24 MAI 2017 NEWS: Nusaybin - Pasargad - Purana Qila -
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TURQUIE – Nusaybin - Around 1,000 artifacts that have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in the Cultural Faith Park in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Nusaybin district have been meticulously cleaned in preparation for a publication on the area. The park, which is believed to be the site of the world’s first baptistery and was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list three years ago, is a complex that is home to the Zeynel Abidin Mosque and Mor Yakup (Saint Jacob) Church. “We have unearthed candles, tear bottles, coins, metal tools, dwelling typology, architecture and the cathedral in the city,” said Mardin Museum Director Nihat Erdoğan. During excavation works, archaeologists unearthed the foundations of a structure that was one of the largest churches in the Middle East and served as the Nusaybin Cathedral in the past, as well as architectural structures from the Artuqid dynasty period. After it was revealed that the church’s foundation continued through to the Zeynel Abidin Mosque, the concrete houses between the church and the mosque were expropriated and demolished. The excavation works continued on an area of 5,000 square meters until 2014. The works revealed that the Mor Yakup Church, which was built in 320, was the oldest surviving baptistery in the world before being converted into a church in the eighth century.
IRAN – Pasargad - The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and tourism (RICHT) quoted Head of the archeological exploration team in the city of Pasargad and Mashad’s Morghab District Farhad Zareie Kordsholi as saying that about 300 monuments were discovered in Pasargad, 239 in Saadat-Shahr, 180 in Sarpiran village, 150 in Tange Bolaghi, and about 110 in Kouchekak heights during the explorations. He added that the discovered items dated back to the new Paleolithic age up to the contemporary era.
INDE – Purana Qila - The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) workers discovered an almost 500-year-old ring well during the ongoing work at the Old Fort lake. "The work on the lake started earlier this month. A few days later, we saw some bricks," Anurag Sharma, Civil Engineer of ASI's Delhi Mini Circle, said. "On further desilting, we discovered this well, the depth of which is still unknown. The well has Lakhori brick lining and there are some traces of random rubble (RR) masonry as well," he added. The well is 1.9 m (74 inches) in diameter and has a rounded border nearly 1.5 m broad. The total diameter of the well, along with the border and the brick thickness, comes up to 5.8 m. The stones used suggest that it may belong to the 17th century. A ring well, along with some artefacts, belonging to the late Mauryan period (322-185 BC) was earlier discovered during an excavation inside the fort three years ago.