Construction Threatening Nara Excavations Delayed

About: Plans to build a highway bypass over the site of Nara Japan's Mountain Plum Palace have been delayed for two years to allow further excavation. The Japanese Diet is trying to find a delicate balance between preserving the country's cultural heritage and providing modern conveniences for its people. The latest issue deals with the proposed construction of a highway bypass over the site ofthe ornamental gardens of the Heijo Palace, or Mountain Plum Palace, former residence of the crown prince. Earlier excavations in the city have uncovered a wealth of bureaucratic and cultural artifacts. Nara was built in 710 C.E. and became one of the largest and most important of the medieval Japanese cities with a onetime population of over 100,000 people.

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