An ancient Hittite village in southeastern Turkey faces the risk of being submerged underwater because of a nearby lagoon construction. The 13th-century settlement is considered to be the world's "oldest sculpture studio."
Hagia Sophia appears to be a significant step in President Erdoğan's neoliberal Islamic quest. It sends a message to both Muslim and Christian communities. But Erdoğan’s quest is not purely religious; it has a fiercely neoliberal dimension.
Turkey's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said that nobody suffered from damages in the ancient city of Hasankeyf whose residents were forced to evacuate. The settlement was submerged by the water of Ilısu Dam and ancient remains were transported to a nearby plane for display.
Kurdish archaeologist Ahmet Kınay says that Kurdish society has overlooked its own history in favor of ideological in-fighting, and that its misconception that historical research is nationalism has pushed it away from looking into its heritage.