Friday, May 25, 2012

Preserving the future




Turkey is the youngest country in Europe. The average age of its population is below 30.
It is also the most ancient. An invaluable cultural heritage is concentrated there.
Try now to imagine all this heritage covered by water.
This is what happened to Allianoi, an archaeological site from the Roman era flooded last year by the construction of an irrigation dam.
Archaeologist Ahmet Yaras tried for years to save the site. A handful of intrepid diggers, from different cities and different backgrounds, came all the way to Allianoi to support him.
My report for euronews and more (in 11 languages, Turkish included) on Generation Y

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