Greeks hope to save ancient road on subway site
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - When a brand-new subway system hits an ancient road, surely something has to give. But in one northern Greek city, archaeologists are fighting to combine the two, against government plans to remove and display elsewhere a large section of an ancient Roman thoroughfare found on a planned subway station.
Some 200 people, including many state-employed archaeologists, on Monday formed a chain round the central Thessaloniki site, beating drums and holding a banner reading "Culture is not business".
The protest was organised by the Association of Greek Archaeologists, which wants the metro station re-designed to incorporate the ancient remains and has raised more than 12,000 signatures in an online petition to preserve the road.
The 76-metre-long and 7.5-metre-wide stretch of road - a junction of the city's main road with a smaller street - mostly dates to the 4th century, with 6th century additions.