The discovery of a Portuguese manuscript purporting to include an illustration of a kangaroo has been used to question which European power was first to “discover” Australia.
The drawing is included in a pocket-sized religious manuscript, dated at between 1580 and 1620, and has widely been described as a kangaroo in various media reports.
The Les Enluminures gallery that holds the manuscript, currently for sale, first fuelled the Australian debate with its description of the illustration:
Of particular interest are the images reflecting Portuguese exploration, including a kangaroo or wallaby, and two small male figures, possibly natives of Australia or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Read more.
The president of the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA), Nuno Ribeiro, revealed Monday having found rock art on the island of Terceira, supporting his believe that human occupation of the Azores predates the arrival of the Portuguese by many thousands of years, Lusa reported.
“We have found a rock art site with representations we believe can be dated back to the Bronze Age,” Ribeiro told Lusa in Ponta Delgada, at a presentation in University of the Azores on the topic of early human occupation of the Azores.
The oldest cave art known in Europe is of prehistoric origin, dating back to approximately 40,000 years ago.
In the last three years, Ribeiro has been claiming that archeological remains of structures discovered on several Azorean islands are of pre-Portuguese origin by its architecture and construction. Read more.
MALACCA: A baby shark being prepared for lunch gave a family here a big surprise - an ancient artifact believed to be dated long before the Portuguese conquest of Malacca.
Housewife Suseela Menon, from Klebang, made the priceless discovery while filleting the fish for lunch.
It is believed to be a medallion worn by the Portuguese soldiers, presumably as a divine protection, during their conquests in this part of the world in the 16th century.
One side of the medallion is a profile of a woman’s head with a crown and encircled by a halo and an inscription that is unclear.
The other side is a crucifix with an engraved inscription that read ANTONII. Read more.
An antique gun found buried on a Northern Territory beach may support theories the Portuguese were the first European power to discover Australia, an historical author says.
Christopher Doukas unearthed the gun buried in mud off Dundee Beach, about two hours’ drive from Darwin, during a low tide in January 2010.
The Doukas family did some internet research and found it resembled a 16th Century Portuguese swivel gun.
Darwin Museum has now asked to see the item and the family will hand it over for analysis when they return from holidays later this month.
Canberra-based author Peter Trickett told ninemsn the gun, if authentic, may have been dumped during one of two voyages he claims Portuguese seafarer Cristovao de Mendonca made around the coast of Australia in 1521 and 1522. Read more.
Sunk in 1606, the Portuguese merchant ship Nossa Senhora dos Martires is sailing again — in 3-D presently but perhaps one day in reality. If the cyber-replicated vessel ever does hit the high seas, the way will have been paved by the research of a persevering Texas A&M University nautical archaeologist combined with the high-tech applied study of a graduate student well versed in computer-based visualization techniques.
A 300 year-old Portuguese coin has been found at an archaeological dig site in eastern Newfoundland.
The gold coin, minted in 1708, was found at the Colony of Avalon archaeological dig site in Ferryland this summer.
The coin is bent into an ‘S’. People who’ve studied that era said men at the time bent coins and presented them as love tokens to women they were courting.
Wayne Croft found the coin.
"I just gave a couple of shakes and I see this thing bouncing, and stopped the shaker, and I looked at it and there was a gold coin and I really just couldn’t believe my eyes … it’s such a rich site…it’s amazing…totally amazing," said Croft, who has been working at the site for 12 years.
"Really you don’t know from the next scrape of the trowel what you’re going to uncover." Read more.
Archaeologists have discovered an unprecedented 8,000-year-old dog tomb – the oldest in southern Europe – in a shell mound near the Portuguese town of Alcaçer do Sal.
Project co-director Mariana Diniz told Lusa News Agency the find held “significant importance” because previously there had been no such sign of ancient “canine symbology” in southern Europe, in contrast to northern parts of the continent.
“Eight thousand years ago [southern] communities domesticated dogs, an animal with an economic role, but also a symbolic one”, Ms. Diniz said.
“The ritual burial of dogs was done with care, not just any way, with special significance”, she added of the find. Read more.