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The Basiliscoe Mercury 323

The Basiliscoe Mercury 323

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Perhaps it’s the onset of darker evenings, but there is a plethora of grave stories this week. Otherwise - startling finds from the Gribshunden, a new museum at Azincourt and several stories about Vikings, swords and ships. Finally websites for European Open Days.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient beasties and arms

The hyenas of Creswell Crags

Deer antler harpoon found

Migration period sword found in grave near Uppsala - the picture is not it…

Grave stories

Victims of a Mongol attack

London’s Black Death population is more diverse than thought

Putting a face to a Scottish skull

Interpreting 4 skulls from Inca times

Body dressed in feathers

Hurrah - update on the one-legged general under the Russian dance floor

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Excavating castles Kellie and Fraser in Scotland

Investigating a medieval Islamic palace in Spain

Castle life today

On the frontlines

Myths and Agincourt

Finds from the Battle of Worcester uncovered

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Lantaka found in store - the 17th century date a tad optimistic

Update on the recent Vietnamese bronze cannon find from a beach in Lien Chieu district

Living in the past

My Summer in the Middle ages

Article on the Eglinton tournament

Café Basiliscoe

Researching ancient beers

Princesses and Amazons

Empress Elizabeth on Corfu

Into the 20th century

Letters from WWI

Nautical news

Update on the Viking ship burial

Recent work on excavation of flagship Gribshunden, lost 1495

Shipwrecks of Maine

Travel piece about the San Jose wreck off Colombia

Latest from the search for the Endeavour

Dingyuan Battleship lost 1894, located

Museum news and exhibitions


ICOM delays museum definition agreement

New museums

State funding agreed for new Ship Museum extension in Oslo

Musée de Azincourt

Museum developments

Lewis chessmen in 3D

Colonialism releases 3D models of Mau Mau concentration camps

Museum musings

Kaiser’s heir wants his collections back

Greenland’s heritage is melting in the heat

National Trust for Scotland in WWII

Conservation corner

Conserving Veronese

Researching Viking age textiles


Lost Rossetti depicting medieval knight acquired by BM


Medieval oak at Haddon

Fra Angelico in Madrid - almost finished

Conversation at the Kremlin

Exhibitions at Ottawa

Veronese in Washington


Peter Marsden: 1545: Who Sank the Mary Rose?

Online Book

Collection of essays on museum topics related to Kyoto 2019

Collection of archaeological reports from Portugal - I found this website very erratic…Good luck!

Popular culture

New novel set on the eve of Crecy


Diary Dates

Museum events


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

23 November 2-19 Raglan
Symposium: Raglan Castle

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Bedford Hours, Hastings & Monty Python

Focus on Open Doors month

Here’s a selection of sites with opening times over September


This fortnight I tweeted some interesting cannon

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 12 September 2019

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