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Albanians Vie for Control of Site

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Science  14 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5379, pp. 897
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.897

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About 2000 years ago, the Romans built a stunning theater in the coastal Albanian town of Butrint during their military conquests of the Balkans. Today the ruins are witness to another battle, this one between opposing political factions in Albania, for control of this internationally recognized archaeological site. Caught in the crossfire is a British foundation that hopes to protect the theater and other structures spanning nearly 3 millennia in a country trying to emerge from decades of global isolation.