Works to cover altar site suspended


Share post:

An Athens court on Friday ordered the temporary suspension of railway works aimed at covering up a significant archaeological find in Monastiraki, central Athens, until a verdict is issued on an injunction brought against the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) and the Culture and Finance ministries by a citizens’ group. 

Members of the Citizens’ Initiative for the Rescue and Promotion of the Altar of the Twelve Gods want the site to be cleared and protected. 

Regional councilor Costas Diakos is backing the citizens’ group and Friday expressed the readiness of local authorities to finance the showcasing of the monument. 

Another legal suit has been lodged with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. 

Representatives of the citizens’ initiative have stressed that they have no connection to the six protesters who were arrested on Thursday after trying to prevent railway tracks being laid over the site. 

The protesters  believe that if the Altar of the Twelve Gods is allowed to be buried again it will not only set a precedent but also form a black mark against Greek society and the attitude it takes toward its ancient heritage.

The protesters, whose action led to ISAP services being suspended for more than an hour on Thursday, faced an Athens prosecutor yesterday on charges of obstructing public transport. 

ISAP’s management has responded to the disruptive protest by taking legal action against the six protesters. A spokesperson for ISAP said the planned works on the railway tracks were crucial as the route serves some 90,000 commuters daily and “is ready to burst.” 

Most of the action that has been staged over the past two months in protest at the planned works on the site has involved self-professed “Dodecatheists,” worshippers of the 12 Olympian deities to whom the altar is dedicated. 

It remained unclear if the six people arrested on Thursday profess to be Dodecatheists (i.e. neo-Pagans). 

Source: ekathimerini [April 15, 2011]



Related articles

Retracing early cultivation steps: Lessons from comparing citrus genomes

Citrus is the world's most widely cultivated fruit crop. In the U.S. alone, the citrus crop was valued...

Thames shipwreck relocated piece by piece

Divers will be able to explore the remains of an original Elizabethan shipwreck which is set to be...

Roman-era artefacts unearthed in SW Turkey

Three historic artifacts have been unearthed by construction equipment in two villages of Turkey's southern province of Osmaniye. A...

Catastrophic collapse of ice lake created Aram Chaos on Mars

Aram Chaos, the lumpy, bumpy floor of an ancient impact crater on Mars, formed as a result of...

Tasmanian Aboriginals: Save our sacred site

Hundreds of Aborigines and supporters are preparing to defend the Kutalayna Aboriginal site in Tasmania’s lower Jordan Valley...

High elevation buffalo jump site discovered near Wyoming glacier

They found the first bit of evidence before they left the parking lot. Flakes of rock and arrowheads...

Boat reconstruction changing view of Bronze Age

They were not clad in skins and they did not have to paddle for six hours at a...

Prehistoric cave art drawn mostly by women says archaeologist

Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars...