21 NOVEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Amphipolis - Nitra - Aix en Provence - Cluny -
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GRECE – Amphipolis - Archaeologists will now search for the ancient theatre of Amphipolis, after the Ministry of Culture, the Central Macedonia Region and the municipality of Amphipolis signed a joint effort contract. The contract seals the start of research to locate the ancient theatre of Amphipolis in a specific amphitheatrical location overlooking the estuary of the Strymon River and the mountains surrounding it, the Athens Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) reports. The contract says that a “geophysical survey” will be carried out by the Department of Geology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and then there will be exploratory test sections at the points indicated in order to locate the ancient theatre. If signs of a theatre are found, an excavation will be carried out. The research is based on 1965 findings made by Dimitris Lazaridis; the archaeologist who discovered the location of the Amphipolis tomb, initially believed to be connected directly with Alexander the Great. Lazaridis and his team had dug in the area and discovered two parallel walls, which had a clay pipeline between them. The openings brought to light a marble-decorated column base on a parcel near the ancient gymnasium. From there, a few pieces of vases belonging to the Hellenistic and Roman periods were collected, while a large drainage pipe was uncovered after the excavation of the gymnasium. The pipe starts from the area where the ancient theatre is presumably located and crosses the gymnasium. Researchers estimate that the orchestra and some of the first rows of seats should be located deeper in the ground. If discovered, there may be an attempt to create the representation of the ancient theatre.
SLOVAQUIE – Nitra - Archaeologists found an interesting discovery when researching the area of the transport infrastructure for Jaguar Land Rover and accompanying industrial park in Nitra. They found a human skeleton from the Bronze Age that was probably a shaman. He was not buried in a standard grave but placed in hole serving a food storage. “When the hole was not used anymore, people backfilled it with soil and this person was placed or thrown inside later. We don’t know whether he was thrown in or placed in, because the human was lying on his stomach,” said Klaudia Daňová, a scientific secretary from the Archaeological Institute in Nitra, as cited by the SITA newswire. “Bronze decorations were placed near his ears. They were connected by little ear bones,” added Daňová for SITA. Archaeologists suggest that those are poultry bone but an analysis will be done to make sure. “The decorations are unusual, we don’t have anything analogous to them yet,” stressed Daňová as quoted by SITA, adding that the placement of the body on his stomach is also unusual. Scientists hypothesize that the body came from the older Bronze Age, however, a specific time frame will be given after radiocarbon analysis of the bones. Anthropological analysis will also determine gender, reveal diseases and maybe the cause of death. “A necklace made of bones was the sign of a shaman,” said the head of the Archaeological Institute in Nitra Matej Ruttkay, as quoted by SITA. He added that shamans used to be very important persons in past times. Archaeologists researched more than 20 kilometres of future roads. They focused on four places where they found evidences of settlement from prehistoric times to middle ages. Six graves of children and one adult from the late Stone Age was also interesting. Archaeologists found also the foundations of houses from this era. Archaeologists discovered at each of the researched areas findings from the early Middle Ages, mainly from the Great Moravia era. They found typical Slavic houses – dugout shelters with a stone oven in the corner. These are proofs of the large area of Nitra’s agglomeration in the early Middle Ages, according to Ruttkay. The dense net of settlements was bigger than today’s town, which puts Nitra as the most significant Central-European centre of that age. The research should be done during November. The findings, however, have not affected construction plans.
FRANCE - Aix en Provence - Vous n'avez pas pu échapper ces derniers mois aux travaux du centre-ville d'Aix-en-Provence. Plus de 8000m2 vont être transformés et sont actuellement fouillés
FRANCE – Cluny - Les découvertes se jouent parfois à seulement 10 cm près. Rescapé de justesse d’une démolition au XVIIIe siècle puis des dents d’une pelle mécanique, un formidable trésor a été trouvé en septembre. Deux mois plus tard, les chercheurs annoncent leurs premiers résultats : plus de 2 200 pièces d’argent, 21 dinars en or, un anneau sigillaire en or avec une intaille romaine ainsi qu’une feuille pliée et un petit objet en or.
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