25 FEVRIER 2016 NEWS: Makli - Fort Germanna -
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PAKISTAN – Makli - A team of archaeologists, heritage lovers, historians and other experts will be set up soon to hold an inquiry into the alleged mishandling of the restoration and rehabilitation of the 424-year-old tomb of Mir Sultan Ibrahim (1556-1592 AD) — a ruler of the Turkhan dynasty — at the Makli necropolis, archaeology director Qasim Ali Qasim said while speaking to Dawn on Tuesday. “It would be a comprehensive probe covering all aspects of the alleged mishandling of the monument by unqualified professionals, unskilled labour and substandard material that has led to damage to the tomb,” he said.
USA – Fort Germanna - Virginia Commonwealth University archaeology students will help the folks at the Germanna Foundation uncover its long-sought-after 1714 Fort Germanna and Enchanted Castle site in Locust Grove. The 62-acre tract of Fort Germanna — created by British-appointed Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood — included an Enchanted Castle, a town, ancient Native American sites, two prominent buildings thought to be a church and possibly a courthouse or jail. Spotswood also brought German immigrants to the site as rangers to use their labor to mine for silver and iron, according to historians. The search has gone on for decades. About 35 years ago, world-renowned chief Jamestown archaeologist William Kelso conducted a survey for Fort Germanna and found an intact ruin of the palatial Enchanted Castle. Excavations in the 1980s and ’90s involved University of Mary Washington professors Douglas Sanford, historic preservation chair; and Carter Hudgins, former chair of the history department. UMW uncovered a 10 to 12-foot long trench with soil markings indicating the five-sided fort’s wooden wall as well as the remains of Spotswood’s Enchanted Castle. But by 1995, the research ended because of lack of funding.