11 OCTOBRE 2017 NEWS: Vinge - Klokkerholm - Lincoln - Assenovgrad - Harsin -






DANEMARKNeo house one Vinge - At a site in Vinge, a new town being built in north Zeland, the outline of a large farmhouse from the Late Neolithic Period has been exposed. The house is 45.5 metres long, 7.2 metres wide and dates back 4,000 years. Archaeologists were surveying the site where a new station will be built when they made the discovery, reports Videnskab.dk. “It proved to be a gigantic farmhouse from the Late Neolithic Period. Up until now, we’ve only seen four farmhouses of this size from this period,” said Jens Johannsen, an archaeologist from Roskilde Museum. “The house is nearly three times as big as other houses from this period, and it is the only one like it in the area,” he added. The two-aisled house may well have housed a Late Neolithic family, their farmhands and livestock. Its size also indicated that the owners were wealthy people. “The Vinge house must have belonged to a member of the upper class of the time because it is so large. In addition, it is enormously interesting because this is the first period when we can see signs of an elite class in society.” Johannsen speculates the owner must have travelled around Europe, making make contact with people who could supply him with bronze. The building style shows signs of other European styles – traits from Germany, among others.


DANEMARK - Klokkerholm - A farmer in northern Jutland was shocked to discover that a large hole had been dug in a burial mound on his land at Klokkerholm. Grave-robbers seem to have been at work and the hole measured 2.80 x 1.5 metres and 1.5 metres deep, reports Nordjyske. Sidsel Wåhlin, an archaeologist from Vendsyssel Historiske Museum, was called out to the mound to assess the damage. She was unable to say what the thieves might have stolen. However, it was likely the person buried there was of high social status and had also had their worldly goods buried with them, and that might include artefacts made of precious metals. The burial mound had never been previously examined or precisely dated, but Wåhlin thinks was formed during the Bronze Age.


ROYAUME UNI Bypass digjpg Lincoln's Eastern Bypass - Our Find of the Week this time is on a grand scale. We are working now on the north side of the River Witham, just beyond the outskirts of the city and not far from Allenby Road trading estate. As we machined away the topsoil, a wide ring of pale-coloured soil appeared. We carefully excavated around it and it has turned out to be the top of a large bank, surrounded by a ditch infilled with dark peaty soil. It forms a ring over fifty-five metres across, occupying an area of more than a third of the size of the pitch at Sincil Bank football ground. But what is it, and how old is it? Is it a henge monument, dating from the Neolithic period, around five thousand years ago. Or a disc barrow: an unusual variation on the circular burial mounds which developed around the middle of the Bronze Age around 3,500 years ago. There are two smaller ring ditches from Bronze Age barrows nearby – in the background of the photograph, behind the spoil-heaps - and we are just across the river to the three barrows that we have excavated on the south side of the river. There were problems with both interpretations. It’s the right size for a henge, but these normally - not always - have the ditch on the inside of the bank, whereas ours is on the outside. And the bank of a henge usually has entrance gaps. So far, our bank seems to be continuous. On the other hand, our circular bank is much bigger than any known disc barrow. To add another piece to the puzzle, we have now found two cremation burials inside the circle. The pottery from these burials dates from the early Bronze Age.We now think that this site started as a ceremonial enclosure in the third millennium BC, but had become a sacred place by around 2,000 BC when it was used for cremation burials. Later on, it became a focus around the Bronze Age barrow cemetery.


BULGARIEArchaeology ring assenovgrad bulgaria 604x272 Assenovgrad - Work on the water supply in the Bulgarian town of Assenovgrad has led to the finding of a mediaeval ring and ceramics. Archaeologists called to the site, in the town about 20km from Bulgaria’s second-largest city Plovdiv, found the ring and the ceramics after workers found a fortress wall while digging below a street in central Assenovgrad. The ring is made of copper with an inlaid stone, probably mountain crystal. Given the size of the ring, it was worn by a woman or a child, archaeologists believe. The ring will be restored. The ceramics were largely broken. It appears that when the original water pipes were laid in the 1960s, much the mediaeval archaeological objects were destroyed. The fortress wall dates from the time that there was a village called Stamimanos at the site, between the 12th and 14th centuries CE.


IRAN - Iran Harsin - The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted head of the first season of explorations in Hill of Harsin, western Iran , Hojjat Darabi as saying on Monday that the exploration is being conducted with the purpose of reviewing the date of the settlement in the area and acquiring information from the beginning of agricultural and livestock activities in the Central Zagros. He added the exploration depends on the creation of a stratigraphical cut on top of the hill and in the neighborhood of the previous explorations by the Canadian Philip Smith. Darabi pointed to the exploration of about two meters of upper deposits of the area in the current stratigraphy which has led to the identification and registration of the architectural remains of adobe and clay. Darabi referred to the identification of evidence of short-term settlement around the hill in the exploration on Ganj Darreh Hill which seem to belong to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic era and newer than the existing settlement on the hill itself. He added: “Due to the complexity of the stratigraphy operation on Ganj Darreh Hill and the very high amount of architectural remains in it, exploration operation is rather slow in the area and it is hoped that with the completion of stratigraphy in future the research objectives will be realized.”