21 MARS 2018: Alexandria - St Albans - Abu-Tbeirah -






USA5ab062b9eb6d3 image Alexandria - Alexandria's historic waterfront has given up the remains of two more ships, probably from the late 1700s or early 1800s, at the site of a former warehouse that is being redeveloped into townhouses and condos. The ships lie below ground level, so they are not visible from the street, and the land itself is private property. They are just two blocks from where a similar ship was uncovered in late 2015. The Alexandria waterfront was a working port starting before the city was founded in 1749. Ships from all over the world brought in goods and slaves for sale and transfer to other points


ROYAUME UNI 100312482 nomanapse St Albans - St Albans Abbey has been confirmed as one of England's early Norman cathedrals after experts uncovered foundations of the early church.Remains of the original apse built in 1077 were unearthed during excavation work at the site, ahead of the construction of a new visitor centre. The abbey is known as the oldest place of continuous Christian worship in the country and this find pre-dates that. The site director said: "We knew it was probably there but this confirms it." Other Norman cathedrals in the UK include Durham and Canterbury. The Hertfordshire abbey stands on the site where Britain's first saint, St Alban - a citizen of Roman Verulamium - was martyred by the Romans. The Canterbury Archaeological Trust has been excavating the site since October.  the team had also found the bodies of about 20 potential benefactors and inhabitants of the abbey from the 11th and 12th centuries. "They are clustered close to the walls in tile-lined tombs


IRAQ - Abu-Tbeirah - Archaeological excavations were conducted near the city of Nasiriyah, at a place called Abu-Tbeirah, which is located on the ancient shoreline of the Persian Gulf. The joint Iraqi-Italian team of archaeologists discovered an ancient Sumerian port dating to the third millennium BC in the south-east of Iraq, according to the website of the foundation for the support of education and research of the Italian University Sapienza. The excavations were led by two archaeologists, Lycia Romano and Franco D'Agostino. "The port, located to the north-west of Abu-Tbeirah, is an artificial water area in the lowland, surrounded by a massive earthen rampart on a clay foundation. Two entrances connect it to the city, and they are clearly visible on Google satellite images,” the Italian newspaper Repubblica reported, quoting the excavation’s leaders. According to the archaeologists, this is the most ancient port ever to have been discovered on the territory of Iraq. This discovery "will help to write a new chapter in the history of Mesopotamia and its civilization, and also to dispel the notion that the ancient Mesopotamian cities were surrounded (only) by fields of grains and irrigation channels,” the publication added. The scientists do not exclude the notion that the ancient port, the size of which is equivalent to more than 12 Olympic swimming pools, was used not only for mooring ships and commercial operations with other cities, but also as a water reservoir and a huge basin in case of floods. As reported by Rai News 24, the official presentation of the results of the archaeological excavations will be held in Rome on Wednesday, March 21.