27 JANVIER 2017 NEWS: Chichester - Le Caire - Bahrain - Dara -
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ROYAUME UNI - Chichester - Foundations of three Roman houses have been discovered under Chichester’s Priory Park which have survived virtually intact for more than 1,600 years. Scans showing two large town houses the size of Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery – most likely lived in by members of the aristocracy – and a third building, of great interest because of its unusual shape, have stunned local archaeologists. Following the scan results, Mr Kenny and members of Chichester & District Archaeology Society carried out a small dig last year, 30m south of the Guildhall, where foundations were found just 40cm below the ground. The astonishing find adds to Chichester’s rich Roman history, which includes the city walls, the Roman Bath House in the Novium Museum and – outside the city – Fishbourne’s Roman Palace.
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EGYPTE – Le Caire - Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Police has recovered six Khedivate-era lamps that were stolen late December from the El-Refai Mosque in Cairo’s El-Khalifa district, with the culprits behind the theft arrested earlier this week, the Ministry of Antiquities said on Tuesday. Helmy says the six lamps were among 15 adorning the ceilings of the mausoleums of King Fouad and Princess Ferial at El-Refai Mosque. The lamps, which date to 1910, are made of glass adorned with a Quranic verse written in Mameluke raised script. “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp,” says the verse from the Surat An-Nur.
BAHRAIN – A number of major excavations to uncover more details of the Dilmun civilization and the Tylos era will proceed during this year, informed Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities yesterday. As part of the Bahrain ‘Wadi as Sail’ archaeological project, researchers will excavate three or four burial mounds to undertake a palaeo-environmental research and survey at the site of Wadi as Sail, in Riffa. Another major excavation will be in A’ali, directed by Steffen Laursen, which will excavate the royal mounds of A’ali and this could reveal further details of the chronology of the Royal Dynasty.
TURQUIE – Dara - A gallery grave, unearthed during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Dara in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin eight years ago, will be opened to visitors. The gallery grave (a form of megalithic tomb), where hundreds of people were buried together, and where reinvigoration ceremonies took place in the Roman era, was unearthed in the 2009-2010 excavation season in the central Artuklu district. Mardin Museum Director Nihat Erdoğan said the Romans established the Dara ancient city in 507 A.D. as the military headquarters. He said they had been working in the cemetery of the ancient city since 2009, restoring and making environmental arrangements there. “This is a cemetery used in the 6th and 7th centuries. There are the bones of people who believed that they would resurge. Excavations have unearthed lots of human bones,” Erdoğan said. “The scenes featuring people collecting bones for reinvigoration ceremonies were depicted at the entrance gate. This may be seen on the walls or ceilings of some churches and other structures. But in this place, you can see the bodies buried and the reliefs together. This is unique in the world,” he said.