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March 22, 2010

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Michael,
Great posting and I love the last shots of the cannibalized columns. Quite attractive, actually. As you know, cannibalism of stone is a common practice. The one I am most aware of is the use of the Colosseum as building stone quarry in the 1500s and 1600s. It would be interesting to trace the history of this and see how it relates to other threads of history.
Cheers,
David

What an awesome, awe-inspiring design - and to think it's 1800 years old! what is that saying about "castles made of sand..."?

The history is mind boggling, too.

Hera

Great designs come from great and highly skilled architect. These structures are already tested by time and yet they still stood still. To thing that these were not made of sophisticated and advance materials that are now available. These structures should be protected and maintained in order for it to last longer.

Excellent
Please could you tell us how the roman underground rooms are made in tunisia
Thanks

Fethi - thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, being a geologist, I know more about the materials than the methods - architecture and building are not my specialty. I did, however, come across this comment on the famous underground buildings elsewhere in Tunisia, at Bulla Regia:

"Particularly interesting is the Bulla Regia unique site where Romans built underground rooms to protect them from the summer heat and cold of the winter. They employed hollow tubes In order to create light-weight overhead vaults (the same technique can be seen in Rome, where amphorae were often embedded into upper walls to make the load much lighter)."

A little research along these lines might provide more information on the answer to your question.

Michael

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