08 MARS 2016 NEWS: Eastbourne - Oak Island - Behbahan - Bobirwa Sites -
ROYAUME UNI – Eastbourne - Archaeologists in Eastbourne are rebuilding part of a Bronze Age trackway using the ancient tools of the time. The wooden trackway, which was partly excavated by archaeologists and volunteers during the redevelopment of Eastbourne’s Shinewater Park in 1995, was discovered to be at least 250m long, and although it was hewn from oak, it is thought to have only taken around one year to build. Archaeologists at the time said the raised timber platform - buried under several feet of clay - was probably part of a small settlement or trading post dating to about 2,800 years ago and part of a complex of timber trackways that criss-crossed the marshlands that once dominated the northern part of Eastbourne. The archaeological site also revealed a multitude of artefacts dating from the 9th century BC, posing some important questions about who actually lived here, why they purposefully buried many objects and why Eastbourne was so significant to the people who lived there 3,000 years ago.
USA – Oak Island - An iron-hulled Civil War era steamer has been discovered off the coast of Oak Island, according to a release from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Researchers say the ship could be the remains of one of three blockade runners used to penetrate the wall of Union naval vessels blocking the port of Wilmington during the Civil War. The goal of the Union blockade was to keep supplies from reaching the Confederacy through one of its most important ports and to prevent the export of cotton and other marketable items by the Southerners. The wreck is located 27 miles downstream from Wilmington near Fort Caswell at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It is the first Civil War-era vessel discovered in the area in decades, and researchers will continue working to positively identify the vessel, according to the release.
IRAN – Behbahan - Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Lovers Society (Taryana) spokesman said that the discovery of 7,000-year-old cemetery in Behbahan gives important historical hints such as lifestyle and funeral at that time. Mojtaba Gahsotuni told IRNA that a group of archeologists from Tehran have been working in the east of Khuzestan province. He said that the cemetery was discovered in Tall Chegah-e Sofla near Zeydun district in Behbahan. He added that some of dead bodies were buried in groups while others individually giving valuable information about this region. Gahsotuni said that this region is unique and is capable of becoming a historical site. This cemetery was discovered by a senior archeologist named Abbas Moghaddam who has been searching this region with a group for months.
BOTSWANA - Bobirwa Sites - Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has designated 11 heritage sites for tourism development in the Bobirwa area. The ministry is also taking care of 45 archaeological sites in the area. The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Tshekedi Khama said the 11 heritage sites include the Mothudi stone walled site near Selibe Phikwe, the Tobane Ruins, Semolale Ruins, Mma Tau Ruins near Tobane, Majande Hill top stone age site near Tshokwe as well as the Sekgobokgono Ruins near Semolale. Other heritage sites are the Mziligomo Rainmaking Site, Fort Motloutse Site of the Anglo Boer War near Bobonong, Lepokole Cultural Landscape, Thune Rock Art sites near Thune Dam and the Mmamagwa Site on the banks of the Limpopo River. He said the heritage sites were protected under the Monument and Relics Act of 2001. The Member of Parliament for Mmadinare, Mr Kefentse Mzwinila had asked the minister to state the names and number of cultural heritage sites associated with the history of Babirwa, and whether the sites were recognised and protected as monument and heritage sites