25 SEPTEMBRE 2017 NEWS: Harwan - Shangqiu - Englefield - Xiaonanshan - Barıştepe - Side -
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INDE - - Harwan - Workers dredging a water reservoir stumbled upon a rare one-faced stone sculpture of Lord Shiva dating back to the 6th century CE in Harwan area in the outskirts of the city, an official said today. The oval-shaped bust is nearly 2.5 feet in height. Mohammad Shafi Zahid, the director of the Archaeology Department, said this was the first time that such a sculpture was discovered in Kashmir. "It is a one-faced sculpture of Shiva of around 6th century CE," he said. Harwan area is a known heritage site and has archaeological importance. One of the oldest Budhhist sites is also located there.
CHINE - Shangqiu - An archaeology report was published Saturday, 20 years after the first joint field archaeological excavation between China and the United States that ended in 1997. The excavation was carried out between 1994 and 1997 by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Archaeology and Harvard University. It aimed to trace the origin of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 B.C.) in Shangqiu city of central China's Henan Province. Shangqiu is believed to be the capital of pre-Shang and early Shang dynasties. Although the joint excavation did not find hard proof of the Shang Dynasty, it discovered the relics of Kingdom Song (1114-286 B.C.), laying a solid foundation for future exploration of the Shang.
ROYAUME UNI – Englefield - Rare evidence of one of the leading figures of the Roman Empire has been unearthed by a team of archaeologists. Researchers from the University of Reading discovered three priceless artefacts bearing the stamp of Roman Emperor Nero at the Roman Tile site at Englefield Estate. The rare find dates back some 2,000 years and is part of a public dig, which has been open since August and attracted more than 500 visitors for tours and interaction with the treasures. The Nero tiles have been found during the excavation of a series of Roman kiln structures, including huge brick and tile production facilities. Professor Mike Fulford, project director, said: “The kilns are remarkably well-preserved, with their firing chambers, stokeholes and flues intact.“One edge of the kiln area is defined by a 1.5m deep, V-shaped ditch. The profile, the scale of activity and the early start to such a large-scale operation all hint at the Roman military being involved.“But, of particular significance, are the extremely rare finds of the stamped tiles bearing the name Nero. Although there is no record of the Emperor visiting England, the tiles suggest a direct link to the nearby Roman town of Silchester and the Emperor’s desire to support construction during his short reign. Silchester is renowned for the archaeological site known as Calleva Atrebatum, which was first occupied by the Romans in 45AD. All three tiles found bear a variation of Nero’s title and more than four tonnes of Roman ceramic building material has been recovered.
CHINE - Xiaonanshan - Archaeologists have discovered 19 Neolithic tombs and unearthed more than 400 cultural relics in northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said today. Most of the relics - consisting of jadeware, stoneware and pottery - date back around 9,000 years, according to the provincial institute of archaeology. The site was found in the Xiaonanshan ruins of Raohe County along the Wusuli river, a boundary river between China and Russia, and is expected to support the study of the regions history and culture. "Building those tombs could have been hard in light of the construction ability during that period," Li Youqian, associated with the institute, was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency. The discovery of the tombs proved there was human settlement in that area at that time. Abundant animal and plant resources in the area also made it possible for human beings to live in the area, archaeologists at the institute said. The Neolithic Period, or New Stone Age, was a period in the development of human technology, beginning about 15,200 B
TURQUIE – Barıştepe - A 1,300-year-old historic rock monastery near the Barıştepe village in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Midyat district is waiting to be discovered. Also known as the Mor Barsavmo Monastery, where Syriac priests are estranged, some of its outer walls collapsed because of negligence and some of the historic inscriptions were destroyed. The 1,300 year-old Mor Barsavmo Monastery, which was built on a carved rock in a mountainous field and once was the center for Syriac priests, is waiting to be taken under protection. The rock monastery, which is a rare structure in the region and different from the other sanctuaries with its historic value, is now abandoned. People burned fire inside the monastery and drew graffiti on its walls.
TURQUIE – Side - Restoration and conversation is set to start again at the Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) in the ancient city of Side in the southern province of Antalya’s Manavgat district. The Monumental Fountain dates back to the 2nd century A.D. and has undergone a series of restorations since 2004. Antalya Surveying and Monuments Director Cemil Karabayram, who recently visited the ancient site, said only 20 percent of the restoration has so far been completed, but the work will be finished in the coming period. He said there are a number of large stone blocks in the area, which have each been documented with a separate number, adding that the blocks and the arch structure at the front of the site will be placed on the upper columns. Karabayram said the restoration team strongly suspects that new blocks will be found under the layer of soil right behind the fountain. “Excavations will unearth these new blocks. I hope that we will make the fountain complete by finishing the work.