02-03 NOVEMBRE 2013 NEWS : Izmir - Pupuan - Badarpur - İşhan - Quail Creek






TURQUIE - article-2483536-1920a25400000578-786-634x458-1.jpg Izmir - An ancient Jewish cemetery has been unearthed by construction workers digging a tunnel in Turkey. Graves and bones were found seven meters below ground level during the building project in the Aegean province of Izmir, the Turkish government confirmed. Ironically, the extraordinary discovery was made in the area below the Archaeology Museum. But archeologists believe they have not yet found the true extent of the burial site, which was still being used until the mid 19th Century. Izmir, which has had a recorded urban history dating back more than 3,500 years, is home to Turkey's second largest Jewish community after Istanbul. Through out history the area has been home to a signigicant Jewish population.


INDONESIE - Pupuan  - A Bali man found a two-millenia-old sarcophagus on Thursday while plowing land to plant coffee seeds, a goverment archaeology official said. “The shape is like a stone coffin — more-or-less two meters long and one meter in width,” the head of the Denpasar Archeology Agency Wayan Suantika said on Friday. The farmer, I Nyoman Santika, found the sarcophagus on Oct. 29, 2013 in Pupuan village, in the Tabanan district of western Bali. The archaeology agency said a preliminary examination of the artifact indicated that it dated back around 2,300 years. The sarcophagus would have been used to bury a public figure after a preservation ritual, but at the time of writing, the authority was not able to determine for whom the coffin was made. Such objects have been found before in Tabanan. “The first sarcophagus was found in Tabanan in the 1930s during land clearing to build the Denpasar-Singaraja road,” Wayan said. Sociologists believe Bali was first settled around 4,000 years ago as a part of the Austronesian migration.


INDE / BANGLADESH – Badarpur - A Mughal era fort on the banks of the river Barak in Assam's Karimganj district would soon be restored.  The fort in Badarpur, which before independence was a part of present day Sylhet district in Bangladesh was a major railway and commercial hub during British rule.  The fort's fundamental structure revealed a Mughal provincial style, Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Sanjiv Gohain Boruah told PTI here.  The Karimganj district administration recently approached the state Directorate of Archaeology and the Archaeological Survey of India for restoration of the fort, which dates back to the 18th century.  "We have talked to ASI officials and a team of experts is to visit it soon to carry out a survey and chalk out plans to preserve the fort," Boruah said.  The fort located at the crossroads of the National Highway 44 and 53 and Badarpur railway junction, would be of special interest to tourists from Bangladesh as they had a shared history with the area, he said.  There was also a proposal to set up a museum at the adjacent heritage 'dak bungalow', which was currently serving as the circle office of the area.


TURQUIEn-57273-4.jpg İşhan  -The restoration of the historic İşhan Church, which is located in İşhan village of Yusufeli district in the Black Sea province, is set to be finished by the end of this year. The church, which dates back 700 years ago, has undergone restoration in the past and survived up until today. The first stage of restoration has gone on for a year and will be completed next month. The second and third stage should begin in the church. Cirit said archaeology excavations have been continuing around the church and the chapel for about a year and continued: “Most part of the restoration works have been completed. All additional parts were removed during the restoration. The inside and outside of the chapel were renovated. The outer façade from the early period in the northern part of the church was also restored. Also, water damage to the structure was prevented. Approximately 75 percent of the restoration efforts have been finished.” According to Cirit, the İşhan Church is one of the most important culture and faith tourism centers in Artvin.


USA5274ac1db110c-preview-300.jpg Quail Creek -The digging is over but the work has just begun on an archaeological project just inside the entrance to Quail Creek. WestLand Resources in Tucson has had 10 workers at the two-acre site for about six weeks, and on Thursday ended what it calls data recovery. They’ll spend the next several months processing and analyzing artifacts and preparing a report for Quail Creek developer Robson Communities, which requested the work. Workers at the site found evidence of 10 structures that indicate a small residential settlement dating to about A.D. 950. Deaver said they have a preliminary feel for the site and will spend the next few months studying what they found. Among the discoveries: Pottery sherds (shards are glass, sherds are pottery), including a large piece of “Rincon Red-on-Brown” with characteristics of the middle to late Sedentary Period, or about A.D. 1025. It is likely Hohokam, though it hasn’t been linked to a sub-branch. A turquoise pendant that Deaver called notable but not rare.  Cooking, processing and storage pits. Flakestone, a byproduct of the making of stone tools such as arrowheads. Part of a metate, the base stone for grinding food. A ground stone effigy of an animal that could have religious significance or simply be art. Fire pits and post holes to support homes.The project is the latest in decades of work documenting the history of those who lived near the Santa Cruz River south of the Tucson Basin. The first known archaeological study of the area was in 1954 by Paul Frick, a University of Arizona graduate student who plotted 10 areas in present-day Quail Creek. Over the past 25 years, several excavation projects have been undertaken in what are now Quail Creek and Madera Highlands. One of the most notable was the discovery of a shell pendant in 2005-06. It depicted a man walking upright with a staff with the head of bird on it. The so-called Shell Man artifact became the namesake of the site where it was discovered in the southwestern corner of Quail Creek. It is believed to be from the Colonial or Sedentary period, putting it anywhere from A.D. 750 to 1150. Deaver said the pendant suggested aspects of the culture that normally aren’t seen, including a hierarchy that may have existed. The rare piece was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Nation. Charest said there has been a lot of interest in the recent dig over the past several weeks and that there is talk about a short-term display of the artifacts at Quail Creek. He said archaeology helps us “stop and consider what came before us,” adding that there are lessons to be learned, including “how to manage natural resources in a way that is sustainable.”