12 FEVRIER 2018: Nicosie - Tal-Wej - Gumashpur - Thessalonique - Cape Cod - Gaojiataizi -






CHYPRETombs 770x634 Nicosie - Ancient tombs believed to be from the fifth century BC were discovered in the community of Deneia in Nicosia district during roadworks, community leader Christakis Panayiotou said on Friday. According to Panayiotou, the tombs were discovered last week. He added that the tombs appear not to have been raided by tomb robbers. A number of artefacts were discovered, along with skeletal remains. According to senior archaeologist of the antiquities department, Giorgos Georgiou, what’s interesting is that there is more than one type of burial architecture. “We have the classical chambers, we have found two such types but the interest is that we also found a tomb of unknown type, for the Deneia area at least, and this is an important addition to scientific knowledge,” Georgiou told Alpha TV. The possibility of unearthing antiquities in the area is not a distant one, Panayiotou said, as Deneia, ‘is an immense cemetery of antiquities’. There has been human activity in the area from the copper age – 2.500 BC – to-date, he said. Near the village is the prehistoric housing of Deneia, which dates back to the early copper age – 2500-2075 B.C.. A cemetery with around 250 tombs dating back to the bronze age has also been discovered in that area in the past.


MALTELocal 06 0 temp 1518156136 5a7d3968 620x348 Tal-Wej - The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and the Environment and Resources Authority are opposing the removal of soil from a Naxxar site, which has archaeological interest possibly dating back to Roman times.  An archaeological exploration of the Tal-Wej area was carried out in the 1980s. In view of this and the destructive nature of an archaeological excavation, there was no reason or outstanding research agenda making it necessary to revisit the site archaeologically. According to the Superintendence, the area of Tal-Wej is a multi-period site with cultural heritage features dating from the Bronze Age. It said the shaping of the Tal-Wej area of archaeological importance through the interaction of humankind and its natural environment defined the area as an important cultural landscape. Among others, there were cart-ruts, dolmen, ancient quarries, rock-cut tombs, as well as more recent early modern structures such as a 16th century chapel dedicated to Santa Margherita, corbelled huts (giren) and agricultural trenches.


INDE - Gumashpur  - The Haryana department of archaeology on Thursday swung into action to unearth an ancient three-story baoli (stepwell) in Gumashpur village near Bhondsi in Gurugram.The 1,220 square yard rectangular baoli, with a 22ft-wide road around its edge and considered to be around 700 years old, is located within the premises of a church. Allegedly, around two years ago, it was filled with soil by the church administration to build a garden over it.


GRECE - 5 2 1thessalonique– Thessalonique - A trove of antiquities has been unearthed as the excavations for the Thessaloniki metro system continue, with recent discoveries of Christian period building remnants. The most recent findings are at the Agia Sophia Metro Station. According to Voria.gr news website, archaeologists found a fountain structure at the southeast end of the marble-lined square, which came to light in earlier excavations of the spot, in the section above Egnatia Avenue. The discovery originally made both construction engineers and archaeologists to stop works in order to discuss how to keep an ancient marble covered square and fountain system intact, while at the same time deliver the station on time and without exceeding the construction budget, Voria.gr says. The structures unearthed reveal a lot about the character of the city during the Early Christian years. Archaeologists say that the fountain structure has a length of over 15 meters and is 2.85 meters tall, adding that the fountain is estimated to be one of the largest in the Roman world.

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USA530694 wikimedia whydah gold Cape Cod  - The skeleton of a famous pirate dead for more than three centuries may have been discovered. This week, researchers in Massachusetts  annouced they'd found a human skeleton near the wreck of a ship that went down off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717—and they think it just might be the remains of New England's greatest pirate, Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. The flagship of Bellamy's fleet was the 300-ton Whydah, a former British slave vessel. In 1717, the pirate took the ship up to New England. Then, on April 26, 1717, a wicked storm sank the Whydah off the coast of Wellfleet. Most of the crew—including Bellamy—went down with it. In 1984, marine explorer Barry Clifford and his diving team found the ship's wreckage. More than 200,000 artifacts from the site have since been taken ashore. To give them a proper home, Clifford established the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth in 2016. This past November, researchers at the museum found part of a human skeleton inside a hardened block of sediment they'd taken from the Whydah's general area a few years ago. The slab also contained a belt, some cufflinks, and—most interestingly—a pistol. According to an Associated Press report, this gun is believed to have been Bellamy's. Forensic scientists at the University of New Haven plan to compare DNA from the bones against that of a living Bellamy descendant in England. Whether the skeleton turns out to be the famous captain's or somebody else's, though, it'll most likely be interred—eventually. On February 19, the bones will be on display during a press conference.


CHINE - Gaojiataizi - Archaeologists in north China have discovered characters on a pottery piece which they believe are 4,000-year-old, even older than the oracle bones scripts. The pottery piece, with ink marks which were confirmed to be three or four characters, was unearthed at Gaojiataizi, the ruins of the Lower Xiajiadian Culture in the city of Chifeng. The ruins, which are spread over 10,000 square metres, were jointly excavated by the regional research institute of cultural heritage and archaeology and the . Experts from the confirmed the marks were characters left by animal-fur brush with ink, according to of the regional research institute. The words, which were written smoothly, are believed to be connected with sacrificial activities, the state-run news agency reported. Pottery scripts, together with those of oracle bones and bronze objects, have been known for long term preservation.“The oracle bones, scripts from some 3,000 years ago in the , may have originated from the pottery scripts,” he said, adding the discovery has offered new evidence to trace the origin of oracle bones. Pottery and stone articles, as well as animal bones were also unearthed at the ruins. The Lower Xiajiadian Culture, a branch of the northern bronze culture during the Xia and Shang dynasties, dates back to 3,500-4,000 years ago — between the late Neolithic Age and Bronze Age. The Lower Xiajiadian site in Chifeng was listed as one of the top archaeological discoveries in China in 2009.