24 NOVEMBRE 2016 NEWS: Yehud - Plymouth - Nimrud - Abydos - Milas -






ISRAEL3aaf8cd000000578 3964308 image a 1 1479907076074 Yehud - An unusual 3,800-year-old pottery jug, bearing a statuette of a person who appears deep in thought, has been discovered in Israel. The ancient piece of crockery was found by a team of archaeologists and students during an excavation in Yehud, a Tel Aviv suburb.The jug, which features a figure sat with knees bent and head rested on hand dates back to the the Middle Bronze Age, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. 'It seems that at first the jug, which is typical of the period, was prepared and afterwards the unique sculpture was added, the likes of which have never before been discovered in previous research,' said Gilad Itach, who directed the excavation. The statuette is about 7 inches (18 cm) tall. Other vessels and metal items were found such as daggers, arrowheads, an axe head, sheep bones and what are believed to be the bones of a donkey. Itach said the collection seemed to be funeral offerings, likely of an important member of an ancient community. 'To the best of my knowledge such a rich funerary assemblage that also includes such a unique pottery vessel has never before been discovered in the country,' he said.


USA1479912721286 Plymouth - Archaeologists have pinpointed what they think is the exact spot where the Pilgrims lived in the years after landing in the New World.Every American schoolchild knows the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620, but exactly where has been elusive. Archeologists from the University of Massachusetts Boston tell The Boston Globe they have discovered what is believed to be part of the original settlement, based on the discovery of a calf's bones, musket balls, ceramics and brownish soil where a wooden post once stood. UMass-Boston professor David Landon says the discoveries are compelling evidence that a sliver of the original settlement existed at what is known as Burial Hill. The curator of collections at the Plimoth Plantation says the discovery will "absolutely change what we understand about that settlement."


IRAQ Isis destruction of nimrud ap Nimrud -  When U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed ISIS out of Nimrud last week, they found 70 percent of the 3,000-year-old Assyrian village razed and its 140-foot tall mud brick ziggurat, which is considered one of ancient Mesopotamia’s most spectacular structures, “reduced to a pile of dirt.” The destruction was worse than we thought,” Iraqi Ministry of Culture General Director Qais Hussein said


EGYPTEThree Abydos - Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday. The city likely housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights on Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement. Experts say Abydos was Egypt's capital towards the end of the Predynastic Period and during the rule of the first four dynasties. The discovery was made 400 meters away from the temple of Seti I, a New Kingdom period memorial across the Nile from present day Luxor. Archaeologists have so far uncovered huts, pottery remains and iron tools as well as 15 huge graves, some of which were larger than the graves of kings in Abydos, the ministry said in a statement. "The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the First Dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history," the ministry said.


TURQUIE0x0 2400 year old burial chamber 103 artifacts unearthed in turkey 1479891615682 Milas - Archaeologists have discovered a new ancient burial chamber from the Hellenistic Period, containing over 100 hundred pieces of artifacts in south-western Muğla province, reports said on Wednesday. Archaeological teams from the Milas Archeology Museum had previously found another burial chamber, which had not been dug before and now with the discovery of the new one, the total number of ancient burial chambers went up to 18. The sepulcher was reportedly discovered in a 600 square meter construction site in Milas district, home to the ancient Greek city of Mylasa. Archaeologists claimed that it was built for a wealthy royal family 2,400 years ago.A total of 103 artifacts were unearthed during the excavation, reports said.