12-13 OCTOBRE 2014 NEWS: Kakkodi - Cahokia - Brampton Hut -
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INDE – Kakkodi - A megalithic laterite dome with pottery, found near Kakkodi on the outskirts of the city, seemed to be a secondary burial site of the megalithic culture around 1000 B.C. “In fact, the megalithic people were the first to construct memorials in laterite,” said N.K. Ramesh, an archaeological anthropologist, who visited the site. This typical megalithic laterite dome was discovered while clearing the shrubbery in the backyard of a property in the possession of Mekkeparambath Krishnaprasad at Koodathumpoyil. It has a rectangular entrance with three frames with a width of six cm each but the remaining parts are seen destroyed. “The entrance has a width of 25 cm. There is an in situ cut pillar in the middle of the dome, which is well polished and has a height of one metre. The dome is semi-spherical in shape, its roof is well pasted with clay and their walls are well decorated,” he said. Inside the cave-type clay structure are more than 20 items of pottery and most of them are filled with soil. The types are seen black and red ware, black ware, and red ware. Iron hooks are seen on the roof of the dome. Mr. Ramesh said that the pottery evidences clearly showed the expertise of Megalithic people in ceramic technology. Similar types of laterite domes were discovered near Vadakara earlier. The sighting of the dome has led to many people queuing up to have a glimpse of the rare findings. The State Department of Archaeology has plans to excavate the site for collecting more valuable evidence, he said. Evidences for pre-historic and proto-historic life have already emerged in Kozhikode with many findings, including a megalithic urn burial site at Maruthongara, and the discovery of a large number of iron ingots at other megalithic urn-burial and cist burial sites at Manikkovilakam, Kuitheri.
USA – Cahokia - Archaeologists are hoping to turn up detailed clues about the interaction between Native Americans and European settlers in Cahokia at a site in southwest Illinois. The researchers have been excavating an area around the old Holy Family log church. European missionaries established a base there in the early 1700s in the middle of a village home to the Tamaroa and Cahokia tribes. Researchers want to learn more about the generation of interaction that took place between the different cultures. They used a 1735 map of the village drawn by one of the missionaries as a guide to know where to dig. By Wednesday, the dig team had turned up evidence of the European settlement, including part of a British tea cup, a fragment of an ale bottle, a clay pipe stem and a British-made flintlock for a rifle. "Right now we're in the 1820s to 1830s," said Robert Mazrim, a historical resources specialist with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey's Colonial Heritage Program. "There are pieces of pottery, and the Indian presence is just starting to show up." Clues that they were getting closer to the earlier time periods included a small flake left behind by a stone tool-making process and a piece of faience, or imitation porcelain from the late 1600s.
ROYAUME UNI – Brampton Hut- A series of digs along the route of the proposed A14 upgrade has started to take place with the first discovery coming in a field next to Brampton Hut Services last week. The archaeologists have found a ring gully - signs of Huntingdonshire’s prehistoric past. A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “A ring gully is a round ditch that dates to the prehistoric period. The one being excavated at the time of the visit is likely to be Iron Age (700BC to 43AD) in date represent the foundation trench for a building or may have been a drainage ditch to catch water running off the roof of a building. “These types of building usually date to the Bronze Age (2500-700BC) and Iron Age periods. “The ring gully is likely to be part of a domestic rural settlement, an early form of farmstead. In some cases ring gullies are part of a burial mound, the soil taken from the ditch was used to cover a central burial, however, there is no evidence from this on site.” The archaeological digs will take place between Brampton Hut and the Cambridge Services.