29 JUIN 2011 NEWS : Jerusalem - Hampton Roads - Gufuskálar - Pacific Islands - Burrough on the Hill - St Augustine - Rush - Selby - Shahtakhti -


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 - ISRAËL   Jerusalem -  Israeli scholars say they have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box bearing the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas of the New Testament. The ossuary bears an inscription with the name "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri." An ossuary is a stone chest used to store bones. Caiaphas was a temple priest and an adversary of Jesus who played a key role in his crucifixion. The Israel Antiquities Authority says the ossuary was seized from tomb robbers three years ago and has since been undergoing analysis. Forgery is common in the world of biblical artifacts. The IAA says in Wednesday's statement that microscopic tests have confirmed the inscription is "genuine and ancient."


 - USA – Hampton Roads -  NOAA and the U.S. Navy embarked today on a two-day research expedition to survey the condition of two sunken Civil War vessels that have rested on the seafloor of the James River in Hampton Roads, Va., for nearly 150 years. Using state-of-the-art sonar technology to acquire data, researchers will create three-dimensional maps of the two shipwrecks, USS Cumberland and CSS Florida, to  analysis on their current conditions and better understand the technological innovations of the time. USS Cumberland was lost on March 8, 1862, during the Battle of Hampton Roads, where she served in the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She sank after being rammed by the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) and went down with more than 121 men. CSS Florida was a Confederate commerce raider which had been captured by the U.S. Navy in Brazil. Towed to United States as a prize despite Brazil's protests, it was lost on Nov. 19, 1864, following a collision with a U.S. Navy troop ferry.


 - ISLANDE – Gufuskálar - An archeological group working in Gufuskálar in Snæfellsnes has found a piece from a chess set, thought to be more than 500 years old. The set was probably used by sailors when they were ashore. The piece found now was a pawn. Three years ago a king from the same set was found when digging in another seamen’s dwelling in Gufuskálar.  In an interview Lilja Björk Pálsdóttir, who was in charge of the project mentioned a few interesting objects that were found, including a broken copper pin with a carved head, a pearl made of amber and a bottle cap made of haddock bone.  The most interesting find was the chess piece, possibly made out of whale bone. The group assumes it comes from the same set as a king that was found three years ago in a nearby ruin.


 - PACIFIC ISLANDS - Patrick V. Kirch, a UC Berkeley professor of anthropology and integrative biology  and an authority on the archaeology of the Pacific Islands, has been awarded the 2011 Herbert E. Gregory Medal for Distinguished Service to Science in the Pacific Region. In presenting the award to Kirch at the 22nd Pacific Science Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 17, officials cited the Hawaii native’s 22 years of interdisciplinary research on the evolution in the Pacific of complex sociopolitical formations such as chiefdoms, prehistoric as well as ethnographic subsistence systems, and the reciprocal interactions between indigenous peoples and the Pacific Islands’ ecosystems. Over the years, Kirch has led expeditions to the Solomon Islands and Tonga, and conducted field work in the Hawaiian Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau and Yap, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, American Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Rapanui. His ongoing research includes an archaeological study of the remote Mangareva Archipelago in French Polynesia.


 - ROYAUME UNI –  Burrough-on-the-Hill -A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester have been showing off some of their finds from a dig at the Iron Age hillfort at Burrough-on-the-Hill. The team began a five-year survey and excavation of the site last year and have returned for a second six-week dig.So far they have revealed the hillfort’s stone defences, a cobbled road and a guard chamber complete with hearths - an incredibly rare find. They have also uncovered evidence of a further large Iron Age settlement just outside the hillfort.


 - USA –    St Augustine - Members of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program use a lift davit to raise a cannon from an 18th century shipwreck off the coast of St. Augustine on Tuesday. The cannons appear to have been made by Carron Ironworks of Scotland after 1776. They were instruments of combat on a ship that sailed between the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and sank 30 feet under the ocean within sight of the current lighthouse and St. Augustine Beach Pier. Now cannons that may have armed the second-oldest shipwreck discovered off Northeast Florida are in the sunlight again. Amid cheers from a flotilla of onlookers Tuesday, an estimated 1,880-pound cannon and a 1,200-pound cannon were hauled to the rippled surface by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum's archaeological arm. The sunken ship was first targeted two years ago. Cauldrons, a navigational divider, candlestick, shoe buckle, spoons, plates and a flintlock pistol were previously found from this particular ship.


 - IRLANDE – Rush - Carbon dating is to be carried out on the bones discovered near Rogerstown Estuary in Rush to determine if the bodies date back as far as Viking or early Christian settlements. At present, only bone fragments have been uncovered. An osteoarchaeologist has assessed the bone fragments and has confirmed that they are human.


 - ROYAUME UNI – Selby - A huge lottery grant has been awarded to a village near Selby to fund research in to the rich archaeological landscape of the area.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has handed £25,700 to North Duffield Conservation And History Society to help “fill in the gaps” in what is known of the history of the village going back to the Iron Age.


 - AZERBAIDJAN - Shahtakhti - The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography will begin excavations in the archaeological complex in the Shahtakhti village in the Kangarli region of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic on July 4. The ancient Shakhtahti village clovers five hectares of the complex, while 10 hectares include a cemetery, Senior Research Fellow and Shahtakhti archaeological expedition head Gahraman Aghayev told Trend. He said so far the ancient Shahtakhti village was believed that it is 4,000 year-old, but there are assumptions that the settlement is 8,000 year-old. "This monument is the only place of intensive human habitation from the Eneolithic period in the Middle East and Caucasus, that is, from copper-stone age. People are still living in this ancient village. While the new digs we can go to the earlier stratums, related to the Neolithic. Thus, the history of this village can be dated to the more ancient periods," Aghayev said.