27 MAI 2016 NEWS: Boston - Vallée des Rois - Anglesey - Greenfield - Tachachit - İmamoğlu - Stageira - Gloucester -
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USA – Boston - A shipwreck from the 1800s was uncovered during construction in Boston's Seaport District. City archaeologist Joe Bagley told WBZ-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1WTYkrj) it's the first time a shipwreck has been found in that section of the city, a trendy waterfront area with office buildings, expensive condos and upscale restaurants. Bagley says it appears the vessel was carrying lime, which was used for masonry and construction. The vessel also appears to be partially burned.
EGYPTE – Vallée des Rois - The iron in the blade of one of the knives found with the mummy of Tutankhamun comes from one of the many meteorites that fell on the Egyptian desert and are still easy to find today. The life of Tutankhamun continues to surprise and fascinate Egyptologists. The report will be published over the coming days by a specialized magazine to wrap up the workcarried out by a group of international researchers (from the Polytechnics of Milan and Turin, the University of Pisa, the Egyptian Museum in Cair, the CNR, the university Fayoum, the XGlab company). Ever since his tomb was discovered in 1922 by the Britons Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, a debate ensued over which type of material was used for one of the two knives on his body. Today, the certainty that the blade on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is meteoritic comes from techniques using fluorescence and X rays, which confirms the composition of that iron in different percentages of nickel and cobalt. Also stressed by scientists was the high quality of the blade's manufacture, confirming the high level reached in the age of Tutankhamun in working iron.
ROYAUME UNI – Anglesey - The search is on to find volunteers to help unearth what could be an ancient graveyard on Anglesey. Gwynedd Archaeological Trust is looking for curious people to help dig at an excavation on the edge of Llangefni at Hedd yr Ynys. It’s not known for sure what lies beneath the field, however it is thought it could be the site of a medieval cemetery or the remains of ancient buildings. A geophysical survey was carried out on the field in 2012 revealed “intriguing anomalies”, which Gwynedd Archaeological Trust say could be a sign of an early 19th century graveyard. The dig, which is part of the two-week Festival of Archaeology, will run on weekdays from July 4-21.
USA – Greenfield - Archaeologists from across the state are working to uncover the history beneath the soil at the Greenfield Preston Plantation. Botetourt County is allowing them to work on the site that in less than a month is scheduled for demolition. Wednesday, crews of volunteers uncovered plate shards, building materials, gun flints, and the foundations of buildings from the 1700’s, all in an effort to preserve the artifacts before any construction gets underway. Now, those archaeologists say some of the first European settlers made their home at Greenfield in the mid-1700’s, and volunteers are working to save a goldmine of historical artifacts.
ALGERIE – Tachachit - Situé sur une crête et s’étalant sur plus de 45 hectares, Tachachit est un site archéologique riche de plus de 2 000 ans d’Histoire, situé à 07 kilomètres du chef-lieu communal d’El-Adjiba et à 30 Kms à l’Est de la ville de Bouira. Les premières découvertes ont été faites il y a plusieurs années sans que cela n’émeuve outre mesure les autorités de wilaya qui ont toujours promis la classification de ce site. Aujourd’hui et selon les dires des riverains, le sous-sol renfermerait des pans entiers de l’histoire et des trésors cachés. Trésors en mesure où les reliques retrouvées sur place proviendraient d’une époque estimée entre le 1er et le 3ème siècle avant Jésus Christ par les archéologues de la direction de la culture de Bouira ainsi que par les membres de l’association «Les amis de Cherchell». Tout un patrimoine qui est aujourd’hui à l’abandon, laissé aux mains des pilleurs et des bergers venant faire paitre leurs troupeaux en ces lieux. M. Romassi, un riverain de ce site ayant construit sa maison sur une superbe mosaïque de l’époque, affirme avoir investi beaucoup d’argent afin de préserver cette immense mosaïque de plus de 1 000 m2 se trouvant sous la cour de sa demeure. Des vestiges sont visibles, ils émergent à peine de terre, d’autres fragments de poteries, des jarres en terre cuite, sont dispersés à même le sol, usés par l’érosion du temps et des conditions climatiques.
TURQUIE – İmamoğlu - A sculpture of a woman dating back to 2,000 B.C., discovered in the İmamoğlu mound on an island in the Karakaya Dam Lake in Turkey’s eastern province of Malatya, has been drawing great interest from visitors at the Malatya Museum. The eight-centimeter tall sculpture of a woman wearing a bell skirt was discovered during excavations by archaeologist Edibe Uzunoğlu at the mound between 1980 and 1987. Malatya Museum official and art historian Samet Erol said the excavations at the İmamoğlu mound had unearthed artifacts from the early Hellenistic, Roman, Iron, Bronze and Chalcolithic ages. Erol said war tools and jewelry had been unearthed at the mound, bearing remarkable traces of life up to 4,000 years ago. “The most important artifacts found there include sculptures. There are sculptures of woman and birds. The woman sculpture with a bell skirt is from the Bronze Age and shows us the dresses of women in this age,” he added. “This sculpture dates back to 2,000 B.C. Women’s dresses were clearly elegant, and her skirt has circular motifs parallel to each other,” Erol said, adding that the sculpture was found in remarkably good condition.
GRECE – Stageira - An announcement regarding the tomb of Aristotle in Ancient Stageira in northern Greece was expected to be the highlight at an international conference held in Thessaloniki on Thursday. International delegates attending the "Aristotle 2400 Years" World Congress on Thursday were expected to hear that archaeologists carrying out a 20-year excavation at the ancient Macedonian city believe the site's most important finding to be the Greek philosopher's tomb. Aristotle, who was born in the same city in 384 BC, died in Evia in 322 BC. The conference is organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Aristotle Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
ROYAUME UNI – Gloucester - Archaeologists discovered an "extremely rare" wing from a Roman bronze sculpture of an eagle in Gloucester. It was found as part of the major excavations on the site of the former Gloscat building in Brunswick Road before the new Greyfriars housing development was built and has been revealed in the past few days. Recovered by Cotswold Archaeology, which carried out the digs, from the earthen bank which lay immediately behind the Roman city wall, the 14cm long wing was covered with a thick layer of soil, although some cast-in detail was visible in places.