Thursday, February 21, 2008

Petition to Protect Sites in the Lakonian Wetlands

I am posting this information on behalf of Chrysanthi Gallou of the University of Nottingham:

There have recently been reports in the Greek press for the plans of a private company to build a power plant in the area of Viglafia, just opposite Elaphonisos, in south-eastern Laconia,id=58549520
The site is an important wetland and has been included in the proposed list of Natura 2000 sites. It is also of great archaeological importance since a large number of prehistoric and later sites will be SERIOUSLY affected, including the very important submerged Bronze Age site at PAVLOPETRI (see Annual of the British School at Athens 64 (1969) 113-142).

The local authorities and the Committee for the preservation of the site, assisted by the local politicians, have made appeals to the Greek and European Parliaments. In addition, they have set up a petition and they would be extremely grateful if we would sign it. It only takes a minute!

More details on the subject can be found at,id=58549520 (where also the support offered by Nottingham's Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies is mentioned)

Feel free to circulate this message to anyone whom you think might be interested.