11 - 12 OCTOBRE 2010


 - 12 OCTOBRE :

 - INDE : Ashapuri - The Madhya Pradesh Archaeology Department is meticulously restoring 21 approximately 1,200-year-old shrines dating back to the Pratihara and Paramara eras and unearthed at this Raisen district village six km from the world-famous historical and pilgrim spot Bhojpur and 35 km from Bhopal. Imposing images of Brahma, Vishnu, Narasimha, Krishna, Shiva, Sadashiva, Uma-Maheshwar, Nataraja, Surya, Mahishasura Mardini, Ganesh, Kartikeya and apsaras were found during restoration of the Bhootnath group of temples -- likely to be completed in about two years -- on the bank of a reservoir created between the eighth and 12th centuries. More than 5,000 sculpted stone blocks were found. The Ashadevi shrine, Bilota temple and Satmasiya Jain shrine also adorn this village and these were declared protected structures in 1986 by the Archaeology Department whose officials said the Bhootnath temple is an excellent example of the Bhumij style of Paramara architecture. The east-facing shrine's ruins indicate that the temple must have been as immense as the one at Bhojpur. Archaeologists opine that Ashapuri was a sculptural centre whose importance was comparable with medieval-era Batesar (in Morena district), Khajuraho and Kadwaya in central India. Ashapuri's stylistic characteristics are being studied and excavation depth has attained about ten feet.


 - FRANCE :   Châtenois - Découverte d’une tourelle du rempart. Alors que l’on soupçonnait son existence à cet endroit-là, confirmation a été donnée aux chercheurs, à la suite de fouilles, de vestiges d’une tourelle située sur le mur du rempart intérieur côté sud-est, à quelques mètres de l’église. L’autre tourelle à angle fermé apparaît au niveau du presbytère côté nord-ouest. Deux autres tourelles à angle ouvert sont recensées au nord-est et au sud-ouest du rempart. L’origine de cette première fortification remonte au XIIIe siècle. Si l’assise de la tourelle à trois ou quatre mètres de profondeur, en pierres de taille, est parfaitement conservée, on constate par la suite que des moellons ont complété le vide.


 - AUSTRALIE : Sidney - The city's coast and harbour have claimed more than 140 ships and hundreds of lives since the First Fleet arrived in 1788. While many of the vessels have long since succumbed to the relentless toll of the ocean, several major shipwrecks are still visible to divers. Sydney Harbour was considered one of the world's safest shipping harbours until the cargo ship Edward Lombe broke apart during a storm and was driven on to Middle Head in 1834, killing 12. Nearly 180 years on, the ship's anchors can still be seen sitting on the bottom of the harbour. Divers can still find pieces of coal west of North Head after the cargo ship Centurion sank in 1887 carrying 400 tonnes of the fuel. Parts of the steamers SS Centennial and Royal Shepherd, which sank in 1889 and 1890 respectively, can also be spotted by divers.


 - 11 OCTOBRE :

 - CHINE : Lilin City - Archaeologists in central China's Hunan Province have unearthed a kiln that once produced porcelain during the Northern Song Dynasty almost 1,000 years ago. The discovery revealed that production of ceramics began 680 years earlier than previously thought in Lilin City, one of China's most famous porcelain centers. Before now, production in the city was believed to have begun in 1729. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 pieces of porcelain have also been unearthed from the ancient kiln named Machong in the two-month excavation since August.The Machong Kiln is one of the three kilns discovered in the 5,000-square-meter excavation site in Tangjia'ao Village, but the other two are yet to be excavated.


 - RUSSIE :   Mayma - Ancient archaeological monuments of Scythian epoch have been found in a sandpit in the vicinity of Mayma township in Altai Republic. The burial ground Mayma VÏ - this is how this object is called among archeologists - was surveyed 30 years ago, but recent unexpected circumstances have made researchers come here again. A road company’s bulldozer was removing another layer in the sandpit and came across some human remains in the sand. Workers immediately contacted archeologists. It turned out that those were burials of the 2nd or 3rd centuries B.C. related to the late Scythian epoch. The tombs mostly harbor women’s remains. Such burial mounds are characteristic of Bystryansky archaeological culture. Some of the barrows were plundered yet in the remote centuries. But in other graves researchers have managed to find lots of interesting artifacts, including beads of cornelian and turquoise, ear rings of a very rare shape, details of clothes and one of the most interesting finds - a gilded headdress ornament performed in traditional Scythian animal style.


 - ROYAUME-UNI :  Coprove - A Viking treasure pendant, which has laid buried for more than 1,000 years, has been unearthed by an amateur archaeologist. The silver pendant, known as Thor's Hammer, has been declared treasure at an inquest in Harrogate. The pendant is believed to date back to between the 9th and 11th centuries. In Norse mythology, Thor was the god of thunder and his distinctively shaped hammer Mjolner is depicted as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of levelling mountains.