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The Basiliscoe Mercury 311

The Basiliscoe Mercury 311

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Lots of interesting items this week, from DNA testing of the Mary Rose’s crew, work on the early artillery collections of Lisbon, and a plethora of naval stories. And the days are stretching out, too!

Arms and armour in the news

Battles, towers and forts

Warfare in Minoan Crete explored
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34666-archaeological-evidence-shows-minoans-used-violence-and-prepared-for-war.html

Update on recent work on Hadrian’s Wall
https://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/new-report-looks-at-impact-of-hadrian-s-wall-1-9638512

Popular feature on Hannibal
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/hannibal/
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Hunting round the world and through the ages

Rabbit hunting for Neanderthals
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hominids-hunt-rabbits-stone-age

Grave stories

Lots of coverage of the Mary Rose’s crew DNA investigation and its results
https://museumcrush.org/science-uncovers-diverse-crew-of-mary-rose/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/14/mary-rose-crew-might-have-included-sailors-african-heritage

Soldier’s graveyard from Revolutionary New York state
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/nyregion/lake-george-bones-found.html

Facial recognition software to identify Civil War soldiers – no pictures….
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190227155756.htm

Uncovering a WW2 mass grave in Belarus
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nazi-era-mass-grave-found-former-jewish-ghetto-belarus-180971587/

Calling in the fashion police…
https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/mar/03/underwear-dates-well-how-fashion-forensics-are-helping-solve-crimes

Arrow-slits and gun-loops

Blairfindy castle re-opens
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1690244/moray-castle-closed-to-the-public-for-more-than-15-years-to-re-open-as-a-tourist-attraction/?utm_source=twitter

Update on work on early Jamestown
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/gpr-technology-aids-in-uncovering-early-jamestown-features-and-burial/

Leith’s Napoleonic defences uncovered
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/napoleonic-war-defences-discovered-beneath-site-of-new-leith-waterfront-development-1-4882200

Going underground at Fort Alcatraz
https://www.theengineer.co.uk/alcatraz-non-destructive-archaeology/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Another wrought-iron gun found in the fortifications at Hull
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/archaeologists-find-in-yorkshire-could-be-king-henry-viii-s-cannon-1-9623402

Long wrought-iron piece at Culemborg, Netherlands moved to the Dutch Army Museum
https://www.omroepgelderland.nl/nieuws/2400433/Eeuwenoud-kanon-vertrekt-uit-Culemborg
https://www.rtvutrecht.nl/nieuws/1885195/bijzonder-kanon-van-culemborg-naar-nationaal-militair-museum.html

Civil War round shot found in Castle Cornet, Guernsey https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-47481717

The intriguing story of Washington’s Long Tom - and a nice photo!
https://thehillishome.com/2019/03/lost-capitol-hill-long-tom/

Sri Lanka wants their cannon back
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/Mar12_1552407410CH.php

The rather sad state of Colombo’s dilapidated forts and cannon
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/03/17/spectrum/colombo%E2%80%99s-fortified-historic-reflections

Living in the past

Romans in Baltimore
https://thegreyhound.org/site/2019/02/28/the-classics-department-hosts-the-roman-soldier-as-living-history-lecture/

A knight in Brooklyn
https://nypost.com/2019/03/11/modern-day-knight-on-his-life-in-armor-it-makes-you-tougher/

The swords behind the Iron Throne
https://winteriscoming.net/2019/03/12/game-of-thrones-weapons-master-tommy-dunne-iconic-blades/

Miscellany

Neville’s Cross battlefield under threat from bypass
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/04/battlefield-will-desecrated-plans-new-bypass-campaigners-say/

Well, sword-folk, what do we think of the new Caravaggio?
http://artdaily.com/news/111698/-Lost-Caravaggio--unveiled-before--170-mn-auction#.XHj26zFCd9A

Glencoe’s story
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/uncovering-the-story-of-glencoe

Princesses and Amazons

More on the Viking women warriors
https://www.historyextra.com/period/viking/birka-warrior-woman-vikings-female-argument-judith-jesch/

Mary Queen of scots for the #metoo generation
https://theconversation.com/mary-queen-of-scots-is-newly-relevant-in-the-age-of-metoo-111604

And Chaucer for the #metoo generation, too…
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/19/geoffrey-chaucer-teenage-female-biographer-marion-turner

Nautical news

Viking ship burial found in North Iceland
https://www.histecho.com/researchers-come-across-multiple-viking-ship-burials-in-north-iceland/

Long, illustrated piece on an exhibition at The Vietnam National Museum of History on underwater archaeology
https://borneobulletin.com.bn/underwater-archaeology-leads-way-to-old-civilisations/

Spanish survey of the shipwrecks of the old Spanish empire
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/01/spain-logs-shipwrecks-maritime-past-weather-pirates

Anchor recovery sparks Royal Merchant fever
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/must-reads/fears-of-dangerous-gold-rush-after-anchor-found-of-shipwreck-carrying-1-5bn-of-treasure/04/03/

Finds including Cup from the Palmwood wreck off Texel go on show
http://artdaily.com/news/111936/Gilt-silver-cup-from-the-Palmwood-wreck-on-view-at-Museum-Kaap-Skil#.XI9eoTFCd9A
https://www.kaapskil.nl/en/discover/expositions/archeology-under-water/

And thanks to Nico Brinck for alerting me to this video on the subject
https://vimeo.com/322071984

Swedish EICo ship lost off Shetland gains protection
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/dead-kings-and-queen-and-where-to-find-them

New pictures from the San Jose
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/07/album/1551979176_069278.html#foto_gal_5
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/08/actualidad/1552046266_028162.html

Short feature on HMS Sirius and her loss
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/why-the-sinking-of-the-hms-sirius-was-the-most-devastating-shipwreck-in-australian-history/news-story/34295bd1fc4162c0f706e7556c91f06d

USS Wasp found in Coral Sea
https://www.geekwire.com/2019/paul-allens-petrel-research-ship-finds-uss-wasps-wwii-odyssey-ended/

Italian light cruiser Giovanni Delle Bande Nere sunk in 1942 located
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/11/wreck-italian-warship-sunk-british-submarine-discovered-seabed/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Money for curators in the UK for research projects
http://artdaily.com/news/111917/Museum-curators-receive--pound-200-000-to-boost-research-through-Headley-Fellowships-with-Art-Fund#.XITW9jFCd9A

While Leicester removes all museum curators
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/13/curator-cuts-at-leicester-museums-criticised-as-disastrous

The British Museum in WWI
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/05/the-british-museum-in-wartime-archive-1921

RAF Museum wins a trio of prizes
http://artdaily.com/news/112158/Hat-trick-of-awards-for-Royal-Air-Force-Museum#.XJH48jFCd9A

New museums

Feature on the new museum at Agincourt
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47427608

Painted Hall re-opens in Greenwich
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/days-beds-in-re-opened-painted-hall-let-visitors-lie-back-and-think-of-nelson

Museum developments

UK Industrial museums to visit
https://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-industrial-museums/

New thoughts on exhibition design
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/exhibition-design-the-art-of-seeking-attention

RAF Museum allows you to bust dams, virtually
http://artdaily.com/news/112061/The-Royal-Air-Force-Museum-launches-new-Dambusters-Virtual-Reality-Experience#.XI9dKDFCd9A

Museum musings

UK’s National Army Museum returns hair of king of Ethiopia
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/04/uk-museum-agrees-to-return-ethiopian-emperors-hair

Dutch museums start discussions on repatriation of colonial objects
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/dutch-museums-take-initiative-to-repatriate-colonial-era-artefacts

Conservation corner

Moving art
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/21/how-to-move-a-masterpiece-secret-business-shipping-priceless-artworks-art-handling

Objects

Colonial Williamsburg acquire portrait of Captain Richard Bayly by Joseph Wright of Derby
http://artdaily.com/news/111816/Portrait-of-British-military-Officer-who-fought-in-America-acquired-by-Colonial-WIlliamsburg#.XH-M9TFCd9A

1818 London panorama goes on display
http://artdaily.com/news/112029/Recently-acquired-panorama-goes-on-display-for-the-first-time-at-the-Museum-of-London#.XI9kUDFCd9A

Search your attics - you may have treasures of Tipu Sultan, worth millions….
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/tipu-sultan-0011600

Exhibitions

Dundee doctor’s collection of Asian artefacts
https://museumcrush.org/a-victorian-dundee-doctor-and-his-treasures-of-the-east/

Verrocchio in Florence
http://artdaily.com/news/111943/Exhibition-celebrates-Andrea-del-Verrocchio-and-his-most-famous-pupil--Leonardo-#.XI9doDFCd9A

Jodhpur’s treasures in Toronto
http://artdaily.com/news/111968/Six-centuries-of-Indian-history-brought-to-life-at-the-Royal-Ontario-Museum-#.XI9imTFCd9A
https://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/rajasthan

Raffles and his collections in Singapore
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/founder-singapore-brit-his-name-raffles-adventure-imperialist-19th-century-exhibit-1259

Books

Neil Melville: The Two-Handed Sword: History, Design and Use
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Two-Handed-Sword-Hardback/p/15316

Keith Dowen: Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/arms-and-armour-series/arms-and-armour-of-the-english-civil-wars.html

Martin Pegler: Sniping Rifles on the Eastern Front 1939–45
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/sniping-rifles-on-the-eastern-front-1939-45

The National Museum, Sultanate of Oman: The Building and Collections
https://www.scalapublishers.com/the-national-museum-sultanate-of-oman-2/

Aidan Dodson: British Royal Tombs
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/dead-kings-and-queen-and-where-to-find-them

Online books
Estela Marisa de Matos Marzia: Inventário da artilharia histórica dos séculos XIV a XVI do Museu Militar de Lisboa: bases para uma proposta de salvaguarda e valorização https://dspace.uevora.pt/rdpc/handle/10174/11735?fbclid=IwAR124Wpb8QOWqmQfsErXX5sZ8gnz7OxxhDzWSkMdX238fmz2ow10tCODiRQ

Ed. Katy Bell: Bridging the Gap in Maritime Archaeology: Working with Professional and Public Communities
https://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/download.asp?id={99D201F4-CA06-429F-AEEB-8278D8959B97}

Popular culture

Henry Moore and his helmet inspiration
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/03/henry-moore-helmet-heads-go-on-show-together-for-first-time-wallace-collection

A future for Whitechapel foundry
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/03/whitechapel-bell-foundry-plans-royal-college-of-pathologists

Events

Diary Dates

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

Conferences

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)
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

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

Guns for sale
http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/03/holts-auctioneers-announce-upcoming-auction-rare-guns/

Websites and downloads

Museo del Ejército, Toledo
http://www.museo.ejercito.es/

Hudson Bay Company records being digitalized
https://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2019/03/hudsons-bay-company-archives-records.html
https://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/

Trattati di architettura ingegneria e arte militare
https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3443389

1066 etc: Crusaders, knights and their daughters, and King Alfred
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/dragomans-and-crusaders-the-role-of-translators-and-translation-in-the-medieval-eastern-mediterranean-1098-1291/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/i-wanted-to-make-them-a-little-book-the-knight-and-the-book-for-his-daughters/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/king-alfred-mercia-and-london-874-86-a-reassessment/

Finally From Brian Godwin, one of the guest curators for exhibition at the BRLSI Bath 29 March - 28 September 2019.
This includes some of the weapons from the Museum’s collection and among the firearms is a rare Colt Navy and an early pair of percussion pistols.

"The weapons I have chosen are fall into 4 main themes: material, decoration, craftsmanship and technology, all of which excite me about the subject. From the earliest times humans made weapons out of simple natural, materials such as wood, stone and bone, to both hunt and to defend themselves. The discovery of metal working led to more sophisticated weapons – swords, armour, and firearms. Each of these weapons demonstrates one or more of these themes, some seemingly quite simple, but all highly crafted and the result of human skill and ingenuity."
https://www.brlsi.org/

This fortnight I will be tweeting pictures from Spain
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 22 March 2019

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