Greeks hope to save ancient road on subway site

2013-10-08 11:04
Archaeologists begin dismantling the remains of an 18th century ship at the World Trade Centre construction site in New York. (Mark Lennihan, AP, file)

Archaeologists begin dismantling the remains of an 18th century ship at the World Trade Centre construction site in New York. (Mark Lennihan, AP, file)

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Thessaloniki - Some 200 people, including many state-employed archaeologists, have protested Greek government plans to dig up a large section of an ancient Roman road and move it elsewhere to make way for a new subway station.

Holding a banner reading "Culture is not business", the demonstrators outside the construction site at the centre of the northern city of Thessaloniki called for the stone road to be incorporated in the subway station.

Monday's peaceful protest came a day before Greece's Supreme Court is expected to discuss an appeal from Thessaloniki's city council against that building plan by the Culture Ministry.

The 76m long and 7.5m wide stretch of road - a juncture of the city's main road with a smaller street - mostly dates to the fourth century.
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