Underneath the main square in
So what did the socialist city council decide to do with this find? They decided to destroy it for an underground car garage. The council’s one concession to scientists was that a small section would be spared to show off to tourists. Shame!
The London Times wrote about this horror which made me sick. Sure they were digging at first for the car garage but keeping the ruins could have been much more advantageous for the city. Archeologists and others would have flooded the area, brining money along with them, to see and study the ruins. Some of the art work could have been donated to museums or sold. There were many historical, economic, and other benefits that have been lost.
Then again this should not be surprising from
For those wanting to know how exciting archeological discoveries can be I recommend Eyewitness to Discovery. The book has over fifty, first-person accounts by archeologists as they discovery ruins all across the world. It is a great read. I can only picture what Colonia Augusta Firma Astigi's story would be called, probably something like "Lost, Found, Destroyed."
Bias note: I was a tourist participant in an archeological dig of an early-1800s town dump. One of the most interesting things we found was pieces of old dishware. The dishware we found we marked "