Moscow, 18 September – AIF-Moscow . The war in Iraq was a disaster for the world of archeology and culture: experts say that tens of millenary monuments of ancient civilizations of Sumer and Babylon were damaged or destroyed, and exhibits the largest historical museums exported from the country.
According to the Ministry of tourism and antiquities of Iraq, in 2003-2004 the country was taken out 130 thousand cultural-historical values, and return managed while just 10%, according to the article, published in the new issue of the weekly “Arguments and facts”.
Evidence gathered by the volunteers of middle East office Stringerla Bureau of international investigation, show that the massive looting of Iraqi museums had been planned beforehand. The biggest scandal broke in the fall of 2012 when it was published the certificate of the translator, personally observed the loading of boxes of archives to Iraqi Jews in American transport planes.
The most valuable documents from the collection of the Jewish community of Iraq, according to the representative of the Ministry of tourism and antiquities Abdul Hassan Ali, dates from the period of the Babylonian captivity (sixth century BC). “The Americans,” he says, “vydvigaetsya impossible conditions: we should allow them to keep files for an indefinite number of years for studies and examinations”. Continue reading
German archaeologists was indebted to badger: the beast helped them to make a significant discovery. You can tell that the animal was the first who found the medieval Slavic burial of two princes, in which he found valuable artifacts, according to News .
The striped animal, perfectly adapted to digging underground tunnels, made a hole on site in the farm, 75 kilometres North-East of Berlin. By some coincidence, on the farm at this time had two sculptor, a great interest in archaeology – Lars Willem and Hendrik the Ring.
“We have noticed sticking out of the ground pelvic bone, definitely belonged to a man – said Ring Spiegel Online. – We were not surprised, because across the road from here in 1960-ies it was discovered the whole field of ancient graves. But we still put the camera in a badger hole and using the remote control took a few pictures”. Photos of archaeologists-lovers saw fragments of jewelry and immediately reported his find to the local authorities.
All this happened in the fall of 2012, and since then, no sign of badgers on the farm were seen – most likely, he left his hole. And this week scientists have made a discovery, made by beast, soobshenie. In the place which a badger was chosen for creating a home, we found eight ancient graves of the first half of the XII century.
Archaeologist Thomas Kersting from the Department of protection of monuments of the Federal land of Brandenburg is certain: this discovery is of great value. “First we don’t found graves like that in Brandenburg. So this is a very important discovery”, – he said.
At the feet of the skeletons, buried there, was found the bronze vessels. “This suggests that the people buried here belonged to the elite. They had bronze bowls in which they wash their hands before dinner – they knew it was supposed to do,” – said the expert. Continue reading
Glory and pride Perovskogo district — the ancient fortress with time has to be restored. Currently on the territory of the fortress archaeological excavations are carried out. According to their results, the specialists will create a restoration project.
Fortress Borovichi wanted to restore for a long time, however, forces the district to address the issue is unrealistic. In the field, and even in Moscow, where support for the applied Museum workers, local historians and other interested residents to help were not taken. At all levels sounded the same answer: no money. But the case was moved from a dead point. Until allocated funds only for the restoration project, reports Pskov News line.
The tender for the works won the St. Petersburg company CJSC “First Peterhof restoration studios”. To create the project, required archaeological excavations. Together with the archaeological center of the Pskov region the studies conducted by scientific staff of the St. Petersburg Institute of history of material culture Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Popov and Zoya Rumyantsev.
Already revealed early walls of the fortress, discovered, photographed, sketched and described the first finds, mostly fragments of bones of domestic animals, fragments of clay pots and ceramic ware. It would seem that negoitiating. But actually they represent some value. For example, the bones can to understand what domestic animals were held in their backyards, the residents of medieval Porkhov, and pottery shards to discover what they ate and drank by our ancestors. Mostly the finds date back to the XV-XVI centuries. More precisely, scientists say after a deeper research in specialized laboratories Pskov and St. Petersburg. Continue reading