05 NOVEMBRE 2015 NEWS: Al Bara - Okinawa - Nanchang - Newquay -







SYRIE5 9 Al-Bara - The General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums has obtained new photos showing the intentional destruction of the antiquities at the hands of the terrorist organizations at al-Bara site in al-Zawyia Mountain, Idleb Countryside.  Al-Bara site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List within the file of the archeological villages in northern Syria, and it was included in the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2013.  The photos, published on the Department’s website, show the destruction of the stony coffins inside al-Mazouqa pyramidal tomb at al-Bara site, and the destruction of one of the pyramidal and ground tombs which date back to the Byzantine era.  The photos shed light on the huge and continued destruction of the archeological stones at the whole site through using explosives and heavy machinery with the aim of selling them to be reused in the illegal constructions which spread in the perimeter of the archeological site. 


JAPON - Okinawa - Stone artifacts and clay pots have been discovered from a coastal area in Okinawa where a U.S. military air base is expected to be relocated . The Nago city education board found the stone artifacts and clay pots in shallow waters through its survey that began in mid-October, after finding in the same area a stone used in medieval times to cast a wooden anchor for boats, which was designated as a cultural asset.


CHINE - Nanchang-  Chinese archeologists announced Wednesday the discovery of the most complete Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 25 A.D.) cemetery. The Haihunhou cemetery is located a kilometer from the nearest village in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province. It covers some 40,000 square meters with eight tombs and a chariot burial site with walls that stretch for almost 900 meters. Archeologists suspect that the main tomb is that of Liu He, grandson of Emperor Wu, the greatest ruler of Han Dynasty, one of the most prosperous periods in China's history. Liu was given the title "Haihunhou" (Marquis of Haihun) after he was deposed as emperor after only 27 days, dethroned by the royal clan because of his lack of talent and morals. Haihun is the ancient name of a very small kingdom in the north of Jiangxi. Xu Changqing, director of Jiangxi provincial cultural relics research institute, said on Wednesday that the cemetery is the most complete and best preserved Han Dynasty tomb cluster ever discovered. Archeologists can clearly see the foundations of the tombs thought to be of Haihunhou and his wife, as well as affiliated memorial temples. There are roads and drainage systems in the cemetery. The team have found more than 10 tonnes of Wuzhu bronze coins together with more than 10,000 other gold, bronze and iron items, unearthed along with jade articles, wood tablets and bamboo slips, said Xin Lixiang of the China National Museum, who heads the team at the site. "There may be a royal seal and jade clothes that will suggest the status and identity of the tombs occupant," he said. The team have recovered many musical instruments such as chimes, se (a 25-stringed plucked instrument), panflutes and sheng (a reed pipe wind instrument), as well as terracotta figurines showing how the instruments were played. It is also the only tomb excavated in south of Yangtze River with real vehicles. "The chariot burial is an important part of the tomb," Xu said. Five well-preserved horse-drawn vehicles have been found, each with four sacrificed horses, and more than 3,000 accessories embellished with gold and silver. "The discovery will be important for the study of hierarchical burial customs and articles used in burial," he said. Tombs of some other aristocrats have led the team to believe that the dig may be the site of the capital of the Haihun Kingdom.


ROYAUME UNI 11309485 large Newquay - A majestic Iron Age fortress said to be one of the finest in the Westcountry and “nationally important” sites off the coast of Cornwall could at risk as a result of visitor numbers and coastal erosion. An archaeologist who has studied the areas on the coast off Newquay is warning that the sites’ future is under threat. Two sites of archaeological importance around Porth Island have been classed as high risk. The views over and around Porth Island are stunning as this video captured by a drone reveals : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8T5vN6COcU