07 MARS 2014 NEWS: Louxor - South Downs - Mannar - Newport - Wanapum Dam -







EGYPTE – De047af6b7ee44d457492ac236ef971ab30cc3c3 Louxor -  Egypt has announced that a team of European archaeologists have found a nearly 2-meter- (6 ½-foot-) tall alabaster statue of a pharoanic princess, dating from approximately 1350 B.C., outside the southern city of Luxor. Minister of Antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim said in in a statement Friday that the statue was once part of a larger statue that was nearly 14 meters (456 feet) tall and guarded the entrance to a temple. Ibrahim says the statue is of Iset, the daughter of Amenhotep III, and is the first found that depicts her without her siblings. Archaeologists uncovered the statue next to the funerary temple of Amenhotep III, who was worshipped as a deity after his death.


ROYAUME UNI1602989611  South Downs -Special plane equipped with cutting edge technology is being used next week to search for the lost archaeology hidden under the South Downs National Park’s ancient woodland.While the South Downs are famous for Iron and Bronze Age monuments such as Cissbury Ring and Winchester Hill, a large part of the central areas of the national park lie under forests or woodland and almost nothing is known about their ancient history . The Piper Chieftain survey aircraft will be using airborne laser technology (commonly known as LiDAR) to map the ground underneath 30,000ha of woodland between the river Arun and the A3. Once the 3D map has been created, archaeologists and community groups will be recruited to investigate these sites further.


SRI LANKAMassgrave Mannar - The Sri Lanka Police said today that the excavation work carried out at the mass grave site in Mannar in the North has been temporarily stopped.The Police Spokesperson told local media that the excavation at the Mannar mass grave site had been temporarily halted until a report was received from the Commissioner of the Archaeology Department on the archaeological value of the site. The decision to receive a report from the Archaeology Department was made following some statements that the mass grave was in fact an archaeological site. An ancient cemetery has reportedly been found beneath the mass grave. The Police earlier announced that skeletal remains of 81 people were unearthed from the mass grave at Thiruketheeswaram in Mannar during the excavation work carried out. The mass grave was unearthed by a group of workers last year when they were laying pipes on the access road to Thiruketheeswaram kovil. Authorities have decided to send the skeletal remains found so far for laboratory tests.


ROYAUME UNIFriary Newport - Archaeologists working on the Friars Walk site in the city centre have uncovered what is thought to be part of a 600-year-old medieval friary that once stood in Newport. Newport council says archaeological evidence has been found after an investigation spanning the past few weeks. t’s believed that the archaeological remains are from the friary that once stood at the location of the now demolished Newport bus station. A house of the Friars Eremites of St Augustine, also known as Austin Friars, was founded in Newport by the second Earl of Stafford in 1377. The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century. That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860.Archaeological remains have been found exactly where expected and, working with experts, investigations will continue to fully uncover and record what has been found


USA -  Wanapum Dam - Bones found along the shoreline of Crescent Bar Island on Tuesday are old and will be turned over to the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. These bones are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old,” Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison said Thursday morning. He examined them on Wednesday and said he could tell by looking at them that they were different from modern people’s bones. Our bodies’ bones looked different hundreds and thousands of years ago than they do now,” he said. “They are possibly prehistoric.” He noted the shape and wear-pattern on the teeth, which, he said, might indicate that the person who died was eating a completely different diet from modern humans. The bones were found by someone exploring the shoreline after the drastic drawdown of the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam. They remain, under guard, along the shoreline, Morrison said.  He added that the bones appear to be from one person. He said he could not speculate on where they came from.