05 OCTOBRE 2017 NEWS: Bruan kirk - Antikythera - Saqqara - Nagalapuram - Newcastle - Calais -






ROYAUME UNI 03970569 Bruan kirk - Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery of a suspected Iron Age settlement in east Caithness. The group from Orkney was surveying a broch site near the old Bruan kirk, adjoining the A99, when it uncovered evidence that pointed to the existence of an ancient building. Initial speculation points to the possibility that it could be an Iron Age home known as a wag.    


GRECE 1638 Antikythera - Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remains of at least seven more priceless statues from the classical world are believed to lie buried. Divers found the right arm, encrusted and stained green, under half a metre of sediment on the boulder-strewn slope where the ship and its cargo now rest. The huge vessel, perhaps 50m from bow to stern, was sailing from Asia Minor to Rome in 1BC when it foundered near the tiny island between Crete and the Peloponnese. The project team, from the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and Lund University in Sweden, discovered the buried arm with a bespoke underwater metal detector which has revealed the presence of other large metal objects nearby under the seabed. “What we’re finding is these sculptures are in among and under the boulders,” said Brendan Foley, co-director of the excavations team at Lund University. “We think it means a minimum of seven, and potentially nine, bronze sculptures still waiting for us down there.” The boulders that overlie the metal objects weigh several tonnes and may have tumbled onto the wreck during a massive earthquake that shook Antikythera and surrounding islands in the 4th century AD. The bronze arm, probably from a statue of a male, is the highlight of the team’s 2017 excavation season. Among other objects the divers recovered are a patterned slab of red marble the size of a tea tray, a silver tankard, sections of joined wood from the ship’s frame, and a human bone. Last year, the team found the skull, teeth, ribs and other bones of an individual who perished on the wreck. They have since extracted DNA from the skull and from it learned the individual’s sex and where they came from. The Antikythera wreck first came to light in 1900 when Greek sponge divers happened on the scene in 50 metres of water. Archaeologists have since pulled up spectacular bronze and marble statues, ornate glass and pottery, stunning pieces of jewellery, and a remarkable geared device – the Antikythera mechanism – which modelled the motion of the heavens. During the 2017 excavations, divers recovered a bronze disc that may be a missing part of the ancient device. But it is the statues that made the wreck famous. In the 1900s, archaeologists working at the site surfaced pieces of a beautiful Hellenistic bronze, named the Antikythera Youth. 


EGYPTE - Saqqara - Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the upper part of royal obelisk dating back more than 4,000 years. The Antiquities Ministry said Wednesday the unearthed part of the obelisk is made of pink granite and is about 2.5 meters (yards) high. The entire obelisk is believed to have been at least twice as high. Archaeologists say the obelisk, which was found in the Saqqara area outside Cairo, belongs to the mother of King Pepi II of the 6th dynasty, who ascended the throne at the age of six. One side of the obelisk bore an ancient Egyptian cartouche with hieroglyphic scripts. Excavation work is underway to unearth other parts of the obelisk.


INDE05vjpg4 bones Nagalapuram  - The mystery shrouding the discovery of bones at the ancient temple of Lord Vedanarayana Swami at Nagalapuram on Tuesday was unravelled with the archaeologists stating that they were that of a horse that might have been sacrificed at the time of the temple’s construction during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) launched digging work at the temple complex a week ago for construction of ‘vahana mandapams’. On Tuesday, the workers noticed splinter bones, which led to speculation about human sacrifice. The construction of the temple had been commissioned by Sri Krishnadevaraya, the emperor of the Vijayanagara empire, in the early 16th century. As per the inscription found in the temple, the work on the dexterous edifice continued for about a century.


ROYAUME UNI Hadrians wall newcastle Newcastle - Hadrians’s Wall has been uncovered during site investigations as part of a scheme to revive a historic building in Newcastle city centre. The section of the wall has been revealed outside the Mining Institute on Westgate Road. It was reportedly last seen during an excavation on the site in 1952. But Simon Brooks, acting general manager of the Mining Institute, said: “There was some controversy about whether the Wall had been found. A lot of people were sceptical but now we have proof positive and we are delighted.”The wall has also been previously located under the Coopers Mart building at the bottom of Westgate Road, now occupied by Ryder Architecture. The remains of a milecastle - a small Roman fort - have also been found near Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road. The investigations have also uncovered the 6ft wide foundations of Westmoreland House, which was demolished to make way for the Mining Institute building in Neville Hall, which opened in 1872. The origins of the house, which was the property of the powerful Neville family, date from the 14th century and what has been revealed is probably the base of a wing from the 17th century.


FRANCE – Calais - Les archéologues ont mis au jour au pied de la Citadelle des murs qui pourraient être des avancées défensives de la fortification. Au pied de la citadelle, les archéologues ont déjà creusé au bon endroit. Sur toute la largeur de la tranchée, un mur, sans doute de fortification, de plus de 2 mètres de large, suivi d’un fossé profond de plus de 5 mètres, qui a été remblayé par du sable. De l’autre côté de la route, les archéologues sont aussi tombés sur un mur, ainsi que sur des éléments qui pourraient être ceux d’une ancienne écluse, explique Karl Bouche, responsable du service, carte à l’appui. Mais aussi sur les impacts de bombes de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les archéologues devraient poursuivre leurs recherches au moins la semaine qui vient. Et devront ouvrir une tranchée dans la chaussée du boulevard du 8 mai, où ils devraient tomber sur la fortification médiévale qui entourait le château moyenageux qui se trouvait aux portes de ce qui est aujourd’hui le lycée Coubertin.