17 JUIN 2016 NEWS: Vejen - Tel Rumeida - Skara Brae - Vallée des Rois - Antikythera -
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DANEMARK – Vejen - Three amateur archaeologists have uncovered one of the most important Viking treasures in Danish history. The trio made the unique find – six golden arm bangles and one in silver – in a field in Vejen in south Jutland near Kolding using metal detectors. The seven bangles were probably buried together sometime during the 10th century. They weight close to one kilo in total, making the find the largest ever gold discovery from the period.
PALESTINE – Tel Rumeida - Recently archaeologists from Ariel University, also located in the West Bank, have found new exciting artifacts dated to the second Biblical Jewish temple. Dr David Ben Shlomo from the university who is running the excavations, explains that the vessels from the Second Temple period were destroyed in 68 AD by the Romans, but have now been reconstructed.
ROYAUME UNI – Skara Brae - A long lost Neolithic human figurine, found at Skara Brae in the 1860s, has been rediscovered in the collections of Stromness Museum. Dr David Clarke identified the figurine among artefacts from Skaill House donated to the museum without provenance in the 1930s, while undertaking research on Skara Brae funded by Historic Environment Scotland. The representation has been carved from a piece of whalebone and measures 9.5cm high by 7.5cm wide. Eyes and a mouth have been cut in the face and the body has a navel, but is otherwise unadorned. Holes through the head and body may have been used to suspend the figurine. The figurine was originally discovered by William G. Watt, the local laird, when excavating a stone bed compartment in House 3 of the Neolithic village. Prehistoric representations of the human form are exceptionally rare in Britain. This figurine was the first Neolithic example discovered, but was largely forgotten. It can now be compared with three smaller figurines discovered in recent excavations on the Neolithic settlement at the Links of Noltland, Westray.
EGYPTE – Vallée des Rois - This week, the Ministry of Antiquities will start the second phase of a study aimed at uncovering the mystery behind an unidentified sarcophagus found in 1906 inside tomb KV55 at the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s west bank. This tomb was thought to hold the body of the monotheistic king Akhenaten, though no definitive evidence has been presented to back up this speculation. Elham Salah, head of the ministry’s Museums Department, told Ahram Online that the study is being carried out on a collection of 500 gold sheets found in a box in storage at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir along with the remains of a skull and a handwritten note in French. The note, she says, is dated to when KV55 was first found and states that the 500 accompanying sheets were discovered with a sarcophagus, though it does not mention which sarcophagus.
GRECE – Antikythera - New underwater investigations at a rich ancient shipwreck in Greece have uncovered dozens of artifacts, but no more pieces of the most famous item on the ship’s cargo – a 2,000-year-old astronomical instrument. The Greek Culture Ministry said Wednesday that the May 22-June 11 survey by Greek and US archaeologists off Antikythera island located about 60 metal, stone, pottery and glass objects. These included a bronze spear, which would have been part of a statue, four fragments of marble statues, and a gold ring. The 1st century BC wreck was found in 1900 and yielded marble and bronze statues, and parts of a complex bronze mechanism that showed the position of the planets and predicted eclipses. Experts are hoping to find more of its pieces. The modern investigations started in 2012.