15 NOVEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Bangalore - Çakıltepe- Rayanipeta - Deir Al-Banat - Patmos - Cluny -






INDEBangalore 1 Bangalore - The name Bengaluru throws up interesting revelations time and again. An inscription found on a shrine in Madivala mentions the name Vengalur in Tamil, which translated into Kannada is Bengaluru. Till now, only the Begur stone inscription of the 9th Century had mentioned the name Bengaluru. Though there are theories about the name, this Vengalur find has got history enthusiasts excited. Ahead of the inscription festival on Tuesday, this Tamil inscription dating back to 1247, the Chola period, has created a buzz. Bangalore came into existence in 1527 (founded by Kempegowda) but the name is older than the city. One of the earliest and the only known records that talks about Bengaluru is a veeragallu (hero stone) in Begur village — which proves that there existed a place called Bengaluru in the 9th Century. Members of Inscription Stones of Bangalore, a team of history/heritage researchers, who have done a reality check on the surviving hero stones and inscriptions, stumbled upon the Madivala inscription and dug into the Epigraphia Carnatica to decipher the writing. “The Madivala Someshwara temple outer wall is filled with writings and Vengalur is mentioned at the bottom. It talks about land grants made by the rulers. This temple is just about 6 km from Begur and since there is a mention of Veppur (now Begur) in the inscription, it adds all the more credence to the city’s name. This inscription is also recorded in the Epigraphia Carnatica,’’says Arun Bharadwaj, a member of the Inscription Stones of Bangalore. The Epigraphia Carnatica has recorded the inscription as: Someshware temple at Madivala is one of Bangalore’s oldest, dating back to the Chola period. There are a number of Tamil and Grantha inscriptions on the outer walls of the temple. The oldest of these inscriptions dates to 1247 AD that talks about land grants “below the big tank of Vengalur” by a Veppur (modern Begur) resident. Other inscriptions also talk about other land grants including those done during the reigns of Ballala III and Rajendra Chola. The recorded translation of the inscription: Bangalore Taluq, Date 1247 AD: On the date specified, for the success of the arm and sword of ....I, Sembandai...of Tamaraikkirai, granted certain lands to a certain number of persons... Pemmattaiyar of Veppur granted some lands below the big tank of Vengalur for the god Sembasuram..

TURQUIE5a099d307152d8211834f25f Çakıltepe - An ancient settlement, dating back to the early Bronze Age, has been unearthed in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir. Archaeologists have started examining the field after a little hill was discovered in Çakıltepe, 20 kilometers from the city center. Teams have searched the field and collected all artifacts found, including glasses, bowls and other historical pieces, in the field, which is on the UNESCO world heritage tentative list and is expected to shed light on the history of Cappadocia. Yalçın Kamış, an academic at NEVU’s archaeology department and in charge of the Çakıltepe field survey, said the settlement dated back at least 3,000s years and was an important archaeological site. Kamış said they had also reached the ruins of a 4,000-year-old castle and city walls, where works would start soon. “In the center of the field is a multi-layered mound from various eras. It is understood that there were Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine-era settlements around the field. We found out that the settlement started here in the early Bronze Age,” he said. “We are now working on technical issues like mapping the field and finding out its dimensions. Comprehensive excavations will start in May 2018,” he added.


INDEDc cover qnfjbjevouc0ue9bgm4sgbuii1 20171114083038 medi  Rayanipeta - The State archaeological authorities have started excavation work at the megalithic burial site for scientific analysis. Archaeology deputy director K. Saibhakta Kesav inaugurated the work at Rayanipeta village of Yetapaka mandal in East Godavari on Monday during Karthika Masam. Speaking on the occasion, the DD stated that they would be carrying the work at the megalithic burial sites in anticipation of finding skeletal remains of ancestors and to study their lifestyle, customs, traditions, culture and practices based on scientific analysis and also findings of beads and other valuables secured in the burial sites. The authorities have engaged private agencies to take up the digging work. Accordingly, a trench 28 feet wide and 28 feet length will be dug up and jungle clearance will be taken up. The digging site will also be photographed to show before and after excavation works. The archaeological authorities say that the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology may be roped in to carry out nutrition levels of bones of ancestors to find their food habits and culture as part of the scientific analysis of megalithic burials.


EGYPTE2017 636462638697048431 704 2017 636462639622609463 260 Deir Al-Banat - During excavation work carried out at the Deir Al-Banat (Al-Banat Monastery) archaeological site in Fayoum, an Egyptian-Russian mission from the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies discovered a wooden Graeco-Roman sarcophagus with a mummy inside. Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the sarcophagus is in poor condition, with cracks all over its lid and base. The mummy, however, is well-preserved. He explains that the mummy is wrapped in linen and has a blue and gold cartonnage mask. The mask is decorated with scenes depicting the sky deity Kheibir, while the mummy's chest is decorated with the face of the goddess Isis. The legs have an image of a white sabot.


GRECEW14 115703crypt Patmos - The complex that houses the grotto where tradition says Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation and his Gospel, on the eastern Aegean island of Patmos, has revealed hidden crypts, windows and doors during recent restoration work, according to authorities involved in its reconstruction. Supervising architect Panagiotis Chatziioannou said that the process revealed unexpected elements. During the removal of plaster from the main building, for example, restorers discovered many architectural phases windows, doors, unknown crypts that had been built over for some reason. he monastery complex is architecturally unusual in that it contains several buildings added at different eras – including chapels and monks cells arranged on five levels, all enclosed by a fortress wall. From a distance, the complex looks like an imposing citadel crowning the old Chora, or the city of Patmos. The whole site is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The island is where Saint John traditionally dictated his Gospel and the Apocalypse (Revelation) to a disciple around 95 AD. The monastery was built at the site in 1088 by Hosios Christodoulos Latrinos, and its foundation was part of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos’ policy to colonize the islands and create a base in the Aegean. According to its UNESCO listing, the monastery of St. John the Theologian is a unique creation, integrating monastic values within a fortified enclosure, which has evolved in response to changing political and economic circumstances for over 900 years. It has the external appearance of a polygonal castle, with towers and crenellations. It is also home to a remarkable collection of manuscripts, icons, and liturgical artwork and other objects


FRANCEArchaeologists find buried treasure at abbey of cluny in france Cluny - Archaeologists have unearthed a mound of buried treasure at the Abbey of Cluny in France. The find was announced Tuesday by the French National Center for Scientific Research, or CNRS. The haul included 2,200 silver deniers and oboles, 21 Islamic gold dinars, a signet ring and several other gold objects. "Never before has such a large cache of silver deniers been discovered," CNRS announced in a news release. "Nor have gold coins from Arab lands, silver deniers, and a signet ring ever been found hoarded together within a single, enclosed complex." The excavation began in mid-September and was completed in late October. It was carried out by researchers from CNRS and the University of Lyon. In addition to the coins, scientists recovered a folded sheet of gold foil stored in a protective case, as well as a circular gold trinket. Archaeologists believe the majority of the coins were minted at the Abbey of Cluny during the first half of the 12th century. The treasure was found stored inside a tanned hide bundle. The Islamic gold dinars were minted between 1121 and 1131 in Spain and Morocco, during the reign of Ali ibn Yusuf, the fifth king of the Almoravid dynasty, an imperial Berber Muslim dynasty. The Abbey of Cluny was founded in 910 AD. It grew from modest beginnings to become on the largest Christian church in Europe until the construction of Rome's St. Peter's Basilica in the 17th century.