Science: Big Dig

Dr. Theodore Leslie Shear is glad that Italy did not make war on Greece any sooner. Professor of classical archeology at Princeton, Dr. Shear was in charge of a grandiose excavation project which has gone on at Athens for ten years. When bombs fell on Peiraeus and elsewhere around Athens, Dr. Shear shut up shop abruptly. But his work was nearly complete anyway.

Financed by John D. Rockefeller Jr., who put up a total of $1,200,000, the big dig in Athens laid bare the site of the Agora (ancient market place) lying at the...

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