Monday 28 September 2009

Statues found in Blue Grotto

An interesting piece of news from Capri. Here is part of the report by Rosella Lorenzi of Discovery News:
'A number of ancient Roman statues might lie beneath the turquoise waters of the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri in southern Italy, according to an underwater survey of the sea cave. Dating to the 1st century A.D., the cave was used as a swimming pool by the Emperor Tiberius (42 B.C. - 37 A.D.), and the statues are probably depictions of sea gods.
"A preliminary underwater investigation has revealed several statue bases which might possibly hint to sculptures lying nearby," Rosalba Giugni, president of the environmentalist association, Marevivo, told Discovery News.
Carried out in collaboration with the archaeological superintendency of Pompeii, the Marevivo project aims at returning the Blue Grotto to its ancient glory by placing identical copies of Tiberius' statues where they originally stood.'
Thanks to the Eternally Cool people for putting this link on their Facebook site.

1 comment:

Eugene Dwyer said...

Here's a link to a recent news article with a picture of a triton (supposedly from the grotto):

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