01 JUILLET 2016 NEWS: Vindolanda - Ecosse - Nimrud - Corbel -








ROYAUME UNIBarrel stave Vindolanda - On the 16th June one of those spine tingling discoveries was made in the deep anaerobic trenches where the oxygen-free conditions enables almost perfect preservation of the ancient remains. A barrel stave, dating c AD90, complete with the most vivid brand and numbers was unearthed. The stave, made from pine and almost certainly imported from Spain bears the as yet unidentified makers brand. The numerals MCC indicate the barrel contained a quantity of 1200 but what the contents were remains a mystery. Dr Briley went on to say ‘the barrel stave has been one of the highlights of the season so far and we hope over the coming weeks we will know more about ALBIN - NORB  as images of the stave have been sent to specialists in both Spain and here in the UK for further interpretation. However, we can guess that ALBIN could mean ALBINVS, the name of the manufacturer of the barrel, and NORB is the place of origin’.


ROYAUME UNI90164645 stoneone Ecosse - A digital database of Scotland's Neolithic and early Bronze Age rock art is to be created. About 6,000 rocks are known in Britain to have ancient cup and ring carvings. More than 2,000 of the sites are found in Scotland. The database would include 2D and 3D models of some of the decorated stone. The project will be launched next year and involve the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art. Archaeologists believe the markings may have been made for a number of reasons. These include for rituals, as territorial markers or mapping the stars. They could even be the "doodlings" of bored, ancient shepherds.


IRAQResize479x360 b7d9296891a89770d9b5fcfb1f5bbb18 29aaabe608741bbde4b541cf09f35357500x375 quality99 o 1amcai2fd1st9rj41d0bl2u1pd0n Nimrud - The destruction of the Temple of Nabu in the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq by the Islamic State (Isil) has been condemned by Unesco and a leading UK archaeologist. As part of its propaganda campaign, the jihadist group issued video footage earlier this month that appeared to show part of the ancient archaeological site being blown up.  The United Nations training and research agency, Unitar, released satellite images taken on 3 June confirming the damage to the temple, which was built in the ninth century. “Compared to imagery collected 12 January [2016], we observe extensive damage to the main entrance of what is known as Nabu Temple,” the agency said. The Isil “video taken from several angles shows explosives being detonated behind and under the [entrance] arch,” the archaeologist Christopher Jones writes on his blog. A series of mermen sculptures flanking the arch were seriously damaged. He adds: “As can be seen in after shots, the arch collapsed but the majority of the structure is still standing… In a move surely calculated to provoke a media reaction, the video concluded with an Isis member stating that the group intends to go to Egypt and blow up the pyramids and the sphinx.” The video footage also shows a bulldozer demolishing the seventh-century Mashki Gate in Nineveh, which is also located in the north of the country near the city of Mosul. 


FRANCETitle 1467121829 Corbel - Des vestiges de meules à grains datant du Moyen-Âge ont été découverts dans la forêt de Chartreuse, sur la commune de Corbel. Une carrière qui aurait produit 5000 meules de moulins a estimé Alain Belmont, l’archéologue qui a dirigé les fouilles menées entre le 23 mai et le 10 juin.