18 - 19 JUIN 2011 NEWS : Southwell – San Remigio - Pinto - Jambari - Los Buchillones - Dunlunce - Qatna -
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- ROYAUME UNI – Southwell - Hundreds of Roman and Saxon relics have been unearthed during an excavation of 25 gardens in Southwell. Experts from the University of Nottingham spent two weeks digging one sq m (11 sq ft) test pits in the minster town to learn more about its Roman settlement and how it developed. Finds included "very rare" Saxon remains which archaeologist Dr Chris King said might help explain Southwell's "missing" history between Roman villa and the medieval minster. The team of scientists plan to return to Southwell in 2012 to continue the dig.
- PHILIPPINES – San Remigio - An archeological dig conducted by a team from the University of San Carlos (USC), University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Guam in an ancient burial site in San Remigio town, yielded three earthen pots and a skeletal remains of a woman. San Remigio is about 109 kilometers northwest from Cebu City. Professor Jojo Bersales of the USC’s Anthropology Department said that their latest discovery dates back to the Iron Age, estimated to be around 500 B.C. to 900 A.D., and is part of the artifacts they excavated from the same site in March, this year. According to Bersales, this is the 7th burial site they have uncovered so far since they started digging in the area in early summer after they got permission from church authorities. Bersales’ group from USC uncovered six burial sites at the backyard of San Juan Nepomuneno Church in San Remigio during a dig they conducted on March 25-April 17, this year. Also recovered in the site were 10 earthen wares which, according to experts, were part of the Philippine pre-historic artifacts. The absence of ceramics in the site is a proof that the settlement is earlier than the coming of the Chinese to the Philippines, the anthropology professor claimed. “Definitely, there was no Chinese influence here. They may have traded with other local people but not with the Chinese,” Bersales clarified. San Juan Nepomuceno Church was built in 1863 by the Spanish missionaries. The following year, the town of San Remigio was founded.
- USA – Pinto - Acting like a prehistoric real estate agent, Roy Brown swept his arm across the fields bordered by state Route 956 and the North Branch of the Potomac River and proclaimed “Location, location, location is everything,” as he explained that humans have occupied that site for 12,000 years. Inch by inch, weekend by weekend, year by year, Brown, president of the Western Maryland Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, learns a little more about the Native Americans and others who inhabited the river’s bottom. Standing knee-deep in an excavation pit Thursday, Brown brushed dirt from a hearth. “You can see the charcoal and even kernels of corn,” Brown said, adding that an observer should not be fooled into thinking that the deer bones were part of the dinner cooked on the hearth. “There is a difference of 400 years between the hearth and the bones,” Brown explained, using that as an example of Native American recognition of the site as a good place to settle, century after century. Wall said a magnetometer, which was hand-carried across the 30 acres, grid by grid, has provided a subterranean look at the ancient ground. “Dark spots show where the ground was once disturbed,” he said. “Could be a fire pit or posts driven into the ground.” Wall is relatively sure that circles and semicircles of posts that show on the print-out are of stockades erected to provide protection to villages. Brown said that 12,000 years ago the river bottom looked like today’s Alaska. “It would have been a very wide river with many channels and a surface of cobblestone,” he said. The average observer would likely overlook a rise of the ground in the middle of the field. Brown and Wall said it is an Ice Age shelf created 11,000 years ago.
- INDE – Jambari - The State’s Directorate of Archaeology has stumbled upon a number of invaluable antiquities in Jambari area near Bamunigaon under Chaygaon Revenue Circle of Kamrup district. According to sources in the Directorate, the antique items were recovered by the people of the Jambari area from Chandrapur on the western bank of the Khorkhori River, a south bank tributary of the Brahmaputra. According to the sources, the clue was provided by the report of a discovery of a brass image of Vishnu in Jambari village led to the visit of the site by Directorate's Deputy Director. The Vishnu image was discovered by in the river. The Archaeology Directorate was told by the local people that some other valuable items were available with them. These include the broken terracotta circular plaque with the depiction of the divine couple of the Chaturbhuja Vishnu and Lakshmi, a tumbler made of brass and a metallic image of Vishnu, among others. According to Archaeology Director Dr HN Dutta, the objects’ location inside the course of the river may also be attributed to the tradition of the State’s people of immersing the religious objects in rivers.
- CUBA - Los Buchillones - The Los Buchillones Archaeological Site was declared a National Monument on Thursday, because of the importance of the findings of the remains of a Taino village. The site raises new questions about the lives of aboriginal people in Cuba and the Caribbean. Adrian Garcia, director of the Office of Monuments, Sites and Historical Centers from the Provincial Heritage Department of Ciego de Avila, said that in the area numerous wooden and clay objects were found, as well as six houses, something unprecedented in the archaeology of Cuba. According to the province’s heritage documents, the archaeological site of Los Buchillones are superior in number to the total of findings in Cuba and in El Manantial, one of the largest archaeological sites of the Caribbean, in Dominican Republic.
The Los Buchillones Archaeological Site is located in the northern region of the province of Ciego de Avila. This province has already been awarded two other National Monument titles, one for the forts of the Jucaro-Moron Path and the other for the town near the Cunagua sugar mill.
- IRLANDE – Dunluce - The discovery of the lost town of Dunluce has been hailed as an "archaeologist's dream". Next to Dunluce Castle in County Antrim, the town was razed to the ground in the 1641 Irish rebellion. Archaeologists have said that because it was abandoned, jewellery, pottery, stone and wooden homes and even a road are still very well preserved. The town is believed to have first emerged in the Ulster Plantation around the early 1600s. The excavation is being carried out in partnership between the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
- SYRIE – Qatna - German archaeologists have cancelled a major dig in cooperation with Italian experts near the Syrian city of Homs because of the unrest int he country, according to an academic official Wednesday. Germany's Tuebingen University and Italy's Udine University have led research into Qatna, a Bronze Age city that lasted for thousands of years. This season they had planned to dig into its founding layer, dating from about 3000 BC. Qatna sat aside trade routes between Egypt and Mesopotamia and was the capital of an ancient kingdom. The Italo-German dig aims to rediscover how it was built and how it looked. The evidence shows it was a laid-out town on a square pattern, occupying 100 hectares. Past digs have found cuneiform tablets and a royal burial chamber in the ruins of its palace.