Metaponto park flooded for third time in five years
Archaeological site in southern Italy under threat from water09 October, 19:14
Water has reached up to one-and-a-half metres in parts of the park, causing significant damage that will worsen if mud carried by the water is not quickly cleaned, said the Superintendent for Archaeological Heritage in Basilicata, Antonio De Siena.
The site is "covered with a heavy mixture of water and mud," in the third flood in five years, he said.
Heavy rains Monday night and Tuesday made matters worse, sifting in sand, silt and debris over the entire facility.
De Siena called on governments to deal with the flooding problems quickly before the site is permanently damaged and important archaeological artifacts lost forever.
The National Archaeological Museum in Metaponto is the centre of the historic site, explaining ancient finds in the area that date back to the Bronze Age.
Excavations recently conducted in Metaponto have found more artifacts that help explain the history of the settlement dating from the arrival of Greeks during the seventh century BC and continuing through the period of the Roman conquest and the gradual abandonment of Metaponto.