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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 April 2018
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Remains of rare Greco-Roman temple unearthed in Egypt The exciting discovery includes a sculpture of a man’s head, two limestone lion statues, and coins Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery, unearthing the remains of a Greco-Roman temple in Egypt. The remains were found at the Al-Salam site in the Western Desert, situated near the Siwa Oasis and border of Libya. Led by archaeologist Abdel-Aziz El-Demery, the team found the main entrance of the temple, parts of its foundation, and an outer wall leading to a front courtyard surrounded by entrances to other chambers. According to El-Demery, while removing debris from the site they uncovered architectural elements such as upper lintels decorated with various scenes, and corner pillars decorated with an egg-and-dart device that was common during the Greco-Roman era. Aside from the temple, archaeologists also uncovered two limestone lion statues, one of which is currently without a head, a sculpture of a man's head believed to have Grecian facial features, the remains of pots, and coins. "What's amazing is you don't tend to hear every day of new temples found in Egypt," space archaeologist and Egyptologist Sarah Parcak told National Geographic. She said that it will go a long way in helping to shed light on the history of the Siwa Oasis, which is one of the most isolated Egyptian settlements. According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, with further excavations set to take place throughout the year, they expect to find additional temple remains. Shocking Greek custom official finds include reptiles and sturgeon eggs In 2017 customs in Greece were kept on their toes, confiscating the unthinkable With a rise in tourism also comes an increase in customs finds, which in 2017 included the unthinkable. According to statistics published by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, Customs in the EU officers at Koropi discovered 400 kilograms of European eels at the storage facilities of a European company, with an additional 160 kilograms found at Athens International Airport (AIA). In Rhodes, Customs officials got the shock of their lives when they found five caiman reptiles in a wooden container transported from the Netherlands, while in Thrace at the Kipoi office Customs officers found 25 kilograms of sturgeon eggs. Also on the list of confiscated finds were 580 diamonds and 58 items of precious jewellery that had been smuggled out of Turkey, and a handwritten 18th or 19th century Koran. While not as shocking, but still fairly odd, customs also discovered 119,520 pieces of cutlery and 109,200 items of underwear that had been smuggled, and the Thessaloniki office confiscated 573,820 toys. Meanwhile coffee smuggling is on the rise due to an increase in special consumption taxes, with the Serres customs office confiscating two tons of the beverage. Five caiman reptiles transported from the Netherlands in a wooden container were confiscated by Customs in the EU officers in Rhodes last year. Customs in the EU staff confiscated 154 million illegally transported ciga- rettes, with a total of €581 million taxes and fines imposed throughout the year. Ancient Greek dwelling unearthed in Bulgaria Also found at the site were a number of artefacts including a red figure vessel for wine and water dating back to the 5th century BCE depicting the myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx Archaeologists have uncovered a dwelling that dates back to the 5th century BCE in the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia Pontica. Remains of the Greco-Roman temple at the Al-Salam site. PHOTO: INFOZONIC Turks in Greeks’ clothing A group of dancers, dressed in the blue-andwhite colours of the Greek flag is not a common sight in Turkey. Yet, this was exactly what happened on Saturday in the cosmopolitan Kadikoy suburb of Istanbul, where the local municipality hosted a Health Festival at the özgürlük (freedom) park. In a motion to promote peace and collaboration with other nations, the festival featured a group of dancers in a well-rehearsed choreography of sirtaki, dancing to the tune of Anna Vissi's hit Agapi Einai (Love Is). For all the mastery of the dancers’ delivery, the initiative has received criticism by supporters of the Kadikoy municipality’s Kemalist, socialdemocrat-leaning centreleft Republican People's Party (CHP), which is the main opposition to Recep Tayip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party. Located in modern day Sozopol on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the impressive discovery was made during a dig led by archaeologists Pavlina Devlova and Iliya Kirov from the National Museum of History in Sofia. The dwelling was found six feet beneath the foundations of a home built in the 19th century. Amidst the soil between the two buildings, the team also found a number of precious artefacts, including a krater, which is a special vessel used for mixing water and wine. Dating back to the 5th century BCE, it is decorated with red figures depicting the myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx. Also amongst the finds were an askos, which was used as a small jug for small quantities of liquid, along with loom weights, spindle parts, coins, seals and game pieces from antiquity and the Middle Ages. Several graves from a me- dieval necropolis used in the 11th century CE and the 13th to 14th centuries CE were also uncovered. In a grave from the 11th century, two small crosses were found, one of which is The excavation site in Bulgaria at the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia Pontica. PHOTO: BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL made of bronze and the other bone. The krater was unveiled to the public on 17 February as part of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia's exhibition ‘Bulgarian Archaeology 2017’. It is hosted annually to showcase the results from the past season of archaeological fieldwork in the region. Ryanair to reduce domestic services across Greece The budget airline will close its base in Chania, Crete and look to expand in Germany Budget Irish airline Ryanair announced on Wednesday that it will be reducing domestic flights across Greece. Representatives have blamed the decision on Fraport Greece for increasing airport charges for the airline. "Regrettably, current airport charges at the majority of Greek airports encourage peak-only services in the summer on international routes," said Ryanair's Sales and Marketing Manager for the East- ern Mediterranean, Nikolaos Lardis. The airline's Chief Commercial Officer, David O'Brien, said they had appealed to ministers to drop the additional charges. "We are not a philanthropic organisation. We wrote, as you know, to several ministers and we said look, drop the taxes in the winter, and we will try to deliver the traffic," he said. As a result the airline's base in Chania, Crete will close, which will see the cancellation of four connections in the city to and from Katowice in Poland, Germany's Memmingen, and Treviso and Vilnius in Venice. As part of the move, there are plans to transfer two aircraft from Chania and Athens to bases in Germany, where Ryanair has decided to expand its services "where they can achieve superior utilisation on a year-round basis," said Mr Lardis. Services in Athens to and from Thessaloniki, Santorini and Mykonos will continue this summer as usual.
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