Portuguese archaeologists find centuries-old shipwreck

admin   •   September 25, 2018   •   2486

 

 

Cascais, Portugal | REUTERS

Portuguese archaeologists described the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck off the coast of Cascais, near Lisbon, as the country’s “discovery of the decade,” on Monday (September 24) at a news conference in the coastal city.

The ship, discovered on September 3, 12 meters below the surface of the sea, is believed to have been sunk between 1575 and 1625 and contains spices, Chinese ceramics and the ship’s cannons engraved with Portugal’s coat of arms. Shell used as currency at the time was also found in the wreck.

The project was led by Cascais city hall with the assistance of Lisbon’s Nova University and the Portuguese government and navy. — Reuters

800-year-old wooden statues unearthed in Peru

admin   •   October 23, 2018

 

Wooden sculptures unearthed at the Chan Chan archaeological complex in northern Peru

Twenty anthropomorphic wooden sculptures and an intricate adobe wall were unearthed at the Chan Chan archaeological complex in northern Peru, government officials said on Monday (October 22).

The figures and the detailed wall are thought to have been buried more than 800 years ago. Researchers say the sculptures are the oldest idols discovered to date at the Chan Chan site.

Peru’s Minister of Culture Patricia Balbuena said the figures appear to be at the entrance of an important ceremonial center or plaza. Some of the figures have what appear to be staffs and shields while others have decapitated heads.

The statues, 19 of which are in good condition, were inside a rectangular space dug in a row at the base of a wall in a corridor decorated with high relief drawings.

Officials say the 70-centimeter tall figures were created at a time before the Chan Chan culture, possibly around the year 1100. — Reuters

Egypt opens 4000-year old tomb to the public

admin   •   September 10, 2018

Hieroglyphic inscriptions carved on the Egyptian tomb wall | REUTERS

Egypt allowed the public to visit a 4000-year old tomb in the Saqqara necropolis near Giza for the first time on Saturday (September 8) in a bid to promote tourism.

The tomb, discovered in 1940 by Egyptologist Zaki Saad, belongs to an ancient Egypt high-ranking official named Mehu who was related to the first king of the 6th dynasty.

The tomb included two chambers both with wall inscriptions of the owner of the tomb hunting as well as drawings showing aspects of Ancient Egyptian lives such as hunting and acrobatic dancing.

Mehu lived during the reign of King Pepi and held 48 titles, found inscribed on the walls of his chamber.

“It is a 4500-year old tomb from the 6th dynasty. It is during the King Pepi rule. It is a family tomb of a father, son, and grandson. We are seeing Mehu, his son Meren Ra and his grandson Heteb Kha. The tombs owner had 48 titles,” said the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Al-Waziri.

Archaeologists have so far this year excavated a number of relics that include a 4,400-year-old tomb at the Giza plateau and an ancient necropolis in Minya, south of Cairo.

Egypt is hoping these discoveries will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travelers who once flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids but who have shunned the country since its 2011 political uprising. — Reuters

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Ancient Roman shipwreck discovered off Crimea coast

admin   •   August 10, 2018

 

Fragments of ancient Roman shipwreck underwater (Screenshot from Reuters video)

 

Researchers in Crimea have uncovered a riveting archaeological find not far from the Sevastopol coastline. At the mouth of the usually busy and picturesque Balaklava Gulf, sonar scans revealed what turned out to be a Roman trading vessel dating from the 2nd-3rd centuries AD.

The ship lay 85 meters below the waves and proved to be a challenge for divers to reach and thoroughly inspect. Nevertheless, Neptune Expedition diver Pavel Lapshin reveled at the chance to be part of an archaeological mission. He was part of a two-man group of professional career divers who took video and photo material for experts to analyze.

Crimea native historian Viktor Lebedinsky was able to determine the type and purpose of the ship based on the footage, with the anchor providing the most concrete evidence. Since Crimea was a Roman colony in ancient times, the Sevastopol State University Marine Studies Department already had a scale model which they used to study the ships of their former conquerors. The ship was of the round type, meaning it carried significant cargo and treaded waters in peacetime.

Neptune Expedition Maritime Research hopes to gather funds for a more large-scale study of the object next year, and maybe have the opportunity to retrieve it. There have been no reports of treasures found so far. — Reuters

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