01 AOÛT 2017 NEWS: Orikum - Clachtoll - Sheshatshiu -
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ALBANIE – Orikum - A team from Switzerland-based Octopus Foundation will be back on a mission to Albania early next September to conduct research on the historical site of Orikum, southern Albania, whose ancient port played a crucial role in Roman emperor Julius Caesar’s ascent to total domination. Archaeologists from Tirana and the University of Geneva, UNIGE, will investigate the remains that were found in the lagoon right next to the forgotten city. “The basis for the 2017 expedition will be the 2016 aerial map, which highlighted many remains sticking out of the lagoon’s seafloor,” the Swiss nonprofit foundation said in a statement. Krisztian Gal, an archaeologist mandated by the UNIGE, will try to figure out if some of these remains belong to the ancient port that was described by Julius Caesar in his books on the Roman Civil War. Major discoveries made in Oricum, a site largely unexplored until a decade ago include, a public building with a unique architecture, a monumental fountain, one of the doors to the city and an intact tomb. Oricum was the first port captured by Caesar on his pursuit of Pompey, explains the Swiss archaeologist Gionata Consagra. “After several short mentions, a battle took place in the city. While describing it, Caesar gave us very precise topographical details. Incredibly, they match the actual landscape. It leads us to believe there were very few topographical changes in the past 2000 years, as the sea still ends roughly at the same place,” he is quoted as saying by Octupus Foundation.
ROYAUME UNI – Clachtoll – A major community archaeology project taking place at a Highland broch this summer is set to shed light on Iron-Age life. Volunteers are welcome at the dig at the broch at Clachtoll, in Assynt, one of the most important Iron-Age settlements on the north-west coast of Scotland. “The project will involve conservation and excavation of the broch, including removal of hundreds of tonnes of rubble from inside the building,” said Gordon Sleight, chairman of Historic Assynt. “Underneath it we believe that there are undisturbed Iron-Age layers that could prove very exciting. There will also be some excavation outside the broch, to discover what was present in its immediate surroundings and to better understand some of the other Iron-Age buildings in the area.” Earlier projects in 2011 and 2014 addressed concerns that the broch was becoming unsafe, and involved preliminary investigations. These revealed some of the complexities of the building, which would have stood up to 14 metres (40 feet) high, with a double-walled cooling-tower shape, chambers between the inner and outer circular walls, protective building over the entrance passage, a first-floor gallery, and a scarcement ledge on which the first floor would have rested. The earlier excavations also found charcoal, dated from between 150BC and 50AD, which archaeologists believed to originate from a catastrophic fire that caused the building to collapse. They believe whatever lies underneath the rubble inside the broch is therefore likely to date from before this time, and thus could reveal fascinating insights into our Iron-Age past. The ruins of hundreds of brochs remain around the Scottish coastline, but few have an undisturbed interior – so the Clachtoll broch is considered an important and potentially unique archaeological monument. The people who built it were part of a sophisticated maritime culture stretching up to the Northern Isles and out to the Hebrides at a time prior to the Roman conquest of southern Britain.
CANADA – Sheshatshiu - Housing site is an Innu camp from about 3,000 years ago. Just off a residential street in Sheshatshiu, locals, students and others are on their hands and knees sifting through the earth. They're finding tools and other artifacts used by Innu people who used to camp and live there thousands of years ago — clearing the way for much-needed modern-day dwellings to be built.