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25 September 2005
Tourist killed on Greek archaeological site

A British man died when a metal roof shielding an archaeological site on a Greek island collapsed. Richard Binnion, from Wrexham, North Wales, was crushed when the protective canopy on the ancient site of Akrotiri, on the island of Santorini, caved in. Six people were injured in the incident. Rescuers freed two people trapped underneath.
     The Greek culture ministry is reported to have closed the 3,700-year-old site after the accident. The steel structure above the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri gave in after it was covered with soil to blend in with the Aegean island's environment. Workers had been watering the soil on the roof when it collapsed. A Greek official said the contractor and the architect of the 1,000 sq metre (19,400 sq foot) roof had been arrested and would appear before a Greek prosecutor.
     Construction on the steel canopy, which measured up to 1,000 sq m (10,700 sq ft), began in 2000. Mr Tatoulis said he had been assured that visitors could still tour the site while the roof - intended to protect the ruins of the prehistoric city - was being built.
     One of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece, the Akrotiri ancient city was discovered in 1967 by Greek archaeology professor Spyridon Marinatos. The site houses spectacular remains which were preserved by the volcanic ash that destroyed the town in the 17th century BCE.

Sources: BBC News, icWales, Sky News (24 September), Reuters, Scotsman, Sunday Mirror (25 September 2005)

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