23 OCTOBRE 2013 NEWS: Vallée des Rois - Fordham - Chan Chan - Shatang -
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EGYPTE – Vallée des Rois -Visitors to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt will soon be touring a replica of King Tut's tomb rather than the real thing. The installation of an exact copy is now scheduled to begin in January 2014, with an opening to the public expected in April.The four chambers that make up Tut's tomb were never meant for anyone to see. They lie some 26 feet (8 meters) below ground, in a secluded valley whose rocky cliffs were supposed to discourage looters. Like the other pharaohs of his era, King Tut built a mortuary temple in the desert close to the green irrigated fields along the Nile. That's where relatives, friends, and priests would go to call out his name, and to leave gifts such as bread, beer, wine, and flowers that he might enjoy from the great beyond. The replica of the tomb will be installed near the area of the mortuary temples, next to the house that Howard Carter constructed at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. Now a museum, the house served as Carter's headquarters during the ten years he spent cataloging the contents of King Tut's tomb.
ROYAUME UNI – Fordham - A solid gold bronze age bracelet unearthed by a novice metal detector in Fordham has become the star attraction at Ely Museum.The stunning bracelet - worth in excess of £10,000 - was bought by the museum after it was identified and valued by the British Museum. Museum curator Elie Hughes said: “This is a rare and beautiful object and we are so pleased to have it here in our collection, in the same area in which it was found. Although the bracelet is 3000 years old it looks almost new. “It is solid gold all the way through, and really heavy.” The bracelet has gone on display in the museum’s current temporary exhibition ‘Constructing the Past’ which celebrates the archaeology of the Fens. A man using a metal detector found the bracelet back in 2011.
PEROU – Chan Chan -Authorities in La Libertad have made an unfortunate discovery near the Chan Chan archaeological complex. According to Peru21, officials in charge of the site have found out that local people are leaving large amounts of garbage in and around the site. Peru21 reports that authorities spotted two different trucks coming and going from the site, where they then dumped garbage. However, with the help of employees at Chan Chan and security cameras, they’ve been able to take steps towards bringing the polluting culprits to justice. “We’ve been able to capture footage of vehicles arriving constantly in the zone, and piling up garbage. With the help of cameras and watchmen that take care of the exteriors of the complex, we were able to get the license plate numbers of the trucks and make a report to the Ministerio Público,” Teresita Bravo told press Director of the Chan Chan Archaeological Complex Henry Gayoso told Peru21 that they’ve already disposed of 10 tons of waste from around the outskirts of the site this month, but that there remains a large amount of garbage on the site. Chan Chan is a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO, but it’s considered a vulnerable site.
CHINE - Shatang - A large-scale neolithic site, including a rare cave dwelling, has been unearthed in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, sources with the regional institute of archaeology said on Tuesday. Archaeologists have been working on the site, which is located in Shatang Township, Longde County, since July 10, said Fan Jun, head of the archaeological team. Up till now, over 400 square meters of the site, including seven ancient house remains, six half crypts and a cave dwelling have been excavated, Fan said, adding that the excavation is expected to be complete by the end of October. "The cave dwelling is an important finding from the site as it is rare to see such an intact and well-preserved building site dating back to the neolithic times between 4,300 and 5,300 years ago," Fan said. The finding is helpful for research on the production forms of ancient humans and their way of life, he said. Along with the ancient building sites, pottery, stone tools and bone tools have also been unearthed. Judging from these ancient utensils, archaeologists believed the neolithic site could be traced back to about 4,500 years ago.