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Wednesday, February 6

MSNBC / Reuters Americas’ oldest city in peril: "But now, even as archaeologists uncover the city’s foremost areas, including an amphitheater 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter, Shady said the site was in danger of swift deterioration due to erosion and exposure to the elements. Shady said that there already were signs that structures that have withstood centuries could collapse without buttressing, while paint that has adorned buried buildings was flaking off due to daily temperature fluctuations." This is the tradeoff that any archaeologist makes -- expose an ancient structure to discover more information but it becomes more perishable by being out in the open air.

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