04-06 OCTOBRE 2014 NEWS: Parion - Antikythera - Kireka - Ellemford - Cachemire - Athènes - Hambantota - Ly Son -
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TURQUIE – Parion - Archaeological excavations in the Hellenistic city of Parion, located in the northwestern province of Çanakkale’s Biga district, have revealed a 2,000-year-old footprint that is believed to have belonged to a laborer. “There is a footprint of a person on a brick. The person lived here 2,000 years ago. Its size shows us that it is a normal footprint. Most probably a worker mistakenly put his foot on the brick. There is also a paw print next to this footprint. We believe that it belongs to the dog of this worker. These prints are interesting findings in terms of archaeological history,” said the head of the excavations, Samsun 19 Mayıs University Archaeology Department Professor Vedat Keleş, hailing the important findings from this year’s excavations. “The height of ancient Roman-era people is almost the same as the height of today’s people,” he added. Excavations in the ancient city have been continuing in seven areas, including a southern necropolis, a theater, an odeon and a Roman bath.
GRECE – Antikythera - Although the scientific expedition exploring the ancient Antikythera shipwreck was launched in September 15, the discoveries have yet to be announced. Greek newspaper “Ta Nea,” citing claims by the chairman of the “Aikaterini Laskaridis” foundation and one of the mission’s sponsors, Panos Laskaridis, revealed that the Culture Ministry leadership prohibited the scheduled presentation of the discoveries so that Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas can announce the results in an event to be held in Athens, Greece, in the coming days. The newspaper refers to important discoveries, including a large amount of copper coins. It is estimated that official announcements will take place on October 9, when Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will visit the island of Antikythera.
BULGARIE – Kireka - Archaeologists have found a 10th century lead seal belonging to a Byzantine ostiary - dignitary close to the emperor in a medieval monastery complex in Bulgaria's Kireka area. The seal was discovered in the last day of the excavation works and is very valuable, historian Georgi Maystorksi, head of the team of archaeologists exploring the site, told Radio Shumen. "The seal is perfectly preserved. The obverse side depicts Saint Nikola and the reverse, which normally has the owner's name written on it, reads Leon imperial ostiary," Maystorski explained. According to the archaeologist, the fact that the seal was found in a medieval monastery complex indicates that the monastery near Kireka was indeed built by the king, belonged to him, and after the fall of Bulgaria under Byzantine rule was in the possession of the basileus.
ROYAUME UNI - Ellemford - The final archaeological dig this year by the Flodden 1513 project will start near Duns this weekend. The site, at Ellemford, is thought to have been a mustering point for the ill-fated Scottish army prior to the Battle of Flodden. Geophysics surveys have already been carried out in fields near the bridge at Ellemford. The site will be under investigation in the latest survey from Saturday until 14 October. It was a traditional crossing point of the Whiteadder Water. Studies have already found a number of anomalies which, it is hoped, the archaeological dig will investigate.
INDE – Cachemire - Besides loss of life and property, the unprecedented floods that swept Kashmir Valley last month, have inflicted heavy damage to cultural and archival treasures representing 2,000 years of heritage of the region. Some of them placed at the historic Sri Pratap Singh (SPS)Museum in Srinagar have been lost forever. Sources told dna the important document, the Gilgit manuscripts, the only surviving testimony to the Bhuddhist classic knowledge has been lost forever. Historians across the world were awaiting the news with bated breath about the fate of these documents, would get the fateful news that the document has been declared as 100% damaged with no chances of recovery.
GRECE – Athènes - The London “Times” published a headline exclaiming that the “Acropolis is crumbling and will need work to shore it up, archaeologists in Greece have warned.” Teams from the Central Archaeological Council did in fact find “instability over quite a wide area” after investigating an Acropolis rockfall in January. A boulder of “considerable size” tumbled down from the sacred hill. However, Constantinos Kissas, the deputy director of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, responded to the “Times” allegations by insisting that reports of widespread damage were wide off the mark. He explained that a rock with a diameter of 60 centimeters had come unstuck from the southwestern slope of the Acropolis during heavy rain last winter. The Ephorate has organized a technical survey to ascertain whether any work needs to be carried out to prevent further such incidents.
SRI LANKA – Hambantota - Two hundred and eighty one (281) ancient copper coins have been found during the maintenance of the Bandagiriya road in Hambantota. The Department of Archaeology said that they have not ascertained the era to which the coins belong. The department said they will be able to get an idea on the exact time frame following laboratory tests. The coins have been found five hundred meters from an ancient temple in Bandagiriya. The Department of Archaeology has decided to carry out further excavations to search for other artifacts in the said location.
VIET NAM – Ly Son - Archaeologists have found many ceramic artifacts and Balad stones, believed to be the remains of two ancient ships sunk in the waters of Ly Son island district in the central province of Quang Ngai.Mr. Doan Sung, adviser of the Anh Duong Investment Development Company, which was assigned to survey and explore Quang Ngai waters, said archaeologists had discovered many ceramic artifacts with unique floral patterns and dozens of ancient rocks lying at a depth of 4-10 m below the water surface, about 70 m from the An Binh island commune, Quang Ngai.Dr. Nguyen Giang Hai, Head of the Vietnam Archaeology Institute, said underwater cultural heritage in Ly Son island district is still a mystery to researchers and archaeologists. "Based on the artifacts found in the area, I’m sure that some merchant ships on the Silk Road sank here. We need to urgently survey the area to preserve the underwater cultural heritage around this interesting island," said Hai.