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The Basiliscoe Mercury 312

The Basiliscoe Mercury 312

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

A shorter, later Bazzy, due to travelling in recent weeks. But there are some Spanish medieval swords, 17th century fortifications from Hull, India and Sri Lanka, a whole saga of the missing Pembroke cannon and some interesting online publications.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Investigating a Bronze Age hoard
https://museumcrush.org/saving-a-rare-south-west-hoard-of-ritually-killed-bronze-age-treasures/

Impressive Trajan statue found in Turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-roman-emperor-statue-revealed-in-denizli-142263

Interesting research into swords in graves
https://www.miragenews.com/killing-legend-of-buried-viking-swords/
http://clok.uclan.ac.uk/26287/?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

Recreating a medieval sword in Spain in 3D
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7506-190328-nasrid-sword-photogrammetry

Battles, towers and forts

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall, on the back of Game of Thrones
https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/hadrians-wall-romans-facts-archaeology-tourism-game-of-thrones-jon-snow-watcher-english-heritage/

Interpreting Wallsend
https://museumcrush.org/how-segedunum-defended-the-north-eastern-tip-of-hadrians-wall/
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Through the gunloop…

Update on Hull’s excavations
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hulls-secret-past-unearthed-ancient-2696896

Exploring another Dutch fort
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/03/24/spectrum/dutch-fort-amidst-14-islands

Interesting piece about Serampore
https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/69446/a-trip-exploring-the-danish-legacy-of-serampore-west-bengal

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Teutonic knights and cannon
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/technology-of-manufacture-of-firearms-in-the-teutonic-orders-state-in-prussia-gun-barrels-and-metal-projectiles/

Surprisingly large cast-iron cannon stolen in South Wales
https://www.milfordmercury.co.uk/news/pembrokeshire_news/17521387.cannon-stolen-police-appeal/

and returned…..
https://www.milfordmercury.co.uk/news/pembrokeshire_news/17534815.stolen-cannon-returned-thanks-to-pcso/

..then the hotel burns down…(but the cannon is ok)
https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/17539050.huge-fire-damages-the-cleddau-bridge-hotel-overnight/

Café Basiliscoe

1,500 year old winepress
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/winepress-mosaic-floor-from-talmudic-period-discovered-in-korazim-national-park/2019/03/18/

Nautical news

Cleopatra’s warships revealed
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/roman-empire-cleopatra-octavian-ceasar-egypt-battle-sea-nicopolis-history-archaeology-a8843886.html

Viking ship burial located in Vestfold, Norway
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/viking-ship-discovered-in-norway/

Short piece on the Esmerelda
https://timesofoman.com/article/1055242

Feature on slave voyages data base
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-intra-american-journeys-slave-voyages-database.html

More grenades wash ashore from the Schiedam
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/exceptional-low-tide-reveals-grenade-2686426

Investigating the Thames’ Old Brig
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/23/thames-shipwreck-secrets-old-brig-seasalter-kent

Still no firm news on the Bonhomme Richard
https://news.usni.org/2019/03/29/u-k-firm-claims-found-famed-u-s-warship-bonhomme-richard-experts-arent-sure

Update on this season’s HMS Erebus
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/franklin-erebus-terror-parks-canada-arctic-dive-artifacts-ice-gjoa-haven-1.5072435

Chinese Jingyuan warship, sunk 1894/5, excavated
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1143871.shtml

Museum news and exhibitions

News

2018 world exhibitions attendance figures - with Japanese swords creeping in at 20!
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/fashion-provides-winning-formula

New Museums

Expansion planned at Wilson’s Creek visitor centre
https://eu.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2019/03/26/wilsons-creek-battlefield-visitor-center-remodel-expansion/3275970002/

National Museum of Qatar
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/doors-open-on-qatar-museum

Museum musings

What attendance says about your museum
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/it-s-not-just-about-the-numbers

Slow museum movement
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/slow-down-relax-and-immerse-yourself

Exhibitions

Wellington in India at Apsley House, London
http://artdaily.com/news/112304/Exhibit-highlights-Wellington-s-formative-Indian-years#.XJnuNzFCd9A
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/31/duke-of-wellingtons-london-home-dishes-up-indian-whip-round-gift-for-display

Jolly Rogers at Portsmouth
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/portsmouth-exhibition-will-show-the-royal-navy-s-love-hate-history-with-the-jolly-roger-1-8858547

Homer in Lens
http://artdaily.com/news/112455/One-of-the-most-ambitious-exhibitions-ever-devoted-to-Homer-opens-in-Lens#.XKHHeDHsZ9A

Women war photographers in Dusseldorf
https://www.theguardian.com/media/gallery/2019/mar/25/women-frontline-female-war-photographers-in-pictures

Tintoretto in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/112265/Tintoretto-s-bold-innovations-highlighted-in-US-show#.XJiXRDFCd9A

Chinese empresses in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/112413/Veiled-world-of-Qing-Empresses-revealed-in-Smithsonian-s-Freer--9474-Sackler-exhibition#.XKB5RTHsZ9A

Artefacts including weapons from Blackbeard’s ship go on tour
https://www.wral.com/weapons-from-blackbeards-ship-show-violence-on-high-seas/18289529/

British royal portraits in Bendigo
http://artdaily.com/news/112263/A-major-new-international-exhibition-features-more-than-150-treasures-from-London-s-National-Portrait-Gallery#.XJiX2DFCd9A

Books

Ralph Percy, Duke of Northumberland: Lions of the North: The Percys and Alnwick Castle. A Thousand Years of History
https://www.scalapublishers.com/lions-of-the-north/

Books from Basiliscoe Press
http://www.basiliscoe.com/id2.html

Online Book

Zoe Hazell & Emma Aitken: Wood identifications and recording of wooden remains recovered from the London wreck between 2014 and 2016
https://research.historicengland.org.uk/Report.aspx?i=16232&ru=%2fResults.aspx%3fp%3d1%26n%3d10%26rn%3d15%26ry%3d2019%26ns%3d1

Popular culture

What military historians think will happen in Game of Thrones
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/9kppyd/military-historians-tell-us-who-will-win-game-of-thrones-the-iron-throne

Events

Diary Dates

Events in Scotland 2019
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/where-to-find-the-middle-ages-in-scotland-in-2019/

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

Sales, fairs and auctions

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

Websites and downloads

ICOMAM website
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/

And magazines here:
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

1066 etc Byzantine battles, Jewish knights and Henry V at the movies
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/the-aftermath-of-the-battle-of-manzikert-1071-what-really-brought-the-byzantine-empire-to-its-knees/ http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/why-is-this-knight-different-than-other-knights/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/henry-v-in-the-cinema-laurence-oliviers-charismatic-version-of-history/

Finally

We are starting to gather material for the next ICOMAM MAGAZINE so please get your contributions ready - particularly looking for Japanese themed items…

This fortnight I tweeted museums in Toledo and Spain
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2 April 2019

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