15 DECEMBRE 2015 NEWS: Great Bend of the Gila - Ani - Dhaka - Telhara - Evia -
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USA – Great Bend of the Gila - A recent study released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) and Archaeology Southwest details the cultural significance of the Great Bend of the Gila and further advocates for its protection. The study, titled “The Great Bend of the Gila: A Nationally Significant Cultural Landscape,” details the historic importance of the river corridor "as documented by an array of treasures that remain today, including petroglyphs, geoglyphs, ancient trails, historic roads and a Civil War site," according to a press release from the two agencies. It is noted on the NHTP’s website that “archaeologists working in the area consider Sears Point one of the most significant rock art sites in the Southwest” and that “many Arizona tribes hold these lands sacred.” Sears Point is located about 75 miles east of Yuma, where “hundreds of petroglyphs can be seen on the volcanic basalt outcrops that lie next to the Gila River,” according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Ancestral Hohokam and Patayan cultures’ archaeological remains lie along the now-dry Gila River in Hohokam villages and ball courts. The rock art panels are located throughout the corridor of the Gila River valley and culminate in the rock art of Sears Point in the western segment of the proposal, the NTHP clarified. Traces of human presence in the Great Bend of the Gila date back to 3,000 B.C., the report showed, and summit trails as well as geoglyphs, which are large patterns of stone laid out on the earth in geometric, human or animal shapes, mark “important ceremonial sites for the ancient cultures.” The listed descendant Yuman Tribes include the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Yavapai Prescott Indian, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Cocopah Indian Tribe, Fort Mohave Tribe, Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes, and Maricopa (Pee Posh) Indian Tribe. There are many other cultures that have ties to the land as well, such as the Hispanic culture.
TURQUIE – Ani - The Alem village is home to 15 rock paintings that have never been examined and belong to humanity. The importance of this discovery is that Ani and its environment dates back thousands of years older than we had known. Therefore the inns, rock tombs and settlements around the ancient city of Ani should be declared an archaeological site as a whole. Works have started in the rock tombs. On Nov. 24, a committee including the museum director, archaeologist and art historians coordinated to collect the data for registration. These rock paintings will play a significant role for the ruins of Ani to be included in the UNESCO list in 2016.” The ancient Ani was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom that covered much of present-day Armenia and eastern Turkey. Ani is protected on its eastern side by a ravine formed by the Akhurian River and on its western side by the Bostanlar or Tzaghkotzadzor Valley. The Akhurian is a branch of the Aras River and forms part of the current border between Turkey and Armenia.
BANGLADESH – Dhaka - Heritage activists opposing the demolition say this building is one of the few left standing from the Mughal era as it was constructed during the reign of Subahdar Shaista Khan. Basudeb Sur owns the building, located at holding number 64. Its roof collapsed a few years ago forcing the residents to vacate the building. It has since remained uninhabited. Basudeb started demolishing the building on Saturday last and parts of it have already been destroyed. But the Department of Archaeology stepped in to stop it. Its Mughal era architecture is unique and remains intact. It was perhaps renovated once after a tornado in 1888. Artisans specialising in making these bangles dominate the area, whose antiquity dates back to more than 400 years.
INDE - Telhara - During an excavation at the site of the Vishwavidyalaya Shripratham Shivpura Mahavira Bhikshu Sangh that existed in seventh century, a BAD team stumbled upon five gold-plated teeth of an individual aged between 16 to 20 years, who might have been a monk, BAD Director Atul Kumar Verma told PTI. The teeth will be sent for DNA test at Deccan College in Pune.
GRECE – Evia - Attica is to create a unique 'archaeological' scuba park featuring 26 well-preserved underwater shipwrecks open to visitors in the Gulf of Evia, the Greek Ministry of Culture has announced. According to the announcement, the high specification diving park will act as an "underwater museum" and will have six visitable sites in the Styra island group, the Kavalliani - Almyropotamos Cove area, the Petalioi islands, Akio island and Portolafia in Evia, Makronisos and the Lavreo area. A presentation of the planned project was held at the Attica Region's offices, which outlined the work launched by the Underwater Antiquities Ephorate in 2006 to explore and chart the ancient and Byzantine-era shipwrecks located in the seas around Attica and southern Evia, from the island of Kavalliani to Kafirea and Sounio. They said that a total of 19 underwater archaeological sites with 26 shipwrecks have been created, while the search for more important shipwrecks is continuing.