10 JANVIER 2015 NEWS: Sardis - Balbithan - Amphipolis - Varna -






TURQUIEN 76662 1 Sardis- The number of tourists visiting the ancient city of Sardis in İzmir’s Salihli district has increased three fold over the last five years, thanks to promotional work. The ancient city was the capital of Lydia, the civilization that invented money.  Salihli Tourism Association Chairman Mustafa Uçar said that excavations had started in Sardis in 1910 and accelerated again after 1958, unearthing many historical artifacts.  Uçar said the excavations covered an area of 3,000 square meters and shed light on 1,400 years of history between the 7th century B.C and the 7th century A.D., with artifacts from the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman cultures, among others.  He said among the findings were an acropolis, a gymnasium, a synagogue, a bath, a court building, houses, 85 graves where Lydian kings had been buried and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven holy temples of Christianity, built in 300 B.C. by the ancient Greeks and renovated by the Romans in the 2nd century A.D.Uçar said that the traces of the Lydians, who had led the way for the invention of money, could be found only in Sardis, and expressed the importance of the Temple of Artemis to tourists. It is the fourth largest ionic temple in the world. It had remained underground for many years, which is why it is still in good condition. It draws lots of interest from tourists,” Uçar said.


ROYAUME UNIP1020178 300x225 Balbithan - Within Balbithan wood in Aberdeenshire, lies a collection of at least 28 prehistoric hut-circles and numerous clearance cairns. Test pitting has also revealed evidence of Mesolithic activity. Balbithan wood is operated by the Forestry Commission and mainly consists of conifer plantation but it also contains remnant oaks and yews from when the area was more open. Dykes and farm buildings are associated with a 19th century plan and post-medieval rig and furrow is still visible. The huts were built on marginal land at a time when due to slightly warmer temperatures it was possible to farm for longer and on poorer ground. As the climate worsened the houses were abandoned and gradually collapsed leaving tell-tale circular mounds 10-15 m in diameter. Avoided by subsequent farmers who built and farmed around them, the hut remains eventually became preserved within the forest itself. The sixth and final season of the Balbithan Prehistoric Landscape will be from the 10th to 21st August 2015.   Fun ongoing research and training excavation on the prehistoric landscape of Balbithan Wood, which includes Mesolithic camps, Neolithic cairns, and 30 Bronze Age roundhouses.


GRECED87b8f4fcc97ef7187a3a00a5de7fc84 2500aec855dca23fa6d0e9a6a16d2884 Amphipolis - The team of scientists who are carrying out the geophysical survey and mapping of Kasta Hill in Amphipolis, where the enigmatic tomb was discovered last summer, has managed to compose a model of the ground before the dome was constructed. By comparing the model with the condition of the ground currently, after the archeological excavation has begun, the scientists have learned that most of the hill is comprised of natural formations. The model will become more accurate after further data from a geotechnical drilling is included and taken into account. Meanwhile the electric tomography of the hill’s interior has revealed some antistatic structures, which possibly ancient constructs. Any such areas will be investigated by archeologists. An area to the west of the hill’s dome in particular appears to be of particular interest to archeologists.


BULGARIE – Varna - An ancient tomb has been discovered during repair works in the center of the Black Sea city of Varna. The repair teams stumbled upon the tomb on Thursday. Its approximate whereabouts had been known since the beginning of the 20th century, the Bulgarian National Television reports. Back then, it was briefly explored but sealed as construction was ongoing throughout Varna.  Archaeologists say the object, lying on Nezavisimost Square between the city theater and the State Archive, was located beyond the walls of Odesos, the ancient city that was once situated where Varna is now.  An option to start restoration and include the tomb into the square's landscape.