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Marine archeologists say that the ancient wreckage of a ship discovered in the seabed off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, belongs to the ancient “lost fleet” of ships belonging to China’s 13th century Mongol ruler Kublai Khan, CNN reports.

Explorers found the 20-meter-long shipwreck by using ultra-sound equipment some 25 meters off the coast of Nagasaki. The team of researchers buried the ultra-sound sensors about a meter deep in the sandy earth beneath the sea. Archeologists believe the ship dates back to 1281, and was part of a 4,400-vessel fleet that China’s Mongol rulers during the Yuan Dynasty had employed as an invasion force. Read more.

MANHATTAN — Archaeologists helping to excavate the World Trade Center site have uncovered a second piece of the more than 200-year-old ship that was discovered there last summer.

The find, made last Friday, came as workers began digging up the east side of the construction area, which once housed the World Trade Center complex.

"We were expecting there to be something there," said Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist with engineering consultancy firm AKRF who was on hand for the unearthing. "But it was definitely exciting."

"Now no more of these remains are on the site," he added, explaining that the rest of the relevant area had already been excavated.

Archaeologists first noticed remnants of the ship — curved pieces of wood buried 25 feet below street level — last July and spent two weeks excavating the artifact, which turned out to be a 32-foot-long section of the boat’s hull. Read more.

TRENTON — Members of the Trenton Historical Society plan to stage a protest today outside the Statehouse to voice opposition to the plan to bury the Petty’s Run archaeological dig site.

The site’s excavation has revealed industrial buildings and artifacts dating back to Colonial times, but due to budgetary issues, operations at the dig, near the Statehous, have ceased, and the state has planned to fill it in.

Groups like the Trenton Historical Society have argued that the site could be stabilized and held until a time when funding is more readily available to continue the work without re-burying what has been excavated. (source)

The historic section of the capital of Barbados today became the Caribbean country’s first entry on the United Nations-managed World Heritage List after a committee of experts approved its inscription and that of two other sites.

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Paris, said Bridgetown and its garrison deserved a place on the List, which is comprised of more than 900 cultural or natural sites around the world regarded as having outstanding universal value.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported that the committee found the Bridgetown site — comprised of a well-preserved old town and a nearby military garrison — to be an outstanding example of British colonial architecture.

"With its serpentine urban layout, the property testifies to a different approach to colonial town planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities o
f the region, which were built along a grid plan,” UNESCO said in a press statement. Read more.

SUMMERSIDE - An archaeological dig at a rare 18th century Acadian home near Port Hill has become somewhat of a race against the elements.

Not that it seemed like anything more than a day at the beach for the small group digging there earlier this week.

The site is located at Low Point, along the shores of Malpeque Bay. But the picturesque location masks the fact that erosion has taken a toll on the historical goldmine.

"Erosion is an issue all over the Island and, since these Acadian sites are often coastal, it’s a big concern for us," said Dr. Helen Kristmanson, director of archaeology for the Province. Read more.

When archaeologist William Kelso began digging at Jamestown in 1994, few historians gave him much chance of finding the long-lost English fort of 1607.

Most believed the pioneering outpost had disappeared into the James River by the 1800s. Some noted that Kelso himself was among several luckless archaeologists who had probed the site before and come away empty handed.

But 17 years after first sinking their shovels into the soil, Kelso and his team have not only found the “Holy Grail” of American archaeology but also rewritten the story of the nation’s first permanent English settlement. Read more.

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig under way in Chester’s Grosvenor Park may find previously unknown buildings associated with a great mansion house that was destroyed in the Civil War in the 17th century.

Experts from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Historic Environment Team and University of Chester second year archaeology students may also find part of a Roman road to the nearby amphitheatre.

Simon Ward, principal archaeologist for Cheshire West and Chester Council and director of the dig, said: “It has been great to get back to digging with the students again.

“We are looking forward to a fruitful and exciting season expanding our knowledge of this interesting part of Chester close to the Roman Amphitheatre and Chester’s original cathedral St John’s Church.” Read more.

MYSORE: Even a decade after the CBI closed the case, nobody knows the whereabouts of Tipu Sultan’s historic golden sword he used to attack Capt. Woodhall who reportedly choked all his escape routes. Tipu also flaunted it as a war trophy. Neither officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) nor state  archaeology department have a clue.

In 1985, CBI officials led by former state DGP Sreekumar in the guise of an Arab businessmen interested in buying the sword lured people who possessed this sword and seized it along with other antiques which included gold palm leaves manuscripts and other artefacts belongings to Tipu Sultan. The World Kannada Meet at Belgaum which concluded on Sunday invoked memories of the sword. Read more.