01 - 06 JUILLET 2010


- 06 JUILLET : 

               - FRANCE : Caen - Les fouilles réalisées par l'INRAP, place Saint-Sauveur, ont permis de confirmer plusieurs hypothèses, mais aussi de réaliser de belles découvertes. 'La place apparaît dans les textes dès le XIIe siècle comme un lieu de marché. Ces recherches précisent qu'elle était plus petite de moitié au XIIIe siècle, la partie la plus pointue en direction du tribunal étant réservée à la voirie”, explique l'archéologue de l'INRAP, Bénédicte Guillot. De son côté, François Fichet de Clairfontaine, conservateur régional de l'archéologie, est ravi d'avoir découvert un cimetière au pied de l'église Saint-Sauveur. “Les premières sépultures analysées datent du XVIe siècle, avant que le cimetière ne soit abandonné à la fin du XVIIIe”. 


 - ROYAUME-UNI : Tewkesbury - A 2,000-YEAR-OLD human skeleton has been unearthed alongside Iron Age artefacts near Tewkesbury. Archaeologists uncovered signs of the ancient Roman villa in a field on the edge of Bredon's Norton. The area being examined is 200 metres long and 15 metres wide. The footings survive to a height of nearly 1m cut into the hillside, large pieces of masonry and flagstone flooring had been found and it was well preserved. Fragments of stone peg-tiles from the roof and sections of painted wall plaster indicate a building of high quality and status.


 - 05 JUILLET :

 - TURQUIE Sagalassos -  This season’s excavations of the ancient city of Sagalassos, located in south-western Turkey, have begun, the arcaheological team’s focus will be the restoration of the Fountain of Antoninus. The settlement’s history goes back more than 12,000 years. Sagalassos became Pisidia’s second most important city in the Hellenistic period (333-325 BC) and the city’s power was further enhanced when hegemony passed to the Roman Empire in 25 BC.


 - 04 JUILLET :

 - U.S.A. :  Yogo Creek - Word spread far and wide that gold was discovered in Yogo Creek more than 130 years ago, calling miners to its remote riverbeds with greed gleaming in their eyes. Two years after the first flood of prospectors, the 1880 census recorded only a few dozen people in the area.


 - ALLEMAGNE : Berlin - Archaeological work will soon begin at Rackliffe House, the 1740s merchant-planter's home on Sinepuxent Neck, overlooking Assateague Island outside of Berlin.


 - CHINE : Zhenjiang - Four gigantic stones recently salvaged from the bottom of the Yangtze River near Jiaoshan Mountain in Zhenjiang City in east China's Jiangsu Province, may be the remnants of an inscription more than 1,000 years old. The Yiheming Inscription that dates back to 514 A.D. was a dedication by an ancient Chinese calligrapher to a dead crane he raised. The Inscription was carved into a cliff overlooking the Yangtze River in Zhenjiang. Salvage work for the Inscription begun as early as the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). More than 10 stone remnants were recovered during the Southern Song Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and more than 200 Chinese characters were recognized.


 - 03 JUILLET :

 - ISRAËL : Bethsaida - Team of researchers uncovered a rare gold coin during excavation work in the ancient city of Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The coin, which weighs 7 grams, is 97.6 percent gold. The gold coin, about three-quarters of an inch in diameter, carries the image of Antoninus Pius, the 15th Roman emperor, who reigned between A.D. 138 and 161. The Bethsaida coin is the first Antoninus Pius gold coin excavated in Israel.


 - INDE : Jaipur - The Pink City's celebrated astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar, is in the race for the UNESCO's World Heritage status. The city fathers, the Rajasthan Government and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have readied enough material to push forward the cause of the 18th century scientific and architectural wonder, built by the former ruler and founder of Jaipur city, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, when the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee meets in Brasilia in Brazil end of this month. Jantar Mantar—the name derived from “Yantra Mantra” (instruments and formulae) -- situated just outside the gates of the City Palace in the Walled City area of Jaipur, is one of the five astronomical observatories built by the former ruler in various parts of the country including Delhi. Considered to be the largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar took its final shape around 1733.


 - ROYAUME-UNI :   Blodwen is the nickname given to a Neolithic skeleton found on Little Orme in Llandudno, Conwy county, in 1891. Carbon dating tests carried out at Oxford University have revealed that Blodwen died around 3510 BC, aged somewhere between her late fifties and early sixties. Orthopaedic examinations show that was about 5ft (1.52m), powerfully built, and her bone structure suggests she was accustomed to carrying heavy loads, both on her head and in her arms. The Council for British Archaeology has arranged for her to form part of a three-month tomb builders' exhibition at Llandudno Museum.


 - PAKISTAN : Archaeologists are resuming excavation at historic Gor Khatri monument to discover the exact archaeological profile of ancient Peshawar. The excavation at Gor Khatri, which continued for four years, revealed 20 layers that provide a complete profile of the city ranging from British down to the pre Indo-Greek era. The excavation discovered that Peshawar was a province of Persian Alchamenian Empire in 4 to 6 century BC.


 - U.S.A. : North Dakota - Researchers say they have found what might be the only pottery firing pit ever discovered along the Missouri River.Tests must confirm what archaeologists suspect after investigating the remains of a 500-year-old fire pit that was revealed by flooding on the Knife River last year. The Knife is a tributary of the Missouri.

 - 02 JUILLET :

 - FRANCE : Rairé - Le mystère des pierres alignées, dites aussi "îerres à vaches" à proximité du moulin de Rairé, reste entier! Depuis longtemps, cet alignement de quatre pierres couchées et d'une dressée intrigue. De nombreuses ont été déplacées. On en retrouve d'ailleurs plusieurs disséminées dans les alentours du moulin de Rairé. Pour apporter des réponses, des fouilles vont être entreprises durant ce mois de juillet.


 - ISRAËL :  Mount Gerizim is sacred to the Samaritans who regard it, rather than Jerusalem's Temple Mount, as the location chosen by God for a holy temple. Behind the rusty iron fence surrounding the archaeological work on Mount Gerizim lies one of Israel's most impressive antiquities sites. Over more than two decades, Yitzhak Magen dug up a 2,000-year-old city, once home to 10,000 people. The site consists of streets lined with houses, a marketplace and town center. Thousands of bones of sacrificial animals and tens of thousands of coins tell its story.


 - ROYAUME-UNI :  Archaeologists are to start excavations on a suspected ancient burial site to try to understand the significance of a Llangollen landmark. But the team will have to work carefully because the 9th Century Pillar of Eliseg, a CADW-protected ancient monument, stands directly on top of the barrow - burial mound - and the archaeologists can't disturb it.



 - ISRAËL :   The Tel Aviv municipality may soon launch a broad initiative to restore and display archaeological artifacts across the city.


 - FRANCE :   Montpellier -  Une calade de la fin du XVIII e et d'autres niveaux de circulation ultérieurs montrent leur surélévation progressive.


 - ITALIE :  Palermo - The wreck of a Roman ship from the first century AD which is still whole and has over 500 wide-mouthed amphorae onboard has been discovered to the south of the island of Panarea.


 - EGYPTE :   Cleopatra died from a lethal drug cocktail instead of a snakebite, according to a new study.


 - ISRAEL :    A 3,200-year-old round bronze tablet with a carved face of a woman, found at the El-ahwat excavation site near Katzir in central Israel, is part of a linchpin that held the wheel of a battle chariot in place.


 - MEXIQUE  :     Specialists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) restored 40 square meters of a 17th century mural painting discovered in the subsoil of Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City.


 - ROYAUME-UNI : Gloucester. Stone blocks that made up the Roman city wall were uncovered during the excavation of foundations for an 'art wall' in Kimbrose Triangle.