05 JUILLET 2013 NEWS: Daws Heath - Iklaina - Kamlapur - Drum Castle -






ROYAUME UNIdaws-heath-dig.jpg Daws Heath - Artefacts dating back 3,000 years have been unearthed in Daws Heath. Apiece of worked front, which may date back to Neolithic times, was among items uncovered during a Cambridge University - led archaeological dig last month, aimed at revealing the area’s hidden history. Archaeologist Paul Blinkhorn, from TV’s Time Team, has since appraised the finds and says the earliest pottery could date back to between 1100 and 1400AD. The dig also unearthed pottery dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries and Victorian times, as well as clay pipe stems and animal bones. However, the most important find was the ancient flint, found to the northFlint C of Daws Heath Road. Experts think it could mean there was a settlement in that area in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age.


GRECEfc1b9391b0bce00b980267bb72e9e1ee-l-300x192.jpg  Iklaina - Michael Cosmopoulos, University of Missouri-St. Louis, returns to the historic village of Iklaina where with his excavation he brought to light, in the summer of 2010, the oldest written text of Europe on a tablet made of clay. Iklaina is located in the municipal unit of Pylos, Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Important archaeological remains of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1100 BC) period were discovered in Iknlaina through excavations and surface survey by the Athens Archaeological Society and the University of Missouri–St. Louis under Cosmopoulos’s direction. The finds include an early Mycenaean palace, giant terrace walls, murals, an advanced drainage system, and a clay tablet from between 1450 and 1350 BC featuring an early example of Linear B writing. Other periods represented are the Late Classical and the Byzantine.


INDEarticle-2356391-1aaa888e000005dc-408-634x390.jpg Kamlapur - A 153-year-old structure that was part of the Hampi ruins recently came under the PWD bulldozer. The structure, Dadapeer Chatra, situated three kilometres from Hampi at the entrance to Kamlapur, was demolished to widen a road. The Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA), which is struggling to protect the ruins from further destruction, has sought an explanation from the department.  Though the monument - Dadapeer Chatra - does not belong to the Vijaynagar Empire (1336-1645 AD), it is still protected by HWHAMA as part of Hampi ruins which are spread over 13 kms. Dadapeer Chatra was built by a local sultan in 1860. It was meant to be a resting place for visitors to Hampi.


ROYAUME UNI3171382094.jpg – Drum Castle - ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered a secret medieval chamber and its ancient loo - hidden for centuries - during a conservation scheme to protect the oldest castle keep in Scotland. The remarkable discovery has been made at the 700-year-old medieval tower at the National Trust for Scotland’s Drum Castle near Banchory. Drum Castle, the seat of the Chief of Clan Irvine for centuries, has the oldest keep in Scotland and is the oldest intact building in the care of the trust. Dr Clark explained: “We knew that there were hidden passages because there were window openings at first floor level, but we couldn’t see from the inside of the tower where the windows were because they are hidden by the bookshelves of the nineteenth century library. “So we set out to unblock two window openings on the west face of the tower to establish the form and condition of these interior spaces. Before we unblocked the windows we wondered if the passages had been filled up with rubble at some point in the history of the evolution of the ancient tower and that there would be nothing to see.” He continued: “We were surprised that when we carefully unblocked the windows and peered in, and through the dim light of a torch and the mists of dust and trapped for centuries, to find a perfectly preserved medieval chamber, complete with the remains of the guarderobe (toilet) including the remains of the original toilet seat and the original entrance doorway for the medieval hall.” The archaeologists also discovered a second secret chamber in the tower today as their investigations continued. Dr Clark revealed: “As work continued this morning, we made another exciting discovery – a second chamber which legend says is where Mary Irvine hid her brother for three years after defeat in the Battle of Culloden. This is a huge discovery for Drum.