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Underground city found in central Bucharest

Works on the underground parking at the University were stalled after workers came across the walls of an old city, “Gandul” reports. Works may be resumed on April 1st, at the soonest. “The archaeological dig is over. The Archaeological Discharge Com­mission will convene on March 25. It is then that they will decide whether the walls of the old church will stay where they are or they will be moved and displayed elsewhere. In the former case, the parking will be 30 spots smaller. 10 per cent of the old church walls were found on the site allotted to the underground parking, while 90 per cent stand on the route of the future underground line that should join the centre to Drumul Taberei,” the deputy general mayor of Bucharest, Mircea Raicu, stated, for “Gandul”. Straight after they starting digging works for the future underground parking, wor­kers came across human ske­letons, walls and two water pipes, all dating from the 18th and 19th century. City Hall experts claim that the archaeological finds are not well-preserved vestiges and are ancient history even for them. The only things standing across from the University now are dug trenches, mounds of earth and a few workers. City Hall specialists claim the works are going as planned, and that, in 2011, the underground planning will be ready to use.

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