18 MARS 2014 NEWS: Cannington Court - Pompeii - Jerusalem - Taiping Lake - Urfa - Luoyang - Harlyn Bay -






ROYAUME UNI -  Edf 550x300 Cannington Court - Restoration work at Cannington Court (UK), have revealed the remains of the former 13th century Priory complex. Remains of the former 13th century Priory complex were revealed during construction work for a new garden area as part of the sensitive restoration project. It was the first opportunity for archaeologists to investigate this part of the site and whilst the presence of such remains was suspected, the recent investigations offered the first solid evidence of their survival. Remains of ancillary buildings associated with the secular use of the site were identified and recorded alongside excavation of the walls, rooms and associated features. The property was originally founded by Robert de Courcy in 1138 and has enjoyed an interesting history including service as a Priory, Benedictine nunnery, family home and a school.


ITALIE – Pompeii - Thieves detached and stole a section of fresco in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii last week, adding to the degradation of one of the world's outstanding archaeological sites after heavy rain caused sections of wall to collapse.  Officials from Pompeii's archaeology service said the thieves chipped off a 20 cm-wide section of fresco depicting the goddess Artemis from a site known as the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, which is not currently open to the public.


ISRAEL – Jerusalem - Israel is building a national archaeological center to store and showcase its rich collection of some two million ancient artifacts, including the world's largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Tuesday. Most of Israel's state antiquities collection, currently stored in large warehouses that are closed to the public, will be moved to a new 35,000-square-meter (377,000 square foot) center — the Antiquities Authority's first public center for exhibiting its hoard of treasures that date back as far as 5,000 years. Parts of the center will be open to the public.


CHINE - Taiping Lake - Many people know that there is an ancient city relic under Chaohu Lake. However, few know there is also an ancient city relic dating back to the Ming and Tsing Dynasties under Taiping Lake in Huangshan Mountain, Anhui province.  From March 2 to 3, an expeditionary team from the Provincial Institute of Archaeology and the National Museum's Underwater Archaeology Research Center, came to Taiping Lake to undertake mysterious underwater archaeological work.  According to Huangshan's Heritage Bureau , after a two-day search, the archaeological team ascertained that under Taiping Lake there are three relics from the Ming and Tsing dynasties.  Xiang Jun, a staff member from Taiping, is involved with this archaeological work. He says that, during the underwater archaeological work, professional underwater archaeologists from Beijing carried advanced archaeological equipment – including underwater robots and sonar. Having put the underwater robot into water, the archaeological team was clearly able to see , the underwater world through the ship's computer monitor.Meanwhile, the sonar scanned the underwater sites through sound waves. In two days, the archaeological team collected a great deal of data.  According to local county-level historical records, during the 1970s when the Chencun Village Reservoir (later renamed Taiping Lake) was under construction, the local government moved local residents to other places, and many well-preserved ancient buildings from the Ming and Tsing Dynasties were subsequently submerged by water.


TURQUIEUrfa Urfa - Archaeological excavations carried out by Şanlıurfa Museum have revealed Armenian ad other Christian cemeteries near the fortress of Urfa, a city in southeastern Turkey, Turkish Hurriyet reported. Historical remnants and images of Saint Mary and Jesus Christ were found in the excavated area. The city of Urfa had a large Armenian population before the Armenian genocide of 1915.


CHINE – Luoyang -  The ruins of an ancient Chinese imperial palace have been unearthed in central China's Henan Province, local archaeologists have said.  They said the Taiji Palace complex covers 6,000 square meters and dates back to 1,700 years ago. It was the center of the ancient capital city of Luoyang in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and the Wei State during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). Liu Tao, a research with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the palace marked a new era in the construction of ancient Chinese capital cities. The ruins of the palace was unveiled after three consecutive years of excavation by archaeologists, Liu said in a recent interview with Xinhua. Starting with the newly unearthed palace, ancient capital cities were built in an axial structure with the main palace at the center, symbolizing the supremacy of imperial power, Liu said. Previously, ancient capitals were built with multiple imperial palaces, according to Liu. According to historical records, the Taiji Palace was built by Emperor Ming of the Wei State during the Three Kingdoms in 235 AD. It was used as the major palace in the capital city. The most important imperial activities were carried out there, such as the new year celebration, the enthronement of new emperors, and political decision making. Luoyang served as the capital of several dynasties starting in 770 BC, including the Eastern Zhou, Eastern Han, Wei of the Three Kingdoms, Western Jin, Northern Wei, Sui, Tang, the Later Liang and the Later Tang. The excavation, which began in July 2011, was conducted by the archaeological research institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. A set of new technologies and measures, including three dimensional scanning and image restoration, were used during the exploration and excavation. The excavation work has not yet been completed as archaeologists are still working to unearth the annex of the palace.


ROYAUME UNI5918146 large 5918138 large Harlyn Bay - An ancient burial site was discovered when council officers turned detective after human bones were found in the cavity of a cliff face in Cornwall. Andy Jones, an archaeologist team leader who is an expert in Bronze Age ceremonial monuments, said it was fascinating find because of what had already been located in the area.  “This area is one of the most important for prehistoric burials in Cornwall,” he said. “The sand protects bone from the acidic soil conditions making it one of the few places in Cornwall where unburnt bone will survive”.  Mr Jones and his team visited the site and found that the cavity was in fact a cist, a stone burial chest, which had been set into the ground. “Our investigation of the cist revealed that it contained a partial burial, the full skeleton does not seem to have been buried, of a young person possibly female.“There were no grave goods and the only find was a quartz block. “ The bones were carefully removed from the cavity and taken back to Mr Jone’s base at New County Hall for further investigation, including radiocarbon dating. This latest find is located close to several other burials of Bronze Age date of 3500-4000 years ago, which have been exposed by earlier cliff falls and a large Iron Age, around 2500-2000 years ago, cist grave cemetery is located nearby.