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Diolkos, ancient Greece's Panama Canal, in peril

by Sofia Loverdou

A monument calling out for help

The diolkos, the ancient paved way that enabled ships to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth from sea to sea, is progressively crumbling into the water at its western end. This monument of first-class importance for the history of technology and for the Greek achievement in general, has had a "modern history" that verges on the unbelievable.

After the excavations (~1960), the initial part of the monument has been left at the mercy of its position near the Corinth Canal. Today, the front of the erosion has overpassed great part of the monument completely, leaving this registered archaeological site in serious distress - up to downright demolition. The deterioration is all the more dramatic since the monument has never been properly published, hence information is being literally "erased". Actions to save and restore the monument are imperative.

You can sign the Diolkos petition at: www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/870477005

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(Note: Many pics and a history on the original site ...)

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