09 MARS 2017 NEWS: Fremantle - Pachacamac - Budgam - Haifeng - Louxor -






AUSTRALIEFremantle  Fremantle - Buried deep below the ground, under the feet of hundreds of visitors entering Fremantle Prison everyday, are clues to a time and to the people many have forgotten. When a sinkhole appeared in the earth of the parade ground a month ago, officials hurried to find out how widespread the damage was and whether it posed a risk to the hundreds of people who walked along that stretch of road every day. What they discovered was the opening to a 1850s convict-era sewer system, a remarkably well constructed structure that stretched from the prison’s main cellblock all the way down to the bottom of the hill around Fremantle Oval. Found full of rubbish, Fremantle Prison heritage conservation manager Luke Donegan said it was likely workers sometime between the 1930s to 1950s were putting in a new sewage system when they found this original cavity, deciding to dump their rubbish into it before refilling the hole again.


PEROUTelechargement 15 Pachacamac - Pachacamac is one of the longest inhabited ancient settlements in the Americas. An important religious and pilgrimage center, the vast complex is today just 30 miles outside of the Lima, the most populous city in Peru. As a result, Pachacamac faces the threat of invasion and exploitation. Like many archaeological sites in Peru, urban growth has encroached on the area. The site’s perimeter walls create a drastic line between utter spaciousness in the sanctuary and crowded development. Opportunistic land developers periodically organize mobs to knock down the walls protecting the site and claim ownership of the land. The developers then sell the land to those looking to escape the Lima crowds.


INDE - Budgam - Jammu and Kashmir State Archaeology Department (SAD) has discovered over 800 ancient copper coins dating back to 11th and 12th century from a village in Budgam district of central Kashmir. It is said to be the largest numismatic discovery from the district. "A team of experts, under the supervision of the Director Archives, Archaeology and Museum M S Zahid, recovered over 800 ancient copper coins from a plateau of village Nonar in Khan Sahab area," an SAD spokesperson said today. He said the plateau, apparently rich in archaeological treasures, was under consideration of the department for long time. During the trial excavation, the coin hoard was recovered. The hoard consisting of more than 800 coins were later on collected by the team of the state archaeology, the spokesperson said. Archaeologists of the Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department, who are investigating the findings, in their preliminary report, has dated the coins to 11th to 12th century AD, when Yassakara and Lohora dynasties ruled over Kashmir, he said.

CHINE - Haifeng -  Archaeologists have begun the second-stage excavation of the ruins of a north China town, hoping to find more evidence for the argument that it is the starting point of the ancient maritime silk road. The current excavation is also expected to unveil functions of the town as an important trade port during the Jin (1115-1234) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties in Chinese history, said Lei Jianhong, director of the research office for underwater archaeology under the Hebei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics, on Wednesday.,The first-stage excavation of the site began in July 2016 and lasted for more than five months in a 300-square-meter excavation area in the port city of Huanghua, Hebei Province, with findings including 1,000-year-old architectural sites, ancient roads, and pieces of pottery and porcelain. Located in the southeast of Haifeng town ruins and about 400 meters from the first excavation, the new site covers 1,000 square meters. Archaeologists said earlier studies showed that there used to be an ancient river, a coal-ash layer, and marks of human trampling, along with roads leading to the outside, indicating a flourishing ancient port. "The ongoing excavation is to determine the functions of the port ruins' different zones," said Lei. "Based on the findings of the first dig, the excavation will look into the details of how the ancient port operated and is expected to provide more proof that ancient Haifeng town was the north starting point of the maritime silk road," Lei added. About 25 kilometers east of Huanghua, the Haifeng town ruins cover a total area of 2.28 million square meters as a national protected heritage site In four excavations since 2000, archaeologists found large amounts of porcelain featuring both southern and northern Chinese styles dating back to the Jin and Yuan dynasties, which showed that the Haifeng town ruins had served as a port for porcelain trade as early as the Jin Dynasty.


EGYPTEImg 2478 Louxor - Since the beginning of the year, the German archaeological mission operating at the King Amenhotep III Temple area in Luxor has discovered parts from 66 statues of the Pharaonic goddess Sekhmet, the Antiquities Ministry's official Facebook page reported on Wednesday. The discoveries were made during a restoration project for the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of King Amenhotep III and his temple. The project began in 1998 with the goal of preserving the remnants of the temple and rebuilding it anew, said head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the ministry, Mahmoud Afify. The discoveries were made during excavations by the German mission in the area between the courtyard and the hall of columns in the temple. The excavation was originally made to search for the remains of the wall separating the two sites. Some of the discovered statues represent goddess Sekhmet in a seated position, others depict her while standing and holding in her hand the symbol of life and a scepter of the papyrus flower, said mission head Professor Horig Suruzaan.  She pointed out that all the discovered statues are made of Diorite rock. The statues are in good condition and well-preserved; they have an important archaeological value as they should provide a full image of the temple, especially after its collapse in a devastating earthquake in the pharaonic era, Suruzaan added.   The statues are undergoing restoration before being replaced in their original locations at the temple, she mentioned. King Amenhotep III installed a large number of statues of the goddess Sekhmet to protect the temple from dangers and the king from diseases. Sekhmet, who is depicted as a lioness, was a warrior goddess and the goddess of healing, known to ancient Egyptians as the "powerful goddess".