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News: Greece
View of the findings at the "Venizelos" metro station (photo: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).
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by Archaeology Newsroom

University of Thessaloniki takes action for the metro findings

A working team has been formed

The Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Giannis Mylopoulos has submitted the university’s proposals about the archaeological findings which came to light at the metro station “Venizelos”, in a letter addressed to the General Secretary of Public Works Stratos Simopoulos, the President of Attiko Metro Christos Tsitouras, the president of the project Giorgos Konstantinidis and the Mayor of the city Giannis Boutaris.

In this letter, the rector formulates in writing the proposals he has submitted during a recent meeting of the municipal council of Thessaloniki. In particular:

-The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki puts its scientific potential at the city’s disposal, in order that the matter is being looked into thoroughly. The University has already formed a working group consisting of professors at the faculties of Engineering, History-Archaeology and Architecture. The group examines the conclusions of the archaeological surveys and the technical studies. The group will then compile and submit to the authorities in charge all possible alternatives, scientifically documented, and will contribute to the estimation of the cost-benefit for each of these solutions.

-The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki intends to claim, in collaboration with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, an NSRF funding, aiming at the best possible exploitation of the huge value of the archaeological findings, in order to contribute to the recovery of historical memory and the enhancement of a new identity, based on the city’s history and tradition.

Goal of this initiative is that the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki contributes to the overall, scientific information of all interested parties, so that the best solution for the city and its society will be found.

The working group has already visited the archaeological findings at the “Venizelos” station.