16 DECEMBRE 2016 NEWS: Chengyang - Lake Worth - Terre Neuve - Mason Bay -
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CHINE – Chengyang - A vessel containing meat soup, prepared more than 2,000 years ago, was discovered during archaeological excavations in China's Henan province, authorities said on Thursday. The stew, containing beef bones and other ingredients, was discovered on Monday at an archaeological tomb site in Chengyang district near the city of Xinyang, Efe news reported. The archaeologists are yet to give a precise date of the soup as well as other findings from the tomb. However, according to the regional archaeological institute, the ruins are known to belong to the ancient state of Chu, one of the kingdoms that existed in China between 700 and 200 BC.
USA – Lake Worth - Archaeologists digging in the Lake Worth area have stumbled upon a rare artifact, the tooth of a long-extinct seal, one whose existence was first recorded by Christopher Columbus. The Miami Heralds reports discovery of the Caribbean monk seal tooth at the prehistoric site along the Lake Worth shore is part of a larger study of changes to the lake over time by the Davie-based Archaeological and Historical Conservancy. Discovery of the tooth is the first evidence of the seal found in the area. Its presence is an indicator that the seal was hunted by prehistoric people.
CANADA – Terre Neuve - At an archaeological site on the Exploits River in Newfoundland, Canada, researchers have found artifacts that indicate habitation by Indigenous peoples more than two millennia ago. According to a CBC News report, archaeologist Laurie Maclean and dig assistant Don Pelley conducted a two-week dig in November 2016 in search of artifacts left behind by the Groswater Paleoeskimos. The pair sifted through dirt, clay and mud at the banks of the Exploits, discovering historical tools that may have otherwise been destroyed by the river. Maclean remarked that several of the artifacts could have been swept away by the summer of 2017, where they would have been strewn further along the riverbank. Additionally, many of the in situ artifacts, some of which have been dated to 2,200 years old, would have been destroyed completely. The Groswater Paleoeskimos have been dated to living in the region as far as 2,800 years ago. There are several Groswater sites in the region, but that 2,200-year-old-date is the first to be determined by radiocarbon dating of one of the 20 known features within the site. These features, the archaeologist explained, could be as varied as a fireplace, a house or a grave. During the interview, Maclean pointed out the fire-cracked rock she and Pelley were uncovering, an indicator that the site may have been used as a firepit. This could be the 21st such feature at the site.
NOUVELLE ZELANDE – - Mason Bay - A Department of Conservation ranger searching for weeds on Stewart Island has stumbled across an ancient Maori oven. The oven was discovered by a Department of Conservation staff member working on a dune restoration project while grid searching for tree lupin at Mason Bay. A waypoint was taken at the site of the oven using a GPS, a photograph was taken, and the oven was reported to DOC's historic and cultural heritage technical advisor Rachael Egerton, Baynes said. The site will be recorded in the national Archaeological Site Recording Scheme, which provides information for researchers and land managers, she said. "Along with the information about other sites recorded in the area this provides an insight into the lifestyle of early Māori who visited and occupied the area."Most of the of Stewart Island coast had various periods of early Polynesian and Maori occupation and there were many sites similar to the oven discovered, she said. Most were oven stones with scatters of shells or fish and bird bones, Baynes said."Many have eroded out of the sand, like this one, others are intact beneath the sand." "These sites reflect a lot of visits by small to medium groups of people to gather the rich resources of the area, or on their way further south to do the same."