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

The ancient settlement of Hasankeyf will soon be submerged as part of a controversial dam project – despite residents’ protests

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.

  • Tessa Fox
  • The Guardian

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…

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