13 OCTOBRE 2017 NEWS: Larkhill - Saqqara - Sungir - Cusco - Azhagankulam - Rhodope -
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ROYAUME UNI – Larkhill - Prehistoric remains have been unearthed in at Larkhill Garrison. Three prehistoric burials were found at the site of a new sports pitch. Ruth Panes, the project manager for Wessex Archaeology, said: “Of the three burials, one was an infant and the other has been identified through osteological assessment as a teenage male aged 15 to 17. "He would have been robust in appearance and his remains contained no obvious signs of pathology. The infant had been placed into a grave in an existing ditch and buried. Over time, the ditch gradually silted up and sealed the grave. "Prehistoric pottery was found in the ditch fill which sealed the grave, which suggests the burial is also prehistoric. One body was placed in a crouched position and we know such burials typically date between 2400 to 1600 BC.”
EGYPTE – Saqqara - The French-Swiss archaeological mission unearthed a mini-pyramid, made of pink granite, in South Saqqara on the outskirts of Egypt’s Giza Province, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday. General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), General Mostafa al-Waziri, said that the discovered mini-pyramid is 130 cm height and the size of each side is 35 cm. The size of the pyramid’s base is 110 cm. Waziri pointed out that the mini-pyramid was supposedly covered with gold or copper and its upper part was partially damaged. He added that the surface of the lower part is filled with dirt. Its bottom had been smoothed and punctured to be placed it on the top of the pyramid. The mission’s chief, Philip Clumber, said that the mini-pyramid was discovered south of the pyramid of King Pepi II, a pharaoh of the Sixth dynasty, where side pyramid of mother of King Pepi II, Queen Ankhesenpepi II, was built, but has not been discovered yet.
RUSSIE – Sungir - The children, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, are from the Sungir archeological dig in Russia. The site’s name is also sometimes spelled Sunghir, but regardless of how you spell the name, it’s considered an important place for human archeological history. The site is the farthest north that researchers have found early humans living. At least one adult was also buried there around 34,000 years ago. Archaeologists have sequenced the DNA of the people at the Sungir site, and the results were just published in Science. Though some have suggested the children may have been related, newer findings suggest that they may not be close family. The children’s bones have lso been analysed. And now we can see what the two children looked like. Visual Science, an international scientific visualization studio, and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology collaborated on the project to bring these 34,000-year-old children into 2017 via virtual reality.
PEROU – Cusco - A group of Peru's southern rainforest inhabitants claim to have found impressive archeological remains of Inca civilization in Cusco. Presented as evidence, the pictures show platforms, passages, walls and even a stone dwelling hidden among the foliage. It must be noted five days are required to reach the archaeological site. Finally, DDCC's Monument Management Body head Jorge Yabar Zamalloa told Andina news agency the institution sent an archaeologist to the area to prepare a technical report on the finding.
INDE - Azhagankulam - The Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department, which unearthed about 13,000 artefacts at Azhagankulam, found evidence to show that the site could date back to Sangam age. The department which had made 24 excavations in the village, spreading out over seven seasons since 1984 renewed a comprehensive excavation in the eighth season on May 9 and closed it last month, after digging 52 trenches – 16 inside the local government school premises and 36 at Kottaimedu (mound) area. At the end of the excavation, the process of documentation and sending primary and detail reports : “We have completed the video and photo documentation of the about 13,000 artefacts and would soon take up the individual sketch drawing and individual photo documentation of the artefacts,” an official said. About 7,000 artefacts would be photographed individually, while the rest were mostly beads in groups. The antiquities and vestiges retrieved from the site included ivory objects, semi precious stone beads, copper coins, silver punch marked coins, carnelian, quartz, crystals, amethyst, arretine wares, amphorae and furnace and iron smelters. The artefacts threw light on the lifestyle and socio cultural activities of the ancient Tamils, the officials said. The other artefacts retrieved from the site were 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. The State Archaeology Department had already dug out enough evidence to show that the coastal village had functioned as an important trading post between the Pandyas and the Romans and the present excavation, indicated that the site, like Keezhadi, could also date back to the Sangam age, officials said.
BULGARIE – Rhodope Mountains - A small rock relief which is alleged to depict the lyre of Orpheus, the mythical Ancient Thracian musician and poet, has been found engraved in a rock cavern in the so called Eagles’ Rocks in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains near the town of Ardino in Southern Bulgaria. The Eagles’ Rocks near Ardino are said to be part of an ancient religious rock complex. They are not to be confused with another similar site of the same name, also in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains: the prehistoric rock shrine Orlovi Skali (“Eagles’ Rocks") near the town of Sarnitsa, Mineralni Bani Municipality, where huge human faces hewn into the rocks were discovered in 2016. The rock relief allegedly depicting the lyre of Orpheus has been found on the inside wall of a rock cistern for collecting water The rock sign showing Orpheus’ lyre is said to be part of ensemble of engravings containing also other rock reliefs whose meaning remains a mystery. Based on their arrangement, the lyre depiction is said to be the focal point of the ensemble.