04 JUIN 2012 NEWS: Shawnee National Forest - Lahore - Nam Giao -




 INSCRIPTION  2012 /  Session III : Juillet 2012

   REGISTRATION 2012 /  Term III : July 2012

USA7336166072-d6440cd1d5.jpg 7336166284-e47d387696.jpg  Shawnee National Forest - A recent archaeology project shed light on the history of the Shawnee National Forest, uncovering the remains of a 19th Century home and an ancient cemetery. Archaeologists Mary McCorvie and Heather Carey, and AmeriCorps VISTA team member Eraina Nossa worked with 23 volunteers from across the country on this five-day project to inventory 140-acres of the Illinois Iron Furnace Historic Site and to create a more complete picture of what life was like there. Built around 1837, the Illinois Iron Furnace is the only remaining iron furnace structure in the state. The Passport in Time volunteers used a compass to walk in transects through the woods, digging and screening for artifacts, producing scaled maps of new archaeological sites and exploring the hills and valleys within the study area.  Discoveries included an early to mid-19th century home with a cistern and cellar, remains of a log house, and iron prospecting and mining pits. Cisterns don’t usually sound very exciting, but on the Shawnee National Forest, they are a thing of beauty. Each cistern was hand dug in the shape of a bee hive or straight sided, using only a shovel. All are lined with hand-cut sandstone blocks that were quarried nearby. House foundations and cellar walls are also lined with sandstone. There is never a problem finding sandstone in the Shawnee Hills.  You will find it scattered along the ridge tops and along the many picturesque creeks and streams in this area. The team also discovered a cemetery thought to be associated with the 175-year-old Iron Furnace village. Several rough sandstone grave markers were present in the cemetery, but no formal store-bought tombstones.  Most of the people living in the hills could not afford fancy carved markers, but had to settle instead for plain or hand-carved markers. They may have remembered where their loved ones were buried, but as people left the hills, this information was lost forever.


PAKISTAN20120605-22.jpg Lahore - Chauburji, a 358-year-old monument, a landmark of Lahore, is fast losing its glory and decaying with each passing day. The Mughal era monument is situated on Multan Road. It was once actually a gateway to a garden that has now  disappeared. It was given the name Chauburji because of its four corner minarets. Chauburji was a national heritage and protected monuments. Mosaic work on the walls has vanished, whereas the small red bricks are also displaced. Most of the inscriptions on the walls have been lost. The monument has become is a save haven for addicts and criminals. Big cracks can also be seen in the central dome of Chauburji. In the rainy season, rainwater penetrates through the cracks, further weakening the structure.


VIET NAM - Nam Giao -  Archaeologists have just asked local authorities of central Thanh Hoa Province to step up their efforts to prevent land erosion at Nam Giao worship platform in the complex of the Ho Citadel. The relic is located in the middle of Don Son Mountain and is thus vulnerable to landslides during rainy season. Professor Tong Trung Tin, director of the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute, said that the scientists had excavated over 50 per cent of the area north of the platform and helped unveil five storeys of the platform. Vuong Van Viet, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee, promised that the authorities would apply protection solutions soon. The platform was built in 1402 during the Ho Dynasty.