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VIETNAM - Dr. Nguyen Dang Vu, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Ngai province, says that the Department signed a contract with Doan Anh Duong Co., Ltd. on the excavation of antiques in the shipwreck in the waters of Binh Chau commune, Binh Son district on January 29.
The excavation began on January 30 and will last for 60 days. Doan Anh Duong Co., Ltd. is responsible for excavating the shipwreck on an area of 600 m2, at the cost of more than VND40 billion ($2 million).
There are about 40,000 artifacts in the shipwreck. It is estimated that over VND54 billion ($2.5 million) can be collected from auctions. The State will hold the shipwreck and exclusive artifacts. The remaining objects will be divided in three parts, with two parts for the excavator and one part for the State.
"This division has been approved by the People's Committee and it is strictly in accordance with law," Dr. Vu said.
According to experts, the shipwreck dated back to the late Yuan Dynasty in China in the 14th century. The antiques are mainly household ceramic wares such as bowls, pots, cups, plates, incense ... The unique feature of these artifacts are being decorated by the patterns of chrysanthemum, orchid, lotus and wrestlers.
The artifacts in the shipwreck in Binh Chau are the oldest compared to the underwater antiquities found in Vietnam so far.
Courtesy VietNamNet Bridge
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By John A. Young
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Workers examine the partially uncovered remains of the vessel. (photo National Park Service)
Beachcombers have discovered a treasure from Georgia’s rich history off the coast on a remote barrier island.
The 80-foot-long partial and wooden skeleton of what could be a Confederate warship poked through the white sands at Cumberland Island.
Despite all the information archeologists have acquired, the wreck’s identity remains elusive.
National Park Service researchers have begun to search through historical records for answers.
Cumberland Island’s chief resource officer John Fry says the mystery might continue for some time.
"There’s been a lot of speculation on what this wreck may be or what function the vessels would have served. But the name, origin, and function of the ship may never be known," says Fry. "We started looking at this thing. It did become quite exciting because we’ve never seen anything of this size on Cumberland, as far as a wreck."
Tell-tale artifacts like coins and cargo are missing from the shipwreck, complicating the already difficult identification process.
For the time being, the National Park Service has covered the remains of the mysterious ship in sand once again, in an effort to discourage artifact thievery and prevent further damage from the elements.
Courtesy GPB News
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Miami, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/23/2013 -- Thanks to David Crespy’s intuition, a French Engineer visiting the Machu Picchu in Peru, Thierry Jamin, Archaeologist and Explorer, is about to make a major discovery at the most visited archaeological site in South America.
For more than fifteen years, Thierry Jamin, French Archaeologist and adventurer, explores the jungles of South Peru in every possible direction, searching for clues of the permanent presence of the Incas in the Amazonian forest, and the legendary lost city of Paititi. After the discovery of about thirty incredible archeological sites, located in the North of the department of Cuzco, between 2009 and 2011, which include several fortresses, burial and ceremonial, centers, and small Inca cities composed by hundreds of buildings, and many streets, passages, squares…, Thierry Jamin embarks on an incredible journey in Machu Picchu.
GREEK ISLAND OF ANTIKYTHERA - Marine archaeologist-technician Dr Brendan Foley from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution caused quite a stir while presenting the findings of the most recent underwater archaeological survey conducted at the Antikythera Shipwreck site in Greece, during the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle last week.
Dr Foley suggested that despite common and current belief, the famous Antikythera Shipwreck could actually comprise of two ships instead of one. Moreover, the sea floor could hold more artifacts like the unique Antikythera Mechanism that is on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and is shrouded with mystery about its workings and possible uses.
What may look like a pile of aged lumber in a snowy landscape are actually the remnants of an old boat uncovered along the banks of the Mississippi River in Perry County as the river drops to historic low levels. The vessel is just one of several up and down the shores of the drought-stricken water way that have come to the surface in recent months. In the background on the hill is Chester, Ill.
By Amanda Layton
PERRYVILLE, MO. - As the Mississippi River continues to drop to historically low levels, artifacts long submerged have been uncovered near the shores of the massive waterway.
A couple on an afternoon stroll late last month stumbled across such a find when they located the remnants of a ship that apparently sank long ago and came to rest on the Missouri side, within walking distance of the bridge that spans from the Boise Brule Bottoms of Perry County to Chester, Ill.
“On Sunday, Dec 23, we discovered the remains of an old shipwreck on the west bank of the Mississippi River, on the Missouri side, a little more than quarter mile south of the Chester bridge, between the bridge and the old Gibbar dry dock area,” said Donna Lintner, a Perry County resident who found the partially exposed ship.
By HUGO GYE
UK - Two thieves have become the first people in Britain to be handed ASBOs banning them from metal detecting.
Peter Cox and Darren West were given the unique punishment after they looted ancient coins from a Roman site belonging to English Heritage.
The pair were caught by police who raided their homes and found a haul of coins from the Iron Age, Roman and mediaeval periods worth hundreds of pounds.
Officers also discovered pottery, metal antiquities and maps of Chester Farm, the Roman settlement near Irchester in Northamptonshire which the thieves ransacked.
Cox, 69, and 51-year-old West were arrested in the summer when they were seen illegally digging trenches on the land.
When police searched their homes in towns near the historic site, they were able to match the tools they recovered to plaster casts of marks left in the soil.
Experts from the British Museum helped to analyze and date the recovered items, which have not been officially valued, and link them to the site.
Cox and West pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a scheduled monument on December 19.
They were each given 52-week suspended sentences and were ordered to pay £750 costs and £750 compensation.
The thieves were also issued with ASBOs preventing them from using metal detecting equipment.
The coins they discovered at the site are similar to the massive haul of 50,000 Iron Age items found in Jersey last year, the largest hoard of Celtic coins ever unearthed.
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TreasureWorks Launches Expedition 13 Bak’tun
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Tuesday, 18 December, 2012 - TreasureWorks, LLC., today launched its latest expedition into the Central American nation of Guatemala. International Adventurer and Treasure Hunter Tommy Vawter launched the expedition from Guatemala City where they have been on the ground for most of the last 2 years researching ancient Maya culture, and searching for and exploring ancient Maya Ruins throughout that country’s central highlands.
While always on the hunt for treasure, this expedition is more adventure this time around, and documenting the events leading up to what has been billed as the apocalypse, the demise of mankind, the return of ancient aliens, and according to the Maya the last day of the Mayan Calendar and the end of the 13th bak’tun. Regardless of what happens on the 21st of December, Tommy and his team will be at the center of this historic once in a lifetime event.
The most northern district of Guatemala is the Peten District and is bordered by Mexico’s Yucatán to the north, and the small Caribbean country of Belize to the east. This part of Guatemala is considered to be the center of Mayan culture and home to the Maya ruins known as Tikal. The expedition plans on being on the ground for the next week continuing its exploration of Mayan civilization, with the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the ancient Maya rituals associated with the end of one Bak’tun, and the beginning of the next.
The Hamilton and the Scourge — two wooden ships from the War of 1812 — are aging well at the bottom of Lake Ontario, according to surveyors who have been studying the wrecks.
The American schooners, which sank in 1813, lie 90 meters below the surface of the lake, about 10.5 kilometers off Port Dalhousie. The ships have been owned by the City of Hamilton since 1980, but a partnership with Parks Canada allows surveyors to map out every inch of the boats.
“One of the things you have to do in order to safely do archeological work is to see it on a map,” said Michael McAllister, Hamilton’s coordinator for the survey project.
Using the latest technology, the entire site was mapped out over the course of several years, allowing experts to better determine how risky it would be to take next steps, like recovering artifacts.
“We have no plans, but we need to know the risks to prudently move forward,” McAllister said.
The team also wanted to get detailed images of the wrecks because they're being colonized by a relative of the zebra mussel. A layer of mussels could eventually cover the ships.
Archaeologists have uncovered over 1,000 silver coins dating back to the 1600s in a field in southern Sweden, coins believed to have been buried by rich and worried farmers in during the Scanian War.
“This is quite extraordinary,” Bo Friman, archaeologist at the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet), told Sveriges Television (SVT).
“We were so focused that we forget to stop for food.”
With the help of metal detectors and spades, archaeologists in Helsingborg pulled up a total of 1,150 silver coins - what they consider to be a record haul for the area.
Friman and a colleague were carrying out archaeological research into the site of a former settlement, Todarp.
“There are 70 or so such treasures that were buried in Skåne during the Scanian War. Most are not as big as this one. The usual interpretation is that it was rich farmers who buried them during the war, then died, and couldn’t dig them up again,” said archaeologist Kennet Stark, who was also on the scene.
Musket bullets were also found in the vicinity.
“This shows that there have been soldiers fighting here. Several of the bullets are flattened and you can clearly see they have been fired and have made contact,” Stark told SVT.
The coins come from both Denmark and Sweden, and were most likely buried between 1676-1679 when the Skanian war was fought between the two countries.
Courtesy The Local
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State underwater archaeologist and conservator Wendy Welsh directs the offloading of a cannon retrieved from the Queen Anne’s Revenge in October 2011. Two new cannons were discovered at the site on Oct. 23 of this year. (Cheryl Burke photo)
BEAUFORT — State underwater archaeologists were pleasantly surprised recently to find two more cannons to add to the growing number found at the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site in Beaufort Inlet.
Divers were about to close down the site for the fall dive season on Oct. 23 when they found two carriage guns north of a larger pile of cannons in the mid-ship section, according to John Morris, deputy state archaeologist who oversees the QAR project.
“We didn’t expect to find these guns,” he said.
This brings the total number of cannons discovered at the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship to 27. One of those is a signal gun, which is on display at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, responsible for curatorship of QAR artifacts.
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