17 FEVRIER 2016 NEWS: Trinidad - Nevşehir - Arsin - Zhaotong -
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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Trinidad - During the period July 1, 2013 to January 31, 2015, the Office of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago hired Dr Basil Reid, senior lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of History at The UWI, St Augustine Campus, and his team to undertake a detailed archaeological study of the Red House site. Colonial finds recovered from the Red House chronologically relate to the 19th and 20th centuries and as such, can be directly tied to the original government building (“The First Red House”) constructed in 1844. That structure was rebuilt in 1907, resulting in the present Red House as we now know it.
TURQUIE – Nevşehir - The details of an underground city unearthed in late 2014 in Turkey’s touristic town of Cappadocia in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir have come to the surface, as excavations at the site continue. The underground city was discovered by a Turkish Housing Development Administration (TOKİ) urban transformation project. Some 1,500 buildings located in and around the Nevşehir fortress were demolished, and the underground city was discovered when the earthmoving to construct new buildings began. An associate professor at the geophysics engineering department at 18 March University who was involved in the excavations of the underground city, Özcan Çakır said, “We think that people who were involved with agriculture in the ancient age carried their products to the city through these tunnels.”
TURQUIE – Arsin - An ancient Greek storage container weighing nearly 300-kilograms was caught in the fishing net of a boat in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. The container, also referred to as a pithos, is believed to date back to the Byzantine Empire. Yaku Uzun, the captain of the boat Adem Baba 3, set off on the Black Sea and cast a net close to Trabzon’s Arsin district. Sometime later, the crew saw that they had caught a 1.5-meter-long pithos in the net and informed the Provincial Culture and Tourism Ministry. When the officials arrived at the Araklı Harbor, the pithos was loaded on a truck and taken to the Trabzon Museum. Ten museums workers, using elastics and sponges to prevent damage, removed the pithos from the truck after 45 minutes. Regarding the ancient pithos, the officials said containers of this side were used to save agricultural products and liquids such as wine and olive oil in ancient times.
CHINE - Zhaotong - Chinese scientists have revealed how the last hominoids in the Euroasia continent survived during the Miocene period (5.33 to 23 million years ago). A fossil anthropoid discovered in 2009 in Zhaotong City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, is believed to be the last hominoid to survive the Miocene in the Euroasia continent. After carrying out sedimentary, clay mineralogy and geochemical experiments on the fossil, the scientists found the elevation of the Tibetan plateau combined with the Asian monsoon and global cooling formed relatively independent warm and humid conditions in Yunnan, thus offering a refuge for the Miocene hominoids. The population of hominoids, once widely scattered in the Euroasia and Africa between 17 million and 15 million years ago, sharply decreased in the late Miocene period. The findings, co-researched by the Institute of Geology and Geophysics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Yunnan Archaeology Institute, were published on Monday in Scientific Reports, an affiliated magazine of Nature. "It provides a unique approach for the research on evolution and extinction of the hominoids," said Zhang Chunxia, a chief scientist with the research and an assistant researcher from the CAS.