQhJSu4YRKPyN4D4N8ckh3o

Sales, fairs and auctions

News of recent Bonham’s sales
https://www.bonhams.com/press_release/27319/

Arms sale in Ohio
http://artdaily.com/news/110243/Milestone-to--present-arms--and-important-militaria-in-premier-January-19-auction#.XCx5tzFCd9A

Websites and downloads

Arms and Armor Department at the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/arms-and-armor

Latest from Military History Online
https://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/

National Museum of Japanese History
https://www.rekihaku.ac.jp/english/exhibitions/index.html

Wessex archaeology
https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/our-work#main-content

1066 etc: Women & Castles, the Black Prince & cattle and medieval coconuts
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/la-damoisele-del-chastel-womens-role-in-the-defence-and-functioning-of-castles-in-medieval-writing-from-the-twelfth-to-the-fourteenth-centuries/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/the-macclesfield-cattle-enterprise-of-edward-the-black-prince-and-why-it-failed-1354-to-1376/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/medieval-coconuts-with-kathleen-kennedy/

Finally

I tweeted the highlights of 2018
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 10 January 2019

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