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The Basiliscoe Mercury 308

The Basiliscoe Mercury 308

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Rather a quiet period after Christmas, but still some interesting snippets: medieval sword in a cellar, mammoths in Poland, re-enacting in China and Mary Queen of Scots.

Ancient arms

Hoard of Bronze Age axes and hammers found in Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/09/europes-largest-hoard-of-copper-age-axes-ax-hammers-discovered-in-northeast-bulgaria/

Medieval copper site found in Jordan
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7301-190114-jordan-ayyubid-site
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Hunting mammoths in Poland
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32358%2Ckrakow-first-evidence-europe-man-was-hunting-mammoths-discovered.html

And hunting dogs in ancient Jordan
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoc--1ab011519.php

Salmon fishing in ancient Artic
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/University-of-Haifa-researchers-identify-5600-year-old-Scandinavian-salmon-577612

Horses rather than mares buried in pagan Viking tombs
https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/culture_and_living/2019/01/07/horses_rather_than_mares_were_buried_with_icelandic/

Grave stories

Iron Age warrior grave found in Iran
https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/grave-belonging-to-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-northern-iran/

The mystery of the decapitated skeletons in Suffolk
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-whole-bunch-of-decapitated-roman-era-skeletons-have-been-unearthed-in-england

Captain Matthew Flinders found under a railway station
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/25/grave-of-matthew-flinders-discovered-after-200-years-under-london-station
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Medieval Miscellany

This month’s sword: in a cellar in Lviv
http://micetimes.asia/in-the-dungeon-of-lviv-found-a-medieval-sword/

Medieval siege weapons
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/virtual-prototyping-of-medieval-weapons-for-historical-reconstruction-of-siege-scenarios-starting-from-topography-and-archaeological-investigations/

Recent work on Slovak castles
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22020423/research-of-slovak-castles-brought-about-interesting-discoveries-a-new-castle-for-example.html

The Brussels tournament
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/the-town-the-duke-his-courtiers-and-their-tournament-a-spectacle-in-brussels-4-7-may-1439/

Forts and cannons

Royal cannon at the met
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metcollects/cannon?fbclid=IwAR0NLz7lHawDNSSUHyS7anbwsUBOX58whV7RtgcuGIBVjM9aDcDtHfbPvtw

New future for Fort George?
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/1660080/revealed-fort-george-could-become-quangos-new-national-hq/

Restoring a Krupp gun in South Africa
https://northernnatalcourier.co.za/92403/restoring-history-dundee-can/

Living in the past in China

Chinese re-enactment on the rise
https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003474/knights-in-ancient-armor-fight-to-save-chinese-culture

Recreating the Summer palace, Beijing
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2181613/beijings-old-summer-palace-computer-modelling

Café Basiliscoe

The world’s oldest clove
http://theconversation.com/worlds-oldest-clove-heres-what-our-find-in-sri-lanka-says-about-the-early-spice-trade-109686

Ancient chocolate of the Incas
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/325-1901/trenches/7219-trenches-ecuador-cacao-seeds

110 year old Antarctic beer
http://artdaily.com/news/110500/Shackleton-s-111-year-old-beer-barrel-returns-to-Antarctic-hut#.XDsDuDFCd9A

Medieval recipes
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/haggis-oyster-stew-medieval-recipes/

Miscellany

Interesting illustrated feature on the Ripley Scroll
https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4822-ripley-scroll

Ancient guns, swords found at Barabanki excavation
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/258912799/ancient-guns-swords-found-at-barabanki-excavation
https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/ancient-guns-swords-found-at-barabanki-excavation-119010900944_1.html
https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/uttar-pradesh-ancient-guns-swordhttps://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/barabanki-ancient-guns-and-swords-found-during-excavations-at-barabanki-18832599.htmls-found-at-barabanki-excavation/1433210

Surprising haul of guns and grenades from the Nene
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/environment/incredible-haul-of-antique-weapon-including-a-cache-of-unexploded-grenades-recovered-from-river-nene-near-peterborough-1-8779317

Princesses and Amazons

Mary Queen of scots goes to Falkland palace
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/mary-queen-of-scots-visit-to-falkland-palace

And a brief introduction to her life
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/mary-queen-of-scots

Nautical news

latest news from Florida
https://eu.floridatoday.com/story/news/2019/01/22/treasure-hunter-discovers-possible-ancient-artifact-near-melbourne-beach/2575075002/

Ottoman era cannon discovered off Algeria
https://allafrica.com/stories/201901200030.html

Wreck belonging to the Tokugawa clan found off Japan
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/japanese-shipwreck-0011326

Latest on the Hunley’s loss
http://walterborolive.com/2019/01/researchers-discover-new-clue-that-may-help-explain-hunleys-loss/

Slightly spooky take of the WWI U-boat, re-merging from the sea off Calais
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846988

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Future of Greece’s monuments and museums still under threat
http://www.ekathimerini.com/236778/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-seek-rescue-of-monuments-from-fund
https://newschannel20.com/news/nation-world/greece-removes-ancient-sites-museums-from-development-list

Imperial War museum hands over human remains for burial
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/10/six-unidentified-holocaust-victims-to-be-given-jewish-funeral

New Museums

RAF museum opens at Biggin Hill
https://museumcrush.org/biggin-hill-memorial-museum-opens-to-remember-the-few-and-the-many/

Cultural figures criticise new glass and steel wing planned for Ferrara
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/palazzo-dei-diamanti-extension

Museum Musings-

Statues- so 2018- it’s all walls now…
https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/730322/our-view-history-shows-that-walls-work

Museums are good for you- but we all knew that anyway!
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/20/art-fund-young-people-de-stress-with-respite-at-galleries

Conservation corner

Dulle Griet the painting back on display in Antwerp
http://artdaily.com/news/110736/Pieter-Bruegel-the-Elder-s-Mad-Meg-is-back-home-at-the-Mayer-van-den-Bergh-Museum#.XEbe9jFCd9A

Conserving Tutankhamen’s tomb
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-wraps-up-conservation-effort-at-king-tutankhamen-s-tomb

Objects

US museum gets its stolen powder horn back, after 60+ years…
https://www.foxnews.com/science/revolutionary-war-powder-horn-returned-to-museum-it-was-stolen-from-in-1952

British trade musket donated to Tippecanoe County Historical Association
https://eu.jconline.com/story/news/local/lafayette/2019/01/18/rare-musket-lafayette-battle-tippecanoe-era/2592670002/

Ireland gets its Ivy Patch gun back
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2019/1/15/the-ivy-patch-gun/

Before the AK-47
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/introducing-mosin-rifle-ancient-russian-gun-just-wont-stop-shooting-42127

Exhibitions

Carronades in Falkirk
Falkirk folk are made of tough stuff as new exhibition proves! https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/whats-on/falkirk-folk-are-made-of-tough-stuff-as-new-exhibition-proves-1-4861884

Exhibitions at the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions

Books

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

David Bates: 1066 in Perspective
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications-en/1066-in-perspective.html

Natasha Bennett: Chinese Arms and Armour
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications-en/chinese-arms-and-armour.html

National Museums of Scotland books
https://shop.nms.ac.uk/collections/books-military-aviation

Online Book

Scott A. McLaughlin: Resume of a Seventeenth-Century Top-Secret Weapon:
The Story of the Mount Independence Cannon
https://www.vtarchaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/v4_ch1_reduced.pdf

ICOMAM MAGAZINE 20
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

Popular Culture

The bear that went to war: a true story- and a happy ending!
http://artdaily.com/news/110520/Animated-film-to-spotlight-bear-that-served-in-WWII#.XDxEnTFCd9A

Mail-making as a modern business
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/01/21/what-medieval-knights-small-minn-town-have-in-common

Events

Diary Dates

19 – 22 April jousting Leeds
https://royalarmouries.org/event/international-jousting-tournament-2019/

Conferences

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

6 -7 May, 2019 Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia
Hobart Whaling Conference 2019
https://www.whalingconference.org/

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

17-18 May 2019 London
Trial by Fire conference
https://www.trialbyfireteam.com/submit-an-abstract

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions: Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea
https://www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/annual-conference

September 2019 Kyoto
ICOMAM 2019 Conference, Kyoto (Japan)
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

2 March 2019 Olympia, London -
The Fourth Antique Arms Fair Incorporating the Park Lane Arms
http://antiquearmsfair.com

14 – 15 March 2019
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en

Wallis and Wallis dates for 2019
http://www.wallisandwallis.co.uk/auction-dates-2019/

Thomas Delmar dates for 2019
25 June & 4 December 2019
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Websites and Downloads

Les Invalides
https://www.musee-armee.fr/accueil.html

1066 etc: Crusades, William rufus& death of Orleans
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/the-crusades-with-andrew-latham/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/the-nightmare-and-the-accident-how-king-william-rufus-died/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/the-great-western-schism-legitimacy-and-tyrannicide-the-murder-of-louis-of-orleans-1407/

Finally
This fortnight I tweeted pictures of Tilbury Fort
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2019

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