The Greek state is doing damage control in the face of widespread media reports suggesting that the Acropolis is under threat from rockfalls.
One article went as far as to claim that “Greece’s Acropolis will soon be gone.”
The London “Times” published a headline exclaiming that the “Acropolis is crumbling and will need work to shore it up, archaeologists in Greece have warned.”
Teams from the Central Archaeological Council did in fact find “instability over quite a wide area” after investigating an Acropolis rockfall in January. A boulder of “considerable size” tumbled down from the sacred hill.
However, Constantinos Kissas, the deputy director of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, responded to the “Times” allegations by insisting that reports of widespread damage were wide of the mark.
He explained that a rock with a diameter of 60 centimeters had come unstuck from the southwestern slope of the Acropolis during heavy rain last winter.
The Ephorate has organized a technical survey to ascertain whether any work needs to be carried out to prevent further such incidents.