26 AOUT 2014 NEWS: Laxmipuram - Istanbul - Mehrauli - Canterbury - Beach Haven -
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INDE – Laxmipuram - As the city is gearing up for the colourful Vinayaka Chavithi festival from Friday, celebrations have begun well in advance on the premises of KCP Sugars and Industries Limited at Laxmipuram on the suburbs of Vijayawada with the discovery of an ancient Ganesh idol during digging works for construction of a temple.Archaeological Department Assistant Director K. Chittibabu, who examined the idol, explained that it could be dated to 12 Century A.D. The idol, with Chalukyan style of carving, is made of granite stone with trunk on the left side, he said, adding that during an exploration carried out by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Laxmipuram and its surroundings in 1984, the remains of pre-historic and medieval period were found.
TURQUIE – Istanbul - Two ancient tomb covers, which were found during the rehabilitation of an underpass in Istanbul’s historical peninsula, have been delivered to Istanbul Archaeology Museum, but only after being damaged in the construction work. The tomb parts were discovered while a bulldozer was working to remove asphalt on the Vezneciler Underpass, next to the main door of Istanbul University . The Istanbul Archaeology Museum was informed when the tombs were found, albeit after they were damaged The area was defined as a “necropolis” in the ancient era of the city.
INDE – Mehrauli - The Mehrauli archaeological park in south Delhi has been known for its proximity to world heritage site Qutub Minar as well as historic buildings within the complex like Rajon ki Baoli a nd the Jamali Kamali mosque and tomb. The archaeology department is collaborating with Intach Delhi Chapter to conserve 16 unprotected buildings within the park as part of Phase II plans. For the first time, an unprotected Mughal-era tomb and graveyard, on the opposite side of Rajon ki Baoli, is getting an extensive makeover. The structure was barely visible as it was covered with thick vegetation. Portions of the structure have gradually given way; they are now being restored according to the evidence available at the site. "The monument gains in significance due to its closeness to Rajon ki Baoli. There is, however, no information on who constructed it as well as on the ownership of the graveyards and the courtyard. The structure is huge and is free of encroachments unlike the other unprotected monuments in the vicinity. Restoration after decades of neglect has turned out to be the biggest challenge. Parts of the building have been reduced to a wreck," said an official. "It was vital to first consolidate the parts that were crumbling. We excavated the site around the structure to gauge the depth of the building before proceeding with the work. The building has been unattended for decades so restoration it was a task,'' added an official. In the absence of information on the origins and of the monument, it was not possible to reconstruct the collapsed portions. "The arches in the enclosure wall were still visible and one canopy was intact. But there was no reference on the original structure, so we turned our attention to consolidation," said an official. Several other buildings are expected to be repaired once work on this monument is completed in another two months.
ROYAUME UNI – Canterbury - The dig unearthed a part of the Roman Watling Street, the ancient trackway between Canterbury and St Albans. The pathway was used by ancient Britons, before being paved over by the Roman settlers, in the time of Julius Caesar. Other discoveries included a Roman ear scoop, used to remove ear wax, pieces of carved bone and glass, and over twenty Roman coins.
USA – Beach Haven - A Virginia boy got a once-in-a-lifetime souvenir from his vacation to the Jersey Shore. Noah Cordle, 10, discovered a 10,000-year-old Paleoindian projectile point — used by Native Americans for hunting and fishing — when it knocked against his leg while in the water in Beach Haven, N.J.