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  • Construction of Thessaloniki’s metro system has revealed wealth of archaeological finds

    on Jan 26, 14 • in Antiquty, Archaeology, Excavation, Greece, Roman period • with Comments Off on Construction of Thessaloniki’s metro system has revealed wealth of archaeological finds

    The Thessaloniki metro system aspires to be the “most modern metro system in the whole of Europe.” That, however, is contingent upon its completion. Begun in 2006, the project is currently four years behind schedule. In order to see the light of day, Thessaloniki’s archaeologists have had to chip away at the city’s shadowy past. The ruins unearthed in Greece’s second city have led some to hail it as a “second Pompeii.” Current excavations are focused on the so-called “intra muros” stations – those that sit within the limits of the city’s Theodosian walls –

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  • Excavation unearths evidence of Thessaloniki’s urban life between 4th and 9th centuries AD

    on May 11, 13 • in Archaeology, Byzantine, Greece, Late antique, Middle Ages, News • with Comments Off on Excavation unearths evidence of Thessaloniki’s urban life between 4th and 9th centuries AD

      Archaeologists in Greece’s northern metropolis Thessaloniki were already overjoyed in 2006 when a 2,300-year-old avenue was found during construction work on the city’s new underground rail network. But a decision to keep in situ the superbly preserved ancient neighbourhood described as “Thessaloniki’s Pompeii” has been hailed as a major win for preservationists in the cash-strapped country that has been forced to make unprecedented cuts to cultural spending. “This is a great victory,” says Aristotelis Mentzos, a professor of Byzantine Archaeology at the city’s Aristotelio University. “Such finds exist in other Roman cities but what

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