05-07 FEVRIER 2014 NEWS: Hohi - Lincolnshire - Carthage - Leicester -








NOUVELLE ZELANDE - Archaeology – Hohi -Archaeologists are ready to share the results of their two year research project into New Zealand’s first permanent European settlement. A team from Otago University’s department of anthropology and archaeology has been unearthing the site at Hohi or Oihi on the Bay of Islands where the Church Mission Society established a school in 1814. Associate Professor Ian Smith will give a public lecture on the fieldwork at Kingston House in Kerikeri on Sunday. He says the excavations uncovered significant archaeological features that have added to understanding of the Hohi mission and the people who lived and worked there ... as well as those who were impacted by the mission. The missionaries including Thomas Kendall were placed at the now-remote spot by the chief Ruatara, who wanted them close to his pa. "They were there of course trying to Christianise the Maori but for the Maori they were a source of imported goods. They were also a source of learning about writing, about making European tools, growing European crops, so there were good reasons for both sides in this initial engagement, but it was very much about the missionaries being brought into the Maori world," Dr Smith say .




TURQUIEN 62061 4 Diyarbakır - 1600-year old church area, which was revealed in the eastern province of Diyarbakır in 2007 and launched as a protected site by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board, was first destroyed because of the lack of protection and the Directorate of Foundations began building a tomb on the historic remains, which date back to the Roman era. The construction, which is short of scientific and technical criteria, will end in the next month and the tomb and mosque will open to the public. Diyarbakır Foundations Director Metin Evsen said the documents showed the area was Sultan Sasa tomb and mosque, but their remains had not been found during excavations, and the construction was approved by the board decision. The Diyarbakır Architects Chamber Chairman Necati Pirinçoğlu claimed the remains of a church, which were revealed during excavations, were deliberately damaged and now they were constructing a tomb and mosque on it. 


TURQUIEN 62049 4 Side - The restoration process in the world famous temples area in the southern province of Antalya’s Side district will come to an end in March.  The first restoration work started 10 months ago in the Southern Basilica (a kind of church in the early Christianity and Middle age architectures) located in the area of Temple of Athena in the ancient city of Side.  Providing information about the restoration and salvage works in the temples area, archaeologist Altan Algül said that the works on the 5th century Southern Basilica had been finished up to 90 percent.


EGYPTE - Tel Tabla -A limestone sarophagus alongside a group of 180 ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines have been revealed during the excavation of a Late Period tomb at Tel Tabla, Dakahliya, Egypt. During routine excavation work, Tel Tabla’s Egyptian excavators discovered a mud brick tomb bearing characteristocs of the “mastaba” type. Within the mastaba, a number of burial shafts were located. One of these shafts, was found to contain a 1.77 m. by 0.70 m. limestone anthropoid sarcophagus of a lady called Werty, the daughter of Rtrs, whose figure -in an “Osirian position”- is carved on the lid. According to a statement by Aly El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egypt section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities, a relatively well preserved mummy was found inside the sarcophagus. Beside the sarcophagus and the body in it, a large collection of 180 ushabti figurines carved in wood and limestone was unearthed. El-Asfar pointed out that the ushabti figurines were transferred to the archaeological site’s lab for restoration while excavators are busy digging for more funerary objects.


ROYAUME UNI 5772439 large Lincolnshire- An ancient axe head, believed to be more than 4,000 years old, was discovered lying on the top of a ploughed field near Caistor. Experts have described the stone axe head, which comes from the Neolithic era and is carved in fine-grained green stone, as a "very important find" for Lincolnshire. The find is one of a handful which emerged in Lincolnshire in 2012, but are only now being logged as part of the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, such is the length of the process of painstakingly logging each item. Elsewhere in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a nude figurine of Mercury, the god of trade and commerce, holding a moneybag, was unearthed. Also found were a rare African silver coin and a complete Viking brooch, found near Sleaford. The axe head comes from an era commonly referred to as the "new stone age" – the Neolithic era which came to an end between 4,500 and 2,000BC. It was a period in the development of human technology, when more than one human species existed and climate change forced people to develop farming, paving the way for many of Lincolnshire's existing farms. A number of similar axe heads have been found in Lincolnshire, mainly in the Wolds. This example discovered near Caistor is carved in fine-grained green stone. The stone was quarried at Langdale, in the Lake District. Last year, Lincolnshire was in the top three counties in the country for the number of both finds and treasure, after more than 5,000 artefacts were discovered.


TUNISIEArish Carthage - His name was Arish, “the beloved one”. He was relatively young (19 to 24 years old) when he died in his homeland Carthage, the most famous Phoenician colony in the North of Africa, in the 6th century BC. Nearly 2,500 years later, the curator of the Tunis National Museum Abdelmagid Ennable revealed a tomb, where Arish’s body was still buried. Now, based on his skeleton,  researhers managed to reconstruct Arish’s face and body using criminal investigation techniques and dermoplasty. With the help of French dermoplastic sculptor and specialist Elisabeth Daynes, the result is a life-like prototype of a Phoenician-Carthagenian man. Estimated to be between 19 and 24 years old at time of death, the young man of Carthage was about 170 centimeters tall, and bore physical features that have come to be associated with Phoenicians – a broad forehead, high orbits and long skull. The reconstruction is considered to be 95 percent accurate, since the colour of eyes, hair, and skin could not be verified through criminal investigation techniques.


ROYAUME UNIDmu11 450x275 Leicester - De Montfort University have been working on this iPad app to do just that. It’ll transport you back to 210 AD and you can walk around Roman Leicester – aka Ratae Corieltauvorum. You can stroll around and into buildings or explore objects.Our bit has been the digital reconstructions of the buildings in 3D, the 3D scanning of archaeological artefacts from the museum, and to make it all available through mobile devices such as the iPad app. I haven’t seen any other app that does this – it is literally like having a portable window with which you can see into the past. What this demonstrates is DMU’s expertise in app development and using it for digital heritage purposes, something which we are leaders of in the UK. One of the key things is the collaboration between the different fields of expertise at the university.