19 SEPTEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Cocoa - Zunyi - Keezhadi - Skegness- Aigai - Kings Seat






USA14935499 g Cocoa - A canoe found by a Florida resident next to the Indian River during Hurricane Irma is being studied by archaeologists and is believed to be between 300 and 6,000 years old. The narrow boat — 15 feet in length and weighing almost 700 pounds — proved difficult to secure.  The canoe was made by hollowing out a tree trunk and features square iron nails which are unusual. For now, the canoe is submerged in a water bath for adequate preservation.


CHINE - Zunyi  - Archaeologists have discovered five more tombs belonging to the Tusi chieftains in southwest China's Guizhou Province. The Tusi system was an ancient chieftain system adopted by feudal Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minorities in the southwest from the 13th to the early 20th century. "Tusi" refers to a tribal leader appointed as an imperial official by the central government. The tombs were found in Zunyi City. Of the newly found tombs of the Yang family, three belong to Tusi chieftains of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 A.D.). Nine Yang family tombs had already been discovered, according to the Guizhou Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology. Zunyi was historically called Bozhou. The Yang family was one of the major four chieftain families in Guizhou. The family governed Bozhou for 725 years until 1601, when the last chieftain Yang Yinglong died in a failed rebellion. The tombs will provide rich material for research about the Tusi chieftain system and culture, according to the institute.


INDEKeezhadi Keezhadi - As many as 1,800 artefacts, of which about 1,500 were glass beads, have been retrieved in the third phase of the Keezhadi excavation, which comes to an end on September 30, said the superintending archaeologist of Archeological Survey of India, P S Sriraman. He told mediapersons at the excavation site on Sunday that they had not found any building that was a continuation of those discovered earlier. They had found a partial portion of a crooked brick structure, three wells and a wall made of large bricks this season. As rains had hampered their work in the past month, they had not been able to excavate the bottom of most of the trenches, though they managed to reach the clayey soil in some, he said. As the permitted period of excavation was short, he said that they could go only to the extent of 400 square metres.


ROYAUME UNISkegness  Skegness - Experts are hoping ancient artefacts washing up on Skegness beach will reveal the location of a mysterious submerged Roman town. It has been known for some time that ‘old Skegness’ was swallowed by the sea in the 1500s following storms and floods - it now being located about half a-mile out to sea. However, a few tantalising clues also point to a lost Roman town with a tower or fort. Recent research by historian Dr Caitlin Green details a number of Lincolnshire villages submerged over the centuries. Her map illustrates how the coastline looked in medieval times and reveals a number of mysterious islands lost to the sea in the 1200s. Two of these are situated off the coast between Skegness and Mablethorpe, two in the Wash between Wainfleet and Boston - and several more further north off the coast of Saltfleethaven. Believed to have been created following floods around 6000BC, the remaining islands were the unsubmerged high points of the land. Beach replenishment schemes in recent years have reduced the chances of seeing lost settlements - although dredging at sea, where sand is sucked up off the seabed and pumped back onto the beach, could well unearth some interesting clues.

TURQUIEN 118049 1 Aigai - In the Yuntdağı region of the western province of Manisa’s Yunusemre district, excavation works have commenced in order to unearth the Temple of Athena in the ancient city of Aigai. Archeologists have rolled up their sleeves to find the Temple of Athena, in the 2,800-year-old ancient city of Aigai, which appeared in 19th-century excavation research by German archeologists. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Yusuf Sezgin indicated this was the first time since 2004 that there was excavation work for the discovery of the temple and they are trying to understand whether the temple was dedicated to Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom. Sezgin remarked that the region on which they were continuing the excavations signaled a carefully selected location for a temple. It is not known whether there are Temples of Athena in all of the 12 cities built by the people of Aiol south of İzmir during ancient times. On the other hand, Goddess Athena’s head was depicted on the coins from the Hellenistic-period in Aigai. In this respect, it can be deduced that she was one of the most important and protective goddesses of the city,” he said. Emphasizing “pagan” beliefs in ancient times, Sezgin stated the discovery of the temple was key in understanding their beliefs. “That is the reason why we seek to understand what kind of a temple and belief Athena had. We think we will gain important information about the beliefs held in the region. There is no center of excavation in the Aeolis region except for the excavation of Aigai. In that respect, the archeological data acquired in Aigai are key in understanding the beliefs held during ancient times.  Sezgin also noted that numerous artifacts, such as glasses and ceramics, had been unearthed during the excavation. Aigai, which is 49 kilometers away from Manisa, is located near the Köseler neighborhood in the Yunusemre district. The ancient city dates back to the eighth century B.C. and was one of the 12 Ionian cities mentioned by Herodotus. It is sometimes known as “Nemrut Castle.” The city was a significant center of trade in the Hellenistic era. Excavations have so far unearthed the city’s walls, a three-story agora, an assembly building, a stadium, a theater and the Temple of Demeter.  One of the recent findings in the ancient city was a sarcophagus. It was revealed to have belonged to the administrator of a school after its pieces were reunited.

ROYAUME UNIImg 1638 768x576 Kings Seat - Within days of beginning to excavate Kings Seat, high above Dunkeld, the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and its partners have recovered stunning artefacts. They include moulds that may once have been used in the creation of metal objects by skilled craftspeople and querns once used for grinding grain.The items give weight to the belief that a powerful chieftain may once have ruled from the so-called Fort of the Caledonians. They could also help archaeologists to accurately date the habitation of the fort and begin to piece together its lifespan for the first time.