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INDE – Hyderabad – Information regarding treasure in a hidden tunnel on the premises of a school in front of the state Secretariat reached Mr T.B. Raju, chief manager (personnel), Coal India Limited and other prominent citizens through a mason, who will serve as a guide during excavation at the site on Sunday morning. It is believed that there is a small staircase that leads to a tunnel-like structure behind the compound wall of the school abutting the Naubat Pahad (Birla Mandir hill). The school building itself is about 100 years old and city historians say there was a small cave in the hillside. The tunnel is said to be 12 ft by 12 ft. Prof. P. Channa Reddy, state Treasure Trove Officer, will supervise the excavation work. According to city historian Dr Mohammad Safiullah, many rich families had built bunkers during World War II to escape airstrikes by Japan. One such bunker was unearthed near the Home Science College in Saifabad. Similar bunkers were also found in the Mint Compound. As many as a dozen iron safes were recovered from these bunkers though all of them were empty. The school building belongs to the heirs of Wanaparthi Samsthan which, at one point in time, owned more than one lakh acre of land and its royal members were very rich. This gives credence to the theory that a royal member had secreted away jewels and precious stones.
ROYAUME UNI – Gloucester - A "unique" medieval coin from the reign of William the Conqueror has been discovered in a field near Gloucester. The hammered silver coin was found by metal detectorist Maureen Jones just north of the city. The coin, which dates from 1077-1080, features the name of the moneyer Silacwine and where it was minted. The Portable Antiquities Scheme said that until the coin was discovered, there were no known examples of William I coins minted in Gloucester between 1077-1080. "The discovery of this coin therefore proves that the mint was in operation throughout the whole reign of William I " it said.
PAKISTAN – Baradari of Sher Singh - Punjab Archaeology Department and Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) are carrying out conservation work at an important historical monument of 19th Century Baradari of Sher Singh, situated in Kot Khawaja Saeed in Northern Lahore. The condition of the structure was very miserable and it was near to collapse, the officials informed. The monument, which was declared protected under Antiquity Act 1975, was badly damaged and set on fire by an angry mob in 1992 in retaliation to the demolition of the Babri Mosque in India. The locals told this scribe that in 1992 the people had taken precious wooden doors and bricks of the monuments. They said once river Ravi flowed here and the Baradari of Maharaja Sher Singh was on the bank of river. There was time when this residential complex of Sher Singh was surrounded by the Sikh garrisons to protect the Raja, they said. The structure, after the death of Sher Singh was left at the mercy of time.
HAWAII – Maui - Native Hawaiian advocate Claire Apana said that she and others believe Wai'ale's dunes are the site of the last great hand-to-hand fight in ancient Hawaii, the Battle of Kakanilua in 1776. It was a crushing defeat of Big Island alii and warriors who kept invading Maui, she said. It ended with an overwhelming army ambush of about 800 fighters trapped in the dunes. Lisa Rotunno-Hazuka of Archaeological Services of Hawaii worked closely with state preservationists and island burial councils. Her team combed the region. The archaeologists found burials and expect to uncover more. But there's no evidence up to 800 fighters will be found, she said."If we thought these burials were there, we would say that," Rotunno-Hazuka said. "There would be no reason to cover it up. It would be wonderful." Rotunno-Hazuka said historic records show the battle probably took place somewhere else. Human remains found so far include women and children with no signs of battle injuries, she said. University of Hawaii Maui College archaeology professor Janet Six said a full "cultural research study must be done."
EGYPTE – Gizeh - At an international press conference held on Egypt's Giza Plateau next Monday, Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim is expected to announce the launch of the second phase of the Khufu solar boat restoration project, which is being carried out in collaboration with a Japanese archaeological team from Wasida University. Ibrahim told that the team would collect samples of the boat’s wooden beams for analysis on Monday in order to draw up accurate plans for the boat's restoration in a special museum located on the plateau. The first phase of the project, carried out two years ago, assessed the area surrounding the second boat pit with the use of topographical radar surveys. A large hangar has since been built over the second pit, with a smaller hangar erected inside to cover the top of the boat itself. The hangars were especially designed to protect the wooden remains during the project's analysis and treatment phases. A laser scanning survey has also documented the area, particularly the wall between the Great Pyramid and the boat pit. Ibrahim pointed out that the first phase had also included the raising of 41 stone blocks that had covered the pit containing Khufu's second solar boat for the last 4,500 years. Abdel Hamid Maarouf, head of the ministry's ancient Egypt department, said the team had cleared the pit of insects and found a hieroglyphic cartouche bearing the names of Fourth Dynasty King Khufu and Crown Prince Djedefre. Ali El-Asfar, head of operations at the Giza Plateau, said that the Japanese team had also found that water had leaked from the nearby museum housing the first solar boat. The leak, they noted, had adversely affected some of the boat's wood, making it necessary to quickly wrap up the analysis phase and restore the water-damaged wood.
USA – Oklahoma - Gruber, a biological anthropologist who co-owns Open Range Archaeology in Moore, has dug up bodies buried deep within the earth. She has found evidence of cremations, burn pits and shells. The possibility of finding ancient artifacts frequently forces the completion of archaeological surveys before work can begin on major projects. She found a burial site in Phoenix on land planned for a Home Depot. Robert Brooks, of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, said important artifacts often are given to museums. “We have over 25,000 sites in our files that have been covered over the years,” he said. “We recover both prehistoric sites as well as historic ones.” Fossils and artifacts found in Oklahoma date to the Paleo-Indian period, more than 10,000 years ago, while others are as recent as the Dust Bowl.
INDE – Hyderabab - Will the famous Birla Mandir in Hyderabad turn into another Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, having a treasure trove worth crores? Suspecting that a secret treasure could be hidden under the temple for centuries, the department of Archaeology on Saturday started excavation activities. The work commenced after one DS Rama Raju, working as manager in a PSU told mediamen that he had tried to find out the treasure under the hill but failed a few years ago. P Chenna Reddy, director, department of Archaeology said, “Based on the claim by Raju, we have taken up digging operation to find out whether treasure is really hidden or not.”