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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
https://museumcrush.org/the-bone-crunching-cave-hyenas-that-tell-the-story-of-creswell-crags/

Deer antler harpoon found
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49661125

Migration period sword found in grave near Uppsala - the picture is not it…
https://www.thelocal.se/20190826/rare-burial-site-uncovered-in-uppsala

Grave stories

Victims of a Mongol attack
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/researchers-reveal-new-insights-into-mass-graves-from-the-mongol-invasion-of-russia/

London’s Black Death population is more diverse than thought
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/black-death-burials-reveal-the-diversity-of-londons-medieval-population/

Putting a face to a Scottish skull
https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/easter-ross-grave-mystery-facial-reconstruction-absolutely-captivating-182627/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49581010

Interpreting 4 skulls from Inca times
https://www.livescience.com/incan-reign-of-terror.html

Body dressed in feathers
https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-archaeologists-find-exotic-feather-headdress-and-tabard-in-pampa-cruz-765073.aspx

Hurrah - update on the one-legged general under the Russian dance floor
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49508521

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Excavating castles Kellie and Fraser in Scotland
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-archaeology-of-castleshttps://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-archaeology-of-castles

Investigating a medieval Islamic palace in Spain
https://murciatoday.com/archaeologists-return-to-the-palace-of-the-wolf-king-near-murcia_1093117-a.html

Castle life today
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48949433

On the frontlines

Myths and Agincourt
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/01/french-shakespeare-agincourt-museum-battle-henry-v

Finds from the Battle of Worcester uncovered
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-49551833

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Lantaka found in store - the 17th century date a tad optimistic
https://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/life/picker-finds-17th-century-cannon-in-storage-unit/

Update on the recent Vietnamese bronze cannon find from a beach in Lien Chieu district
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/bronze-cannon-dating-back-to-feudal-era-introduced-to-public/159883.vnp

Living in the past

My Summer in the Middle ages
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/08/pennsic/

Article on the Eglinton tournament
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-lavish-scottish-revival-in-jousting-and-that-drew-people-from-around-the-world-1-4996030

Café Basiliscoe

Researching ancient beers
https://eastoncaller.com/beer-archaeologists-are-reviving-ancient-ales-with-some-strange-results/181146/

Princesses and Amazons

Empress Elizabeth on Corfu
http://www.ekathimerini.com/243909/article/ekathimerini/life/a-glimpse-into-the-private-life-of-princess-sisi

Into the 20th century

Letters from WWI
https://onthewight.com/mini-series-read-letters-sent-home-by-21-year-old-fusilier-whilst-based-on-isle-of-wight-during-wwii/

Nautical news

Update on the Viking ship burial
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/gjellestad-viking-ship-archaeologists-find-keel-in-good-condition/
https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/09/05/archaeologists-find-hull-of-viking-ship/

Recent work on excavation of flagship Gribshunden, lost 1495 https://phys.org/news/2019-09-spectacular-discoveries-excavation-unique-flagship.html
https://videnskab.dk/krop-sundhed/ringbrynjefragmenter-soelvmoenter-og-armbroest-se-de-nye-billeder-fra-udgravningen-af
https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=105&artikel=7294684

Shipwrecks of Maine
https://www.pressherald.com/2019/09/08/historic-shipwrecks-of-maine/

Travel piece about the San Jose wreck off Colombia
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190908-a-shipwreck-worth-billions-off-the-coast-of-cartagena

Latest from the search for the Endeavour
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/09/shipwreck-found-in-us-likely-to-be-captain-cook-s-endeavour.html

Dingyuan Battleship lost 1894, located
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/02/c_138359004.htm

Museum news and exhibitions

News

ICOM delays museum definition agreement
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/icom-kyoto

New museums

State funding agreed for new Ship Museum extension in Oslo
https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/09/02/state-finally-funds-viking-ship-repairs/

Musée de Azincourt
https://www.facebook.com/Azincourt1415/

Museum developments

Lewis chessmen in 3D
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49649356

Colonialism releases 3D models of Mau Mau concentration camps
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museum-practice/new-practice/29082019-museum-of-british-colonialism-3d-reconstructions

Museum musings

Kaiser’s heir wants his collections back
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/prince-s-art-claims-anger-german-public

Greenland’s heritage is melting in the heat
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warming-climate-threatens-archaeological-sites-greenland-180973021/

National Trust for Scotland in WWII
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-national-trust-for-scotland-and-world-war-ii

Conservation corner

Conserving Veronese
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/veronese-s-papal-feast-to-be-conserved

Researching Viking age textiles
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/textile-archaeologists-use-ancient-tools-weave-tapestry-past

Objects

Lost Rossetti depicting medieval knight acquired by BM
http://artdaily.com/news/116439/Once-lost-Rossetti-painting-acquired-by-the-British-Museum#.XW4h3uTsZ9A

Exhibitions

Medieval oak at Haddon
http://artdaily.com/news/116542/Medieval-sculptures-from-private-collection-unveiled-for-the-first-time
https://www.haddonhall.co.uk/special-events/

Fra Angelico in Madrid - almost finished
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/as-the-prado-becomes-an-international-fra-angelico-hub-an-exhibition-on-the-florentine-artist-builds-on-the-museum-s-exceptional-collection

Conversation at the Kremlin
https://www.kreml.ru/en-Us/exhibitions/moscow-kremlin-exhibitions/khraniteli-vremeni/

Exhibitions at Ottawa
https://www.warmuseum.ca/

Veronese in Washington
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/raising-the-renaissance-verrochio-s-first-major-us-survey-to-reexamine-the-master-himself

Books

Peter Marsden: 1545: Who Sank the Mary Rose?
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/1545-Who-Sank-the-Mary-Rose-Hardback/p/16156

Online Book

Collection of essays on museum topics related to Kyoto 2019
https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/icom-2019-museums-as-cultural-hubs/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=JOI10941&utm_term=ad

Collection of archaeological reports from Portugal - I found this website very erratic…Good luck!
http://www.patrimoniocultural.gov.pt/pt/shop/catalog/trabalhos-do-cnans-arqueologia-nautica-e-subaquatica/

Popular culture

New novel set on the eve of Crecy
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/31/james-meek-interview-to-calais-in-ordinary-time

Events

Diary Dates

Museum events
https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on
https://www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events
https://www.nms.ac.uk/
http://livrustkammaren.se/en/visit/permanent-exihibition
https://www.awm.gov.au/visit

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/

23 November 2-19 Raglan
Symposium: Raglan Castle
https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2019/11/symposium-raglan-castle/?utm_source=Salon+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3da2bfbb2d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c0cb6b55f1-3da2bfbb2d-83439177

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Bedford Hours, Hastings & Monty Python
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/medieval-manuscripts-the-bedford-hours/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/1066-and-warfare-the-context-and-place-senlac-of-the-battle-of-hastings/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/monty-python-holy-grail/

Focus on Open Doors month

Here’s a selection of sites with opening times over September
https://openhouselondon.org.uk/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/medieval-sites-to-see-during-open-doors-festival-in-wales/
http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
http://www.europeanheritagedays.com/Home.aspx

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted some interesting cannon
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 12 September 2019

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