Photographer's Note

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.

Hasankeyf is a archaeological site that dates from bronze age. It was a major military fort 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.


1- Germany, Austria and EU is financing the dam. Great Britain pulled back its support to save antiquity.

2- The money can be spend to built other dam projects on the same river elsewhere, saving this ancient town.

3- The economic life of the dam to be built is estimated only 60 years.

4- The geological rock formation under Hasankeyf is not strong enough for large amounts of water. The dam lake will collapse even those parts that won't be submerged.

5- The archaeological excavations can not be finished in time; these monuments can not be carried elsewhere. All of the monuments and archaeological layers will be destroyed when submerged by water erosion.

6- All of the population (thousands) will have to move elsewhere; they will loose high quality farming land as well.

How Can you help?

At the following site a signature campaign against this crime 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... You can download and use my photos anyway you like to support the campaign. There won't be anything to photograph here unless we stop this construction.

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