24 MARS 2017 NEWS: Narmeta - Snowdonia - Poole - Newborough Warren - Rome - Nakhon Ratchasima -






INDE Telangana capstone 2 Narmeta - The Telangana Archaeology Department has excavated a stunning discovery – one of India's largest capstones, and the largest such stone in south India so far.  A capstone is a large, flat stone that usually serves as the roof of a megalithic tomb -- burial spots made out of large stones.  The massive capstone, which reportedly weighs about 40 tonnes was found at the excavation site in Narmeta village in Telangana's Siddipet district on March 21. Speaking to TNM, NR Visalatchy, the Director of Archaeology and Museums Department says, "The stone was around 6.7 metres long and two feet thick. It could be from around 500 BC or even a little older. A rough estimate would be around 2,750 years." When asked how such a structure, carved out of a single block, could have been made, Visalatchy explains that a quarry very close to burial site could've provided the builders with the material. "On the first day of the excavation, we explored the surrounding area and discovered that the humans living there used fire. Since it was after the Iron Age, they could've also used chisels to build it," she says.


ROYAUME UNI95268828 gettyimages 556635147 Snowdonia - Laser radar technology (LiDAR) is being used to carry out the biggest ever archaeological survey of Snowdonia.The Snowdonia National Park Authority is using the images to better understand prehistoric and Roman field boundaries and settlements. Academics are surveying an area of 500 sq km (193 sq miles). They will look at manmade structures built between 800BC to 500AD, including 900 roundhouses and ancient dry-stone walls.


ROYAUME UNI95268555 swash4 Poole - The identity of a 17th Century ship wrecked off the Dorset coast has been revealed. The so-called Swash Channel Wreck was discovered in a sand and shingle bank outside Poole Harbour. Experts believe it to be a Dutch merchant vessel named The Fame which foundered in a storm in March 1631. The name was revealed at an event to mark its rudder - raised from the seabed in 2013 - going on public display at Poole Museum. The 8.4m (28ft) rudder, with a moustachioed face carved into it, was lifted on to Poole Quay by Bournemouth University marine archaeologists in 2013 after almost a decade of investigation and excavation work.


ROYAUME UNI Village 1 Newborough Warren - Researchers are hoping to uncover a lost medieval village buried in sand on Anglesey. Archaeologists believe the Newborough Warren area has been inhabited since Roman times and have found suggestions nearby of a small medieval village. They believe it may date back to the Dark Ages, the centuries after the Romans left and from when there are few historical records. As well as the village at Newborough Warren, they will also be hoping to uncover ancient shipwrecks. At Newborough Warren, a dig last year uncovered a house buried in sand dunes near the Menai Strait. The house was found as part of investigations into a site researchers are calling Rhuddgaer.


ITALIEImg743946 Rome - Archaeologists have discovered part of the so-called Campus Iudeorum, the long-lost cemetery used by Rome’s medieval Jewish community. The discovery of 38 graves, with skeletal remains intact, was announced at a news conference this week at The National Roman Museum. A stone with part of a Hebrew inscription also was found. The site, with graves dating from the 14th century to the early 17th century, was uncovered during excavations carried out during the restructuring of the Palazzo Leonori.


THAILANDE 03e8f9826d322902af2184524efea85a sld Nakhon Ratchasima - More than 100 pieces of ancient Buddha statues, some of which are broken, have been unearthed during the restoration of the ageing main statue inside the main sermon hall at the Phra Narai Maha Rat Temple in Nakhon Ratchasima. Nakhon Ratchasima Vice Mayor Bamrung Charoenpoj and the head of the municipality council, Thanakom Vimolwatvatee, on Wednesday inspected the ancient items along with archaeologists and Fine Arts Department staff. “The municipality already contacted the Office of Traditional Arts in the area to look into what we discovered for verification. Initially, we learned that the Buddha statues date back to the Dvaravati era, or the ancient Khmer era, which was over 1,000 years ago. “We expect there could be as many as 1,000 more statues of various eras beneath the main one. We believe people put the statues under the base of the main statue when King Narai built the temple 361 years ago.