-08 OCTOBRE 2018: Bayers - Chiem Hoa - Jiangbian - Vallée des Rois -
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CANADA – Bayers Lake - The so-called Bayers Lake mystery walls have inspired grand and fanciful theories about their origins over the years.-Researchers and archeologists have puzzled over the five-sided stone structure and 120-metre-long wall tucked in the woods between a busy Halifax highway and a maze of big-box stores. Some writers have suggested links to the Knights Templar and Oak Island and speculated that the structures could be pre-Columbian, or even date back thousands of years before the Viking era. But new research suggests the walls could have a somewhat more humble origin: They may have been used to shelter sheep. Fowler used an X-ray fluorescence analyzer to look for traces of human activity in the soil, particularly phosphorus, which can indicate the presence of human or animal urine or feces, bone, meat, fish or plants. While the tool did not find elevated levels of phosphorus, Fowler said he still favours the animal husbandry explanation. A sheep pen might be expected to produce higher levels of phosphorus, but the levels at the site could be low simply because it wasn't used for long or for many sheep, Fowler said. He said the structure "strongly resembles" similar enclosures in the United Kingdom used to isolate small numbers of sheep for examination or treatment. The wall, he adds, could have been used to help herd the sheep toward the pen, as is the case at similar Scottish sites.
VIET NAM – Chiem Hoa - Relics dating back to that time were found in three caves located in Chiem Hoa District, Tuyen Quang Province. Trinh Nang Chung of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology led the excavations that led to the finding of relics in Pu Chua Cave of Minh Quang Commune and Ngan and Khi Caves of Phuc Son Commune last July. At the Pu Chua Cave, the archeologists found stone objects, ceramic ware and dozens of well-polished axes of different shapes. They feel the ceramic vestiges could have been handmade, indicating the existence of pottery. After the discovery, researchers concluded that Pu Chua Cave was home to prehistoric people from the New Stone Age, around 4,000 years ago. This is the first time archeologists have discovered traces of that age in the mountainous province of Tuyen Quang. They also found dozens of ancient tools on the surface of archaeological sites in Ngan and Khi caves. They now think that Chiem Hoa District holds huge potential for future archaeological surveys. “We are planning to excavate the Pu Chua Cave and survey the entire area of Chiem Hoa District in the near future,” Chung said. Also in July, archeologists found relics near Den Tham Commune in the northeastern province of Bac Kan. In September, they found human bones dating back 7,000 years in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.
CHINE - Jiangbian - Archaeologists in southwest China's Yunnan Province have unearthed a cluster of 209 tombs believed to be from between the late Neolithic and early Bronze age. The tombs were discovered during the latest excavation of 100,000 square meters of ruins in Jiangbian Village in Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, according to the provincial archaeology institute. Wan Yang, a researcher with the institute, said that most of the tombs were earth pits with well-preserved human skeletons lying flat on their back. But in some tombs, two skeletons overlapped each other, he said. While in other tombs, bones dislocated, a result of funeral rituals according to which people were buried long after death. "Findings from the tombs carry important information about the lifestyles, culture and views of life and death of early humans living in this area," Wan said. More than 1,500 pieces of pottery, 80 pieces of bronze ware, 168 pieces of stoneware and 130 bone artifacts were also unearthed in the tombs.
EGYPTE – Vallée des Rois - During a tour with a large number of school and university students, famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass revealed that in the upcoming days he would announce a great archaeological discovery, possibly the wife of pharaoh Tutankhamun, Youm7 reported on Friday. Hawass added that for the first time there would be an announcement of a huge archaeological discovery through a 100 percent Egyptian archaeological mission. All the discoveries previously made were through foreign missions, but this discovery includes a mission headed by Hawass and 200 workers at the Ministry of Antiquities, he said, adding the mission operates in the Valley of Kings.