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Basiliscoe Mercury 320

The Basiliscoe Mercury 320

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Main stories are the wonderful Iron Age helmet from Sussex and the jaw-dropping pictures from the latest Baltic wreck. Summer has finally arrived, so as befits the holiday Bazzy, free books, exotic locations and films for the rainy days. Enjoy the summer wherever you are.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Fascinating piece about a bronze Iron Age helmet from Sussex
https://museumcrush.org/rare-relics-of-an-iron-age-warrior-who-fought-the-romans/

A history of the long bow
https://worldarchery.org/news/172958/history-english-longbow-crooked-stick-and-goose-wing

Tourism and Hadrian’s Wall
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hadrians-wall-170-years-first-16629891

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Brown bears of Britain
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44699233

Grave stories

Identifying a Slavic woman warrior in a Viking graveyard
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C77881%2Cpolish-researcher-identified-possible-grave-slavic-warrior-woman-denmark.html

The life and brutal death of Rosemarkie man
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49095977?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Update on investigations at Břeclav Castle
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7825-190715-fortification-duke-of-bohemia

Piece about the Lewis chessman, with a Norwegian slant
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/lewis-chessmen/

Digging at Shrewsbury Castle
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2019/07/23/archaeologists-get-digging-at-shrewsbury-castle/

Exploring the Templars’ Paris
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190724-the-knights-templars-mightiest-stronghold

From the front

Investigating the evidence and artefacts of the 1099 siege of Jerusalem
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/archaeological-evidence-of-the-first-crusade-discovered/

Piece on the Battle of Grunewald
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battle-of-grunwald-one-of-historys-greatest-battles-remembered-on-609th-anniversary-6778

Latest finds from Waterloo
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/17/excavation-of-waterloo-field-hospital-unearths-limbs-and-musket-balls

Through the gunloop…

Piece about Fort Shirley, Dominica
https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-americas/fort-shirley-0012305

Feature on Fort George, Grenada - with cannons…
https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places/fort-george-0012364

Feature on Jamrud Fort, near the Khyber Pass
https://www.dawn.com/news/1496621

A chance to buy a Martello tower in Suffolk
https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/martello-tower-home-for-sale-awardwinning-converted-fortress-in-suffolk-was-originally-built-to-a131951.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Story about the Wirral’s one o’clock gun
https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/17770610.wirral-39-s-one-o-39-clock-gun-fired-week/

Feature on Jaivana, the giant gun at Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/jaivana-jaipurs-might-canon-that-fired-just-once-and-created-a-pond/1644888/

Has a Jacobite cannon been found in Lochaber? No, it’s a garden ornament… https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2019/07/18/lochaber-cannon-may-be-linked-to-bonnie-prince-charlie/

Alamo cannon up and mounted
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Alamo-Historic-Cannon-Restored-513152321.html

Cannon on Fort Christiansvaern, Virgin Islands to be conserved
https://viconsortium.com/news-2/historic-cannons-at-fort-christiansvaern-to-be-preserved-causing-temporary-closure-of-water-battery/

Moving RML cannons in Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, India
https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-british-era-cannons-to-be-part-of-publics-morning-visits-to-raj-bhavan/21406192
https://www.asianage.com/metros/mumbai/230719/british-era-cannons-kept-at-raj-bhavan.html

IEDs in the US Civil War
http://www.timesnews.net/Blog/2019/07/24/div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-IEDs-a-modern-day-scourge-from-ancient-times-div.html

Woodman Museum’s civil war cannon restored
https://www.fosters.com/news/20190726/woodman-museum-to-unveil-restored-civil-war-cannon

Café Basiliscoe

Last meal in Pompeii
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/ashmolean-museum-show-unearths-pomepii-s-last-supper

A dram of Aberdeen whisky
https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jul/19/aberdeen-could-be-whisky-birthplace-researchers-claim

How to make medieval beer
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/art-fermented-comparative-experimentation-in-medieval-brewing/

Medieval cooks
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/the-cooks-of-the-canterbury-tales-the-backstage-of-bourgeois-social-drama/

Miscellany

Crossing the Alps in armour
https://www.connexionfrance.com/Mag/French-Life/We-crossed-the-Alps-in-40kg-of-armour

Henry VIII and the Moon landing
https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/nasa-asked-advice-tower-london-armoury-design-first-space-suit/

Does Japan’s imperial sword exist?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-the-mysterious-allure-of-japan-s-three-sacred-treasures

Princesses and Amazons

Joan of Arc in the English imagination
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/books/joan-of-arc-english-imagination-gail-orgelfinger-20190719.html

Queen Victoria
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/17/queen-victoria-transformation-monarchy-explored-new-show

Valkyries for today
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/thoroughly-modern-valkyries/

Nautical news

Uncovering the ships under Oslo​
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/07/16/an-archaeological-fairytale-medieval-ships-found-in-the-heart-of-oslo/#766358e57563

Detailed photos of c. 1500 shipwreck in the Baltic Sea released
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/shipwreck-discovery-baltic-sea-renaissance-mystery-a9016221.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-mysterious-500-year-old-shipwreck-has-been-found-at-the-bottom-of-the-baltic-sea
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/exceptionally-wellpreserved-16thcentury-shipwreck-found-in-the-baltic-sea/
https://www.livescience.com/66011-ancient-shipwreck-baltic-sea.html

An unsurprising choice for Alexzandra Hildred’s favourite painting!
https://www.countrylife.co.uk/luxury/art-and-antiques/favourite-painting-alexzandra-hildred-199529

Update on work on the London
https://museumcrush.org/southends-mary-rose-the-fight-to-save-the-london-shipwreck/

Update on the search for wrecks in the York River
https://www.wral.com/another-revolutionary-war-shipwreck-found-in-york-river/18504239/
https://www.newsweek.com/shipwreck-virginia-revolutionary-war-1449382
https://www.gazettejournal.net/index.php/news/news_article/bottom_of_the_river

Feature on the slave wreck project
https://stjohnsource.com/2019/07/16/nps-hosts-slave-wrecks-project-research-presentation/

Patrol boat USS Eagle PE-56 sunk in 1945 found off the Maine.
https://www.foxnews.com/science/warship-sunk-by-german-sub-wwii-discovered

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Generous funding for Worcester Art Museum
https://www.masslive.com/worcester/2019/07/worcester-art-museum-receives-10-million-gift-marking-largest-single-donation-in-the-institutions-history.html

Feature on the Cloisters
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/role-cloisters/

Mystery of the Boston museum heist
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/strange-tales-from-the-gardner-museum-heist

New museums

Feature on the rebirth of Kabul Museum, Afghanistan
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1526761/world

New museum for Benin
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/benin-gets-eur20m-loan-for-new-museum-to-show-restituted-heritage

Refurbishment and new displays at Richmond Castle
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/we-visited-richmond-castle-after-its-300-000-museum-makeover-1-9900297
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/26/honouring-conscientious-objectors

Museum developments

British library using wax cylinders for pacific cultures
http://artdaily.com/news/115543/British-Library-project-breathes-new-life-into-earliest-recordings-of-Pacific-cultures#.XTq2bTHsZ9A

Putting the ghosts back into Buckingham Palace
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/17/queen-victoria-transformation-monarchy-explored-new-show

Objects

Feature on the weapons of the American Revolution
https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/to-arm-against-an-enemy-weapons-of-the-revolutionary-war/

Peninsular war medal sold
http://artdaily.com/news/115462/A-fine-army-gold-medal-for-the-Peninsula-War-sells-for-more-than--pound-30-000-at-Dix-Noonan-Webb#.XTgPgTHsZ9A

Exhibitions

Future exhibition on orientalism at the BM
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/16/british-museum-explore-islamic-world-impact-western-art

Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace
http://artdaily.com/news/115330/Buckingham-Palace-conjures-up-Victorian-ghosts-in-new-show#.XTF9QzHsZ9A

Van Eyck in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/115600/Exhibition-at-Kunsthistorisches-Museum-Vienna-presents-works-by-Jan-van-Eyck#.XT6kWjHsZ9A

Fireworks in Washington
https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2019/european-fete-book.html

Books

Das Schwert – Gestalt und Gedanke / The Sword – Form and Thought –(second edition) https://shop.histofakt.de/product_info.php?products_id=64&MODsid=0v1e8b0h1t0go1nvtdpdral7e7

Kelly DeVries & Niccolò Capponi: Castagnaro 1387-Hawkwood’s Great Victory
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/castagnaro-1387

Freydal - Medieval Games: The Book of Tournaments of Emperor Maximilian I
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000034150-2296-0&cHash=5f76831b12ea9d2a869e14826e4a93ca

Chris McNab: Weapons of the US Special Operations Command
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/weapons-of-the-us-special-operations-command

Online Books
William Dalton: Will Adams, The First Englishman in Japan
https://archive.org/stream/WillAdamsTheFirstEnglishmanInJapan#page/n25/mode/2up

Stephen Turnbull: Katana: The Samurai Sword
https://archive.org/details/KatanaTheSamuraiSword

William St. John Hope et al: Pageant of the birth, life and death of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, K.G., 1389-1439
https://archive.org/details/pageantofbirthli00hopeuoft/page/1

Léon Robert: Catalogue des collections composant le Musée d'artillerie en 1889
https://archive.org/details/cataloguedescol03robegoog

RAM 255: De bouwgeschiedenis van kasteel Duurstede (gem. Wijk bij Duurstede): nieuw licht op een oud onderzoek.
https://www.cultureelerfgoed.nl/onderwerpen/archeologische-monumentenzorg/documenten/publicaties/2019/01/01/de-bouwgeschiedenis-van-kasteel-duurstede

Reports online from the York Archaeological Trust
https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/fascicules

Popular culture

Make your own Song Armour
https://shanghai.ist/2019/07/16/man-goes-shopping-online-makes-himself-a-set-of-song-dynasty-armor/

Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7715070/?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2f2bb126-46f8-48e8-a719-204cafffa9d4&pf_rd_r=83R5YJJKPRVNWS3AJAPP&pf_rd_s=right-2&pf_rd_t=15061&pf_rd_i=homepage&ref_=hm_otw_t1

Beowolf at the movies
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/beowulf-at-the-movies-from-anglo-saxon-poetry-to-modern-cinema/

The Last Duel cinema bound?
https://www.vitalthrills.com/2019/07/22/the-last-duel-ridley-scott-matt-damon-ben-affleck/
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/ridley-scott-matt-damon-ben-affleck-last-duel-1203275674/

Events

Summer at the Wallace Collection
https://www.wallacecollection.org/whats-on/

What’s on in Edinburgh
https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/

Summer at Skokloster
http://skoklostersslott.se/en

Summer events
https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/whats-on/
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/knights-jousts-events/
https://middelaldercentret.dk/?lang=en

Diary Dates

1 Aug 2019 Arms and Armour Society meeting
https://www.thearmsandarmoursociety.org.uk/events/

Conferences

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

26 August Gleneagles
http://artdaily.com/news/115636/Gavin-Gardiner-Ltd-announces-highlights-included-in-its-Auction-of-Modern---Vintage-Sporting-Guns#.XT_3RDHsZ9A

Websites and downloads

The Sultan’s gift to Napoleon III
http://collections.musee-armee.fr/le-lys-et-le-croissant-le-don-abd-ul-aziz-au-musee-de-larmee/

Cannons on Rhodes
https://dspace.flinders.edu.au/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2328/1775/293-304_stefanidou.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

1066 etc: Crusades
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/warfare-during-crusades/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/archaeology-crusader-battle-hattin/

Finally

This fortnight we tweeted a visit to Dunstanburgh and North Shields
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 31 July 2019

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