Archaeologists, St. Petersburg state University and the State Hermitage Museum during a scheduled visit to the archaeological sites of the Kingisepp district of the Leningrad region fixed on the object of cultural heritage “Barrow group illovo of” fresh traces of extensive predatory excavations.
The medieval burial ground damaged trenches with a length of several meters and a depth of one meter. “Apparently, the thieves completely removed the items of nonferrous metal coins or jewelry from the burial pits, said TANR archaeologist, coordinator of the public movement for the protection of the archaeological heritage “Amateur” Ivan Stasiuk . — In the dumps of the trenches strewn human bones and iron objects and ceramic fragments originating from the burial, discarded”. According to him, currently, the archaeologists prepare a report to the police and Prosecutor’s office.
Barrow group Pillowa known to scientists since the late nineteenth century. In 1885 Leo Ivanovo archaeologist excavated here 29 mounds belonging to the XII–XIII centuries. In 1973 a group was examined by an archaeologist Eugene Ryabinin from Leningrad branch of the Institute of archaeology, USSR Academy of Sciences. Continue reading
During the ongoing works on construction of railway tunnel “Marmaray” in Istanbul workers found invaluable for historians the ruins of the ancient settlement.
Presumably the settlement belongs to the new stone age (Neolithic).
It was constructed over 8,000 years ago on the site of modern Istanbul’s Pendik district.
Ancient buildings, the cemetery, various tools, such as knives, needles, axes, whose age is about 8 500 years old, were discovered during the construction of the section Gebze-Haydarpaşa Marmaray tunnel. Now excavations at this place are the Museum of archaeology of Istanbul.
Ahmet Emre Bilgili, Manager of culture and tourism, said that such a discovery that shed light on the ancient history of Istanbul. was a great joy, and that now the city would need a new Museum, which housed artifacts from the Neolithic period. Continue reading
More than a thousand skeletons in “elegant gowns” were found in Roman catacombs of Saint Peter and Marcellinus. Roman archaeologists from the French School and the French University of Bordeaux during the restoration works have uncovered a mass grave just outside the medieval frescoes.
Scholars date the burial was found in the first century after Christ, noting that so far such burial sites in the catacombs were not met. “This is the earliest of these mass graves”, – quotes RIA “news” words of the senior inspector of the Roman catacombs of Raffaella Giuliani. As she says, usually in the catacombs were buried two or, at most, three bodies simultaneously, but in this case we are talking about “several rooms filled with skeletons”.
According to the custom of the time, the body of noble Romans were cremated, not buried. So there is every reason to assume that the body discovered belonged to the first Christians – though noble. “The fact that skeletons dressed in expensive togas is very unusual and may indicate that the dead belonged to the upper class of Roman society,” says Professor Andrew Wallshaker (Andrew Wallace Hadrill), Director of the British School in Rome. Continue reading