02 MAI 2016 NEWS: Jamestown - Selkirk - Borth - Derby - Trichy -
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USA – Jamestown - The return of warm weather and longer days has given archaeologists at Jamestown Rediscovery Project the opportunity to make significant progress on the excavation of a cellar just outside of the original James Fort, and their work there continues to turn up unusual and enlightening finds. The biggest discovery in the past month came in the form of an unusually shaped metal object. The artifact, which conservator and curator Katharine Corneli described as a “semi-circle with a squiggly line in it,” had the Jamestown Rediscovery team stumped as to its purpose when they first stumbled upon it in the field. Because of the fragile nature of the object, the archaeologists working to excavate it created what they call a “pedestal” – a supporting layer of dirt they removed from the ground with the object – to help safely transport it into the lab, where they began to research what their find might be. What the team learned was that this unusual looking
ROYAUME UNI – Selkirk - Scots archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the medieval church where William Wallace was named Guardian of Scotland. Freedom fighter Wallace and Andrew de Moray were given the title after leading a small Scottish force to victory over Edward I's English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. A ceremony took place shortly after the battle in the Kirk o' the Forest in Selkirk and the remains of a medieval chapel have now been located in a ground study of the ruins of the Borders town's 18th century Auld Kirk. Experts were expecting to find a 16th century church on the site but made a much older discovery. Dr Bowles said: "Ruins of the Auld Kirk date from the 18th century, but we knew this had replaced earlier churches on site from the 12th and 16th centuries. "It has been widely acknowledged that this was the site of the Kirk of the Forest where Wallace was made Guardian of Scotland following his and Andrew Moray's defeat of the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. "We had been expecting the geophysics survey to uncover a 16th century church that we know to have existed and which was a replacement to the medieval church, but the only evidence in the survey is in relation to the medieval church.
ROYAUME UNI – Borth - A 4,000-year-old red deer skull and antlers has been found on the same Welsh beach where an ancient forest was uncovered by storms two years ago. The amazing find was made by two walkers who spotted the antlers lying in the sand on the beach at Borth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales – an area already rich in archaeology. The 4ft-wide antlers belonged to a giant stag which roamed the forest during the Bronze Age, and were laid bare by strong tides on the Cardigan Bay coastline.
ROYAUME UNI – Derby - They could be lucky enough to find pieces like the pottery shard. Project supervisor, Laura Binns, said: "It [the winged being] could be some sort of deity or fantastical figure. Pieces like that have been found on earlier excavations of the area as well. It's Samian pottery which would have been reused and reused and would, most likely, have come from Gaul." The dig has been carried out around the site of a Roman fort, first built in the area around 80AD, and has focused on a village that developed outside the walls that could have been built in the early 3rd century.
INDE – Trichy - The sixth century AD Thaiyum Aanavar temple in the foothills of Rock Fort, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the state archaeology department, was cleaned on Saturday by the city civic body as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The temple was constructed by Pallava king Mahendravarman. The rock also has a Vinayagar temple on its top. Rock Fort known as the treasure trove for archaeological remains has Jain beds and Pallava rock caves. There are several interesting mythological stories behind the remains.