07 NOVEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Oluz Höyük - Azerbaidjan - Kazakhstan - Nan Madol - Burnt city - Zalesovsky - Nanshan -






TURQUIE645x380 ancient persian temple discovered in northern turkey could rewrite religious history 1509954191645 Oluz Höyük - Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Persian temple from the fifth century B.C. in Turkey's northern Amasya province that could rewrite the history of the region. Istanbul University Archaeology Professor Şevket Dönmez said discoveries at the ancient Persian Oluz Höyük settlement in Toklucak village have the potential to change long-held notions of religion and culture in Anatolia. In 11 seasons of excavations, the team uncovered thousands of artifacts, as well as temple structure. "In this settlement from the fifth century B.C., we discovered a temple complex which is related to a fire culture, more precisely to the early Zoroastrian religion, or to the very original religious life of Anatolian people," Dönmez told Anadolu Agency. Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest extant religions, is believed to have originated from the prophet Zoroaster in present-day Iran. The discovery of a temple for fire worship suggests the religion may have had roots in Anatolia, as well."No 2,500-year-old artifacts have been found in Iran, yet they appeared in Anatolia. [With this discovery] Anatolia has entered the sacred geography of today's Zoroastrians," said Dönmez. Describing the temple, Dönmez said it includes a holy room for burning fires and other stone-paved areas with many goods used in worship practices. "They built a massive religion system here," added Dönmez. Dönmez also said Oluz Höyük is the only known Persian settlement in the region.


AZERBAIDJAN / KAZAKHSTAN - Archaeologists of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan intend to discover traces of the Scythian Saka tribes in the Caucasian region. The researchers plan to join efforts. Scientists will use new historical facts discovered during the recent studies of the Berel burial mounds in order to expand the study of these ancient people. The most interesting moment has become the findings related to the Scythian Saka burial rite. According to experts, they can find out many historical events. ZAUR ASANOV, RESEARCHER, AZERBAIJAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY: - I think the important result was the study of the burial rite of this people. I want to discover the traces of this rite in Azerbaijani archeology. The study of this rite shows that, it has nothing to do with Zoroastrianism which contradicts with the opinion of many researchers,. Zoroastrians don’t bury or burn the deceased people, because it contradicts to the fundamentals of Zoroastrianism. Instead, we see the burial rite which is close to shamanism and the cult of ancestors of Turkic peoples. A large number of Scythian Saka monuments were found in Azerbaijan which will be studied by the two countries. The scientists say that this will lead to many discoveries. ZAUR ASANOV, RESEARCHER, AZERBAIJAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY: - Archaeologists usually discover Scythian monuments, but they can’t define them as Scythian. Therefore, the study of the burial rite comes in handy. We intend to start looking for these burial mounds in Azerbaijan with Kazakh archaeologist, Zeynolla Samashev and further excavating. Preliminary searches will be conducted based on the external features of these burial mounds. The Berel burial mounds open new horizons for the international archeology by not only discovering lifestyle of Scythians, but also lifestyles of the Huns, Avars, and the Turkic Khaganate. The scientists claim that if development of studying burial rites in Altai will be continued, then this methodology can be used to learn the migration of tribes from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan and geography of their settlement from ancient times to middle ages.


MICRONESIE9c4d05246cd34d6ae0a795024971ce63 Nan Madol - Archaeologists believe a mysterious ancient city found on a remote island in the middle of the ocean is haunted. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by early European explorers, the virtually uninhabitable Nan Madol is just off the main island of Pohnpei in Micronesia in the Pacific. Archaeologist Dr Patrick Hunt said he was puzzled by the island, which consists of 97 individual blocks separated by narrow channels of water. Why would somebody build a city out in the middle of the ocean?” he told The Mirror. “Why here, so far away, from any other known civilisation?” Dr Karen Bellinger said there were amazing structures on the island, which could date back to the first or second century. As amazing as this site appears from satellite imagery, coming down to ground level is even more astounding. There are walls which are 25 feet tall and 17 feet thick,” she said. With the island serving as a burial site for chiefs who once lived there, locals have nicknamed it the “City of Ghosts” and believe they will die if they stay there overnight.


IRAN 2479991 Burnt city - The 16th archaeological season has commenced in Burnt City, a weighty UNESCO World Heritage site in southeast Iran that was thriving in the Bronze Age. Known as Shahr-e Sukhteh in Persian, the site was founded in around 3200 BC. It was populated during four main periods up to 1800 BC.


RUSSIE087529877b2a8651cf07e3e09859c485 Zalesovsky - In the Zalesovsky district of the Altai territory was discovered a tree the age of eight thousand years. Specialists of Altai and Kemerovo state universities have discovered an unusual discovery at the archaeological monument of Chumysh-Roll. This is the remains of ancient tree which ever scientists found on the territory of the district. In a small cavity on one of the sections of the funerary complex, which served as a burial place for many people in different historical periods, experts have found the remains of stakes and poles. Sergei Grushin, Professor, doctor of historical Sciences, informed the media that discovered the species tree is unknown, he is about eight thousand years. In order to define it, will have to conduct a series of laboratory tests.Recall that the excavations at the archaeological site specialists are already five field seasons. During this time, managed to find many graves, the oldest in the Altai.


CHINE136729373 15098899678471n Nanshan - Chinese archaeologists have found a large amount of carbonized rice grains in caves dating from the New Stone Age, challenging the conventional view that cave dwellers were solely hunter gathers and did not cultivate land for food.More than 10,000 grains were discovered at the No. 4 cave in the Nanshan ruins in east China's Fujian Province, which dates back 5,300 to 4,300 years. At an ongoing international conference on prehistoric archaeology being held in Fujian, the archaeological team announced that this is the first cave-dwelling agrarian society ever found in China.The finding is also rare worldwide, said Zhao Zhijun, a member of the team and also from the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The grains are believed to have been grown by the Nanshan cave dwellers, rather than being obtained by other means, because many farmland weeds were also found along with the grains, according to Zhao. The team's studies on the remains of the cave-dwellers showed that they suffered dental cavities and other oral diseases that are common among humans in agrarian societies, said Wang Minghui, another team member and researcher with the institute. "It further proves that Nanshan residents mastered some agricultural techniques," Wang said.The finding has raised the question why the Nanshan ancestors continued to live in caves after beginning farming. It is traditionally believed that humans in agrarian societies would move from caves to more spacious homes due to explosive population growth."The Nanshan finding offers a new perspective for prehistoric study. We must consider more possibilities when talking about where our ancestors lived and what they lived on," Zhao said. Excavation of the Nanshan ruins started in 2012. Scores of caves, thousands of items made from pottery, stone and bones, as well as eight tombs and two reservoirs, have been found at the site.