Leptis Magna, Libya, has long been noted for its Roman monuments and remains.. the Emperor?
Leptis Magna, Libya, has long been noted for its Roman monuments and remains.. the Emperor Trajan's Arch, a theatre, and an old Christian basilica. They are considered to be the most notable in North Africa. But six months ago, archaeologists made a new discovery -- a Roman amphitheatre about one kilometre to the east of Leptis Magna's ancient port.
It was completely covered in sand, but now that the Libyan Government has given the necessary funds, it is being excavated. With the help of trucks running on a small railway, 200 cubic metres of sand are being removed daily. the arena has three levels of seats, and one side of the upper level has already been uncovered and found to be in excellent condition.
At present, efforts are being concentrated on locating the lower entrances to the arena to find out if there are passages linking up with other monuments nearby. Excavating will continue throughout the coming year until the amphitheatre is fully excavated, and then restoration work may begin.