20 OCTOBRE 2015 NEWS: Bangalore - Jondishapour - Ibbankatuwa -







INDEAsi to study kempapura samadhi Bangalore -  Experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will soon visit the tomb in Kempapura at Magadi taluk, to ascertain whether it really is the ‘samadhi’ of Bengaluru founder Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda. Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has asked ASI experts to visit the spot and submit a report within two months. Gowda disclosed this during his meeting with leaders of Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda Welfare Association, who urged him to take up measures for developing the site as a historical monument. “I have written to the ASI officials, enclosing the media clippings about the tomb ... I have asked the authorities to submit a report within two months. A team of Archaeology experts is expected to visit the spot within 15 days. I too will accompany them during the visit,” Sadananda Gowda told the Association leaders who met him on Sunday. Gowda also stated that he had explained about Kempe Gowda’s vision for Bengaluru about 500 years ago to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the meeting on Smart City project.


IRANImage 650 376 Jondishapour - An American archeological team has voiced readiness to collaborate with Iranian experts on excavation projects that are going to be resumed in the historical city of Jondishapour, in southwestern Khuzestan province, after a 50-year hiatus. The team comprised six other archeologists from the University of Chicago including Dr. Abbas Alizadeh, a US-based Iranian university instructor. Alizadeh described the city as a valuable historical site in the world that can reveal mysteries about the lifestyle of its ancient residents. “Jondishapour had a complex irrigation system during the Sassanid era. The water pipes and cisterns of the ancient city are still regarded as unique engineering masterpieces of their era,” he said. “The city was also home to the word’s first university built about 1,800 years ago upon the order of Shapour I of the Sassanid Dynasty. Students were taught philosophy, medicine and astronomy at the University of Jondishapour,” he said. Alizadeh said the last excavations were conducted in 1961 at Jondishapour under the supervision of Prof. Robert McAdams from the University of Chicago. “The historical site has remained untouched since then. The new phases of excavations will be supervised by Dr. Negin Miri,” he said, adding Jondishapour — with its streets, houses, shops, hospital and palaces — could be regarded as the world’s most historical university. “Jondishapour was established by Ardeshir, the founder of Sassanid Dynasty, and expanded by his son, Shapour I. The city has a unique circular architecture,” he explained. Regretting the smuggling of archeological findings out of Iran by the Americans in the past, Whitcomb noted that every artifact found in future excavations at Jondishapour must be kept in the city. Jondishapour, which spreads over and area of 800 hectares, is located 12 kilometers from the city of Dezful. The relics unearthed from the city were registered on the National Heritage List 84 years ago.


SRI LANKAQqqq 1 Ibbankatuwa - Several more graves were found in the ancient cemetery at Ibbankatuwa in Dambulla that would run as far back as the Pre-Wijeya era, the Central Cultural Fund and the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology revealed. Senior lecturer of the Post Graduate Institute Ranjith Bandara said it was of significance that the history of the graves would run as far back as the Pre-Wijeya era. He said clay pots and small vessels were among the findings that contained in the articles used by the dead. He said the finds from the graves, that were about 2600 years old, would lay bare the historical facts relating to the period prior to the advent of Wijeya. He said he found evidence of funeral rites performed at the burial of the remains. “We have not yet established the story of Wijeya with historical evidence. However, according to the Mahawansa chronicle a well-developed civilization had existed in the country even before the advent of Wijeya. The history of the cemetery runs as far back to 600BC.” he said.