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    INTRODUCTION A massive Roman gate -- one of only two like it in the world - is being lifted stone by stone from the waters of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.

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    INTRODUCTION A massive Roman gate -- one of only two like it in the world - is being lifted stone by stone from the waters of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.

    SYNOPSIS: The international campaign organised by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational Organisation) and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, is now well advanced towards its goal of saving the monuments of Philae submerged by the Aswan High Dam in 1970. Eight British Royal Navy divers and 11 from the Egyptian Navy are collaborating in an ambitious project to save the Gate of Diocletian, which was completely submerged. They are removing it stone for re-erection on dry land, a task which involves measuring, marking and lifting 450 stones each weighing between half a ton and a ton.

    Unlike the other monuments at Philae, the Temple of Isis and the Kiosk of Trajan, which were moved before the dam was flooded, the Gate of Diocletian had to be left where it was for lack of funds. The top of the gate is about 10 feet (3 metres) from below the surface. Operating from a pontoon the divers have had to clear away tons of mud by suction.

    They've also had to chip off concrete place on the gate 50 years ago by well-meaning but misguided conservationists. Each stone then has to be measured and marked. They're lifted to the surface by flotation bags which are then towed to a floating crane. By the end of April all the stones will have been lifted and can then be reassembled by archaeologists nearby. The gate was originally built to commemorate the Roman emperor Diocletian, a brilliant administrator and politician between the years 284 and 305 AD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA48GGXNLHYZ2TLGMD93V3LOFMY
    Media URN:
    VLVA48GGXNLHYZ2TLGMD93V3LOFMY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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