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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
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331601/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Part-of-th-Dynasty-fortress-uncovered-in-North-Sin.aspx

2,300 year old bark shield found
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/23/2300-year-old-iron-age-bark-shield-leicestershire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/celtic-shield-leicestershire-archaeologist-ancient-warfare-a8927871.html

Broken Viking swords
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/charisma-violence-and-weapons-the-broken-swords-of-the-vikings/

Fortress gate in Bulgaria investigated
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/23/for-the-first-time-fortress-gate-of-ancient-odessos-discovered-in-bulgarias-black-sea-city-varna/
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Hunting round the world and through the ages

Controlling fishing in the middle ages
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/medieval-people-were-already-ruining-fish/589837/

Grave stories

2,500 nomad graves with weapons and horses
https://www.livescience.com/65498-ancient-russia-burials-elite-nomads.html

2000 year old murder mystery on an uninhabited island off Spain
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/16/inenglish/1558007577_536558.html

Have the bones of Queen Emma been found in Winchester?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-48281733?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story

Lost tomb of Robert the Bruce goes to Dunfermline
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/lost-tomb-of-robert-the-bruce-finds-its-final-resting-place/

Through the arrow-slit – all Scottish. . .

Excavating Ardrossan Castle
https://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/17638475.ardrossan-castles-big-archaeological-dig-2019/

Reconstructing the home of the 15th century Lords of the Isles
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-medieval-home-lords-isles-virtually.html

The door of Craigievar castle
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/opening-the-door-to-the-past-at-craigievar-castle

Through the gunloop

Searching for a 17th century Dutch fort in North America
https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/archaeologists-search-new-castles-17th-century-fort-casimir-again

Investigating Cromwell’s barracks in Lewis
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17657952.cromwells-scots-legacy-unearthed/

Interesting piece on the history of Fort Cornwallis, Penang (and photograph of the 17th century Dutch cannon, Seri Rambai).
https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/sunday-vibes/2019/05/491473/fort-cornwallis-shedding-light-penangs-early-history

19th century Pembroke’s gun-tower to be sold
https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/17645579.regret-and-disappointment-at-sale-of-gun-tower/?ref=twtrec

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Another week, another bunch of old cannon dug up in India: Thane, Mumbai
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/six-century-old-cannons-retrieved-from-creek-to-be-displayed-at-thane-garden/articleshow/69500272.cms

Deogiri fort museum opens with cannon displays
https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-medieval-era-artillery-that-once-spat-fire-mounted-for-display-2750003

Historic cannon found off Phuket?
https://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30369826

Cast-iron guns from HMS Colossus sold in Tasmania
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/6187949/cannons-from-1790s-british-battleship-to-be-auctioned/?cs=95&fbclid=IwAR0rALMQc9MyKpm9qwa5BdBuRTRcy1Vw1GA2sLyArNqE_mw3YkzhpF2TEO4

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s menu

A delicious pot of lama face stew
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/24/archaeologist-finds-pot-full-of-llama-face-stew-under-a-house-in-ancient-peru/#76bc97dbdff1

Washed down with a choice of beers: Biblical beer
http://artdaily.com/news/113813/Israeli-researchers-drink-to-old-times-with-ancient-style-beer

Or monastic beer
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/21/belgian-monks-grimbergen-abbey-old-beer

Miscellany

Generic piece on medieval armour - I suspect cashing in on the end of GoT
https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/medieval-knight-armor-0011910

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt’s lost diary found
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/14/dutch-statesman-johan-van-oldenbarnevelt-diary-discovered-200-years-after-it-was-lost

Medicine the confederate way
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/civil-war-plant-medicines-blast-drug-resistant-bacteria-in-lab-tests/

Queen Victoria’s life in watercolours
https://museumcrush.org/how-victoria-and-albert-celebrated-their-reign-through-watercolour-painting/

Into the 20th century

Site of Nuremburg rally to be preserved but not restored
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nazi-site-to-be-preserved-but-not-restored

An abandoned WW2 battlefield: Battle of Peleliu: https://www.argunners.com/solitude-shadow-death-battle-peleliu/

Nautical news

Germany to return 15th century Portuguese Navigator’s cross to Nambibia
http://artdaily.com/news/113669/Germany-to-return-15th-century-seafarer-Cross-to-Namibia#.XN_G4zHsZ9A

Looking for Elizabethan pirates in California
https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2019/may/15/feature-remnants-sunken-pirate-ship-emdesireem-led/

Sword blade – in very poor condition! Recovered from the Schiedam
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/treasure-hunter-finds-remains-sword-16171656

The Murujuga Mermaid: rock art & historic encounters of Australian exploration https://theconversation.com/the-murujuga-mermaid-how-rock-art-in-wa-sheds-light-on-historic-encounters-of-australian-exploration-116815

Virtual tour of shipwrecks in the Gulf
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article230373399.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-museum-allows-users-explore-five-shipwrecked-vessels-180972240/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

How the Met is faring
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/a-new-chapter-for-the-met

Update on the state of Notre Dame - spoiler alert - not good
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/notre-dame-is-unstable

New museums

UK’s Science Museum turns storage into exhibitions
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/16/science-museum-plans-500-acre-site-to-show-off-lost-treasures

Museum developments

Animating the Hoplites!
https://aeon.co/videos/frozen-for-millennia-an-ancient-greek-soldier-is-freed-to-charge-into-battle-once-again

Fort Museum, Fort St. George Chennai installing 3D touchscreens
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/explore-fort-museum-on-3d-touchscreens-soon/articleshow/69391901.cms

Rijksmuseum offers virtual tour in sign language
http://artdaily.com/news/113916/Rijksmuseum-becomes-first-museum-to-offer-video-tour-in-Dutch-Sign-Language#.XOzoTjFwZ9A

Museum musings

The first museum was created 2,500 years ago….
https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-ennigaldi-nanna-curator-of-the-worlds-first-museum-116431

BM and the Ethiopian request for restitution
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-considers-loan-of-invisible-objects

Discussing dark museums
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/27/international-spy-museum-washington-bin-laden-bugged-shoes

Conservation corner

Protecting art in wartime
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48308512

Objects

Caravaggio or not Caravaggio?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/the-great-caravaggio-whodunnit

Painting of Cavalry by Salomon van Ruysdael goes to Birmingham
http://artdaily.com/news/113735/Dutch-landscape-painting-that-s-never-been-publicly-displayed-allocated-to-Barber-Institute-of-Fine-Arts#.XOOvlzHsZ9A

Batoni’s portrait of Colonel Gordon goes to Edinburgh
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/colonel-gordon-goes-wild-and-majestic-in-edinburgh

Exhibitions

Leonardo drawings in London
http://artdaily.com/news/113790/Exhibition-brings-together-more-than-200-of-Leonardo-da-Vinci-s-greatest-drawings#.XOZRUjHsZ9A

Manga in London
http://artdaily.com/news/113722/British-Museum-opens-largest-ever-exhibition-of-manga-outside-Japan-#.XOj6QTHsZ9A

Hamilton in Chicago
http://artdaily.com/news/113715/Hamilton#.XOJXmTHsZ9A

Baroque Spanish paintings in San Diego
http://artdaily.com/news/113658/More-than-100-works-from-the-most-influential-Spanish-masters-illustrate-the-global-impact-of-Spain-s-Golden-Age#.XN_HdjHsZ9A

Books

Colin Dobinson: Operation Diver: Guns, V1 Flying Bombs and Landscapes of Defence, 1944-45
https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media/operation-diver

Steven J. Zaloga: SU-76 Assault Gun
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/su-76-assault-gun

Leroy Thompson: The G3 Battle Rifle
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-g3-battle-rifle

Online book

Reports from Roskilde Ship Museum
https://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/fagligt/marinarkaeologi/marinarkaeologiske-rapporter/

This one in particular will interest many! Undersøgelserne af ”kanonvraget” SWARTE ARENT
https://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/fagligt/marinarkaeologi/marinarkaeologiske-rapporter/single-view-rapporter/undersoegelserne-af-kanonvraget-swarte-arent/

Popular culture

And now our watch is ended…
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/and-now-our-watch-has-ended-a-look-back-at-game-of-thrones/

Mail is all the fashion this summer- blame it on GoT…
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/may/25/game-of-thrones-chainmail-invades-catwalk

Medieval gaming
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/learning-about-the-middle-ages-through-games-with-kyle-lincoln/

Events

Diary dates

6 June 2019 Lecture at the Arms and Armour Society
Classical Japanese Swordsmanship - Separating Legend and Myth from fact
Neil Grigg
https://www.thearmsandarmoursociety.org.uk/events/

Conferences

3 June 2019 Cambridge
Do Not Touch? 3D in Museums https://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/fitzwilliam-museum/do-not-touch-3d-in-museums/do-not-touch-3d-in-museums

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

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions
https://ordnancesociety.org.uk/events-2/

Sales, fairs and auctions

10 July 2019 Thomas del Mar dates for 2019
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Websites and downloads

1066 etc King Arthur, Dragons & Byzantine piracy
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/changing-myth-king-arthur/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/why-are-dragons-and-monsters-carved-into-norways-stave-churches/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/piracy-and-reprisal-in-byzantine-waters-resolving-a-maritime-conflict-between-byzantines-and-genoese-at-the-end-of-the-twelfth-century/

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: www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/met/instruct
Please send materials to: journalsubmissions@metmuseum.org

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

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 31 May 2019

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