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.
GV Osiris Gateway on Biga Island. (2 shots)
GV Divers on working rig.
GVs Gateway blocks of stones being lifted out of water.
GV Frogmen climbing into rubber dinghy.
CU English diver talking to captain of team.
GV PAN Part of monument being lifted into boat.
SV PAN FROM Workers TO blocks of stones being measured and numbered.
GV Stones being pulled out of water. (2 shots)
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Background: 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.