21 NOVEMBRE 2016 NEWS: Aya Tekla - Kimberley - Chattahoochee - Rome - Daday -






TURQUIEN 106283 1 2 Aya Tekla - Works have been initiated by Istanbul University in the ancient field of Aya Tekla, one of the oldest centers of Christianity. The university will carry out a surface survey at the ancient site, located in the southern province of Mersin’s Silifke district.  During 10 days of work, a research group consisting of academics and post-graduate students will measure and photograph a cistern structure for the first time. They will also work on two other cisterns that were discovered in previous years.  The head of the research team, Umut Almaç, said their work would reveal the problems in protection and bring proposals for solutions to current issues. The data we obtain from this work will be reported to the ministry. We also plan to present a report during the 39th International Excavation Research and Archeometry Symposium in May 2017. We are seeking sponsors in order to have more people in the research team,” Almaç said.  Situated four kilometers from the Silifke center, the ancient site of Aya Tekla is known as one of the oldest and most important centers for Christianity. Tecla was a saint of the early Christian church and a follower of Paul the Apostle, himself from the nearby town of Tarsus, which has retained the same name since antiquity. The cave where Tecla lived became a secret pilgrimage site for Christians until 312 A.D. when Christianity was legalized in the Roman Empire. The cave was then turned into a church in the fourth century. The church and other buildings around such as the cistern and the ruins of city walls have drawn attention from tourists.


AUSTRALIE - 3a86aa2500000578 0 image a 34 1479496293097 Kimberley - Archaeologists have unearthed Australia's oldest-known piece of jewellery. They found the ornament, a pointed kangaroo bone worn through the nose, in the Kimberley region of Northern Australia. It's been dated at more than 46,000 years old. Researcher Dr Michelle Langley of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language says this is the earliest hard evidence that Australia's first inhabitants used bone to make tools and ornaments.


USA – 12502651 g Chattahoochee Valley - New light could be shed on the history of the Chattahoochee Valley in a new archaeology project at Historic Westville. Westville held a press conference Thursday at the groundbreaking site for its new archaeological dig.  The project will focus on the history of the Creek people in the region, with an emphasis on those who stayed behind during the removal period of the 19th Century. 

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ITALIE3a7232a500000578 3942694 years of excavations have given rome a new tourist attraction in a 69 1479378914121  Rome - Researchers recently discovered what is being called the "biggest shopping mall in antiquity" at an ancient racing stadium in Rome, Italy. The 2,800-year-old Circus Maximus is already a well-known archaeological site and tourist park in Italy's capital. The public is allowed to tour the ancient ruins, where elites from Rome came to relax, mingle and watch chariot races during ancient times. Archaeologists who had been studying the Circus Maximus for the past seven years unearthed the new discovery after digging down 5.5 meters at the centre of the arena. What they saw was a sprawling network of shopping facilities. "What we excavated proves that the Circus Maximus was the biggest shopping mall in antiquity; a forerunner of modern football stadiums that pack in shops and restaurants to make money," said Maria Letizia Buonfiglio, the archaeologist who headed the excavation. Buonfiglio explained that 60 shops ran down each side of the stadium, where thousands of people go every day during ancient times. Just like modern entertainment facilities, there were also passageways, corridors and latrines surrounding the stadium, supplied with running water from a nearby aqueduct.The surprises brought by Circus Maximus do not stop there, however. Researchers also discovered gold jewellery, hundreds of bronze coins and a glass race-winner's cup with a gold engraving depicting a horse with a palm branch in its mouth inside the hole dug at the archaeological site. These findings will help the researchers further understand the lifestyle in ancient Rome. 


TURQUIE 0x0 2200 year old paphlogonian burial chamber discovered in turkey 1479543276021 Daday - Archaeologists in Turkey's northern Kastamonu province have discovered a 2,200-year-old ancient burial chamber belonging to the Paphlagonian era, the first of its kind found in the area. The burial chamber, which has a 22-meter diameter and is 5 meters in height, has various tomb stones, all of which are separately numbered. Iron clasps were reportedly used to attach the tomb stones and lead was melted in between to ensure the stones survive natural disasters. "Each stone is uniquely different from each other" Yıldırım said, and continued by noting that the stones, which were lifted by cranes, weigh as much as between 800 kilograms to 8.5 tons."It is the first time we have encountered such a burial chamber from the Paphlogonian era" Yıldırım said, adding that it is thought to belong to an aristocrat from the 2nd century BC. He also said that the burial chamber resembles tumuli used by Romans in Italy, and noted that the burial chamber was damaged during excavations carried out by treasure hunters. Paphlogonia is considered to be one of the most ancient civilizations to have lived in Anatolia and Paphlogonians had cooperated with Trojans during the Trojan War around 1,200 BC. The term is also used to refer to an area in Turkey's Black Sea coast.