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TURQUIEN 65516 1 Kastabala - Three historic artifacts have been unearthed by construction equipment in two villages of the southern province of Osmaniye. A piece of an architectural structure, measuring 105 by 80 centimeters and estimated to date back to the Roman era, was found during water pipeline construction in the Kırmacılı village. The other finding in the Kesmeburun village was again a Roman-era sarcophagus that measures 150 by 100 centimeters.  After examinations, the historical artifacts were transferred to the Kastabala Open Air Museum.  Osmaniye Museum Director Nalan Yastı said Osmaniye and its vicinity were very rich in terms of Roman- and Byzantine era-artworks.  She said the area where artworks had been unearthed were inside the archaeological site of the ancient city of Kastabala. “The Roman city Kastabala was one of the leading cities in the region along with Antalya and Anavarza. After talks with the head of the ancient city excavations, Professor Turgut Zeyrek, we have decided to display the pieces here.”


MYANMAR -  Stone slab Paytaw Monastery -The Ministry of Culture has requested the help of Indian archaeologists to translate a recently discovered stone inscription that they believe is the oldest so far found in Myanmar. U Kyaw Oo Lwin, director general of the ministry’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library, said local experts have already deciphered around 60 percent of the tablet, which was found in Paytaw Monastery in Mandalay Region’s Myittha township in November 2013. The inscription includes at least four languages, of which epigraphists have deciphered all of the Mon and Pali text and about 10 percent of the Pyu characters. A copy of text in the Nagari writing system used in northern India and Nepal has been sent to the Archaeological Survey of India for deciphering, U Kyaw Oo Lwin said. What has been translated so far describes the donation of a monastery, Maha Anuruda Deva Rama, by King Sawlu and his wife Manicanda. The son of King Anawrahta, who is considered the founder of the Bagan dynasty, King Sawlu is a little-known and often poorly regarded monarch. While the inscription dates to 1052AD, some of the Nagari characters appear to be in an earlier style, the department said in a recent statement. At the top of the stone inscription, the characters are in a Nagari alphabet. Some characters appear to be in the Siddhamatrika or Kutila scripts, which are written in triangular and diamond form that dates to between the eighth and ninth centuries,” said the department’s statement, “The initial findings of the rock inscription of King Sawlu”. Myittha local and author Shwe Yee Oo said the monastery was one of several religious buildings donated by princess Manicanda, who had also been a queen of King Anawrahta.


USASoundspark040114211 610x412 Nashville - Just weeks ago in Nashville, builders at the new minor league baseball stadium site at Sulphur Dell uncovered what appears to be the first hard evidence of a significant Native American salt manufacturing and distribution center dating 800-900 years ago. The discovery begs us to imagine a city of tens of thousands of people living and working around what is now downtown Nashville. The major hub of mound-building Mississippian culture thrived 600 years before a wandering French-Canadian hunter Timothy Demonbreun built a cabin here — also near Sulphur Dell — launching the first permanent settlement by Europeans.Archaeologists were called in and given a few days to excavate the disturbed area at Sulphur Dell, document and salvage its artifacts, basically glean whatever knowledge they could before the site is re-buried indefinitely beneath left field.


USAChester San Francisco - A steamship, named after a suburban Pennsylvania city, that sank with 16 passengers aboard in 1888 has been located again under the Golden Gate Bridge, leading to the release of new sonar images of the boat sitting upright, covered in mud. James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Sanctuaries, called the rediscovery of the passenger ship the “City of Chester,” which was first located more than 100 years ago, quite remarkable. And not just because it was the Bay Area’s second most deadly shipwreck.The shipwreck, which occurred following a collision with a boat carrying Chinese immigrants, was initially blamed on the passengers and crew of the other ship involved. While it was later revealed that the Chester was at fault -- and Chinese crew worked to save the lives of those on board -- the wreck "was then largely forgotten," according to the NOAA.

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ROYAUME UNI1962115063 Codnor - Volunteers at Codnor Castle have unearthed an important artefact which will help them learn more about the 11th 
century medieval castle. Tom Saint, 19, son of one of the castle’s trustees came across the 13th century English gothic ‘quatrefoil’ during a routine maintenance clean up of the castle’s grounds. A quatrefoil is a traditional Christian decorative symbol primarily found on prominent architectural structures of religious buildings. This particular find is believed to be from the 
castle’s chapel.The funding needed will go towards a ground penetrating radar, which uses radar pulses to help see what is underneath the ground and help in the group’s search for any more significant finds. This would help the trust solidify important information and help further verify the facts it already has about the castle.