17 SEPTEMBRE 2013 NEWS: Colchester - Renhezhai - Kyaukse - Lillehammer -






ROYAUME UNIco84823-08-spears-nb.jpg Colchester – A warrior grave dating back 2,000 years has been discovered under the site of a new golf clubhouse.  Archaeologists have been investigating land at the Playgolf course in Bakers Lane, Colchester, before work starts on the new range.  And Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, said evidence had been found of a warrior’s grave - complete with five spears.  Mr Crummy said the grave would have belonged to a member of the Catuvellauni tribe just before the Roman conquests of Britain. And he compared its archaeological significance to the finds of 2,000-year-old medical instruments in Stanway in the 1990s.


CHINE – Renhezhai - Villagers are flocking to a construction site in Zhumadian, Henan province, to dig ancient coins to sell by weight, according to Dahe Daily. Workers started digging a ditch in Renhezhai village, Xiping county, in early August and piled the excavated soil beside the ditch. Children in the village played on the soil and found some coins there. As the news spread, adults arrived from far and near to dig for coins at the site, a villager told Dahe Daily. The newspaper quoted another villager as saying many had found lots of ancient coins. Others have arrived to buy the coins each day. One kilogram of coins was sold for 380 yuan ($60), a woman surnamed Li told the newspaper. The coins are believed to be from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) as they bear the titles of several emperors from that time.  Villagers are puzzled why locals have dug such coins for more than a month with no intervention from officials in charge of cultural relics. As more and more soil is dug in the process of searching for coins, the mud might collapse and cause accidents, they said.


MYANMARshwe-gu-gyi-pagoda.jpg Kyaukse - Two of the nine pagodas built by King Anawrahta on the Panlaung River in Kyaukse township during the Bagan period are in dire need of repair, a leading architect has told The Myanmar Times. Architect Tampawaddy U Win Maung said Magyitaw Shwegugyi Pagoda in Magyitaw village and Sawyel Shwegugyi Pagoda near Saw Yel village could soon be beyond repair unless urgent measures are taken. The Sawyel Shwegugyi should be given first priority, he said, as it still has original craftsmanship from the Bagan period. The pagoda, which is situated in a forest and is not well known, still has its original walls but 20 percent of the concrete floral designs on its roof have collapsed, he said. He stressed the importance of ensuring that the original designs are preserved rather than replaced. The other pagoda, Magyitaw Shwegugyi, has suffered damage because the Panlaung River has eroded the riverbank on which it was built, U Win Maung said. He said that unless measures are taken to strengthen the bank, about half the pagoda will be lost into the river. There is always debate over how pagodas should be restored, U Win Maung said, and for the most part religious concerns have trumped preservation of original designs.


NORVEGE652b52402e3ab62de9d344a138e76a0edaa10fca112379ea1888e948dd392954.jpg  Lillehammer - The remains of an iron age horse has been found in a glacier two thousand metres up in the mountains of Norway, one of the first times such an animal has been found at such altitude. "It shows that they were using horses for transport in the high alpine zone, in areas where we were quite surprised to find them,"  Lars Pilø, the head of snow archeology at Oppland council told The Local.  The find, which was made in August, is the latest of a string of discoveries archeologists have been making around the world, as global warming melts glaciers and ice sheets, leaving perfectly preserved relics behind. He said the horse whose bones they discovered was probably used to carry reindeer carcasses back off the mountains to the villages below.  The team have previously found perfectly preserved 1000-year-old horse manure, and horse shoes dropped in the ice. Earlier this year, they made headlines across the world when they found a 1,700-year-old woollen tunic, fully intact apart from the two patches sewed into it by its iron age owner.