A team of archaeologists working on a site at Saint-Aubin-des-Champs in France have discovered the remains of a Merovingian necropolis dating to the 5th -7th centuries AD.
The excavations, which began in mid-March 2014, confirmed the importance of the initial 2013 evaluation, with the uncovering of a complete burial ground containing more than 300 graves, some of which contain rich grave goods. The study of this site involves several specialisms, including ceramics, glass and metal.
The graves were found at a variety of depths with some up to 1.50 m deep. Each burial contained the deceased once contained within a wooden coffin, now completely rotted away. Read more.
Archaeologists have continued work on a Late Iron Age/Early Roman period necropolis, with a fourth excavation conducted at the site in Central France. In total, 74 graves have been uncovered, including 31 new inhumations.
The area, on the outskirts of the historic town of Esvres-sur-Indre is increasingly under pressure for housing and this expansion is providing an opportunity to study the burial ground in great detail.
The necropolis itself has been known since 1909 after the publication of a preliminary study carried out at the time of the planting of a vineyard.
The site has been shown to represent part of a larger funerary area; in 1999 a group of 29 burials were excavated at Vaugrignon, 300 metres to the west. Read more.
Sozopol. Bulgarian archaeologists discovered a necropolis of ancient Apollonia in the coastal town of Sozopol, Director of the Museum of History in Sozopol Dimitar Nedev announced for FOCUS News Agency.
In Nedev’s words, the burial was found in the northern part of the narthex of the three-naved basilica under the levels of the two churches.
“The situation is the following: two churches – one from VI and another from the VII century, with equal period of construction, and another one of the X century, existing until XVII century. In the outlines of the northern part of the narthex, we found the beginning of the level of ancient Apollonia and it is of the earliest period. A burial of a young woman was discovered – with only one utensils for scents, and the woman was pregnant, probably died during the pregnancy,” Nedev explained. Read more.
A team of experts from the Archeological Institute of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (SANU) and the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade have discovered the necropolis.
It is located at the Manište dig in the village of Ranutovac, three kilometers north of Vranje, on the route of Corridor 10.
Aleksandar Bulatović, the coordinator of a project of archeological research and preservation on the Corridor 10 route, told Tanjug the necropolis contained remains of the deceased who were burned in funeral pyres.
"The necropolis dates back to the Early Bronze Age - based on our initial assessments between 2,000 and 1,800 BC, and it is significant because it is the only fully preserved necropolis from this period in the central Balkans," he explained. Read more.
Italian police said Wednesday they had reported five people to prosecutors after finding and impounding some 18,000 ancient artifacts dug up in illegal excavations at archaeological sites near Rome.
Police have also sealed off three illegal dig sites previously unknown to archaeologists, they said in a statement: a necropolis dating from the Roman empire, a Roman villa and a sanctuary used by the Aequi people, who lived in an area northeast of Rome in the fourth and fifth centuries BC.
The items impounded include ancient artworks, Roman sarcophagi and engraved stones known as stela.
No arrests have been made, but investigators have reported five people to the public prosecutor’s office for illegal excavations, theft of cultural items belonging to the state and receiving stolen goods, the statement said. Read more.
The most realistic and complete virtual rendition of Egypt’s Giza Plateau is now available online, allowing anyone with a computer to wander the necropolis, explore shafts and burial chambers, and enter four of the site’s ancient temples, including Khufu and Menkaure’s pyramids.
Engineered by software design firm Dassault Systèmes in collaboration with Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA), the free application is available on multiple devices, including 3D-enabled computer monitors and TVs, and immersive environments.
Indeed, this is not just another too-clean looking and ultimately boring 3D virtual tour of Egypt’s famous archaeological site.
"Many 3D models of ancient sites have more to do with fantasy and video games than with archaeology. The colors, surfaces, and textures are not researched and appear quite flat or unrealistic," Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King professor of Egyptology at Harvard University and director of the MFA’s Giza Archives, told Discovery News.
According to Manuelian, Giza 3D focuses on reality and reproduces one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World on sound scholarly data. Read more.
Archaeologists working along the route of Bulgaria’s Struma Motorway, which when completed will lead from capital city Sofia to the Greek border, have found a necropolis estimated to date back about 2800 years, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television said on May 1 2012.
For the archaeologists, the site has presented more questions than answers, with those working on the site surprised not only by the size of the necropolis but also by the long period during which it was in use.
Two ancient settlements had been found nearby, which could explain the large scale of the burial place, the report said.
Archaeologist Filip Mihailov was quoted as saying that the remains of the dead had been disposed on the site after cremation, and it was also probable that remains had been placed in clay urns. Read more.
Royal cemetery in Meidum developed continuously at least until the late New Kingdom period, the end of the second millennium BC, determined Dr. Teodozja Rzeuska, archaeologist at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Culture PAS. Until now, Egyptologists believed that the dead had been buried there only in times of the builders of the pyramids, in the third millennium BC.
Archaeological site Meidum represents the southern border of the most famous necropolis of the ancient world - the Memphite necropolis, which includes the largest pyramids built for the pharaohs Khufu and Khafre.
"Scientists associate Meidum with a finely crafted mastaba (tomb of the mighty - editor. PAP) relief depicting geese, with one of the oldest mummies found in Nefer mastaba, and with sculptures depicting the family of Pharaoh Snefru (IV Dynasty, 27th century BC). The necropolis is considered one of the most recognisable in Egypt, but paradoxically it is also one of the least known and most mysterious "- said Dr. Teodozja Rzeuska. Read more.