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Old July 28th, 2006, 06:30 AM   #1
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Greek Subway Dig Excites Archaeologists

Greek Subway Dig Excites Archaeologists
By COSTAS KANTOURIS
27 July 2006

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - Another subway in Greece, another look into the past.

Tunneling work to build a metro system for the country's second-largest city started Thursday, as Culture Ministry officials signed an agreement to protect antiquities they expect to be discovered during construction.

The agreement follows a massive horde of antiquities uncovered while building a new subway system in Athens, which opened in 2000, with extensions added before the 2004 Olympics. Some of the discoveries are on display at Athens stations.

The subway system for Thessaloniki, where some 1.3 million people live, will span about 6 miles with 13 stations and is due to be completed by 2012, at an estimated cost of $1.27 billion.

Work involving two large tunnel-boring machines started Thursday. The machines were named Cassander and Thessalonica, after the king who founded the northern city 2,300 years ago, and his wife.

Haris Tsimatzis, a government project inspector, said the position of several subway stations and tunneling depth had been changed to accommodate archaeologists' recommendations.

"Antiquities will be on display at at least three subway stations -- just as they are in Athens," Tsimatzis said. He said the excavation site would span about 5 acres.

Archaeologists are hoping to find a cemetery, more than 2,000 years old, and parts of the city's ancient wall, as well as centuries of old roads, public baths and other buildings.

"We're taking great care to protect the antiquities. Planning has been worked out in such a way that this care will not slow down the project," said Giorgos Yiannis, head of Attiko Metro, the state-run company supervising the Thessaloniki subway.

Yiannis said most tunneling would occur at 52 to 68 feet below ground, while most ancient artifacts were expected to be found at between 36 and 42 feet.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 11:18 PM   #2
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Way kool! The exact same thing happened while constructing the Mexico city and Rome metro system!
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Old July 29th, 2006, 03:31 AM   #3
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All you find when tunnelling in Vancouver is dirt....and water probaly....how much will this add to the cost of the line?
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Old February 1st, 2007, 01:07 AM   #4
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Another interesting article about what's going on in Thessaloniki: http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/ne....asp?aid=72665
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 03:41 PM   #5
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All you find when tunnelling in Vancouver is dirt....and water probaly....how much will this add to the cost of the line?
Here in Europe, is very usual to find old ruins when tunnelling to make new metro lines.

It happened in Barcelona (my city), too.
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Old June 12th, 2008, 04:38 AM   #6
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Ancient Greek grave found during subway work
6 June 2008

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek authorities say subway construction work in the northern city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an ancient grave with a wealth of golden jewelry.

The 2,300-year old grave contained a female skeleton, accompanied by four gold wreaths and gold earrings in the shape of dogs' heads set with semiprecious stones.

A Culture Ministry statement said Friday that the grave goods included a bronze mirror, a bronze vase and six clay pots.

The woman had been buried in a wooden coffin, traces of which survived. The ministry said part of the grave had been destroyed by a modern sewage pipe.

The Thessaloniki subway is scheduled for completion in 2012.
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Old June 12th, 2008, 10:46 PM   #7
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ok ok.. when digging in athens or thessaloniki you find ruins of the ancient cities every 2 metres
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Old June 12th, 2008, 10:58 PM   #8
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As are Turkish ones by the (well-well-delayed) attempts at tunneling rail service under the Bosporus...
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Hopefully they will display part of that in one of the stations.
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Old June 14th, 2008, 03:39 AM   #10
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One can only imagine what archaeological treasures were found when the Beijing Metro was being built, and then blown through.
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Old June 16th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #11
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Here are some pictures of the grave that was unearthed in Thessaloniki.










Source: Greek Ministry of Culture
http://www.yppo.gr/2/g22.jsp?obj_id=18450#
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Old July 20th, 2008, 05:48 AM   #12
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Here are some pictures of the grave that was unearthed in Thessaloniki.


[IMG]http://www.yppo.gr/images/l_5599.jpg[IMG]

[IMG]http://www.yppo.gr/images/l_5600.jpg[IMG]

[IMG]http://www.yppo.gr/images/l_5601.jpg[IMG]

[IMG]http://www.yppo.gr/images/l_5602.jpg[IMG]

Source: Greek Ministry of Culture
http://www.yppo.gr/2/g22.jsp?obj_id=18450#
Wow..
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Old July 21st, 2008, 03:56 PM   #13
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One can only imagine what archaeological treasures were found when the Beijing Metro was being built, and then blown through.
Fellini tried to imagine something similar in his film "Rome".
Metro B workers discover "something" unexpected:
[IMG]http://i35.************/2naky8o.jpg[/IMG]

IMHO one of the most distressing shot ever seen (well, if you are italian...): in the movie all the frescoes vanished a few minutes later!
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Old July 21st, 2008, 04:15 PM   #14
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well ancient greece does holds lots of things below surface... and subways are great way to find valuable pieces of history...


i saw in Vienna, in one metro station, a room that supposed to be a church from 11th or 12th century... it is really impressive to see ancient objects embedded inside a modern subway station
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subways are great way to find valuable pieces of history...
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i saw in Vienna, in one metro station, a room that supposed to be a church from 11th or 12th century... it is really impressive to see ancient objects embedded inside a modern subway station
You mean this one?
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Old July 21st, 2008, 11:23 PM   #16
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Yes, it is the Virgilkapelle which was forgotten until 1973. It was buried in the 18th centure to maintain the St. Stephens Cathedral or something like that.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:13 AM   #17
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that's it... virgilkapelle...

i remember i was riding and exploring u-bahn through vienna, and saw something that didn't belong there... just to the left from entrance... and a big 'hole' through window... i'd say austrians really made one remarkable tourist trap inside a metro station
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THESSALONIKI | Public Transport

This thread is about public transport in Thessaloniki. Metro map from Wikipedia:

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Old October 8th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #19
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EIB finances Thessaloniki metro extension
Wednesday, October 08, 2014



THE chairman and managing director of Athens metro operator Attiko Metro Mr Christos Tsitouras, and the vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Mihai Tanasescu signed a €200m loan last month, the first installment in a €400m agreement to finance the extension of Thessaloniki metro Kalamaria extension.

The 518m project involves building a 4.8km underground branch off the initial Neo Elvetia – New Railway Station section of the metro, which is currently under construction, from Patrikiou to serve five stations at Nomarchia, Kalamaria, Aretsou, Nea Krini and Micra. The project will include provision for a further extension of the line to the city's airport.

The extension due to be commissioned in 2018 and the line is expected to carry around 65,000 passengers per day with a journey time of 15 minutes between Micra and the city centre.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 10:46 AM   #20
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What is the current completion date on the main section which is u/c now? It seems that it is taking forever to construct the line.
And why are the costs of this Mikra extension so high? 100 million of euros per one kilometer + one station is pretty high price. Is the terrain very heavy or the line is very deep maybe?
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