03 FEVRIER 2017 NEWS: Karlskrona - Egypte - Céide Fields -






SUEDEE52a77533b337d3e0a23dc65930279b90bda11366d66862622bf16afb5f5759a Karlskrona - More than 1.3 million people visited Stockholm's iconic Vasa last year, as tourists flocked to take in the remarkably well-preserved wreckage of the ill-fated ship which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, before finally being salvaged in the 1960s. And now, experts working believe they have found the wreckage of a vessel from a similar time period, the Blekinge, lying on the seabed at Karlskrona, southern Sweden. "It was around the same size as the Vasa, about 45 metres long and with between 68-70 cannons (the Vasa had 64)," Jim Hansson, the curator of the archaeology unit at the Swedish National Maritime Museums told The Local. "It’s the first ship that was built in Karlskrona, and was launched in 1682. It participated in, among other things, King Karl XII’s sea assault against Denmark in 1700."


EGYPTEAmenhotep ii box01 - Two fragments of a decorative wooden box made c1400BC, during the reign of King Amenhotep II, were held at the London-based dealer until Egyptologist Tom Hardwick made the connection to a piece in the National Museums Scotland’s collection last April.

IRLANDEImage 10  Céide Fields - North Mayo’s Céide Fields may be 2,500 years younger than previously thought, according to new research by an NUI Galway archaeologist. The complex once described as the “oldest enclosed landscape in Europe” may actually date from the later Bronze or Iron Age, rather than from the late Stone Age, according to Dr Andrew Whitefield. Dr Whitefield’s controversial study, published in the European Journal of Archaeology, disputes the date placed on the Céide fields by Prof Seamus Caulfield of University College, Dublin (UCD) who pioneered the research on some of Europe’s oldest farmers. Former taoiseach Charles J Haughey flew in by helicopter in July 1990 to view the work by Prof Caulfield on the peat-covered stone boundaries on the north Mayo coastline, linked to the Neolithic period or late Stone Age. “The problem with dating ancient structures such as these is that the age of the construction materials – rocks and stones – gives no indication of when the structures were built,” Dr Whitefield says of his PhD research into the field system. “The dated organic materials recovered from the slopes of Céide hill have an uncertain relationship with the stone boundaries,” he says, and were not found within the boundary structures.Dr Whitefield contends that the low, straight, heaps of stone are “indicative of the land having been cleared for ploughing”, and there is no evidence of boundaries for livestock management as had been previously suggested. He says the Céide Fields are a “textbook example of the wider European tradition of ‘Celtic’ fields”, found in many parts of northwestern Europe, and ranging in date from the later Bronze Age (about 1500 BC) through to the 4th century AD. “Placing the Céide Fields in their proper place in the archaeological chronology will shed new light on the interconnectedness of Europe,” he says, and will ensure the field system remains a “complex of great international importance”.