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Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hobby archeologists welcome in Greece

Guests at a luxury hotel on the Peleponnese have been invited to try their hands at archaeology this summer and participate in digs in the ancient city of Messene on a daily or weekly basis under expert guidance. The leftist opposition party Syriza sees the invitation as an insult to Greece's cultural heritage. The conservative daily Kathimerini disagrees: "Love and respect for our country's cultural identity cannot be achieved through bans or police checks. Foreign visitors are potential Greece lovers. It all depends on how we treat them. ... Do we view them as visitors or as illegal antique dealers? ... It's not just tourists seeking a different kind of holiday, archaeology students and those who want to get first hand experience at digs who benefit from this option. Above all it's society's relationship with archaeology, which gains a new dynamic because people are no longer stuck in the role of inactive observers."

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