24 OCTOBRE 2013 NEWS: Leicestershire - Zuojiang - Zagora - Hinkley Point - Lima - Daundia Khera - Lund -






ROYAUME UNI - Leicestershire - A child's coffin believed to date back to the 3rd Century AD has been found beneath a Leicestershire field by metal detectorists. The Digging Up The Past club found the lead coffin and Roman coins at a farm in the west of the county.The exact location of the find has not been revealed.It is sitting in the middle of a field at the moment. It is a bit vulnerable.


CHINE - Zuojiang basin - Chinese archaeologists have discovered a site, thousands of years old, in southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region during two months of research in the Zuojiang basin. A 120-square-meter cave was discovered some 10 meters above the water level, dating back to the period between the late Neolithic Age and Zhou Dynasty (about 1,100 BC - 771 BC) said Yang Qingping, research fellow with the Guangxi Institute of Conservation and Archaeology Research. An initial study unearthed pottery, stone tools and tools made of bone and clam, according to Yang. "A bone sword and serrated clams were found for the first time in such an ancient site in Guangxi," Yang said, adding that the bone sword might be used for worship, or as a symbol of power, while the serrated clams were for cutting food or scraping fish scales. Yang said the findings would provide reliable data for research and study of the history of the area.


GRECElesley-beaumont-at-the-zagora-site-on-andros-greece-i-havlicek-powerhouse-museum.jpg Zagora - Fifty Australian archaeologists have begun a bid in Greece to try and solve the mystery of why a bustling early Iron Age city was abandoned. They're in Zagora, once a city that was thriving with farming and industry on the island of Andros in the 9th century BC before it was inexplicably abandoned. One of the dig's co-directors is Lesley Beaumont from Sydney University's Department of Archaeology. Thea Cowie asked her why it's so important to solve the mystery.

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ROYAUME UNIimga0078.jpg Hinkley Point - Archaeological excavations are taking place ahead of EDF Energy's proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. The area around Hinkley Point is rich in archaeological remains. Wick Barrow is located outside the entrance to Hinkley Point B and is a burial mound which dates from about 4,500 years ago.A hillfort at Cannington dates from 2,500 years ago and there is a nearby cemetery from Saxon times. There are also 12th-century castle remains at Stogursey. The advantages of the site for these early inhabitants included easy access to the sea and a nearby port. The work is ongoing and a full picture of those who lived here has yet to emerge. Finds so far include small flint tools used for hunting or fishing, and also for skinning and cutting animal flesh. Evidence of Bronze Age settlement includes weights for fishing nets showing that settlers caught and cooked fish. Several pits of rubbish have been found, containing pottery shards. Post holes from an earlier fence were also unearthed, although it is not known what it was used for. Iron Age settlement is indicated by round houses, jewellery and amphorae fragments. A rare find was that of a Sunken Featured Building (a pit beneath the building allowed the creation of a suspended wooden floor as a protection against damp). More recent occupation shows medieval land strips and later maps show farm buildings up until the 1950s. More excavation is planned for 2014 but ultimately the site will be built over.


PEROU – Lima - An archaeological site in the midst of Peru's bustling capital has yielded yet another pre-Incan prize, an undisturbed Wari tomb containing two corpses wrapped in ceremonial fabric, archaeologists said on Thursday. The tomb, estimated to be more than 1,000 years old, was found at the Pucllana archaeological site in Lima. It contained the bodies of an adult and an infant, along with nearly 10 intact artefacts. The adult was likely a master weaver, said Isabel Flores, an archaeologist at Pucllana. The infant, she added, was probably killed and buried in the tomb as an offering in the adult's honour."When we unwrap the bodies, we will be able to determine the adult's age, position in society and gender," said Flores.


INDE - Daundia Khera -Pieces of rusted iron and broken glass bangles are all that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have so far found on the premises of Raja Rao Ram Baksh Singh’s fort in Unnao.The agencies started the excavation work on October 18, around three months after seer Shobhan Sarkar told a Union minister that he had dreamt of a 1,000-tonne gold treasure buried on the fort premises at Daundia Khera, Unnao.The fort of Rao Ram Baksh Singh must not be more than two centuries old. Obviously, we don’t have a solid reason to dig the area, except that a seer who has a tremendous influence on some members of the Union government wants us to follow his instinct and continue the exercise till we find the treasure,” an ASI official told M AIL T ODAY . “ We have received some iron pieces and nails from the excavated area. We have also found some broken glass bangles. Further study would reveal the age of these materials,” he said.


SUEDEviking-heist.jpg Lund -Precious artifacts from the Viking era were stolen from the Lund University Historical Museum after the thieves smashed a window and made off with several items, including ancient jewellery. "Right now the police have cordoned off the scene so we can't do an inventory until they are finished. We will know what has been stolen when the forensic unit has completed itswork," Per Gustafson, head of security with Lund University told The Local.  The Historical Museum in Lund, which opened in 1805, is the second largest archaeological museum in the country and has precious artifacts from the Viking era in its collection. It also has the largest coin collection in Sweden.