Greek Archaeologists Rebury Remains to Protect Them

Posted on March 14, 2012


Archaeologists are better known for unearthing archaeological artifacts, but in Greece, they are actually burying them.

Due to the current economic crisis in Greece, funding has been cut for many excavation projects. In an effort to preserve partially-excavated archaeological remains, professionals are reburying their discoveries.

Michalis Tiverios, a professor archaeology at Thessaloniki’s Aristotelio University, explained, “Mother Earth is the best protector of our antiquities. Let us leave our antiquities in the soil, to be found by archaeologists in 10,000 AD, when Greeks and their politicians will perhaps show more respect to their history.” Recently, Tiverios persuaded the culture ministry to rebury an Early Christian basilica which was discovered two years prior during construction on Thessaloniki’s new underground railway.

This new turn follows recent thefts from major Greek museums, priceless Macedonian masks falling into the hands of smugglers, and the opening of the Parthenon to commercial lessors.

Read the full article Greek antiquities reburied for lack of funds on the New York Times.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.