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Basiliscoe Mercury 322

The Basiliscoe Mercury 322

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Almost the end of summer now. Still a surprising number of weapons rising from the waters! Otherwise, forts around the world, stunning pictures from inside HMS Terror, and even a new Pictish stone. Winter is coming…

Ancient arms

Neanderthal tools found under Polish castle
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78193%2Csilesia-hundreds-neanderthal-tools-discovered-cave-castle-olsztyn.html

Arrowheads from Babylonian forces found in Jerusalem
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ancient-arrowheads-found-in-mount-zion-prove-bible-story-is-true-174228914.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9leHBsb3JhdG9ybmV3cy53b3JkcHJlc3MuY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGCuQlXeeov35txHaGKFbugyKEX4-c_-g1zv2QBDjQj8rBnZ9MiWn7nL6_SGNyrBmiwAXoUU3DMhx9kFXDVtTnBalHpT5WzyHWxrNkQFllZh8KgBinxHY4LywSXVcKoEjOcsb9qBSqKH_oshtiXoIP7BYbTycdie4mx7UqCzLPx1

Roman arrowheads found in North Israel
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-08/12/content_75089564.htm

What is coming out of the melting glaciers…
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-in-the-arctic-scientists-and-first-nations-scramble-to-save-artifacts/

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Pictish stone with hunting scenes found in Easter Ross
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49446609

Pictures of Czech stud farm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2019/aug/16/czech-republic-historic-stud-farm-in-pictures-kladruby-unesco-world-heritage

Grave stories

Warrior and his family found in Russia
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7402597/Ancient-horse-riding-warrior-buried-1-500-year-old-Russian-crypt.html

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Kent council buys a castle
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/hythe/news/council-buys-castle-for-3m-210934/

Latest from Shrewsbury Castle and its finds
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2019/08/23/shrewsbury-castle-excavation-hailed-a-huge-success/

Forts and cannon

Looking for a lost colonial fort in Maine
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/08/24/news/portland/archaeologists-race-to-uncover-colonial-fort-buried-beneath-a-maine-road-before-its-too-late/

Feature on Fort Wellington, Prescott, Canada
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/fort-wellingto.html

Chatham, Kent, Canada: Tecumseh Park cannon hit by vandalism (looks like an ordinary Blomefield to me rather than a Russian piece) https://www.chathamdailynews.ca/news/local-news/tecumseh-park-cannon-hit-by-vandalism/

Finds from Kunhali Marakkar India - don’t get excited….
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/war-artefacts-of-yore-unearthed-at-kunhali-marakkar-fort/article29303958.ece

Rains wash away Bekal fort in India
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/portion-of-historic-bekal-fort-caves-in-due-to-heavy-rains/articleshow/70640221.cms

Looking for a lost colonial fort in Maine
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/08/24/news/portland/archaeologists-race-to-uncover-colonial-fort-buried-beneath-a-maine-road-before-its-too-late/

Future of Pakistan’s Umarkot fort discussed
https://dailytimes.com.pk/456066/the-umarkot-fort-is-in-governments-consideration-to-be-preserved/

Napoleonania

Napoleon in the Middle East
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/A-French-general-in-the-Holy-Land-599195

St Helena is looking for a Napoleon
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/30/napoleon-impersonator-required-st-helena-island

Café Basiliscoe

Renaissance beer from Bohemia
https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/archaeologists-unearth-rare-renaissance-baroque-brew-house-in-czech-paradise

Miscellany

The latest-sword-in-the-lake – anyone else smell a rat?
https://www.aboutmiltonkeynes.co.uk/excalibur-sword-found-at-willen-lake/

But this spearhead from a lake in Poland is much more convincing
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-viking-spearhead-twisted-for-a-better-kill-fished-out-of-lake-7297

Musket balls from the Alamo
https://www.keranews.org/post/alamo-dig-uncovers-musket-balls-believed-1800s

Coin hoard throws light on post-Hastings England
https://museumcrush.org/spectacular-coin-discovery-offers-window-into-england-post-1066/

Lessons for capitalism from the East India Company https://www.ft.com/content/0f1ec9da-c9a6-11e9-af46-b09e8bfe60c0

Princesses and Amazons

Jane Seymour heading towards National Portrait gallery
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/aug/23/jane-seymour-painting-henry-viii-acquired-national-portrait-gallery?CMP=share_btn_tw

Gown of Queen Elizabeth goes on show
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrap-cloth-representing-elizabeth-is-only-surviving-dress-set-go-view-180972919/

The hat of a Welsh heroine
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49465390

The history of decorative metallic threads
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/unravelling-the-history-of-decorative-metal-threads/

Into the 20th century

Russian troops still finding Japanese armaments
https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-kuriles-expedition-uncovers-japanese-weapons/30123441.html

Nautical news

Update on the discovery and dig of the Norwegian ship burial
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/historic-viking-ship-excavation-starts-in-norway/

More on the background and search for the Haarlem
https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/wrecking-of-the-haarlem-ship-in-1647-catalyst-for-birthing-modern-day-cape-town-30951712
https://ewn.co.za/2019/08/19/research-into-1647-shipwreck-on-blouberg-s-shores-continues

Features on Slave-ships Wrecks Project
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/08/diving-unfolding-history-wrecked-slave-ships/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/08/most-slave-shipwrecks-overlooked-until-now/

Update on the Franklin Expedition - lots of exciting pictures
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/28/hms-terror-sir-john-franklin-evidence-recovered-arctic-ocean?fbclid=IwAR0H6D0K7lWNh7S01H3Wopcy6mjUWxxEtXHDO6WW5_LwOQ8LN0FtYzoLxn0

Liverpool’s lost blockade runner gets protection
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-49516292

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Treasures you will find in Kyoto’s museums - including armour
https://www.theepochtimes.com/kyoto-capital-of-artistic-imagination_3005066.html

New museums

British Museum plans to put its stores on display
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-to-open-new-storage-facility

Museum developments

Medieval mechanics for all the family
https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/family-friendly-interactive-showcasing-medieval-mechanics-launched-in-dundee/

Museum musings

Remembrance in Germany comes under attack
http://artdaily.com/news/116251/Far-right-surge-rattles-guardians-of-Nazi-era-remembrance#.XWTaquTsZ9A

Conservation corner

Dahl’s ladies regain their legs
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/aug/26/baroque-petworth-beauties-to-have-their-severed-legs-reinstated

Exhibitions

Japanese armour and other objects in Dunfermline
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/964570/major-new-exhibition-of-oriental-treasures-in-fife/

The cannons at Derry/Londonderry
https://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/city-s-cannon-focus-of-tower-museum-exhibit-1-9039199

Art between 19th century wars in Copenhagen
http://artdaily.com/news/116107/National-Gallery-of-Denmark-features-finest-of-Danish-painting-from-1807-1864#.XV5UR-TsZ9A

Wenceslas in Prague
https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/prague-castle-opens-special-exhibition-on-wenceslas-iv-in-light-of-600-anniversary-of-rulers-death

Books

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

Online Book

The Bronze Bell Wreck
https://www.penbrynmynach.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bronze_Bell_Report.pdf

Popular culture

Anime and the Mongol invasion
https://www.crunchyroll.com/en-gb/anime-feature/2019/08/23/the-anime-that-brought-japans-forgotten-mongol-invasion-to-life

Looks like armour is back in fashion
http://www.mtv.co.uk/timothee-chalamet/news/timothee-chalamets-new-movie-poster-is-here-and-the-internet-is-beyond-thirsty
https://www.gq.com/story/the-king-trailer-haircuts

Reviewing Troy after 15 years
https://culturedvultures.com/troy-anniversary-historical-travesty/

Discussing medieval crime genre
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/the-complicated-case-of-medieval-crime-fiction/

Events

Diary dates

5 Sept 2019 Arms and Armour Society meeting
https://www.thearmsandarmoursociety.org.uk/events/

Conferences

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

Websites and downloads

War and Trade - of interest for the Dutch, Asian scholars and naval specialists
https://maritime-asia.org/

Estonian State Maritime Museum - Meremuuseum
http://meremuuseum.ee/en/estonian-maritime-museum/

1066 etc: Robin Hood, Dublin Vikings & the Samanid dynasty
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/robin-hood-sherwood-forest-barnsdale/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/the-naval-power-of-norse-dublin/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/the-assassination-of-ahmad-ibn-ismail-power-struggles-in-the-samanid-empire/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted dogs and cannon
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 31 August 2019

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