13 DECEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Beit She’an - Vuon Chuoi - Sydney -






ISRAEL 5 1 640x400 Beit She’an  - Last week, while out for a stroll near their home in the historic Beit She’an Valley, a mother and her seven-year-old daughter discovered a rare, intact 2,200-year-old clay lamp. Upon receiving the archaeological find from the family, Dr. Einat Ambar-Armon, an expert in clay lamps, dated it to the Hasmonean period.“The lamp is typical of the Hellenistic period, which began in the 2nd century BCE, the historical period that is known to all of us as the Maccabean Wars against the Greeks,” said Ambar-Armon, the IAA’s regional head of education and community outreach. During this period, said Ambar-Armon, such lamps were produced from molds: the top and bottom pieces were constructed separately and then connected in a new technique that allowed for their mass production, which she attributes to western-influenced innovation. The educator added that the newly found Hasmonean-period lamp testifies to such mass production in the area. Its discovery there connects with a 1960 find of an important Hellenistic-period inscription at nearby Kibbutz Heftziba, also in the Beit She’an Valley. actually a copy of the state correspondence between Antiochus III, who was the first ruler of the Seleucid family, and the regional Seleucid governor. Antiochus III, mentioned in the inscription, tended to be merciful toward the Jews, in contrast to his son Antiochus Epiphanes, also known as ‘Antiochus the Evil,'” she said. “In the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, the decrees and persecutions against the Jews were unprecedented, and in the end they led to the Maccabean rebellion against the Greeks in 167 BCE,” explained Ambar-Armon. The holiday of Hanukkah was instituted in commemoration of the success of the revolt and the purification of the Temple in Jerusalem, which allowed for the renewal of religious worship there.


VIET NAM20171212110151 1 Vuon Chuoi - The letter quotes recent media coverage saying the “earliest residents area [named Vuon Chuoi in Lai Xa village, Kim Chung commune, Hoai Duc district] of the city are on the verge of being erased”. The dispatch also mentions Prof Nguyen Van Huy’s opinion on the site. Huy is the former director of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. The letter asks: “the authorities should take urgent actions to protect the site”. The archaeological site is of Dong Dau culture, from about 3,000 years ago, and was first excavated in 1969. Since then, the site has been excavated several times, the most recent in December 2013 by the department in coordination with the Hanoi Social Sciences and Humanity University. The objects found through excavations include stone, bronze and ceramic objects of Dong Dau culture. Dong Dau culture is one among four periods of Dong Son civilisation – from the early stages of the Bronze Age to the early stages of Metal Age. Dong Dau culture dates back to 1,500-1,000 BC. Traces of the culture have been found in the northern midland region. Sites in Hanoi include Thanh Den site (Me Linh district) and Chang Communal House (Dong Anh district).


AUSTRALIE9247638 3x2 700x467 Sydney - Evidence of the existence of one of Australia's oldest pubs, dating back over 200 years, has been uncovered in Parramatta in Sydney's west. Archaeologists have spent nearly 10 years working at the site located in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. There they uncovered the cellar of what was known as the Wheatsheaf Hotel, believed to have been built in 1801, along with the remains of an 1800s convict hut and a wheelwright's workshop, where carts and wagons were once made and fixed.The pub, on the corner of Marsden and Macquarie streets would have been one of the first major landmarks people saw when they came to Parramatta.