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Greek subway construction threatens Roman road

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Protestors are fighting to prevent workers from tearing up a 4th century Roman road and moving it elsewhere in order to make room for a new subway.

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.”

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Story: AP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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