Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Bulgaria subway expansion digs up Roman city

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 11:29 PM PDT

Cars zoom by on the boulevards overhead as work progresses on expanding the subway underneath -- and in between a full-fledged Roman city has emerged right in the heart of the Bulgarian capital.

Archaeologists have little by little unearthed well-preserved stretches of cobbled Roman streets, a public bath, the ruins of a dignitary's house and the curved wall of an early Christian basilica, all dating back to the 4th century AD.

If all goes well, the ruins will be fashioned into a vast underground museum due to open to the public in late 2012.

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Ancient secrets of Cornwall cliff revealed

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 11:28 PM PDT

Archaeologists have been unearthing the secrets of a Cornish cliff face which is in danger of being destroyed.

Gunwalloe on the Lizard is thought to have been the site of an early medieval settlement and home for Saint Winwaloe from Brittany.

But the site is eroded by winter storms every year.

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Bulgarian Archaeologist Discovers Unknown Christian Archbishopric at Perperikon

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 11:27 PM PDT

Leading Bulgarian archaeologist Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered two archbishop's seals proving the existence of a previously unknown Christian archbishopric in the Middle Ages.

Ovcharov has been excavating the Ancient Thracian rock city of Perperikon in the Rhodope Mountains for the past few years, and his finds have increasingly proven that Perperikon (also known as Hyperperakion) used to be a crucial urban center during the Middle Ages as well in the Byzantine Empire and the First and Second Bulgarian Empire, and not just in the Antiquity period.

The archaeologist presented Monday his latest find at Perperikon - two lead seals that belonged to Constantine, Archbishop of Archidos.

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Iron Age road link to Iceni tribe

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 11:25 PM PDT

A suspected Iron Age road, made of timber and preserved in peat for 2,000 years, has been uncovered by archaeologists in East Anglia.

The site, excavated in June, may have been part of a route across the River Waveney and surrounding wetland at Geldeston in Norfolk, say experts.

Causeways were first found in the area in 2006, during flood defence work at the nearby Suffolk village of Beccles.

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