Turkish dam plan threatens 'remarkable' Roman ruins





In Allianoi, an ancient Roman spa town near Bergama in Turkey, workers have been busy heaping sand onto the ruins.

It's the opposite of what you would normally see at a recently discovered archaeological site.

But Allianoi is being buried in preparation for flooding that will occur when the multi-million-dollar Yortanli dam, which is sponsored by Turkish State Hydraulic Works, opens.

The site dates as far back as the second century and features exquisite architecture, mosaics and sculptures.
Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, the Secretary General of Europa Nostra, an organization dedicated to protecting cultural heritage in Europe, told CNN that Allianoi is a "remarkable heritage site" that gives "important scientific insight into Roman art, architecture, engineering, hydrology and pharmacology."...


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