15-16 FEVRIER 2015 NEWS: Bury St Edmunds - Wakefield - Tullaghoge Fort - Badghis  -






ROYAUME UNI3166627712 Bury St Edmunds - An archaeologist has raised concerns about a development site in Bury St Edmunds which, he says, could contain East Anglia’s oldest cemetery. Duncan McAndrew, a former English Heritage field monument warden, is worried a historically significant site near Fornham All Saints is at risk from Countryside Properties’ scheme for a link road and 900 new homes. He says an ‘exceptionally large and complex multi-period archaeological site’ from Hengrave to Fornham contains three ‘significant’ features - a Neolithic double causewayed enclosure, Bronze-age linear earthwork and Roman ‘settlement’. A section along the River Lark has Schedule Ancient Monument status and Dr McAndrew believes the development site also has archaeological significance. He said: “The site as a whole is very large. It’s the equivalent of me digging a hole next to Stonehenge.” Dr McAndrew believes the causewayed enclosure - ritual/religious meeting place - suggests the presence of Suffolk’s, if not East Anglia’s oldest building, which, he says, was covered in the Bronze-age by Suffolk’s, possibly East Anglia’s, oldest cemetery. He says evidence of a crouched burial surrounded 
by cremation burials could make it ‘East Anglia’s equivalent of the Valley of the Kings’ in Egypt. We assume whatever’s 
buried in the middle is a king, royal figure or high priest,” he said, adding that a Roman building complex constructed later was probably a Romano-British temple with chariot-park.


ROYAUME UNI3871524194 Wakefield - The first stages of a project to unearth the city’s hidden castle started this week. Volunteers and archaeologists have been clearing the undergrowth of Lowe Hill in Clarence Park, where Wakefield Castle once stood. Archaeologists from West Yorkshire Archaeology Service have carried out geophysical surveys of the land, using specialist equipment, to determine whether anything is buried beneath the earth. David Harrison from the Archaeological Services WYAS said: “This site was a priority above others in West Yorkshire as there was so little information known about it. By the summer we should have a better understanding of what has been built on Lowe Hill over the years and perhaps more evidence about who occupied the site.”


ROYAUME- UNI - Image 49 Tullaghoge Fort - An archaeological bid to discover more about the hilltop where Ulster chieftains were crowned 700-years ago has uncovered artefacts dating back more than 7,000 years. Tullaghoge Fort in rural Co Tyrone was where leaders of the dominant O’Neill clan came to be crowned from around the 14th century to just before the arrival of the planters at the start of the 17th century. Targeted excavation work around the tree-encircled earthen mound ahead of the planned development of new visitor facilities hoped to find and preserve buried artefacts from that period - but it ended up unearthing a lot more. Archaeologists have revealed that flint tool fragments have been found dating back before 5000 BC to the Mesolithic period, when hunter gatherer settlers inhabited Ireland. Dr O’Keeffe said archaeologists had previously found evidence of prehistoric burial tombs at the present-day Mid Ulster Sports Arena in nearby Cookstown. He said his teams were delighted to find evidence of settlements from the same era at Tullaghoge. I suppose when you think about it, it is not terribly far away from Lough Neagh and we tend to think of these hunter gatherer settlers following the river systems and then, depending on the season, either taking fish or coming on to land to take nuts, berries, seeds or to go after wild pig,” he said. Dr O’Keeffe said the small pieces of flint would have been stuck to sticks using resin to make harpoons, spears or saws. Evidence of cereal harvesting on the site between the 7th and 9th centuries AD were also discovered. Dr O’Keeffe said the new finds merely added to the rich story of a site more usually associated with the medieval era and the period when the O’Neills ruled Ulster. The Tullaghoge placename is taken to mean “Hill of the Young Warrior” or “Hill of Youth”, from the Gaelic Tulloch Oc.


AFGHANISTAN8c0ac154fe2fb2608550e6e2f8025142 xl  Badghis  - Badghis is one of the provinces which is rich with large number of ancient sites, historical relics and ancient monuments most of them in urgent need of sympathy and immediate rebuilding specially the one called Qala-e-Nariman. Historical monuments and ancient relics of Badghis belong to pre and post-Islamic centuries. For example, Qala-e-Nariman which is one of the historical sites with a background of 1500 years. Qala-e- naw Located on the right direction of a valley with an area of eight hundreds square meter with a circumference of 365 to 457 meter with two gates on the north and south which has been enclosed with a ditch. A palace inside and a small bazaar can been seen outside the Qala in which over thirty shops existed before while over eight hundreds scattered houses were around it. This Qala located over a big hill known as Qala Koh-e-Nariman plus shrine of Emamzadah Asghar, Khawaja Abdal in Kohistan-e- Laman and shrine of Khawaja Abul Qaseem in Deh Kharistan. Beside these, there are tens shrines and several historical monuments in Qala Now city which belong to Islamic era which includes 25-30 historical relics all of them in urgent need of rehabilitation. Sarwaryar went on to say that long before due to mountain slide few hundred meters to Qala-e- Now city southern of airport several caves appeared which were similar to Bamayan caves located on the west and east sides of the mountain. If archeological excavations take place there, it will result considerable outcomes. These caves probably belong to pre-Islamic centuries and especially to Zorostrian eras. 70km on the west of Qala-e- Now city, is a famous castle called Qala-e-Nariman which contains ancient and wonderful monuments and old constructions. The Acknowledged historian Mir Gholam Mohammad Ghobar has mentioned it in his priceless book “Afghanistan in the course of history” as the Qala-e Kalyoon. The Kalyoon wars during Gengaz invasion are famous which last sixteen months until the food of the Qala residents finished but despite of that, they didn’t surround to enemy and ate the nuts and pistachios and affected by an unknown disease which was called body inflammation. Then 50 people opened the gate of Qala and invaded enemy and all of them were eliminated. Another famous Qala which is known as the sister of Kalyoon (Nariman) located near Qades district which is called as Qala Piwar. The residents of this Qala also resisted Gangez troops and showed extraordinary bravery. In both places the local residents illegally excavated and unearthed large number of ancient relics. Two important monuments including Qala Nariman and shrine of langer-e- Sharif are in dire need of rehabilitation. Sarwaryar explained that currently illegal excavations are going on by smugglers in Qala-e- Nariman, in Bala Morghab district and some other districts of Badghis province. This issue was time and again shared by official letters to the MoIC and we expect the MoIC and MoI to prevent illegal excavations and safe hundreds unearthed priceless relics. Sarwaryar added that until last year, the department of Badghis information and culture was deployed in a container and currently an under construction building will be completed and is expected to be opened officially soon and our department will get rid of lack of a permanent building. 60 to 70 metal priceless works which were confiscated from smugglers and belong to different eras and are kept under pitiful conditions will be placed in the new building because actually there is no museum in this province and in this connection we want the attention of Museums department. Totally there are 36 registered and number of unregistered works in Badghis which constitute cultural heritages of this province.