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The Basiliscoe Mercury 321

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

All sorts of stories today; skeleton from Prague, a trebuchet stone from Wales, Spanish armour, a cannon in Vietnam and Islamic horses. New museums in Paris and Suffolk, and ideas how to spend the last weeks of summer- when it stops raining….

Arms and armour in the news

Battles, towers and forts

Repairing Exeter’s Roman wall
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/roman-wall-exeter-collapsed-pub-3153059

York’s Roman gate to be excavated
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/porta-decumana-everything-we-know-about-the-hidden-roman-gateway-in-york-that-could-soon-be-revealed-1-9927225

Maya and total war - not a video game…
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/mayans-conducted-total-war-much-earlier-than-thought
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Hogs in cities are now apparently a thing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/30/boar-wars-how-wild-hogs-are-trashing-european-cities

Grave stories

The skeleton of Prague castle - a fascinating read
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-identity-of-this-medieval-skeleton-haunted-the-nazis-and-the-soviets/

Death of Richard III
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/the-death-of-richard-iii/
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On the Medieval Frontlines

A visit to the Battle of Visby Gallery in Stockholm
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medieval-massacre-the-battle-of-gotland-1361

What’s the point of battles in the Middle ages?
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/why-battles-could-be-so-decisive-in-the-middle-ages/

Toby Capwell talks about the armour in a painting - video
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/bermejo-and-the-armour-of-an-archangel/

Horse armour in the medieval Islamic world
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/horse-armour-in-the-medieval-islamic-middle-east/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Princely finds from Belarus
https://eng.belta.by/society/view/fragments-of-12th-century-polotsk-princely-residence-unearthed-in-belarus-123220-2019/

Possible trebuchet stone found at Hay Castle, Powys
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49269127

Digging up Auckland castle
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17824911.see-latest-discoveries-made-auckland-castle-dig-site/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7890-medieval-trash-reveals-the-habits-of-england-s-prince-bishops

Gendering the castle
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/gender-and-medieval-archaeology-storming-the-castle/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Ottoman round shot found in Danube
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/08/02/359-ottoman-turkish-cannonballs-from-danube-river-bastion-found-by-accident-in-bulgarias-ruse/

Bronze cannon dug up in Vietnam
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/old-cannon-found-in-da-nang-originates-from-netherlands-scientists/156939.vnp
https://en.qdnd.vn/social-affairs/news/nguyen-dynasty-cannon-found-in-da-nang-506014
https://vietnam.vnanet.vn/english/nguyen-dynasty-cannon-found-in-da-nang/418824.html
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/lifestyle/20190730/vietnamese-scientists-trace-origin-of-centuriesold-cannon-found-in-da-nang/50823.html

Update on the two MRLs found in Mumbai last year and a new museum
https://orissadiary.com/president-india-inaugurate-underground-bunker-museum-raj-bhavan-mumbai/
https://www.nagpurtoday.in/president-of-india-unveils-plaque-in-front-of-raj-era-twin-cannons/08172135

Lincoln Castle’s cannon gets its carriage repaired
https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/07/lincoln-castle-cannon-back-in-place/

WWI Howitzer for Brantford, Ontario
https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/refurbished-first-world-war-howitzer-due-to-return-to-brantford

The history of ballistics
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ballistic-a-loaded-term-with-a-rising-trajectory-11565981191

Venetian walls in Nicosia collapsing
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/36452-cyprus-department-of-antiquities-on-latest-collapse-of-venetian-walls-of-nicosia-section.html

Feature on Fort George
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17828822.history-highland-fortress-built-fend-off-jacobites-celebrated/

Living in the past

Jousting goes high tech
https://www.countrylife.co.uk/news/jousting-comes-21st-century-cutting-edge-var-technology-200560

Feature on re-enactors
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/the-sunday-times-magazine/spectrum-meet-the-re-enactors-bringing-history-to-life-for-english-heritage-rgwmkhrqt

Café Basiliscoe

Anglo-Saxon feasts - boar and venison
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/anglo-saxon-royal-manor-faversham-kent-pub-beer-garden-archeologists-pre-roman-era-a9040241.html

And sourdough bread of the Pharaohs
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/egypt-bread-xbox-seamus-blackly-peabody-museum-mfa-boston

Washed down with Wine of the crusaders
http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/2019/08/#314112757193235384

Or something a little more explosive…wine and gunpowder…
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/08/strange-tales-gunpowder-and-the-urine-of-a-wine-drinking-man/

Miscellany

Medieval alabaster and its uses
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/marble-alabaster-english-mistaken-medieval-sculpture

Sideplate from trade gun found in Fort Michilimackinac
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7876-190805-michigan-gun-sideplate

Princesses and Amazons

Women at war
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/03/brave-confrontations-its-time-writers-broke-the-taboo-of-the-female-warrior

Short piece about Jeffrey Hudson, Queen’s jester, and his dwarf armour
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12255524

Into the 20th century

Last urban WWI tank still on display - in Ashford, Kent
https://museumcrush.org/britains-last-remaining-first-world-war-tank-on-display-in-a-town/

WW2 Spitfire flies off on world tour
http://artdaily.com/news/115821/-Majestic--WWII-Spitfire-takes-off-on-round-the-world-flight#.XUkrxzHsZ9A

Nautical news

VOC ship Haarlem lost 1647 off South Africa discovered?
https://www.capetownetc.com/cape-town/1647-shipwreck-uncovered-on-bloubergs-shores/

Background to the Franklin Expedition
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/08/1845-explorers-sought-the-northwest-passage-then-vanished

Searching for HMS Beagle
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/search-royal-navy-warship-carried-3193954

Submarine USS Grunion’s bow found
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/30/world/ww2-submarine-uss-grunion-bow-discovered-trnd/index.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

No more spontaneous visits to the Louvre...
http://artdaily.com/news/115755/Paris--packed-Louvre-to-make-reservations-compulsory#.XUVPbTHsZ9A

Museum loans
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-national-museums-loans

New museums

New museum on the Paris Liberation
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/15/museum-tells-gripping-story-of-liberation-of-paris-75-years-on

New museum and visitor experience at Sutton Hoo
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/05/national-trust-brings-sutton-hoo-alive-with-4m-revamp

Visiting the newly refurbished Cody Museum
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2019/8/9/touring-the-newly-refurbished-cody-firearms-museum/

New slavery museum for London?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/london-slavery-museum-plan-garners-praise-and-criticism

Museum developments

Museums, security and facial recognition technology
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/liverpool-world-museum-used-facial-recognition-technology-on-visitors-to-terracotta-warriors-show

Immerse yourself in Da Vinci
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/london-national-gallery-leonardo

Museum musings

Japan and Korea – culture gets in the way
http://artdaily.com/news/115791/Japan-halts-exhibit-of-Sout-Korea-s--comfort-women--statue#.XUfh_THsZ9A

UK’s best seaside museums
https://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-seaside-museums/

Conservation corner

Armour alert! The Virgin and Child with Saints by Giovanni Martini da Udine back on display:
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/national-gallery-altarpiece-restoration

Restoring the Isenheim altarpiece
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/isenheim-altarpiece

Importance of Carbon 14 as a tool
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/10/most-important-isotope-how-carbon-14-revolutionised-science

Objects

Objects & museums for Peterloo
https://museumcrush.org/10-museum-objects-that-tell-the-story-of-the-peterloo-massacre/

Confederate general's Colt gun for sale http://artdaily.com/news/115676/Confederate-general-s-Colt-gun-leads-Milestone-s-Premier-Firearms-Auction#.XUKazDHsZ9A

Guns stolen from Conception Bay Museum, Newfoundland
https://vocm.com/2019/08/03/search-continuing-for-guns-stolen-from-conception-bay-museum/

Exhibitions

Highlights from the Old Masters of Dresden go on show during renovations
http://artdaily.com/news/115806/Special-exhibition-presents-highlights-of-Dresden-s-Old-Masters-Picture-Gallery#.XUfhCDHsZ9A

Tartan and the Highlands in Edinburgh
http://artdaily.com/news/114025/Major-exhibition-explores-the-romantic-fascination-with-the-Scottish-Highlands#.XVfkCuTsZ9A

Books

Bill Harriman: The Arisaka Rifle
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-arisaka-rifle

Books on the Cold war
http://bookshop.nationalarchives.gov.uk/26/Cold-War/

Latest catalogue from Ken Trotman
http://www.kentrotman.com/

Online books

Stone Castles
https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/iha-stone-castles

Swash Channel Wreck Conservation Statement and Management Plan
https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/swash-channel-wreck-conservation-statement-and-management-plan

Events

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
https://historiska.se/events/
http://www.musee-marine.fr/index.php?lg=fr&nav=1&flash=1
https://www.vasamuseet.se/en

Diary dates

5 Sept 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 National Swedish Museums of Military History
https://www.sfhm.se/english/

1066 etc: Crusades, Gawain & Breton lays
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/a-transient-pulse-of-genetic-admixture-from-the-crusaders-in-the-near-east-identified-from-ancient-genome-sequences/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/speech-representation-as-a-narrative-technique-in-sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/what-makes-breton-lays-breton-bretons-britons-and-celtic-otherness-in-medieval-romance/

Finally

This fortnight I’ll be tweeting pictures from London
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 20 August 2019

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