19-20 OCTOBRE 2013 NEWS: Navenby - Otago - Daundia Kheda - Madan Kamdev -






ROYAUME UNI66721041-navenby-1.jpg Navenby  - Archaeologists believe they have found another Roman building at the site of a dig in a private garden in Lincolnshire. The work in Navenby has already uncovered several buildings used as workshops in the 3rd Century. Volunteers and specialists will continue to dig for another 11 days before the site is filled back in. The project, which started in April, has also uncovered a portable altar and an offertory stone.Project leader Ian Cox, of Navenby Archaeology Group, said: "Signs of another wall have started to appear - so we need to clean everything down and then reassess what we are going to do. "There is certainly a very large yard area - and that seems to be hiding this other building. "We are down to the 3rd Century levels and it is just a matter of taking the final piece off to see what is underneath. "We have already found three or four buildings which are mostly industrial units rather than domestic ones because there is a serious lack of personal artefacts." He said there was evidence of metal work and food preparation, including bones from cattle, sheep and goats.


NOUVELLE ZELANDE - Otago - A mystery anchor discovered off the Otago coast this month has dredged up international interest. The barnacle-encrusted iron anchor was caught on October 7 by Taieri Mouth fisherman Karl Maley on the Ladyann at Hayes Gap, off the Nuggets. It was hoped it could be related to a rudder at the museum, which was discovered in 2007. ''There are no recorded wrecks at Hayes Gap. The only connection between the anchor and the rudder, at this stage, is the area they were found in. "A 5km difference, in shipwreck terms, is quite feasible. Shipwrecks will move quite some distance and drop bits and bobs everywhere,'' Mr Ross said. ''If it leads to anyone identifying our rudder then it's a huge success. There's a 50% chance the rudder is from the Taiaroa, which was the first steamer built in Dunedin and struck the reef in 1871. ''The Margaret Casey also hit rocks there [in 1904] and ripped its rudder clean off the pintels, which has also happened to our rudder. ''Another possibility is the Mary Van Every, which sank in 1874. It was being towed across the reef by the Lady of the Lake, but the rope snapped and the Mary Van Every went back on the reef and was destroyed.'' The Lady of the Lake also sank in the same area the following year, 1875. ''We're trying to identify the timbers and working on measurements and scale. Without a hallmark you have to look at the materials used and scale,'' Mr Ross said.


INDE421527.jpg Daundia Kheda - Archaeologists are excavating the ruins of a 17th-century palace near Lucknow where a guru once dreamed that 1,000 tons of gold are buried. Digging started on a wooded mound next to the Shiva temple in paddy fields near the village of Daundia Kheda. Swami Shobhan Sarker, a local guru, claimed that King Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh, who was killed by the British in 1857, had spoken to him in a dream, saying the gold should be used for the good of the country.The king was captured and hanged in the village of Baksar, and a golden bust marks the spot where he was killed.Experts believe the treasure may have belonged to Nana Sahib, a landowner who joined the 1857 mutiny against the British. Sarkar has also warned of terrible consequences if archaeologists fail to obey the demands of his dream. "If they ignore my suggestion the gold will vanish." However, officials from the Archaeological Survey of India denied that they started the excavations at the guru's request.  "Archaeology doesn't work according to the dreams of a holy man, or anybody else. Archaeology is a science. We are carrying out this excavation on the basis of our findings," said Syed Jamal Hasan, an agency official.


INDEmadan44.jpg Madan Kamdev -  Plinths of two more stone temples have been excavated at the Madan Kamdev Archaeological site by the State Archaeology Directorate. The excavation, conducted by the Directorate since the past about two months, has exposed the gabhagriha, mandapa and mukha mandapa of the temples beneath two mounds. The relics have been dated back to the 10th-11th century AD, said Director-in-Charge of Archaeology Deepirekha Kouli, while talking to this correspondent. The excavation has also led to exposure of a gajasimha and other relics connected with the temples. The innumerable relics scattered at the site suggest existence of at least two temples there. Interestingly, Kouli said, a trace of a brick floor has been found between the two mounds. However, it needs mention here that the excavation has been carried out about 400 metres north of the main Madan Kamdev Temple, which was excavated earlier by the Directorate decades back. In the newly excavated site, a number of relics, like stone pillars, lintels, door jambs, amalaka, pillars, etc., were found scattered, she said. The Madan Kamdev site is one of the major archaeological sites of the State. It is located at a distance of about 30 km north-east of the city and about 3 km east of Baihata Chariali in Kamrup district. The Madan Kamdev Temple is compared with the Khajuraho group of temples because of its panels of erotic art. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here an image of Uma-Maheswara is found seated in lalitasana at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in the alingana posture. The temple is a group of about two dozens of brick and stone temples. About a dozen of the bases of these temples have already been excavated and conserved at this site. The existence of about 24 temple bases has been recorded at the site, Kouli added.