Most of the ancient city of Hasankeyf, in Batman province, will be submerged if South-eastern Anatolia project goes ahead, critics claim. Photograph: Alamy
Contravercial news about the Ilisu dam in Turkey. I worked on a project at Tille Huyuk back in the late 80s before the Attaturk dam was built, and the toll on both teh envirment, the people and the arhcaeology was huge. we saw it again and now again!
this time, among other sites, they would submerge the ancient town of Hasankeyf, which was used as a fortress by the Romans against the Persians and later destroyed by the Mongols. It was re-built in the 11th century by the Seljuks.
the report continues
today [Turkey] announced plans to resume a controversial £1bn dam project in the face of environmental protests that it would displace thousands of people, destroy habitats and drown priceless archaeological treasures.
The environment minister, Veysel Eroglu, said work on the Ilisu hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river in south-east Turkey would restart after a six-month funding suspension ends next week.
The announcement disappointed campaigners who believed that the project had suffered a potentially fatal blow last December, after German, Swiss and Austrian institutions announced they were withholding finance because fears about the dam’s environmental and social impact had not been addressed. The governments agreed that 150 World Bank conditions on the environment, heritage sites, neighbouring states and human relocation must be met.
more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/01/turkey-river-dam-environment
Çatalhöyük, Turkey’s most famous Neolithic site, is one the oldest known areas of human settlement, animal domestication and wheat cultivation.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry’s Cultural Assets and Museums general manager, Orhan Düzgün, announced that the roof’s construction, which began in June of this year, had now been finished.
The roof is made of specially laminated wood and will protect the historical site and the archaeological work going on there from damage resulting from exposure to the elements.
The roof was constructed with an eye for aesthetics as well, in a design beneficial to both tourists and the archaeologists working the site.
Çatalhöyük is a major tourist attraction as well as an archeological site, and recent excavation on the Neolithic site, under the leadership of British professor of archeology Ian Hodder, began in 1993 and has continued intermittently ever since.
Discoveries made so far at the 9,000-year-old site include wall paintings, seals, and cooking and eating utensils decorated with various painted and carved figures. Except for its southern area, the site did not have any protection against the harsh weather conditions characteristic of the Central Anatolia region.
- Roof – a thumbnail of the large images.. see them by following the link
See the photos of the roof here… it is pretty lovely!
Photos are by Dave Minty: