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Basiliscoe Mercury 316

The Basiliscoe Mercury 316

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

For those already missing Game of Thrones, we have a few look backs and references. Otherwise we have broken Viking swords, castles in Scotland, cannon in Asia and a chance to be in the next Met Journal.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Military site from the 26th dynasty found in Sinai

2,300 year old bark shield found

Broken Viking swords

Fortress gate in Bulgaria investigated
Hunting round the world and through the ages

Controlling fishing in the middle ages

Grave stories

2,500 nomad graves with weapons and horses

2000 year old murder mystery on an uninhabited island off Spain

Have the bones of Queen Emma been found in Winchester?

Lost tomb of Robert the Bruce goes to Dunfermline

Through the arrow-slit – all Scottish. . .

Excavating Ardrossan Castle

Reconstructing the home of the 15th century Lords of the Isles

The door of Craigievar castle

Through the gunloop

Searching for a 17th century Dutch fort in North America

Investigating Cromwell’s barracks in Lewis

Interesting piece on the history of Fort Cornwallis, Penang (and photograph of the 17th century Dutch cannon, Seri Rambai).

19th century Pembroke’s gun-tower to be sold

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Another week, another bunch of old cannon dug up in India: Thane, Mumbai

Deogiri fort museum opens with cannon displays

Historic cannon found off Phuket?

Cast-iron guns from HMS Colossus sold in Tasmania

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s menu

A delicious pot of lama face stew

Washed down with a choice of beers: Biblical beer

Or monastic beer


Generic piece on medieval armour - I suspect cashing in on the end of GoT

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt’s lost diary found

Medicine the confederate way

Queen Victoria’s life in watercolours

Into the 20th century

Site of Nuremburg rally to be preserved but not restored

An abandoned WW2 battlefield: Battle of Peleliu:

Nautical news

Germany to return 15th century Portuguese Navigator’s cross to Nambibia

Looking for Elizabethan pirates in California

Sword blade – in very poor condition! Recovered from the Schiedam

The Murujuga Mermaid: rock art & historic encounters of Australian exploration

Virtual tour of shipwrecks in the Gulf

Museum news and exhibitions


How the Met is faring

Update on the state of Notre Dame - spoiler alert - not good

New museums

UK’s Science Museum turns storage into exhibitions

Museum developments

Animating the Hoplites!

Fort Museum, Fort St. George Chennai installing 3D touchscreens

Rijksmuseum offers virtual tour in sign language

Museum musings

The first museum was created 2,500 years ago….

BM and the Ethiopian request for restitution

Discussing dark museums

Conservation corner

Protecting art in wartime


Caravaggio or not Caravaggio?

Painting of Cavalry by Salomon van Ruysdael goes to Birmingham

Batoni’s portrait of Colonel Gordon goes to Edinburgh


Leonardo drawings in London

Manga in London

Hamilton in Chicago

Baroque Spanish paintings in San Diego


Colin Dobinson: Operation Diver: Guns, V1 Flying Bombs and Landscapes of Defence, 1944-45

Steven J. Zaloga: SU-76 Assault Gun

Leroy Thompson: The G3 Battle Rifle

Online book

Reports from Roskilde Ship Museum

This one in particular will interest many! Undersøgelserne af ”kanonvraget” SWARTE ARENT

Popular culture

And now our watch is ended…

Mail is all the fashion this summer- blame it on GoT…

Medieval gaming


Diary dates

6 June 2019 Lecture at the Arms and Armour Society
Classical Japanese Swordsmanship - Separating Legend and Myth from fact
Neil Grigg


3 June 2019 Cambridge
Do Not Touch? 3D in Museums

Calls for papers

September 2019 Kyoto ICOMAM 2019 Conference, Kyoto (Japan)

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions

Sales, fairs and auctions

10 July 2019 Thomas del Mar dates for 2019

Websites and downloads

1066 etc King Arthur, Dragons & Byzantine piracy

Finally- the Met wants you..
Call for Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection. There are two sections: Articles and Research Notes. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship. Research Notes typically present a concise, neatly bounded aspect of ongoing investigation, such as a new acquisition or attribution, or a specific, resonant finding from technical analysis. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure.

As of 2019, the process of peer review is double-blind. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conservation, and scientific departments, as well as scholars from the broader academic community.
Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear both in print and online, and are accessible via MetPublications and the Journal's home page on the University of Chicago Press website.
The deadline for submissions for Volume 55 (2020) is September 15, 2019.
Submission guidelines:
Please send materials to:

This fortnight I will be tweeting pictures from Norfolk

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 31 May 2019

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