28 AOÛT 2017 NEWS: Viniansky - Sofia - Perperikon - Zerzevan - Hayle - Machu Picchu -
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SLOVAQUIE - - Viniansky castle - A new discovery for archaeologists researching Viniansky castle in the Michalovce region, is a gateway dating from the 13th century. According to experts it is in very good condition. “When we started our research six years ago, we had no gateway, now we have two of them,” Gorás explained for the TASR newswire. The new discovery functioned not only as the main entrance to the castle but it also gave protection to the land-owners and the castle garrison. It originated during the oldest phase of the castle's construction – the second half of the 13th century. “We know this thanks to the well-preserved beams used in the construction of the tower that was built at the same time as the gateway. It is well-preserved over the whole of its height, however, we have only uncovered the upper part so far,” said Peter Bednár, a scientific worker at the archaeological institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, for TASR. He added that gateways in such a good condition are not often found because they had to be rebuilt. “This one has the advantage that it lost its function in the 15th century,” Bednár mentioned for TASR.
BULGARIE – Sofia - An archaeological team working at the site of Bulgarian capital Sofia’s Sveta Nedelya Square said that they had found a tavern and shops in a large public building dating from antiquity. The ancient building beneath the Sveta Nedelya site dates back to the middle of the second century CE, a time when Serdica – as Sofia was then called – was given the status of a Roman city. There are also remnants of water pipes and sewerage channels from antiquity. Katsarova said that the building had a large number of rooms, including an eastern row of rooms that probably provided the shops with entrances from the central street of the city. “We are finding a lot of interesting materials from the Roman era. A large amount of ceramics, coins and finds of all kinds,” she said. The finds included amphorae for wine or olive oil. Among the curious finds is the exquisite bronze figure of a snake, possibly part of the statue of Asclepius.
BULGARIE – Perperikon - Archaeologists at Bulgaria’s ancient sacred site Perperikon have found a drinking water collection tank dating from the second century CE, believed to have been in use for thousands of years. The water collection tank is at the entrance to the southern neighbourhood part of Perperikon, from where the main road passed into the site.The facility showed the incredible skills of the ancient builders. It has an extremely complex system of incredibly accurate grooves in the rock. It was set up 1800 years ago, and the most recent torrential rains have proven that it had worked flawlessly. Professor Nikolai Ovcharov, head of the dig team at Perperikon, said that the drinking water collection tank had had a wonderful fountain. There are traces of a bronze spout, which Ovcharov said probably had been in the shape of a head, though it was not preserved today. The tank and the fountain were connected in a common architectural complex with colonnades and rich decoration.
TURQUIE – Zerzevan - Following the discovery of an underground temple, a closed secret passage and a subterranean sanctuary in the Zerzevan Castle in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır’s Çınar district, four other ancient locations from the Roman era were unearthed this year in Çınar. The Zerzevan Castle, located 13 kilometers from central Çınar in the Demirölçek neighborhood, was used as a military settlement in the Roman era. Built on an area of six hectares, the Zerzevan Castle illuminates the history of Turkey’s southeast with its 15-meter-high and 1,200-meter-long wall, 21-metre-high watchtower and church, administration building, residences, stores of grain and arms, subterranean temple, sanctuaries, sepulchers, water channels and 54 cisterns.
ROYAUME UNI – Hayle - A pair of metal detecting enthusiasts have spoken of their disbelief and joy after they unearthed nearly 2,000 Roman coins in a farmer’s field in Cornwall. Mixed up with the money was the remains of a pure tin container, with a handle and lead stopper, which it is believed had once contained the coins. In total there were 1,965 coins found inside a stone-lined pit and they date from 253AD to 274AD.
PEROU – Machu Picchu - The Machu Picchu archaeological park never ceases to amaze researchers and experts, especially now, after the discovery of Inca archaeological evidence in the area. The finds were a result of maintenance and exploration works held by Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco (DDCC) in Intipata (Torrepata) Hill on the way to the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. According to Inca Trail's maintenance coordinator Francisco Huarcaya, archaeologists found mortuary contexts, ceremonial centers, cave paintings, a rocky shelter, aqueducts and viewpoints. The rocky shelter and a carved, polished rock were found on the summit of the hill. They were both covered by the dense vegetation of the area. As stated by Huarcaya, restoration works will be completed after a corresponding analysis is done.