01 DECEMBRE 2011 NEWS
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CHINE – Changzhi - A two-story, Jin Dynasty-era (AD265-420) tomb in the shape of a tower pavilion -- a style that had previously only been seen on frescos from that period -- has been unearthed in Changzhi, a city in north China's Shanxi province. Yang Linzhong, an archeologist with the Shanxi Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics, said Thursday that the 5.5-meters-high tomb was built with blue bricks engraved with exquisite decoration, and its structure mimics wooden buildings from that time. "Two-story tombs from the Jin Dynasty have rarely been unearthed, but we have seen this type of tomb on murals in other tombs," said Yang. He said the tomb was discovered when a local plant was building a workshop, and the institute carried out an emergent excavation in October after receiving the report of the finding. The 17-chamber tomb features an arched top, windows and cornice brackets, and is furnished with living necessities, such as a well, a stone mill, pots and ceramic items. Yang said that the tomb does not have a gravestone or an inscription revealing the identity of its master, but experts with the institute believe it was occupied by a wealthy family. Archeologists also found another one-story tomb from the same period 4.5 meters away, which is believed to have been occupied by kindred clans of the wealthy family. Yang said that the tombs are of great value in the study of the period's funeral customs and social and economic situations.
PALESTINE – Beit El - For many years, the site of Jacob's dream was identified in a Roman - Byzantine citadel named Burj Bitin located south of the Arab village of Bitin, near Ramallah. In a new documentary, just released today, Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi brings the archaeological discoveries in a site named Makam Sheikh Abdallah, near the settlement of Bet El. These findings prove the theory suggested by Prof. Zeev Vilnai, that the site of Jacob's dream became the site of the Temple of King Jeroboam in Makam Sheikh Abdallah. In recent years, the archaeological findings proved this was the site of the Israelite Temple which was probably located on the site of Jacob's dream. The documentary brings the first pictures from the archaeological findings and the accumulation of facts which can lead to the conclusion that the site of Jacob's dream has been discovered. In a new documentary, just released today, Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi brings the archaeological discoveries in a site named Makam Sheikh Abdallah, near the settlement of Bet El. These findings prove the theory suggested by Prof. Zeev Vilnai, that the site of Jacob's dream became the site of the Temple of King Jeroboam in Makam Sheikh Abdallah. In recent years, the archaeological findings proved this was the site of the Israelite Temple which was probably located on the site of Jacob's dream. The documentary brings the first pictures from the archaeological findings and the accumulation of facts which can lead to the conclusion that the site of Jacob's dream has been discovered.
EGYPTE – – Ain al-Sabil - During routine excavations at the Ain Al-Sabil area of Dakhla oasis, an Egyptian mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) stumbled on what it believes to be a Coptic settlement dating back to the 4th century AD. Mostafa Amin, the Secretary General of the SCA, made the announcement, explaining that the newly discovered settlement consists of remains of residential houses and service buildings as well as a large Basilica with distinguished columns and a wooden alter adorned with foliage decoration and icons showing Jesus, the Virgin Mary, angels and saints. “I am very happy with what the mission has found; because it is the first time this area was explored,” Amin told Ahram Online. He continued that this new discovery not only forms another another archaeological attraction but “will lead us to other settlements that can be dated to different eras as well.” The Head of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities department, Mohsen Sayed Aly said that excavators also uncovered a number of houses, bronze coins dating to the 3rd and 4th century AD, as well as a collection of clay pots. Aly pointed out that one complete and fully furnished house was found. It consist of a large hall enclosing several small living rooms, a kitchen, an oven and a large staircase. Excavations are now in full swing, aiming in order to uncover more of the city.
ROYAUME UNI – Croydon - A developer wants to build homes on the grounds of an old graveyard – but experts fear human remains may lie beneath. Archaeologists believe burials could have been carried out at the plot next to 62 St Peter's Road in South Croydon, where an application for 14 flats has been submitted. A map dating back 143 years shows that the planned development site was located in the boundary of St Peter's Church graveyard. And experts from the Archaeology Group believe further documentary research and archaeological investigation should be carried out.
ITALIE – Rome - The artisans that restore Italy's vast art and archeological sites say they are excluded from the project to give the Roman Colosseum a 25 million-euro face-lift and called on the government to stop all work or risk causing "irreparable damage'' to the 2,000 year old amphitheatre. According to the Rome-based Restorers Association of Italy trade group, a government official charged with overseeing work on Rome's archeological sites two years ago changed contract bidding rules largely squeezing out art and archeology restoration firms in favour of large building contracting companies with far less knowledge on repairing the country's fragile historical heritage. In an open letter to Italy's new culture minister Lorenzo Oraghi published Thursday, the restorers group called on him to stop the bidding or "to avoid irreparable damage to the Italy's most celebrated monument with consequences of causing damage to Italy's image."
EGYPTE – Louxor - Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a large statue of king Amenhotep III who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago and who was the grandfather of the famed boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun. The Supreme Council of Antiquities says the latest find was made at the king's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor. Thursday's statement says the 44 feet (13.5 meter) tall statue is made of colored quartzite. It is composed of several large pieces that once put together will depict the king as standing. Amenhotep III ruled from 1390-1352 B.C. The latest find comes after several other relics of the king were unearthed last year in his mortuary temple on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor.