11 AOÛT 2017 NEWS: Liman Tepe - Azhagankulam - Fort McCoy -






TURQUIE- N 116520 1 Liman Tepe - A Roman ancient city, discovered during one of the world’s most important archaeology projects, the Liman Tepe excavations, is set to serve as an archeopark after excavations end.   Some spots on the sea in Urla were detected on aerial photos, which later turned out to be the ruins of the ancient city of Klazomenai. Later on, underwater works were initiated under the coordination of Ankara University Research Center for Maritime Archaeology (ANKÜSAM), finding the ruins of settlements from 7th century B.C. to the Roman era. Works that have been ongoing since 2000 in the archaic port of Liman Tepe have revealed that settlement existed there for nearly 6,500 years. Last year, a Roman-era city was found on the coasts of Karantina Island.  The works have recently started to unearth the Roman city, which is estimated to have collapsed in an earthquake in 1,000s B.C. This is a well-preserved Roman city with its roads and columns. We need to protect it in its original place; we cannot move it to another place. 

INDE10thexcavationphoto  Azhagankulam - The State archaeology department, in renewed excavation at Azhagankulam in the Vaigai river valley near here, has collected more than 12,000 artefacts and found archaeological evidence to show that the site could date back to the Sangam age, quite like the archaeological site at Keezhadi in Sivaganga district. The department, which had made 24 excavations in the village, spread out over seven seasons since 1984, embarked on a comprehensive excavation in the eighth season on May 9, including the Azhagankulam Government Higher Secondary School premises. A 5 ft tall brick chamber was unearthed, besides a variety of artefacts after digging 52 trenches. Some of the antiquities and vestiges retrieved from the site such as ivory objects, semi-precious stone beads, copper coins, silver punch-marked coins, carnelian, quartz, crystals, amethyst, arretine wares, amphorae, furnace and iron smelters threw light on the lifestyle and socio-cultural activities of ancient Tamils, said J. Baskar, project director. The State archaeology department already has enough evidence to show that the coastal village had functioned as an important trading post between the Sangam Pandyas and the Romans Nakkeerar, the medieval Tamil poet from Madurai, had mentioned about the profession of conch sawing in Sangam literature and we have retrieved hundreds of sawed conches and furnace from the site, which could link the site to the Sangam age.The unearthing of the brick chamber at the school premises was a significant finding, he added. The 1.25 metre square and 5 feet tall chamber was used by ancient Tamils to store seeds and 150 gm of seeds of an unknown crop had been retrieved, he said. The chamber had been removed brick by brick after numbering them so that it could be reconstructed, he added. All the artefacts retrieved from the site – the broken Roman amphora jars, Mediterranean pottery, embossed Roman potsherds, copper coins, Chinese celadon ware, rouletted ware, black, red and grey potsherds, roofing tiles and terracotta plates – were being numbered and photographed for documentation, K. Sakthivel, Excavator, said.


USA1000x667 q95 Fort McCoy - A 1,500-plus-year-old pottery sherd and arrowhead pieces, also thousands of years old, were among artifacts found in a phase III archaeological survey and dig on Fort McCoy’s South Post in June and July.  After more than 30 years of phase I and phase II archaeological work at Fort McCoy, the dig was the first extensive phase III archaeological at the installation, said Alexander Woods. Heather Walder, Ph.D., also an archaeologist with CSU working at Fort McCoy, said from the age of the artifacts that came from the dig and from information their team has pieced together, it’s likely that people have resided on Fort McCoy lands for a long time.“What we can say is there have been people living here continuously for approximately the last 3,000 years,” Walder said. “A lot of what we see here is likely from ancestors of members of the Ho-Chunk Nation.” When doing this extensive of an archaeological survey at Fort McCoy, the archaeological team — which included more than 20 people at times — compares artifacts to those known to be from certain archaeological time periods. For North America, those time periods include Paleo-Indian, pre-8000 before Common Era, or BCE; Archaic, 8000-1000 BCE; Woodland, 1000 BCE to 1000 Common Era, or CE; and Mississippian, 800-1600 CE. “We’ve found artifacts from the late Archaic period as well as early and late Woodland and Historic periods,” Walder said. “Once you have the introduction of pottery, for example, that’s sort of the start of the Woodland Period,” Woods said. “The Durst points we found here are from the late Archaic, and some of the Madison Triangular points (we found) were from the late Woodland Period.”