Photographer's Note

Sunset in Hasankeyf on the famous Tigris River that forms Mesopotamia. Unfortunately a dam project here will destroy everything you see. The Ilisu Dam construction will start next month. When it is finished the water level will be all the way up that minaret on the left.

Hasankeyf is a archaeological site on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. Then it became a major town on the silk road and grew into importance during the medieval times when it became the capital of Turkish Artukid Dynasty. The construction company proposes to carry some of the monuments piece by piece, but this is nonsense. I am an archaeologist and I know what I am saying. These monuments are mostly brick or mortar stone walled, and you can not carry these structures, it is impossible. Also a monument is only beautiful where it is constructed... Ok carry a few buildings, but how can you carry a city? Also archaeological excavations can not be finished in time so we don't know what is under the earth at all. Extra time will not help, because this is a huge site. And all the rock formation is soft limestone; most of these will dissolve when they get under the water. So when the dam's usable period is finished, there won't be anything left.

How Can you help?

At the following site a signature campaign has been started. The text is in Turkish, English and German. Please sign it. Every signature helps.

Also please let everyone know what is happening. This is a crime against human history. The things that will be lost can not be brought back...

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