02 JUIN 2016 NEWS: Nahal Tse'elim - Tzipori - Milas - Lancaster - Chypre -
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ISRAEL – Nahal Tse'elim - The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) has announced comprehensive archaeological excavations in the Judean Desert caves to rescue Dead Sea scrolls from being lost to looters. "The goal of the national plan that we are advancing is to excavate and find all of the scrolls that remain in the caves, once and for all, so that they will be rescued and preserved by the state," said IAA's Director-General Israel Hasson. Hasson referred to the Dead Sea scrolls as having "religious, political and historical importance to Jews, Christians and all of humanity". He also indicated that the Judean Desert caves have been "excavated illicitly and plundered" for the past years. "The excavation in Nahal Tse'elim is an operation of extraordinary complexity and scope, and one that has not occurred in the Judean Desert in the past thirty years," said Amir Ganor, director of the IAA's Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery. According to the report, the excavation is currently undergoing in the Cave of Skulls which is at 80 meters from a cliff top and 250 meters off the base of the "wadi." Rappelling and camp accommodations in "desert field conditions" are part of the undertakings for the project's more than 500 Israeli and foreign participants. The current project is expected to be carried out for another two weeks or more if necessary.
ISRAEL – Tzipori - A group of Israeli high school girls discovered an Egyptian Scarab amulet estimated to be nearly 3,300-years-old on Wednesday morning while on a field trip to an archaeological site in the Galilee. Tzipori is a village that doubles as an archaeological site located in the Galilee region of Israel. The site has provided rich and diverse historical and archaeological findings that span from the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, all the way up to the early Ottoman period. According to the IAA, the young school girls were helping archaeologists in Zipori dig and sift through the sand when they came upon the amulet. Dr. Daphna Ben-Tor, curator of Egyptian archaeology at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, identified the item as an ancient Egyptian Scarab amulet, roughly 3,300-years-old. “This Scarab comes from the Egyptian Golden Age and belongs to the time of the 19th dynasty, most likely during the reign of Ramses,” Ben-Tor told TPS.“Many such sacred scarab amulets were found around Israel, demonstrating the cultural, economic, and political Egyptian influence over Canaan during the Bronze Age,” she explained.
TURQUIE – Milas - Archeologists discovered on Tuesday women's jewelry, believed to be 2,500-year-old, during ongoing excavations in Milas district of Turkey's southern Muğla province. According to the Anadolu Agency report, Milas Archaeology Museum Directorate teams came across a historical tomb, which was said to contain bones belonging to a woman. During the excavation, the teams found two gold earrings, decorated with depictions of a human face, and one gold ring. Milas, similar to many other western regions in the western Turkey, is an ancient city dating back to thousands of years.,The city's earliest historical mention is at the beginning of the 7th century B.C., when a Carianleader from Mylasa by name Arselis is recorded to have helped Gyges of Lydia in his contest for the Lydian throne. Meanwhile, Milas district contains 27 remarkable archaeological sites. The city was the first capital of ancient Caria and of the Anatolian beylik of Menteşe in prior to the Ottoman Empire. There was also a Jewish community that lived in Milas.
ROYAUME UNI – Lancaster - Archaeologists have just uncovered a well during their search for Roman discoveries at Lancaster’s Castle Hill site. The well has been unearthed next to a wall – a wall the team believe could be a Roman fort. A team from Beyond the Castle project and many volunteers have been digging for nearly two weeks in the hope to prove the theory of a Roman fort. Trenches dug in the late 1920s and early 1970s have been re-opened to seek out geothermal data relating to Lancaster’s Late Roman Shore Fort. The Shore Fort was one of a succession of Roman Forts, dating from the first to fourth centuries, which occupied Lancaster’s Castle Hill. The site near Lancaster Castle and the Priory has not been dug on for 41 years.
CHYPRE - - An underwater virtual reality project, iMareCulture, which is being launched by the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) in Limassol has secured total EU funding of €2.7m over the next three years after scoring 14 out of 15 in open competition. The EU competition called for projects that involve the creation of virtual museums and social platforms on European digital heritage, memory, identity and cultural interaction. The university said their proposal was one of only four out of 96 proposals submitted that won funding in the competition. It said that although the commercial sea routes of antiquity, and ancient shipwrecks, constituted irrefutable proof of cultural interaction in the Mediterranean, “unfortunately, because of their nature, ancient shipwrecks and submerged archaeological sites are inaccessible to the public”. iMareCulture will explore ways to bring this inherently inaccessible sunken cultural heritage to the general public through the use of virtual reality, which will involve collecting, processing and creating three-dimensional versions of existing underwater shipwrecks. On completion of the programme, remote visitors will be able to have a personalised visit to the underwater environment through a virtual reality museum using interactive holograms. The plan also includes real-time images through tablets placed at the underwater sites that will transmit data as to the exact locations of the shipwrecks and information about their history.