03 - 04 NOVEMBRE 2012 NEWS: Charlottesville - Truro - Bangor -
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USA – Charlottesville - Archaeologists discovered a burial site on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The discovery was made during a survey in preparation for an expansion to the already existing UVa cemetery. Stone and marble markers show where people were laid to rest more than a hundred years ago. "We have uncovered evidence, approximately 30 individual interments within our project area," Benjamin Ford said. "We don't know the names of the individuals of the people who were buried here. We believe that burial area would have been used throughout the 1800's." The quote reads : "In old times, the university servants were buried on the north side of the cemetery, just outside of the wall."
ROYAUME UNI – Truro - Remains of a prehistoric enclosure have been discovered by archaeologists in Truro, Cornwall. It is understood the enclosure was built during the early Neolithic period (3800 BC to 3600 BC). Archaeologists say it was built at the same time as Carn Brea, a tor enclosure near Redruth.The team will now take samples to verify the date of the enclosure, before re-burying the site, in line with national guidelines. Dan Ratcliffe, from Cornwall Council's Historic Environment Service, said: "A causewayed enclosure was a large circular or oval area enclosed by a large bank and ditch. "These sites date to the early Neolithic period - a period which also saw the introduction of agriculture to Britain, the domestication of animals, the manufacture of pottery, and the first appearance of large communally-built, ceremonial monuments." Around 80 sites with evidence of causewayed enclosures are known across southern Britain. The find at Truro is the first to be discovered to the south west of the border between Dorset and Devon, although Carn Brea and also Helman Tor, are thought to have been built at the same time and may have served similar functions.
USA – Bangor - Tribal and Navy archaeologists are mining a shell midden uncovered at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor for information about early Native Americans. Base archaeologist Dave Grant, while monitoring a project to restore Cattail Lake to a Hood Canal estuary, noticed that an excavator dug up a layer of black. Tests determined it to be part of a shell midden, a native landfill. Native Americans gathered for centuries at the sand spit formed between the mouth of Cattail Creek and Hood Canal. The Bangor shell midden contains a burned log that was carbon-dated to the 1300s, Grant said. Also found were fire-cracked rocks, charcoal, shells and artifacts. The area is ancestral territory for the Skokomish, S'Klallam and Suquamish tribes, said Dennis Lewarch, historic preservation officer for the Suquamish Tribe. Archaeology can't distinguish which one or ones used the site, but it can tell much about life there. "A shell midden is really refuse accumulations from people living there, so there is a lot of information in those deposits about their diets — fish bones, deer bones, elk bones, seals, things like that," Lewarch said. He called it a time capsule that goes back 700 to 800 years.