Further studies will allow to reconstruct this area in a period when there lived ancient people, and also to carry out the analogy and connection with archaeological sites of the early Neolithic period.
YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, 3 Dec — RIA Novosti. A group of archaeologists on Wednesday went on the Kuril island of Iturup to explore the ancient settlements of the early Neolithic, reported RIA Novosti employee of the Sakhalin regional Museum.
“The archaeological monuments of the early Neolithic, including a lot of Ankita-1 and Ankita-2, which will explore the expedition, situated at the foot of the volcano Bohdan Khmelnytsky. It is the most ancient Neolithic monuments known at present on the Kuril Islands. Their age by the method of radiocarbon Dating is defined in 7.5 to 8 thousand years,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
According to her, the results of previous studies of these sites in the summer of 2007 caused a great interest in scientific circles. In this regard, it was decided to continue the study sites by the method of stationary archaeological excavations, the purpose of which is an in-depth study of the processes of settlement of the Kuril Islands in the early Neolithic age, Primorsko adaptation of the ancient population, cultural ties with the peoples of neighboring territories and other topical problems of archaeology of the Kuril.
During this expedition,which will last three weeks, scientists will continue to research dwellings and cultural layers of ancient settlements of Ankita-1 and Ankita-2. Continue reading
On the territory of the demolished hotel “Russia” found another old street, presumably of the XII century, according to the Institute of archaeology RAS.
During excavations in Zaryadye. where a unique landscape Park, scientists have discovered the oldest street of Moscow Posad – outside Great. It originated at a very early stage of development of the city – perhaps as early as the XII century.
According to Leonid Belyaev, head of the excavations, street led from the Kremlin to the Marina and is one of the oldest construction phase of the city in XII-XIII centuries.
During excavations, archaeologists found many ceramic items of the XV-XVII centuries and architectural details, carved stone 1490-1500, the fragment of a pilaster from the temple or Palace with rare ornamentation in the form of closely woven in a continuous carpet trehpryadnye bands.
We will remind, this summer, archaeologists found a wooden bridge of the seventeenth century, which according to historical plans lay on the Curve lane. This famous shopping street found in the Eastern part of the future Zaryadye Park.
Here were found the copper coins, crockery, small items of sculpture and even Shoe tips that could be lost by the inhabitants of ancient Zaryadye. Continue reading
The ancient Chinese were placed in burials of the bronze utensils to indicate the status of the relatives of the deceased
Archaeologists have proposed an alternative explanation for why ancient Chinese were placed in the graves of bronze and clay utensils. This was done not only to emphasize the status of the deceased, but also to increase the prestige of his heirs in the eyes of other members of the community.
Scientists engaged in the study of ancient Chinese ritual utensils of the bronze age (2100-221 BC), traditionally seen it as a way to establish social status of the deceased. The objects were placed in tombs, can be divided into two groups. First, it is carefully made of clay or bronze ritual vessels “lice”, which could be used with a practical purpose. The largest number was found “lice” refers to the period 1400-150 BC
The second group of ritual objects are things that due to brittle material or of irregular shape could not be used in life and were made specifically for placement in the grave. To such subjects – “mince” – include, for example, small terracotta figures.
In the burials Dating from the fourth century BC “mince” are often copies of “lice” and are richly decorated pottery vessels, reminiscent of the bronze samples.
Specialisto Chinese bronze and ceramics Joey Beckman from Beloit College (USA, Wisconsin) studied burials in the South of Hubei province, Dating back to IV–III centuries BC and belonged to the Chu Kingdom. The purpose of Professor Beckman was the study of objects placed in graves, and the explanation of the role played by two “sets” of these subjects: “mince and lice”. With the results of her work can be found in the journal Antiquity . Continue reading