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SOMALILAND – Laas Geel - Centuries have passed since Neolithic artists swirled red and white colour on the cliffs of northern Somalia, painting antelopes, cattle, giraffes and hunters carrying bows and arrows. Today, the paintings at Laas Geel in the self-declared state of Somaliland retain their fresh brilliance, providing vivid depictions of a pastoralist history dating back some 5,000 years or more. "These paintings are unique. This style cannot be found anywhere in Africa," said Abdisalam Shabelleh, the site manager from Somaliland's Ministry of Tourism. Then he points to a corner, where the paint fades and peels off the rocks. "If nothing is done now, in 20 years it could all have disappeared," he added. The site is in dire need of protection. "We don't have the knowledge, the experience or the financial resources. We need support," Shabelleh said. The paintings, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland, are considered among the oldest and best preserved rock art sites in Africa but are protected only by a few guards who ask visitors not to touch the paintings.
ITALIE – Pompéi - A group of international archaeologists has discovered four human skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of Pompeii. Officials, who announced the discovery on Friday, said that the skeletons belong to young people including an adolescent girl who died at the back of the ancient shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted. In the latest find, Italian and French archaeologists also found three gold coins and a pendant of a necklace scattered among the remains. They also found an oven in the workshop, which could have been used to make bronze objects. The excavation of the ancient shop as well as that of another one near a necropolis in the port area of Herculaneum began in May. Based on evidences, officials said that the shop had likely been ransacked by clandestine diggers following the eruption of the volcano to hunt for treasures that were buried under the ashes. The coins and the gold-leaf-foil flower-shaped pendant appear to have escaped the eyes of those who pillaged the shop.
MALTE – Baħrija - 12 tombs and two catacombs lie under a road in Baħrija .Transport Minister Joe Mizzi yesterday offered little hope for a quick solution to ongoing works to install sewage mains in Baħrija which led residents to take to the streets in protest last week. Asked by residents to give a completion date for the project, the Transport Minister said that complications were encountered due to archaeological remains found during excavations and works were ongoing to solve the problem.
USA – Casper - Wagon wheels. Horse bridles. Buttons from military uniforms. Human remains. These are among the items a group of archaeologists will be searching for later this year as they set out to find the site of an 1865 battlefield just outside Casper. The Wyoming Archaeological Society recently received $11,000 from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to search for the Battle of Red Buttes. Though much has been written about the battle — which involved a large group of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho and 25 Fort Caspar soldiers — the precise site of the conflict has never been found. For 10 days in late August and early September, four archaeologists and six volunteers will survey an area about five miles west of Casper. The group will use magnetometers to search for magnetic disturbances in the soil. They hope to locate signs of the battle, such as wagon parts and horse accessories. They also want to find the mass burials where the soldiers were interred.
TURQUIE – Bodrum - The destruction of three Roman-era graves during the construction of a house in the southwestern province of Muğla’s Bodrum district has elicited reaction from archaeologists and historians. During the construction work, three graves that date back 2,100 years ago were destroyed by caterpillars before being covered with walls and drainpipes. Construction was subsequently stopped, after which officials of the Bodrum Underwater Museum opened an investigation.