De­ci­sion made to bury ru­ins

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The Cul­ture Min­istry’s an­tiq­ui­ties depart­ment said yes­ter­day it will seek the re­burial of the ru­ins of an an­cient tem­ple to Aphrodite that were un­earthed be­tween two apart­ment build­ings in the north­ern port city of Thes­sa­loniki in 2010 due to the high cost of preser­va­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment’s head, Stavros Lioutas, many of the stat­ues and tem­ple columns found dur­ing ex­ca­va­tions at the site are al­ready on dis­play at the city’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal mu­seum. “Burial is the best way to pro­tect the tem­ple,” he said, adding that vis­ual ma­te­rial, plaques and in­for­ma­tion about the buried tem­ple will be avail­able on the site. The head of the city’s mu­nic­i­pal an­tiq­ui­ties depart­ment, Gior­gos Ski­adare­sis, said the burial is a tem­po­rary mea­sure.

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