18 MARS 2016 NEWS: Vallée des Rois - Ribblehead - Pompéi - Achaemenid Royal Road -
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EGYPTE – Vallée des Rois - Burial chamber of Tutankhamun : On Thursday, Mamdouh Eldamaty, the Egyptian antiquities minister, held a press conference in Cairo to announce a tantalizing new piece of evidence: Radar scans on those walls have revealed not only the presence of hidden chambers, but also unidentified objects that lie within these rooms. These objects, Eldamaty said, seem to be composed of both metal and organic materials. “But I cannot say exactly what it is,” Eldamaty noted at the press conference.
ROYAUME UNI – Ribblehead - The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is looking for volunteers to take part in an archaeological survey of Thorns, a long-deserted hamlet at Ribblehead, near Ingleborough. Thorns was an important location on a former packhorse route and records of the settlement date back to 1190 when it belonged to Furness Abbey, a former monastery near Barrow in Furness, once the second most wealthy monastery and most powerful Cistercian monastery in the country behind Fountain Abbey. Nearby is Thorns Gill limestone packhorse bridge which spans Gayle Beck and is thought to be at least 300 years old and on one of the major drovers' routes in the area. Wills, parish records and censuses indicate that there were five tenements living in Thorns in 1538, three households in 1841, and one uninhabited dwelling in 1891.The archaeological survey will start in April
ITALIE - Pompéi - Five homes at the world-famous archaeological site have been restored to their former glory, offering an invaluable insight into life and the arts before the deadly volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii in 79 AD. Two thousand years after Mount Vesuvius wiped out the town’s population, visitors can walk through the houses and admire the exquisitely decorated thermal baths fossilised by the eruption. The restored villas are part of an exhibition called "Myth and Nature, from Greece to Pompeii", which runs until June 15. Click on the player above to watch the report.
IRAN – Achaemenid Royal Road - In his report to the 14th annual gathering of Iran’s Archeology, head of the exploration team of identifying, discovering, and documenting the archeological remains of Susa Achaemenid Royal Road, Esmaeel Yaghmaee said the area identified or studied in this program included historical and Islamic eras, reported by IRNA. The identified monuments consist of 18 bridges, 5 cities, 14 forts, fortresses and watchtowers, 49 ancient hills, 4 caravanserais, archaeological remains of 5 stone-paved roads, 6 roadways and numerous catacombs, ossuary, graves and graveyards, he pointed out.The primary purpose of the first chapter of the archaeological plan is to identify, locate and introduce abodes, caravanserais and rest areas in Sassanid era and draw an outlook of the ancient roads in the historical track. Achaemenid road network and news dissemination system is one of the most interesting and most amazing administrative aspects of the Achaemenid dynasty in old Persia. Administering the vast Achaemenid Empire spreading over a gigantic area from the Indus Valley in the East to the West coast of the Aegean Sea, the Syrdarya (river) in the north to Aswan in the south required advanced communication system in which the most important administrative, political, military and business centers needed to be linked together in the shortest time possible. The Achaemenid communication network, one of the first in the world, was based on the efficient management of human resources, geographical knowledge, constructed roads and trained manpower and horses.The existence of a large-scale Achaemenid communication network of Sardis –Susa has been mentioned in classical Greek texts.