6th/5th Century Burials from Kozani

… and this item from Athens News causes a tip o’ the pileus to Diana Wright (dw on the same scrap of paper as the next item) … this adds a few details to previous coverage of the find (cf: Greek Farmers and Their Livestock):

Eleven tombs of people buried with domesticated animals dating back to the late 6th century and early 5th century BC have been discovered during archaeological excavations in Mavropigi, Kozani prefecture, in the Public Power Corporation (DEI) lignite mine.

The finds, unearthed over a period of one month, are considered to be of major importance as it is the first time that humans buried together with animals have been discovered in Greece on such a scale.

“The tombs of 11 humans and bones of 16 animals, namely horses, dogs, cows, a buffalo and a pig were found, while there are also partial remains of deer, ship and goats,” the director of the 30th ephorate of prehistoric and classical antiquities, Georgia Karamitrou, told the Athens-Macedonian Press Agency.

Karamitrou, who presented the finds on Thursday in Mavropigi, said that the uniqueness of the cemetery unearthed is the entombment of a large number of animals with the dead.

She said that similar isolated finds have been unearthed in several areas of the country, the most characteristic being the entombment of small children with dogs, dolphins and turtles on the Dodecanese islands and Samothraki.

Archaeological studies have been ongoing for years in the Mavropigi area, financed by DEI in the context of its “Actions for Society” programme that includes the conservation of cultural wealth in the areas it is active in.

… that seems sufficient, I suspect, to remove my initial speculation about anthrax vel simm …

Marble Statue from Epidaurus

From Athens News (I think I need to tip the ol’ pileus to Francesca Tronchin on this one …  I have an ‘FT’ on the scrap of paper I wrote it down on):

A marble statue of the mythical god Hermes, a copy of a 4th century BC statue, has been discovered during restoration works of the surrounds of ancient Epidaurus.

The life-size statue depicts the torso of a standing nude man with a cloak on his left shoulder and draped over his arm.

According to archaeologists the marble statue, which is in excellent condition, is believed to have been sculpted in the Roman era, possibly in the 2nd century AD, during Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Epidaurus.

Archaeologists are not yet definite whether the head of the statue depicts Hermes or is the reproduction of a noted official of the era.

The place where the statue was found is within the area of the ancient theatre is also believed to have also contained the ancient city’s agora (forum).

The artifact was moved to the Epidaurus Museum for restoration.

The restoration works in the area are being conducted by the Culture Ministry’s Epidaurus Monuments Restoration Committee.

The original article has a cut off photo of the find … not much there to help in regards to identification.

Roman Remains from Dianium

Brief item from the Costa News:

EXCAVATIONS on Dénia’s central Avenida Miguel Hernández have unearthed remains of huge harbour buildings and warehouses thought to date back to the first century AD.

Archaeologists are studying an area of around 3,200 square metres along the length of the street in the hope of uncovering more hidden treasures giving further clues about Dénia’s Roman past.

Their work has also revealed 10 tombs which they estimate were last used in the second or third century AD and which form part of the necropolis of the old city of Dianium, as Dénia was known around 2,000 years ago.

Other findings include a marble gravestone with an epitaph engraved on it, and the foundations of four Roman houses containing valuable artefacts such as coins and shards of pottery.

Huge Mosaic Found in Turkey

No … not a Canadian Thanksgiving story … here are the deets from Hurriyet:

Drilling work at a construction site in Hatay has unearthed ancient works including an 850-square-meter mosaic. Said to be Turkey’s largest, the mosaic will be exhibited in a new hotel at the site along with other discoveries.

Archaeological treasures, including a large mosaic, have been found during drilling at a construction site for a new hotel in the southern province of Hatay. The mosaic found during the drilling is 850 square meters and estimated to be the largest mosaic discovered in Turkey. As a result of the discovered artifacts the construction project will now only employ man power and the hotel will display the precious works when it opens.

Antakya Municipal Mayor Lütfü Savaş, deputy manager Faik Selçuk Kızılkaya and Hatay Museum manager Nalan Yastı evaluated the latest discoveries at the hotel construction site on the Hatay-Reyhanlı road. The construction project belongs to businessman Necmi Asfuroğlu.

Thanks to the artifacts discovered the city will have another museum, Mayor Savaş said, adding that the construction works are still continuing. The hotel will also contribute to employment in the city in Hatay. The hotel will consist of two parts. There will be a museum in the basement. This will contribute to the cultural heritage of the city, according to Savaş.

“The excavations and discovery of ancient artifacts under the soil are very important, exhibiting them in the museum is vital for the city’s cultural background,” he said, adding that Hatay will gain a new museum thanks to the drilling process. There are further attempts to building another hotel in Hatay, he said, adding that he is positive about those initiatives.

After the discovery amid the drilling, the Hatay Museum started a six-month rescue excavation project in July 2010, Hatay Museum manager Nalan Yastı said. The necessary documents about the excavation were sent to the Adana Culture and Environment Protection Association, she said, adding that the association agreed to exhibit the valuable artifacts in the hotel, which is currently under construction.

Construction continues

An ancient glass artisan workshop, walls from the Hellenistic era and the largest mosaic have been found.

The construction of the hotel is still continuing under the protection and controls of museum officials, said Yastı. The officials constantly control the drilling process and preserve the new artifacts unearthed, she added. The 850-square-meter mosaic is not damaged and in very good condition, she said, adding that it is the first time a mosaic like this has been unearthed in Turkey.

There was also a 3,000-square-meter marble floor discovered during the drilling process, she said, adding that the construction process never damaged the artifacts.

Businessman Necmi Asfuroğlu who owns the construction project said they did not want to damage the artifacts discovered during construction. There will be a 17,000-square-meter museum to exhibit those artifacts, he added. The hotel, on the other hand, will have 200 rooms.

“We avoid using any kind of construction machines in order not to damage ancient artifacts on the site,” he said, adding that they are working with man power.

“Our aim is to finish both museum and hotel in 2013 April,” he said. Currently, there are 90 people working on the hotel’s construction. The hotel and the museum were estimated to cost $60 million.

… haven’t been able to track down a photo of the mosaic. The original article has a sort of ‘construction site’ photo which is less than useful.