02 OCTOBRE 2013 NEWS: Londres - Hermalle sous Argenteau - Kho My Cave - Vancouver -






ROYAUME UNI –  london1.png Londres - 'Another piece in the jigsaw of London's history' has been unearthed as continued work on the £14.8 billion Crossrail project led to the discovery of 20 Roman skulls. The cross-London scheme has already resulted in a number of exciting discoveries made whilst workers were building a utility tunnel at the Liverpool Street station site. Construction workers carefully removed the human skulls and Roman pottery found in the sediment of the historic channel of the River Walbrook under the direction of Crossrail's archaeologists. The remains were found below the Bedlam burial ground, built in the 16th century, where 3,000 skeletons will be carefully removed during major archaeological excavations throughout 2014. The skulls were located in clusters, indicating they were caught in a bend in the river. Their location suggests skulls they were washed out of the burial ground during Roman times. For safety reasons, the archaeologists have had to allow excavation work to be carried out by the tunnellers as the skulls were buried up to six metres below ground. Skulls dating back to the Roman era have been found along the throughout London's history, leading to speculation they were heads decapitated by Queen Boudicca's rebels during the rebellion against Roman occupation in the 1st century AD. However, later archaeology suggested that the River Walbrook possibly eroded a Roman cemetery under Eldon Street in the Liverpool Street area and the skulls and other bones had been washed downstream. The tunnellers have also discovered wooden medieval structures believed to have been part of the walls of the Bedlam burial ground. The Museum of London Archaeology has been tasked with examining the findings over the coming months and hope to find out more about the age, sex and diet of the people associated with the Roman skulls.


BELGIQUE – Hermalle sous Argenteau - Une découverte archéologique de première importance vient d'être réalisée à Hermalle-sous-Argenteau, dans le cadre du vaste chantier du Trilogiport, la future plateforme multimodale. Des fouilles ont été menées sur la dernière parcelle à explorer, entre la clinique Notre Dame d'Hermalle-sous-Argenteau et la Meuse. Et ce qu'on y a trouvé dépasse toutes les espérances des archéologues.  Des traces de présences, dont les plus anciennes datent de l'âge de la pierre, 10 mille ans avant notre ère, ont en effet été mises à jour. Marc Léotard, responsable du service de l'archéologie à Liège: "C'est tantôt une nécropole gallo-romaine, tantôt des traces d'occupation très bien conservées appartenant aux premiers agriculteurs qui ont occupé nos régions dans le courant du 4e millénaire, et c'est tantôt également des traces d'occupation mésolithique, c'est-à-dire les derniers chasseurs qui ont séjourné là également. On a donc un lot de découvertes extraordinaires que l'on va devoir gérer dans le cadre de la programmation du chantier de construction du Trilogiport". Les fouilles réalisées sur une autre parcelle du Trilogiport avaient déjà permis de mettre au jour une nécropole vieille d'environ 3000 ans. 200 objets y ont été prélevés: des urnes, des bijoux, du mobilier, toujours en cours d'analyse au service de l'archéologie de Liège.


VIET NAM20130927165501-hagiang.jpg  Kho My Cave - Some cave paintings, believed to have prehistoric origin, have recently been found on the walls of Kho My Cave, Quan Ba District in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. The paintings depict four prehistoric people standing side by side in a ceremony which may relate to a hunting festival or totemism rituals, according to Associate Professor Dr. Trinh Nam Cung from the Vietnam Institute of Archeology. The Institute’s experts came to the site to explore the meaning and date of the drawings as similar ones had previously been found in Flores island, Indonesia, Silpa mountain in southern Thailand and Ipoh limestone hill in central Malaysia. The mixture of crimson-coloured mineral, plant oil or sap, and water was used to color the paintings, said Chung. Vestiges of prehistoric people have so far also been found in Ha Giang’s Dong Van and Yen Minh districts.


CANADA – Vancouver - The Musqueam First Nation says it has finalized the purchase of land in Vancouver's Marpole area that contains an aboriginal village and burial site that are estimated to be 3,000 years old.  A new condo development was to be built on the privately-owned property until the discovery of human remains halted construction and led to protests last year. The B.C. government had granted development permits, but the Musqueam First Nation argued that was a mistake  and said the land should be returned to the band to preserve.