Tempers flare over Byzantine archaeological dig

The municipal council of Thessaloniki, Macedonia is listening to arguments between executives of the construction company rebuilding the Venizelos metro station and archaeologists working on the "very significant Byzantine antiquities" discovered during construction about whether to remove the artifacts or to coexist with them.

The renovation uncovered Byzantine streets and buildings dating to the 6th through 9th centuries including marble pavements and public and mercantile buildings corresponding to modern streets and markets. Archaeologists hope that an agreement can be reached where "the antiquities can be preserved in situ," much like ancient sites in modern day France, Turkey and Bulgaria.