23 NOVEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Horniton - Repton - Xinjiang - Mehram Nagar - Izvor - Mezdra -






ROYAUME UNIImage 1 Horniton - A section of a Bronze Age settlement thought to date back more than 3,000 years has been unearthed in a Honiton field. The major historical find comes more than 20 years after the enclosed settlement was discovered during works to build the A30 road. The new discoveries are believed to be part of the enclosed settlement discovered in the mid ’90s, which contained two circular houses - one used as a workshop for spinning, weaving and storage, and the other larger house used for accommodation.


ROYAUME UNI Repton Repton -Viking camp that dates back to the 870s has been been unearthed by archeologists in the small village of Repton in Derbyshire. The new discoveries were located at a campsite in the village, which has been known about since the 1970s. Techniques including ground penetrating radar were used to reveal evidence for workshops and ship repairs over a much larger area. A team from the University of Bristol also discovered structures, dating from the winter of 873-874, such as paths and possible temporary buildings. Excavations showed these to be gravel platforms that may have held temporary timber structures or tents. There were fragments of Saxon millstones and a cross fragment from the monastery, as well as broken pieces of weaponry including fragments of battle-axes and arrows.


CHINE - Xinjiang - Archaeologists have excavated 112 tombs in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, three of which are believed to be the oldest tombs in the region, Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology announced Tuesday. The three tombs, one of which contains the remains of a husband and wife, are believed to date back to the early Bronze Age more than 4,900 years ago, according to Ruan Qiurong, researcher with the institute. "The discovery can push the origin of the Bronze Age culture in Xinjiang's Ili River Valley back more than 1,000 years," said Ruan. In addition to the three tombs, other tombs are believed to date back to the time ranging from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) to the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.). Ruan said that the tombs had been severely looted by raiders. Archaeologists only found 96 cultural relics, including bronze wares, ironware, bone objects and pottery, during the two-month excavation. The position of the human remains in the tombs drew the interest of the archaeologists. Some were lying with bended legs, while others lay on their sides with bended legs. Ruan said that the posture was related to burial customs at the time. Archaeologists will compare the new discovery with similar tombs found along the lower reaches of the Ili River in Kazakhstan to study the cultural exchange between China and the West in the early period. The tombs were discovered by construction workers when building a highway in Xinjiang's Nilka County in May.


INDEMehramgarh 3fd251f0 cf48 11e7 a40e 766ee48c25bf Mehram Nagar - Tucked away in a grove of trees and wild shrubs, with Mehram Nagar village on one side and the domestic airport on the other, lie the ruins of a rare 17th century caravanserai. Once upon a time, more than hundred inns — constructed for the comfort of weary travellers with food being served free for up to three days — used to dot trade routes passing through the city. Today, its landscape is largely bereft of the historical structures, and even the few that survive exist in a dilapidated state. The Mehram Nagar ruins are the neglected remains of one such caravanserai. Significant features of the structure – chhattris, gateways and pavilions – have been vandalised. The garden area has turned into a veritable jungle with wild shrubs growing all over the place. No help seems to be forthcoming either.


BULGARIEPhoto verybig 185467 Izvor - An Ancient Thracian fortress from the Late Hellenistic Period (2th-1st century BC) has been discovered by archaeologists near the town of Izvor, Burgas District, in Southeast Bulgaria, after the site had been damaged by a treasure hunter. In October 2017, a team of archaeologists led by Dototeya Gyurdzhiyska from the Burgas Regional Museum of History, with Stiliyan Ivanov from the Veliko Tarnovo Branch Office of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology as deputy head, have carried out rescue excavations on the Ancient Thracian site. The four drills that we made have exposed the fencing wall of a fortified settlement from the Hellenistic Era," Gyurdzhiyska is quoted as saying. The settlement existed at the time when the already researched [Ancient Thracian] fortresses, the Pharmakida Fortress near Primorsko and the one near Sinemorets (both near the Black Sea coast – editor’s note)," the lead archaeologist adds.


BULGARIE - Photo verybig 185517 Mezdra - The foundations of a large Ancient Roman building which may have been burned down during a barbarian invasion in the 4th century AD have been discovered in the town of Mezdra in Northwest Bulgaria after local archaeologists began rescue excavations at a spot where a hoard of Roman silver coins was recently found underneath a tree.