Post by Basil Jet Post by Anna Noyd-Dryver Post by Recliner
We know how tricky it is to build anything, particularly new underground
stations, in the City of London, and not hit Roman archaeology. Crossrail
had to have a major archaeological effort at the site of the new Liverpool
Well, imagine having to do that in Rome itself, where every potential
station is likely to have to penetrate centuries of historic remains (the
I took this picture from the Colosseum a few weeks ago, showing the stalled
Istanbul's new line was much the same IIRC.
I don't think preserving culture from before the 11th century Islamic
conquest would be a major priority in Turkey.
I think stuff that old is considered important regardless of what the
subsequent history of the place, so long as it's not currently a war zone.
<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmaray> section titled "Delays"
"The project was delayed four years, largely due to the discovery of a
Byzantine-era and other 8,000-year-old archaeological finds on the proposed
site of the European tunnel terminal in 2005. The excavations produced
evidence of the city's largest harbour, the 4th-century Harbour of
Eleutherios (later known as the Harbour of Theodosius). There,
archaeologists uncovered traces of the city wall of Constantine the Great,
and the remains of several ships, including what appears to be the only
ancient or early medieval galley ever discovered, preventing the project
from proceeding at full speed. In addition, the excavation has
uncovered the oldest evidence of settlement in Istanbul, with artifacts,
including amphorae, pottery fragments, shells, pieces of bone, horse
skulls, and nine human skulls found in a bag, dating back to 6,000 BCE.
Glass artefacts and fragments dating from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine
and Ottoman periods have been found during excavations at Sirkeci."