Friday, September 07, 2007

Constructions of Contemporary Antiquity

In the 1940s, archaeologists discovered the ancient city of Seuthopolis, the capital seat of the Odrysian Kingdom beginning in the 4th century BCE.

Unfortunately, the discovery came too late, because under construction nearby was a reservoir dam, which would soon flood the valley and drown “the best preserved Thracian city in modern Bulgaria.”

Now over half a century later, a project proposed by Bulgarian architect Zheko Tilev would uncover and preserve the ruins using “a circular dam wall, resembling a well on the bottom of which, as on a stage, is presented the historical epic of Seuthopolis.”
The German town of Dessau, home of the Bauhaus, may someday construct its own Great Pyramid. "The pharaohs may have set the standard," the Telegraph reports, "but German entrepreneurs are hoping to challenge Egypt's pre-eminence in monumental self-indulgence by building the world's largest pyramid."

The Telegraph somewhat cynically continues, explaining that this "improbable plan is based on the belief that people will pay to have their ashes encased in the concrete blocks used to construct the monument."

1 comment:

MT said...

The prospects of unseemliness would have been better were it true that Jews were among the slaves who built the pyramids, but as I've heard that's bunk, and as I don't think Speer's plans included a pyramid, I expect this to be no greater an atrocity than Las Vegas. Which may be the more direct inspiration for the project. But maybe they'll do it right. The Germans are archeologically top drawer, after all. Don't they have Babylon reconstructed in one of their museums?