01 NOVEMBRE 2013 NEWS: Luoyang - Tennessee - Derby - Ayodhya - Arequipa - Aleppo -






CHINE –  silk-road-615x296.jpg roman-coin-1.jpgLuoyang - Archaeologists conducting excavations at an ancient tomb in Luoyang, Henan Province, China, found Monday a gold coin from the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire  estimated to be over 1,500 years old. Minted during 491–518 AD, the gold coin was likely used as an amulet or an ornament, rather than as an accepted currency in China. The tomb, discovered during road construction work last year, is located in an area believe to have host an imperial cemetery area from the Northern Wei Dynasty. Up to now, chinaware, bronze utensils and stoneware have been found there. The finding, reports China National News, is yet another proof of a long history of exchange between the Eastern and the Western civilizations and suggests that the area was part of the ancient section of the “Silk Road,” used by merchants travelling between China and the Mediterranean cultures. Though Western coins had been discovered at ancient tombs in China, the one unearthed yesterday preserved its original shape, to the point that —when found— reportedly glittered just like a brand new one would.


USA - chota.jpg East Tennessee - There has long been an assumption that the Cherokee Indians lived throughout East Tennessee. This idea is largely based on vague historical accounts and scattered artifacts, and many of these accounts refer to small groups camping or hunting in the area.  Scientists now have firm archaeological evidence of thriving Cherokee towns in our region that span perhaps 300 years or more,” said Franklin. “Some of these towns may have been here quite early, in fact, dating to about 1450.”Franklin has led excavations at these sites and will talk about the evidence of the Cherokee towns located in East Tennessee.  However, much of the evidence is endangered by illegal and ill-advised digging by non-archaeologists. Scientists have an opportunity to explore 300 years of Cherokee history, but archaeologists and the public must protect these sites and be sure they are investigated in a thoughtful and systematic manner so researchers have the opportunity to fully understand each site’s deep history.  These archaeological sites must not only be investigated, they must be protected in order to reconstruct their histories,” said Franklin.


ROYAUME UNI – Derby - Archaeologists will be dusting of their trowels to delve deeper into Derby's Roman past on Monday – following the unearthing of a Roman settlement earlier this year. This most recent phase of the dig, being carried out as part of the Our City Our River flood defence works in the Chester Green area of Derby, will investigate three  new archeological trenches at the southern part of Darley playing field. Archaeologists hope to ascertain the full extent of the site to provide a better understanding of how the flood defences should be designed to avoid impacting on the significant historical remains. The first phase of the work in summer unearthed important discoveries including the remains of a Roman road with the foundations of a number of Roman buildings on either side of it. This suggests that a small civilian settlement stood outside one of the gates of the fort, along either side of one of the principal routes that led to it.


 INDE- ayodhya-200-0.jpg Ayodhya  - The Buddhist organisations in the temple town believe that digging at some of the key ancient mounds like Mani Parbat, Sugriva Parbat and Kuber Parbat could help establish the Buddhist heritage of the town. Mani Parbat is identified by a stupa built by emperor Ashoka. During his stay in Ayodhya, Lord Buddha is considered to have preached the Law of Dharma from here. Sugriva Tila is an ancient monastery. Alexander Cunningham, ASI’s first director general has mentioned the sites in his findings. However, these sites are not defined as Buddhist under the ASI, reveals RTI information sourced by Ayodhya resident Vineet Maurya. Mr. Maurya who has for the past two decades campaigned in favour of revamping Ayodhya’s Buddhist culture, believes that restoring such spots is the only way to attract a large number of tourists and grants from foreign countries. He has written letters to the Archaeological department, the Chief Minister and the Home Ministry to carry out carbon-dating and declare these sites as Buddhist tourist spots.


PEROU624x468-1-2.jpg Arequipa - According to Andina news agency, the find is unprecedented in the architectural history of Arequipa. “In Arequipa, there aren’t major existing vestiges of rural architecture and especially not in the historical center of the city. It’s because of this that the find discovered at the dwelling located at 350 Calle Bolognesi is important for the city,” said William Palomino, lead architect of the restoration project at the site. Palomino told Andina that the architecture is best characterized as “proto-hispanic,” as it originated in the earliest period of Spanish occupation in Perú. As is typical of this kind of architecture, it lacks the later aslar and tiled roof construction seen in later Ibero-American structures. The work that’s been done so far in the house show some architectural indications that the property may have formed part of the La Palla tambo, as a cross with a three-stepped pedestal was found on the facade of the house, which is a symbol that was placed on tambos.” During the period of the Inca empire, tambos were important resting places for messengers who traveled on the extensive road networks.


ISRAËL - 220px-aleppo-codex-deut.jpgAleppo Codex - Throughout its long history, the Aleppo Codex has been carefully and jealously guarded. The Aleppo Codex online project, however, has placed the Aleppo Codex among the ranks of other ancient Biblical manuscripts that have been made available to all via the web. Under the auspices of the Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem and funding by George S. Blumenthal, the Aleppo Codex online—that is, at least the remnants of it that arrived in Jerusalem in 1957—is available free for anyone with a computer and an internet connection.