Thursday, July 07, 2005

Not much going on today. EEF news will be out later on and we'll post that then.


ARCHAEOLOGISTS are hoping to unearth some more historic revelations as the annual excavations at Rushen Abbey get underway again.
Experts from the University of Liverpool and the Centre for Manx Studies will be on site at the Medieval abbey until August 12.

Last year, the excavations started to uncover a ground layer left behind when the abbey was demolished after 1540 AD.

Tantalising glimpses of Medieval society were uncovered in the form of fragments of pottery and even a silver quarter penny from the mid-1200s – minted in Canterbury.

This year, the archaeologists hope to be exploring more fully the remains of the Medieval era and to try and solve the puzzle of a mysterious wall.

That's the whole thing.

Digging in the rain

The weather in Somerset closed in with a vengeance today as the site was battered by high winds and lashed with sheets of rain. Throughout rehearsals for tonight's programme the stormy weather added its own effects while in the trenches the diggers doggedly forged ahead with shifting the tonnes of soil that cover the Roman remains.

In Phil Harding's trench, which covers the west wing of the villa, they have found a second room leading off the main mosaic room, its deep red-painted wall plaster well preserved under the post-Roman layers. But the work here in Dinnington is just part of the Big Roman Dig: activities are taking place across the country in association with Time Team.

Persian Cuneiform Predating Darius

All historians and experts in Iran, believe that the Persian Cuneiform was invented during Darius reign.

It is widely believed that the invention of this script was due to the order of Darius the great, the third king in line from the beginning of the Dynasty. Most of Achaemenid historical texts support the same hypothesis as well but just recently, Dr. Badr-ol-zaman Gharib, delivering her speech, titled Emergence and Changes in Ancient Persian Script in a forum on Achaemanid tablets, claimed that the Persian cuneiform predates Darius.