28 JUIN 2018: Donegal - Pallavaram - Pallavaram -
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IRLANDE – Donegal - Four solid gold rings dating back thousands of years to the Bronze Age have been found in Co Donegal. The National Museum of Ireland was alerted on Wednesday that four gold objects had been discovered and appeared to date back to the Bronze Age, the period between 3200 and 600 BC. Experts from the museum travelled to the site where the artefacts were discovered and carried out an investigation of the area to try and ascertain how and when the objects had been left there. The four rings, which are large enough to fit around a person’s wrist, have been transferred to the national museum where they will be put on display once initial investigations have concluded.
USA – Fort Michilimackinac - Excavators at Colonial Michilimackinac continue to unearth unique and interesting treasures from Michigan's past. Several more artifacts were discovered on Monday, June 25 as part of an ongoing excavation of the root cellar in House E of the Southeast Rowhouse. It's one of several historic buildings located at the 18th-century French, and later British, fort and trading post on the Straits of Mackinac. Among the most-recent finds are sherds of a white, tin-glazed earthenware jar, sherds from two different blue and white Chinese export porcelain vessels, and a fragment of beaded English creamware. However, Dr. Lynn Evans, curator of archaeology, said one of the most unusual artifacts in the group is a brass thimble with a small hole punched in the top of it. "The root cellar continues to yield exciting finds," she said. "The same level that contained the knife blade (discovered on June 13) and barrel bands also had a variety of ceramics." "One of the most unusual artifacts in the level was a brass thimble with a small hole punched in the top of it," Evans continued. "Thimbles were sometimes strung to be worn like tinkling cones. A small section of string was preserved inside the thimble by the copper salts from the brass." All the artifacts are believed to be from the British occupation of the fort between 1760 and 1770.
INDE – Pallavaram - Nearly 140 years after British archaeologist Alexander Rea unearthed a sarcophagus from the hillocks of Pallavaram in Tamil Nadu, an identical artefact dating back by more than 2,000 years has been discovered in the same locality. The near-intact clay coffin, excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI), in December last year establishes the existence of a megalithic culture in Pallavaram. Superintendent archaeologist of ASI Chennai circle A M V Subramanyam told TOI that the age of the sarcophagus could be about 2,300 years. “The discovery has brought to light that the area was inhabited by people who were not nomads. They had a technology to create a sarcophagus standing on 12 legs during the 3rd century BC,” he said. ASI will perform a thermoluminescence dating to determine the exact age of the piece, he added. Though the artefact was covered with redware lid, it was damaged by boulders which might have rolled down the hillock due to soil erosion. The piece is 5.6ft long and 1.5ft wide; it has a depth of 1.64ft. ASI sources said the coffin has three holes at the bottom besides the legs. Archaeologists say, usually such holes were used to tie ropes that would facilitate easy carriage of the coffin. Incidentally, Alexander Rea, who was the second superintendent archaeologist of the ASI’s Chennai circle had unearthed a similar sarcophagus in 1888. That was six-foot long, one-foot eight inches deep and 1.5ft wide with 10 legs. Later, the artefact was moved to the Madras Government Museum in Egmore. During his excavation, several utensils such as cups, pots, bowls and iron nails were also found