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Thu Sep 12, 2019, 11:39 AM

'They are barbaric': Turkey prepares to flood 12,000-year-old city to build dam

Source: The Guardian

After the half-hour drive from Batman in south-east Turkey, the ancient city of Hasankeyf, which sits on the banks of the Tigris River, appears as an oasis.

Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth, dating as far back as 12,000 years and containing thousands of caves, churches and tombs.

But this jewel of human history will soon be lost; most of the settlement is about to be flooded as part of the highly controversial Ilisu dam project.

Construction work on the dam and its hydroelectric power plant started in 2006 and Hasankeyf is now just weeks away from destruction, despite a fight by residents and environmental campaigners to save it. The Turkish government has given residents until 8 October to evacuate.



Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/12/they-are-barbaric-turkey-prepares-to-flood-12000-year-old-city-to-build-dam

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 11:51 AM

1. Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Each day seems to bring a new horror and thoughtlessness! n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 11:52 AM

2. This is the kind of thing that happens when brain dead people are elected

to government. Further, history does nor seem to matter to younger generations today, I see it all the time.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 11:58 AM

3. Well, that'll make those who insist the world is only 6,000 years old happy.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 12:26 PM

4. Turkey has a city called Batman?

Wow, I never knew that. Pretty cool name.

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Response to Polybius (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:09 PM

7. Since my grandparents are from Turkey, (Armenian) I have seen this on the map since I was a kid

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:18 PM

8. Mine too! (Assyrian)

And this doesn't surprise me given Turkey's atrocious history with its minority population, and any archaeological site that pre-dates its Ottoman takeover.

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Response to eissa (Reply #8)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:44 PM

12. I agree our histories are ancient

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 01:14 PM

5. I remember this kind of thing happening when the Aswan Dam in Egypt was built.

I was just a child, but it was horrifying. At least there was an urgency to save some of the cultural artifacts from the area. And those artifacts were HUGE.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:05 PM

6. World Culture Murder.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:19 PM

9. Humanity prepares to flood all the world's coastal cities

In order to keep driving to work.

I don't see much difference.

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Response to The_jackalope (Reply #9)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 05:08 PM

14. But when you've seen one modern city, you've seen them all...

12000 year old ones are pretty hard to find

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:20 PM

10. Celilo was the longest-inhabited settlement in North America

People from Alaska, Mexico, and the Great Plains gathered there for centuries to trade. It is estimated that indigenous cultures have been there for 10,000 years.

It was flooded in 1957 by The Dalles Dam. The tribes and the salmon have never recovered.

The Turks do not have a monopoly on "barbarism"

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Response to Thunderbeast (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 04:57 PM

13. No one said they did

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:32 PM

11. What is progress? This is progress to the greedy.

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