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The Basiliscoe Mercury 309

The Basiliscoe Mercury 309

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A busy week, with a medieval sword from Denmark, war elephants, grenades in your crisp packet and war wagons. In addition, Leonardo and Rembrandt enjoy their anniversaries, and specially for Valentine’s Day ,the story of Joan of Leeds, a naughty nun in medieval York.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Smart hunting by Neanderthal’s
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-spears-hunt-targets-afar-180971357/

Bronze-age arrowhead found near Cork
https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/couple-find-4500-year-old-arrowhead-on-trail-in-cork-902634.html

Roman helmets coming up from the deeps
https://www.livescience.com/64734-underwater-rome-carthage-battle-artifacts.html

Chariot burial from Pembroke
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47072503

This week’s sword - from the streets of Aalbarg
https://www.thelocal.dk/20190206/danes-pull-medieval-sword-from-ground-in-aalborg-street

Battles, towers and forts

Ancient fortress reveals how prehistoric civilizations of Central Asia lived
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/arsc-afr010619.php

Money for old ramparts
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/31/iron-age-hillforts-west-country-england-rejuvenated-dorset-wiltshire

Beasts of assorted varieties…

War elephants
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tracing-the-invisible-war-elephants/articleshow/67769304.cms

Grave stories

Facial reconstruction of 1812 French soldier
https://www.livescience.com/64589-french-soldier-napoleon-war-digital-face.html

Facial reconstruction - all in one handy place
https://museumcrush.org/top-ten-historical-facial-reconstructions/

Through the gunloop…

A tour of historic Dubrovnik, including fortifications and gun foundry
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/33928-unesco-and-croatia

A new future for Capetown’s Amsterdam Battery
https://www.thenewspaper.co.za/dhk-architects-completes-urban-park-in-cape-town-that-references-historic-amsterda/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Hull’s Swedish Garibaldi cannon go for facelift and new carriages
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/historic-cannons-stood-hull-decades-2504911

Iron guns found in renovations at Fort Cornwallis
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/27/200-year-old-cannon-and-mortar-found-at-fort-cornwallis/

Restoration of some bollards, somewhere in Asia
https://abpmajha.abplive.in/videos/majha-impact-on-restoration-of-historic-guns-on-ground-631652

A walk round some of Guam’s guns
https://www.postguam.com/entertainment/lifestyle/a-double-dose-of-guam-history-firsthand-at-piti-guns/article_93ad5918-14ff-11e7-adaa-bf3bd689c1aa.html

Living in the past

Uphellya
http://artdaily.com/news/110950/Axes--armour--torches--Vikings-feast-on-Scottish-island#.XFlZ6jFCd9A

Knights of Sussex
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-sussex-46783290/fighting-as-a-medieval-knight-in-the-sussex-countryside

Reviewing Knight Fight
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/the-history-channels-knight-fight-how-historically-accurate-is-it/

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s menu

Diet of the Gladiators
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/what-did-gladiators-eat/

With Medieval Irish bread,
https://www.dublininquirer.com/2019/02/06/a-dublin-archeologist-tries-to-recreate-medieval-bread

Choice of Bronze Age Cambridge beer…
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/31/early-pint-evidence-of-first-british-beer-found-in-cambridgeshire

…or wine of the pharaohs
https://www.livescience.com/64613-ancient-winery-egypt.html

Glassware courtesy of Fyvie Castle
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/saucers-and-syllabub

Miscellany

Wagons o’War
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/01/wagenberg-war-wagons/

Humans can effect climate change - all you have to do is kill enough people…
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/01/world/european-colonization-climate-change-trnd/index.html

Tudor signet ring found in Shropshire
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2019/02/02/decorated-tudor-ring-found-in-shropshire-declared-treasure/

London’s Royal wardrobe and what happened to it
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-great-fire-of-london-destroyed-the-secret-wardrobe-that-held-400-years-of-royal-fashion

Sir Hiram Maxim’s pipe of peace
https://museumcrush.org/the-machine-gun-inventors-peace-offering/

Princesses and Amazons

Bollywood retelling of Rani’s fight against the British in the Indian Mutiny
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/25/ill-destroy-you-all-indian-historical-epic-star-critics-manikarnika

Newly discovered portrait of Mary Queen of Scots to go on show
https://museumcrush.org/mary-queen-of-scots-joins-the-impressive-cast-of-tudor-portraits-at-hever-castle/

Into the 20th century

How to make that bag of crisps go with a bang - just add a grenade…
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-47107609

Exploring Poland’s nuclear bunkers
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/archaeology-reveals-cold-war-nuclear-bunkers-poland/

When the mail was delivered by rocket…
https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/02/the-history-of-rocket-mail-backlog/?guccounter=1

Love in the munitions factory
https://museumcrush.org/the-devils-porridge-museum-uncovers-love-in-the-munitions-factory/

Nautical news

Crimean figurehead is listed
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/31/uk-lists-nymph-figurehead-from-crimean-warship

The search for Shackleton’s lost Endurance
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/27/antarctic-expedition-upbeat-about-hope-of-finding-shackletons-ship-endurance-weddell-sea
https://www.livescience.com/64608-shackleton-lost-ship-expedition.html

Has the Kaiser’s lost ship been found off Caithness?
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/kaisers-lost-battleship-divers-discover-13932613

WW2 wooden ship heads to Hartlepool for conservation
https://museumcrush.org/rare-wooden-wwii-warship-heads-into-dry-dock-for-conservation/

Hiei, 1st Japanese battleship sunk in WW2 discovered off Solomon Islands
https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a26238698/sunken-japanese-world-war-ii-battleship-solomon-islands/

Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uss-hornet-wreckage-world-war-two-warship-discovered/?fbclid=IwAR2FZ1HFGkz3uX6IfkLabDLdCRKVb19cDUpCwhB4YNDWVOHsyL1movKfSDs

Museum news and exhibitions

News

American museums re-open
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nea-smithsonainian-museums-and-national-gallery-of-art-to-reopen

Keeping our treasures, even if they are not all golden
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/01/golden-rule-plan-to-redefine-treasure-to-help-uk-museums-buy-finds

Sweden’s stolen crown jewels found?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/05/stolen-swedish-royal-treasure-may-have-been-found-police-say

The axe falls on UK’s local cultural policies
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/31012019-councils-slash-museum-budgets

New museums

Museums of Scotland finish makeover
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/whole-world-under-one-roof-is-revealed

Museum musings

This week’s walls
https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/history-shows-big-beautiful-border-walls-work-extremely-well/

Conservation corner

Using a modern scanner on the Black Prince’s shield
https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/whats-on/news/2019/02/05/shield-secrets-to-be-revealed/?platform=hootsuite

Dealing with moths in historic environments
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/mothbusters-at-newhailes

Fascinating piece on a 17th century painting in Paris of an embassy to Jerusalem
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/fashion/the-treasure-behind-the-wall.html

Objects

Vigée Le Brun’s Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan - nice weapons http://artdaily.com/news/110969/Auction-record-for-any-female-artist-of-the-pre-modern-era-achieved-at-Sotheby-s-New-York#.XFlYtTFCd9A

What turns up in Rotterdam’s gun amnesty
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/02/rotterdam-weapons-amnesty-nets-guns-and-a-samurai-sword/

Exhibitions

Leonardo across the UK- including Leeds…
https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/leonardo-da-vinci-a-life-in-drawing-0?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3JW4z_K14AIVwinTCh3l-gJUEAAYASAAEgLtt_D_BwE

Rembrandt exhibitions round the globe
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/rembrandt-the-big-shows

Reviews of the Stibbert exhibition in The Ringling
https://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20190201/art-review-knights-to-remember-at-ringling
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2019-02-01/10013_Inside-the-Armor-Knights-at-The-Ringling

Medieval Africa in Illinois
http://artdaily.com/news/110836/Medieval-Africa-as-a-cultural-force-is-subject-of-major-exhibition-at-Block-Museum-#.XE10_zFCd9A

Books

Mike Loades: War Bows; Longbow, crossbow, composite bow and Japanese yumi
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/war-bows

Benjamin Wardhaugh: Gunpowder and Geometry: The Life of Charles Hutton, Pit Boy, Mathematician and Scientific Rebel
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00443-z

Online Books

Companion of American WWI battlefields
https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ABMC_WWI%20Battlefield%20Companion%20Book_20180904.pdf

Ed. Jeremy Green: Shipwrecks of Ningaloo reef.
http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/sites/default/files/no._14_shipwrecks_of_ningaloo_reef.pdf

Popular culture - mainly Arthurian

Something for the little ones I suspect, Young Arthur
https://www.iol.co.za/entertainment/tv/louis-ashbourne-serkis-has-acting-in-his-blood-19155183

Piece on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/connecticut-yankee-king-arthurs-court-mark-twain/

Lost Merlin manuscript found in Bristol
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-47062919

Turner and Scott
https://museumcrush.org/turner-and-scott-the-myth-and-memories-of-the-painter-and-the-poet/

Events

Diary Dates

19 – 22 April jousting in Leeds - tickets the perfect valentine gift….
https://royalarmouries.org/event/international-jousting-tournament-2019/

Conferences

23 February 2019 Hindlip Hall
OrdCon conference
http://www.researchpress.co.uk/index.php/news/ordcon-2019

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

12-13 2019 September 12-13, 2019 Paris
Craftsmen and metalworking in medieval cities: 35 years later
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/call-for-papers-craftsmen-and-metalworking-in-medieval-cities-35-years-later/

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

Sales, fairs and auctions

News from Hermann Historica GmbH
http://artdaily.com/news/110977/Distinguished-mementos-from-ruling-houses-highlight-78th-Auction-of-Hermann-Historica-GmbH#.XFlZGTFCd9A

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 del Mar dates for 2019
25 June & 4 December 2019
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Northern crusades, Mongols and medieval Norway
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/northern-crusades-penitential-war/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/mongols-byzantines-bulgarians-golden-horde/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/how-todays-wars-are-similar-to-the-medieval-wars-in-scandinavia/

Finally - Joan of Leeds, who ran away from the nunnery to find lust
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/the-medieval-nun-who-faked-her-own-death/

This fortnight I will be tweeting pictures from Cornwall & Devon - castles, gunloops and cannon…
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 12 February 2019

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