21 FEVRIER 2012 NEWS : Louxor - Dhaka - Koombana Bay - Konark - Hyderabad -
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EGYPTE – Louxor - Roughly, the two Colossi of Memnon that stand at the entrance to the ruined mortuary temple of Amenhotep III (on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor) now have a brother. The new statue was found100 metres behind the two famous statues and originally formed part of the monumental decoration of the ruined temple. It collapsed with its partner (the colossi of the building were built in pairs) during an earthquake at around 1200BC. The enormous statue, the northern one of the second pair, is a little smaller than its famous neighbours at 18m tall. Like the so-called statues of Memnon, it represents Amenhotep III. Following its fall it remained broken on the ground and eventually became covered with water and mud as the water table rose. It was found in 2002 and removed to solid ground where restoration work was carried out and the pedestal was reinforced with concrete. Last Monday the delicate task of raising the colossus into an upright position was completed. At the moment the team are still adding fragments to the statue, including the king's right foot and some blocks of the pedestal. The official opening ceremony will take place on March 1st.
BANGLADESH – Dhaka - The High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned why their failure to preserve two archeological structures in Old Dhaka -- 'Shankhanidhi House' and 'Radha-Krishna Temple' -- should not be declared illegal. In response to a writ petition, the bench of Justice HM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Jahangir Hossain also asked why the failure of taking legal actions against the demolisher should not be declared illegal either. The 'Shankhanidhi Lodge' located at 38, Tipu Sultan Road -- a place of local feudal lord or Jamindar Lal Mohan Saha and his brother Bhajahari Saha of Wari -- had been constructed in 1920. The archaeology department in 1989 declared four of the buildings the two brothers made on Tipu Sultan Road 'preserved sites'. However, all of those have been demolished due to inaction of the authorities concerned, a USG press release said. The 'Radha-Krishna Temple' within the boundary of the lodge was important for its crafts and beautiful design.
AUSTRALIE – Koombana Bay - Students from Flinders Maritime Archaeology have found a new discovery in the form of three shipwrecks near a site Bunbury. The shipwrecks were located five metres beneath the carpark on Koombana Bay. The shipwrecks were located through the use of historical maps, radar coming from the ground, and magnetometer surveys. Some materials that were found in shipwreck included timber and metal remnants, wooden shis, and a possible American whaling ship. Koombana Bay was the scene of numerous 19th century shipwrecks, although its shoreline has since been significantly altered by port and harbour development. After the site was thoroughly excavated and recorded, the ships were backfilled with sand and left for future researchers to revisit.
INDE – Konark - Worried over the safety of the Sun Temple at Konark, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is planning to start 3D laser scanning and endoscopic photography of the world famous tourist destination to plan future conservation measures, official sources said. "We have an ambitious plan for Konark," director general of ASI Gautam Sengupta told media persons after a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik here. Though Sengupta chose not to divulge details, official sources said Central Building Research Institute at Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, will conduct the 3D laser scanning of the temple, a Unesco-declared world heritage site since 1984. Besides, Sengupta told Naveen endoscopic photography shall also be done to ascertain the condition of the monument's interiors, sources added.
INDE – Hyderabad - With manual and mechanised digging in the last three days failing to locate the tunnel suspected to contain hidden treasure, the state archaeology department has decided to use state-of-the-art scientific equipment to take the excavation to its logical conclusion. It will press into service ground scanners, earth imagers, long-range gold detectors, and gradiometers, as the situation demands, for electromagnetic and acoustical feedback. For this, it has sought the help of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) and the Geological Survey of India. If the need arises, the archaeology department will also approach the National Remote Sensing Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation for help. “We are not going to leave the excavation midway. We will utilise modern technology to verify the presence of treasure. Saifabad and its surroundings are likely to have treasures. We have earlier found tunnels with empty iron chests and almirahs, which indicate the presence of treasure. The modern equipment will help us to find the tunnel and if it is there, whether the tunnel is standalone or connected to similar structures excavated in the vicinity,” said Dr P. Channa Reddy, director of archaeology and museums.