04 NOVEMBRE 2014 NEWS: Rome - Situlpawwa - Clifford's Tower - Karumadi - Springbank -
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ITALIE – Rome - A plan to transport visitors to Rome's Colosseum to the spot where gladiators fought and died by rebuilding the ancient arena's floor sparked debate in Italy.The Roman amphitheatre, which was completed in 80 AD, once had a wooden floor covered with sand which masked a series of tunnels once used to bring fighters into the arena - but it was removed by excavators in the late 19th century.The idea is that the area would be used to house cultural events, concerts - and perhaps even reenactments of spectacular shows from the Roman era. The area below the arena, where once a complex series of elevators and pulleys raised and lowered scenery and props, as well as lifting caged animals like elephants to the surface, could be turned into a museum. The Colosseum is the biggest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. It is 48.5 metres (159 foot) high.
SRI LANKA – Situlpawwa - The Department of Archaeology stated that they have found ruins of an ancient monastery during the excavations conducted at Situlpawwa Temple. They added that the ruins, 13.5 meters long and 11 meters wide, might belong to the 1st or 2nd century. The OIC of the project - Archaeology Research Assistant Buddhi Nagodawithana stated that the discovered ruins might belong to Situlpawwa monastery complex.
ROYAUME UNI – Clifford's Tower - Archaeologists are launching a two-week investigation into Clifford's Tower's foundations, and the mound on which it stands. Fourteen shallow pits will be dug in and around the tower to get a better understanding of the depth and make-up of its foundations and the material that makes up the mound's upper layers.
INDE – Karumadi - The 12th century remains of the Buddhist monument at Karumadi is being renovated. The Department of Archaeology has begun renovating the statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi near Ambalappuzha in Alappuzha. The statue well known as Karumadikuttan forms one of the main archeological remains the religion in the state. The damaged statue is an icon that highlights the presence of the ancient religion of Asia here. The historians believe that the statue mat have been destroyed in an elephant attack.Premkumar said that the statue is mat have belonged to the period to the 9th and 10th century, when Buddhism was at its peak. ‘Karumadikuttan’ is a large black granite statue of Lord Buddha and is located about 5 km away from the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swami temple. The left hand of statue has broken off. It is almost three feet in height, and is seated in the Yogasana posture. The statue was recovered by Robert Bristow in 1930s from Karumadi brook. Recently, Rajeshkaran Pillai, found a portion of the hand of the statue.
AUSTRALIE – Springbank Island - It's a modest island emerging from Lake Burley Griffin's West Basin but Springbank Island, beneath the surface, could be much more culturally significant than meets the eye. Now the ANU is driving a community archaeology project to unearth clues to the area's historical significance among early indigenous and European settlers. Undergraduate archaeology students will team up with the community in an excavation of the island to find remnants of one of the region's earliest homesteads and other clues of early settlement. Dr Duncan Wright said early works would begin in the next few weeks. "This particular area was one of the first areas where European settlers were living – in a sense the first breath of Canberra was on this location," he said. "This has sort of gone under the radar. We know there are a number of homesteads outside of the area but I get the sensation that because there's no obvious foundations, it's not seen as a significant place." What might remain of the early homestead dates back to 1831. But Springbank Island was also the centrepiece of an even earlier and significant indigenous meeting point. "This would have been on the top of a hill above the Molonglo River and close to a major meeting ground of different communities and an Aboriginal ceremonial area," Dr Wright said.