25 AVRIL 2014 NEWS: Sree Padmanabhaswamy - Madrid - Valdaro - Galway - Field Dalling -
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INDE – Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple -Steps made in stone and remnants of what appeared to be an old construction were found near the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple here on Thursday. Workers digging earth to install new security systems including automated barricades spotted the steps and parts of an old brick construction at about five feet underground, in the afternoon near the northern gate of the temple. Officials of the State Archaeology Department inspected the site and are trying to ascertain the nature and age of the constructions. G Premkumar, the director of archaeology, said the excavation wing of the department would commence a detailed inspection of the site after obtaining necessary permissions from the government. “Three stone steps and parts of a construction made of bricks were spotted by the workers” Premkumar told Deccan Herald.
ESPAGNE – Madrid -Almost 400 years after he died penniless and virtually unknown, archaeologists are on a quest to discover the lost bones of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the adventures of knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha. The project to find the final resting place of the man credited as the father of the modern novel will begin on Monday when forensic archaeologists will use ground-penetrating radar to explore the earth beneath an old convent in the heart of Madrid. When Cervantes died aged 69 on April 23 1616 - the same day as William Shakespeare - he requested to be buried within the Trinitarias convent near his home, a religious order that had helped pay a ransom to release him from slavery after he was captured by Moorish pirates. The convent in the Barrio de Las Letras – the literary quarter – still remains and is home to a dozen cloistered nuns, the youngest of whom is 85, but Cervantes’ exact burial place was lost during the course of history when the original structure of the convent underwent various phases of expansion.
ITALIE – Valdaro - Their embrace goes back at least 6,000 years, but they only became famous in 2007, when their tomb was discovered in Valdaro, near Mantua. Now, after a long period spent in a wooden crate, the skeletons of the so-called “Valdaro lovers,” a woman of about 16-20 years of age and a man of 18-22, have finally found a home. It is at the Archaeological Museum of Mantua, where they are on permanent display inside a shatterproof glass case. Experts have described the skeletons as an example of double burial dating back to Neolithic times, but their special position lends itself to more romantic interpretations, so much so that someone has renamed them the "Romeo and Juliet from prehistory".
IRLANDE – Galway - Two battle axes that are up to 6,000 years old have been found washed up along the shore at two Galway City beaches. The city’s heritage officer, Jim Higgins made the discovery of the prehistoric stone axes at Ballyloughane Beach in Renmore and at Salthill, just west of Blackrock. Mr Higgins, an archaeologist, made the discovery following a preliminary ‘scoping’ exercise of the city’s coastline that was damaged by Winter stormsAs well as the two axes, Mr Higgins found several other important artefacts that range in dates from prehistoric to post medieval times. Among the other artefacts discovered at Renmore was pottery dating to the 17th century..
ROYAUME UNI - Field Dalling - Evidence of a Roman villa has been unearthed at farmland near Fakenham and Wells, potentially shedding new light on our understanding of the period. It is hoped the discovery, just outside Field Dalling, could increase knowledge of the development of the area. The find was made during archeological surveys carried out as part of preparations to dig a trench, 29 miles long and 40m wide, to enable cables to be installed from Weybourne to a sub-station in Necton, near Swaffham, to serve the £1.5bn Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.