Friday, 19 October 2012 07:54
BY TPN/ LUSA, IN ALGARVE
Archaeologist Cristóvão Fonseca explained that the fieldwork, which is due to last two weeks, will comprise an initial phase of visual prospection and data recording with photographs and drawings, and the excavation of artifacts that may be found on the surface.
It is believed one of the locations identified for prospection may have been the site of a shipwreck during Roman times, due to the discovery of a large concentration of ceramic vases called amphora, some still intact.
Despite this, the theory may only be confirmed with excavations, which depending on the results obtained during the next two weeks could take place next year.
If confirmed, the area may become part of a tourist diving route, attracting more visitors to Portimão, which will see two decommissioned ships sunk at the end of this month as an underwater museum.
“The antiquity of the artifacts and the possibility that they tell a story makes diving in that area more interesting,” said Mr. Fonseca.
The archaeologist, along with José Bettencourt, are coordinators of the archaeological campaign carried out by the Sea History Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences from Lisbon’s Nova University.
The work, which should extend for the next three to four years, is part of an investigation project entitled ‘Between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: getting closer to the underwater cultural heritage of the Arade River estuary.”
Aside from that area, the archaeologists will dive in other sections of the river where the remains of five iron cannons and ammunition were found as well as bronze weapon artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The study on the cannons and weapons, identified during the 1990s, point to a shipwreck in that area of a ship that may have sailed under the Spanish crown during the beginning of the 17th century.
Another area to be explored appears to have the partially buried remains of a large wooden ship from the same time period.
The team of archaeologists, supported by technicians from Portimão museum and volunteers from a diving centre, among others, aims to carry out two dives per day to a depth of between four and ten meters.
The last archaeological prospection work to take place in the Arade River occurred five years ago.
Courtesy The Portugal News
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Friday, 09 November 2012 06:53
The Gold Prospectors Association of America is pleased to announce its 2013 Gold & Treasure Expo schedule.
The GPAA will hold 13 shows, including some exciting new locations such as Quartzite, Ariz, which will feature a special three-day event.
Other new locales are Turlock, California; Pecatonica, Illinois; Jacksonville, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina and Millwood, West Virginia.
One noticeable change in 2013 will be the shift from Gold & Treasure Shows to Gold & Treasure Expos.
“Expo tells you straight up that we’ve got vendors ready to sell you products,” said Trade Show Manager Gary Sturgill. “That’s where you’re going to find the latest and greatest new equipment and the vendors are going to demonstrate how to use it.”
Sturgill said education will take on a pivotal role in 2013 with much more focus on teaching people how to prospect and pan for gold.
“We’re actually going to have a few different guest speakers who we haven’t had before,” he said.
Some of the returning speakers will include Gold Cube inventor Mike Pung talking about fine gold recovery, GPAA Executive Director of Operations Dominic Ricci talking about the Alaska Gold Expedition, GPAA Executive Director of Development Kevin Hoagland talking about metal detecting and Walt Wegner of Public Lands for the People talking about land rights.
Wegner, who is PLP vice-president, delivers informative talks on the importance of land rights, your right to prospect, stake claims and mine on public lands. He talks about how some of those rights have been eroded under all levels of government including the federal government and even the United Nations under Agenda 21, for example.
“Walt gets a lot of people and they are well-informed when they leave,” Sturgill said.
The Expo will cover more than just gold, including gem and treasure hunting.
Monday, 15 October 2012 08:19
Eric Blinman, director of the Office of Archaeological Studies, looks through boxes of artifacts Friday. The center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. - Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
Tom Sharpe | The New Mexican
State archaeologists and some of the artifacts — from chipped stone and pottery to blankets and human remains — they have collected over almost a century soon will be reunited in a new building west of Santa Fe.
The Center for New Mexico Archaeology, west of N.M. 599 on Caja del Rio Road, plans to hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The 34,000-square-foot, single-story, modern-looking, energy- and water-efficient building will house the 33 New Mexico Archaeological Studies employees as well as 10 million artifacts held by the state Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
Don’t expect to find regular exhibits at the new center. That sort of activity is prohibited in the deal through which the state obtained the land from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
But Eric Blinman, director of the Office of Archaeological Studies, doesn’t want the center to be seen as elitist.
“It is a public facility,” he said. “People can come in. It’s obviously more convenient if they have an appointment. We can hold educational programs. We can have tours. We can hold workshops, training sessions. We just can’t have exhibitions for which we sell tickets. … If we wanted a museum in the technical sense, the land would cost us half the appraised value. As it is, with our current use, the land has cost us $520.”
Sunday, 21 October 2012 11:19
These late Roman gold coins were been found by a metal detectorist on private land north of St Albans in Hertfordshire. The find is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards ever discovered in the UK
By LEON WATSON
A novice treasure hunter who bought a basic metal detector returned to the shop in shock weeks later, clutching part of the country's finest ever hoard of Late Roman gold coins.
The man stunned staff by showing them 40 gold Solidi, before asking them: 'What do I do with this?'
They contacted local experts and together got the permits they needed, headed back to the scene and pulled up another 119 gleaming pieces.
The hoard could be worth more £100,000.
David Sewell, the lucky shopkeeper who joined the second search party, said: 'It’s a staggering thing.
'We sold this guy an entry-level machine and he went off and pulled off one of the largest ever hoards of Late Roman gold coins. We believe it’s the second largest.
'He came up with approximately 40 coins to start with. He came to see us and we looked at it and thought: ‘Is this a stunt?’
'I’ve heard in the past that the general reaction with things like this is that people are terrified. They don’t know what they (the artifacts) mean.'
They advised the man to get in touch with the local finds liaison officer and armed with a JCB they went to the woodlands spot near St Albans, Hertfordshire, and continued the work.
Mr Sewell, who founded metal detecting shop Hidden History with Mark Becher in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, last year, said: 'We went with them and took with us a couple of slightly more potent machines and we pulled 119 more coins out of the ground.
Thursday, 04 October 2012 08:11
GUATEMALA CITY - The director of the archaeological site, the American David Frieldel, explained at a press conference that the queen has been identified as "Kalomte Kabel".
Friedel said that "this is the most important finding" that has made over the 43 years he has worked as an archaeologist in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere.
The remains were in "a very sacred to the ancient Mayan temple in the city's most important" archaeological site said.
According to Friedel, "Kalomte Kabel" was the wife of the King of Wak, identified as "Kinich Bahlam II".
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 08:23
TARPON SPRINGS, FL - OCT 15, 2012, Aqua Quest International, an ocean exploration and archaeological recovery company, today announced that Dr. Eugene Lyon has joined the Company on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Eugene Lyon is best known for his research in the Archives of the Indies which enabled Mel Fisher to find the famous sunken treasure ships Nuestra Senora de la Atocha and Santa Margarita.
Dr. Lyon has received the grade of Official of the Order of Isabella from King Juan Carlos of Spain ad the grade of Commendador in the order of Christopher Columbus from the President of the Dominican Republic. The City of St. Augustine has given him its highest honor, the Order of La Florida, and the Florida Historical Society has bestowed upon him the Jillian Prescott Award for lifetime service to Florida History. Dr. Lyon publications include "The Enterprise of Florida" and "The Search for the Atocha." He has written five National Geographic articles, including two cover articles. Dr. Lyon directed the St. Augustine Foundation for 14 years.
"We are honored to have Dr. Lyon guiding us with his experience and the benefit of his unparalleled research," said Aqua Quest President Captain Robert Mayne. "Dr. Lyon is another world leader in archaeological exploration and salvage and he will be invaluable to us."
Eugene Lyon, Ph.D.
Dr. Gene Lyon is a noted and well respected shipwreck historian and archivist. Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D from the University of Florida and later published his doctoral dissertation on Pedro Menendez de Aviles with the University of Florida Press, entitled, The Enterprise of Florida: Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Spanish Conquest of 1565-1568.
About Aqua Quest International, Inc.
Aqua Quest International is an ocean exploration and archaeological recovery company headquartered in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Aqua Quest's focus is on archaeological recovery, combining the scientific method of traditional archeology with the bottom line business of shipwreck salvage. Aqua Quest's offices are located at 719 Pent Street, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689
Courtesy Aqua Quest International (Press Release)
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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:51
Laurie Drazek of Paxton with Native American artifacts collected by her father, the late Robert S. Drazek, a longtime North Brookfield resident. (T&G Staff Photos/RICK CINCLAIR)
By Bradford L. Miner TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
NORTH BROOKFIELD, CONNECTICUT — The hundreds of Native American artifacts on display, the result of decades of searching by amateur archaeologists, were not the only items researchers came to see.
A treasure trove of information welcomed Kevin McBride, director, and Ashley Bissonnette, research consultant for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut, as well as a group of other historians.
The two researchers received a $72,000 grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program in July to document the Pequot War, 1636 to 1638, and King Philip’s War in Massachusetts, 1675 to 1676.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:55
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - Spain's Queen Sofia will begin a visit to Bolivia on Monday in search of an agreement with President Evo Morales on the fate of coins found in a sunken Spanish ship, which were minted with metals mined at Potosi Cerro Rico.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Sofia will meet with Morales on Tuesday to facilitate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries over the destiny of the coins found in the frigate Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes.
The agreement, however, will be signed by the secretary of Spain's International Cooperation agency, Jesús Gracia, and Bolivia's Minister of Culture, Pablo Groux.
The fortune that Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes was carrying - about 600 thousand pieces of gold and silver - was rescued in 2007 by the U.S. company Odyssey, from the Atlantic Ocean and brought to this country without revealing exactly where they were found.
Spain, aware of the situation, argued that this was the ship sunk on October 4, 1804 by the English fleet, during a naval battle in front of the Portuguese coast, and initiated a legal proceedings to recover the treasure.
The Odyssey tried to keep possession of the loot, valued at about $500 million, but a judge ruled that it should be handed over to Spain, an action completed in late February this year.
Through its Minister of Culture Bolivia announced that it would claim its rightful treasure, because many of the recovered coins were minted at the Mint House of Potosi.
Morales's meeting with Queen Sofia, and the agreement to be signed by and Gracia and Group will clarify any remaining doubts about the future of the treasure, to which other countries of the region also aspire.
Courtesy Prensa Latina
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Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:23
A poor family in Chajul, Guatemala made an unprecedented discovery as they were trying to renovate the kitchen of their 18th century home. An ancient Mayan mural had been hiding underneath the layers of paint for centuries, but luckily, it was discovered before it became completely ruined.
Lucas Asicona Ramirez announced officials about his findings and a special commission was appointed to study the Mesoamerican paintings. Boston University archeologist William Saturno estimated that the illustrations on the wall must have been created at least 300 years ago and these most likely represent a “conquest dance”. He interpreted the mural as a “conquest dance” because the images represent a procession of colorful figures which appear to wear both Mayan and Spanish costumes. After carefully studying the illustrations, archaeologist Jaroslaw Zralka told the magazine that some figures appear to be holding human hearts in their hands. Moreover, the elements contained in the mural could depict a Spanish invasion and Maya conversion to Christianity.
Archeologists will dedicate as much time as possible to the interpretation of the murals because the paintings could be forever compromised after the exposure. However, it is surprising that the Mayan illustrations survived in the first place because the house was built somewhere between the 17th and the 18th century.
It is important for scientists to preserve any information they can obtain about the Mayans because the ancient civilization was linked to advancements in art, architecture, astronomy and mathematics. Ramirez’ house most likely belonged to an important person of the Mayan civilization, judging by the murals that have been used to adorn the walls. Archeologists don’t exclude the possibility that the Guatemala building might have had an important function in the Mayan society.
Courtesy Daily Gossip
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Monday, 15 October 2012 08:32
Ron Sanders, from Llanmorlais, who found American dog tags while using his metal detector in Scurlage
UK - When Ron Sanders heard a beep in his ear while carrying out his hobby in a field near Scurlage he had no idea he was about to find a link with two families more than 3,000 miles away.
The 62-year-old uncovered two dog tags which turned out to belong to a couple of American soldier who were stationed in the area during the Second World War.
Their unit was based in Gower in 1941 ahead of its role in the D-Day landings which were to liberate Europe and pave the way to ending the war.
Swansea Metal Detecting Club member Mr Sanders, who had permission from the landowner, said: "I knew this particular field was a World War Two American Army Camp in the weeks leading up to D-Day.
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