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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:26 pm

Turkish monuments wheeled out of town before flood ‘washes history away’

The Artuklu Hamam, a 540-year-old bathhouse, is removed before the construction of a new dam

Turkey has started moving historic buildings out of the southeastern town of Hasankeyf before a dam is completed that will leave the area 60 metres under water.

Shamefully Kurds are allowing this to take place

The 540-year-old Artuklu Hamam, a traditional Turkish bathhouse, is the latest building to be moved, on wheels and fully intact, to a new site two miles away. Draped in Turkish flags and guarded by heavily armed special forces soldiers, it joins the 15th century Zeynel Bey tomb, which was moved in May last year, in New Hasankeyf.

In all, six monuments will be moved to the new site before the waters of the Tigris submerge what is left of the old town. Hasankeyf’s 3,000 residents are also being moved to new apartment blocks.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:12 am

Plunder in Hasankeyf continues

The Turkish state continues to plunder the 12,000-year historical city of Hasankeyf.

Yet another tomb of the historical site was dismantled and moved to another place.
Hasankeyf, which has a history going back 12 thousand years, will soon disappeared, flooded by the Ilisu Dam, one of the most controversial project in the area.

The important historical site has undergone heavy destruction, while some other historical artifacts are moved to new places.

The tomb in Imam Abdullah Zaviyesi site was moved to the new Arkeopark: 37 hydraulic jacks and an SPMT vehicle with 256 wheels made the work.

The operation of transfer was supervised by police and gendarmery. Murat Dağdeviren, Deputy Director General of the State Hydraulic Works (DSİ), gave the following details about the operation of transfer: "We will carry 5 more works in Hasankeyf, and we will continue the operations here."

He added that: "There is a Girls' Mosque, there is Süleyman Han Mosque , There is Koç Mosque, there is Al-Rızık Mosque, there is a middle gate, and here we will continue to carry on important architectural pieces, some of which will be preserved in place. We are working to protect the fillings we have made in Dicle Valley and at the same time to protect the caves, it continues in the same way. "

The Minaret and the outbuilding part of the Imam Abdullah Zaviyesi will be moved in the days ahead.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:21 am

12th-century monastery moved from historical site in Northern Kurdistan

A small Islamic monastery, also known as zawiya, in Hasankeyf dating back to the 12th century was relocated Monday to a new site to prevent it from flooding when a new dam opens

A 256-wheeler flatbed truck moved the shrine part of the 850-ton ancient Artuqid-era religious school for one-and-a-half hours, to a cultural park in the district of Hasankeyf in the Batman province.

The first part of the zawiya was carried some 2.4 kilometers away from its original spot.

The relocation of the ancient structure followed the move of 540-year-old Zeynel Bey Shrine and a 13th-century Turkish bath, or hammam, in the same ancient district of Hasankeyf.

The minaret part of the zawiya is expected to be relocated during the week.

Speaking to reporters, Murat Dağdeviren, deputy director-general of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) termed the relocation of the zawiya "historic".

Dağdeviren said the relocation of the zawiya was more critical than the previous ones due to some asymmetrical features on the structure.

"We need to do more sensitive transportation," he added.

The zawiya was reconstructed to adapt to the Ayyubids era, while it was also restored in the Ottoman and Republic eras.

Hasankeyf, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Batman, was declared a conservation area in 1981.

As Hasankeyf has been declared a conservation area WHY is it not protected from the vile Turkish invaders

There are nearly 6,000 caves around the town that contain the remnants of Christian and Muslim worship, as well as a Byzantine fortress.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:11 pm

Hasankeyf Museum in Northern Kurdistan to feature ancient artifacts
Museum in SE Batman province ready to highlight artifacts excavated from early ages of civilization

Some of the most compelling treasures from the early ages of civilization will soon be open to tourists at Hasankeyf Museum in Northern Kurdistan's Batman province.

The museum, located in Batman's Hasankeyf town, includes historical artifacts that were excavated by archaeological teams as part of the Ilisu Dam -- part of the Southeastern Anatolia, or GAP Project

Built on 60,000 square meters, the museum will display artifacts dating back to the paleolithic, neolithic, chalcolithic, bronze, iron and medieval eras at the exhibitions.

While the objects will be displayed in chronological order, visual animations related to the periods they belong to will give visitors the feeling of “living in the period” they are walking through.

Wax sculptures will also attract visitors by demonstrating the lifestyles of people living thousands of years ago on the Tigris River.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Faruk Bulent Bayguven, district governor of Hasankeyf, said that the museum will shed light on the history of the region.

Bayguven said that the museum will also display historical artifacts from different provinces of the region -- including Batman, Mardin, Siirt, Sirnak and Diyarbakir.

"When the artifacts start to be exhibited, our museum will be flooded by visitors. The museum will make a great contribution to the tourism of Hasankeyf. The artifacts in this museum will bring visitors from all over the world,” he said.

Bayguven said that the two-storey museum will be opened soon, without giving an exact inauguration day.

Hasankeyf, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Batman, was declared a conservation area in 1981.

There are nearly 6,000 caves around the town that contain the remnants of Christian and Muslim worship, as well as a Byzantine fortress.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/hasan ... ts-3441574

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:13 am

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Some of the most compelling treasures from the early ages of civilization will soon be open to tourists at Hasankeyf Museum in southeastern Turkey’s Batman province.

The museum, located in Batman’s Hasankeyf town, includes historical artifacts that were excavated by archaeological teams as part of the Ilisu Dam, part of the Southeastern Anatolia, or GAP, Project.

Built on 60,000 square meters, the museum will display artifacts dating back to the paleolithic, neolithic, chalcolithic, bronze, iron and medieval eras at the exhibitions.

While the objects will be displayed in chronological order, visual animations related to the periods they belong to will give visitors the feeling of “living in the period” they are walking through.

Wax sculptures will also attract visitors by demonstrating the lifestyles of people who lived thousands of years ago by the Tigris River.

Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, Faruk Bülent Baygüven, district governor of Hasankeyf, said the museum will shed light on the history of the region.

Baygüven said the museum will also display historical artifacts from different provinces of the region, including Batman, Mardin, Siirt, Şırnak and Diyarbakır.

“When the artifacts start to be exhibited, our museum will be flooded by visitors. The museum will make a great contribution to the tourism of Hasankeyf. The artifacts in this museum will bring visitors from all over the world,” he said.

Baygüven said the two-storey museum will be opened soon, without giving an exact inauguration day.

Hasankeyf, 32 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Batman, was declared a conservation area in 1981.There are nearly 6,000 caves around the town that contain the remnants of Christian and Muslim worship places, as well as a Byzantine fortress.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:47 pm

Turkish hydroelectric dam will leave hundreds homeless

HASANKEYF, Turkey (Reuters) - Hundreds of people displaced by a huge dam in southeast Turkey fear they could go homeless because resettlement laws prevent them from moving into a new government-built town above the rising Tigris River waters.

The Ilisu dam, which Turkey planned to fill this year, will generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity but has been criticized for water shortages it will create downstream in Iraq and for the tens of thousands of people it will displace in Turkey.

For hundreds of residents of the 12,000-year-old town of Hasankeyf and its neighboring village of Kesmekopru, both of which will be submerged, housing laws may also block them from finding new homes on the nearby mountainside.

Those regulations bar unmarried adults and people with addresses registered elsewhere from claiming home ownership in the new site, residents and town officials told Reuters.

Two Hasankeyf residents affected by the laws, siblings Fatime and Hizrullah Salkan, have filed legal petitions to find new homes when the waters rise and they are forced from their houses - built next door to each other by their parents.

Fatime, 44, is not married and her 47-year-old brother, a father of four, switched his address to a neighboring province while seeking work there five years ago, meaning they both fail to meet requirements for being rehoused.

"They told us everything would be perfect - that everyone would own a house, there wouldn’t be any problems," Hizrullah said. "But now we are doomed to be migrants."

Also uprooted by the dam waters will be Hasankeyf's ancient tombs, minarets and monuments, which are being transferred to a tourist park.

Ahmet Akdeniz, president of the local cultural association, said he supports the dam and the new settlement site, and expects Hasankeyf's antiquities to be more easily accessible at their new location. But the home ownership restrictions, he said, are a disaster for hundreds of residents in Hasankeyf.

"Whoever wrote these laws is brainless," he said. "They'll have to change them. There won't be anywhere for these people to go."

Asked whether steps were being taken to address the needs of people deemed ineligible for new housing, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, which is overseeing the Ilisu Dam project, said local authorities had planned to make some homes available for sale but "there is no demand".

Other state bodies, including the Environment and Urbanisation Ministry, which issued the home-ownership laws, declined or did not respond to requests for comment.

"CITY" LIFE

Turkey briefly started filling the dam in June, but officials said it halted temporarily a week later after complaints from Iraq about reduced water flows in summer.

Like Hasankeyf, which it faces across the Tigris River, the village of Kesmekopru will be forced to evacuate once the dam’s reservoir fills properly.

But none of Kesmekopru’s more than 600 residents will be allowed to own homes in the new settlement site because it is not considered a neighborhood of Hasankeyf, according to village headman Metin Dezen.

When Dezen asked provincial authorities why his villagers could not move to the new site, they told him: "'You're village people, we can't give you a city,'" he told Reuters.

Asked about Dezen’s claim, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said residents of Kesmekopru had been paid for the loss of their land and had not applied for new housing from the government.

For the approximately 20 families who have already moved from Hasankeyf to the new homes, however, their present living conditions do not resemble a city.

Although authorities have said construction is 94 percent complete, the streets are still full of construction vehicles, the tap water is brownish, the air swirls with dust, and the area is barren. A clump of pine trees planted on a ridge above the site are brown and dead.

Mazlum Cetin, 27, works as a local tour guide in Hasankeyf but moved to the new settlement site in April. He fears the local economy will worsen after the dam because tourists will not be as eager to see Hasankeyf's artifacts away from their historical location.

"In New Hasankeyf, people will just come and swipe their [museum entry cards] and see everything and leave,” he said.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:38 am

Profiteering continues in Hasankeyf: 265 tonne iwan moved

The Imam Abdullah Zawiya’s iwan part has been moved out of Hasankeyf in the final phase.

The AKP continues to implement historical and natural genocide in Kurdistan.

As the moving of artifacts in Hasankeyf continues due to risk of flooding when the Ilisu Dam goes into commission, the iwan part of the Imam Abdullah Zawiya has been moved in the final phase. The 265 tonne iwan was loaded on a 48 wheeled SPTM vehicle to be transported to the archaeopark in the new Hasankeyf 3 km away.

The Middleburg Door called the Roma Door of the Hasankeyf Citadel was dismantled yesterday and will be picked up from the construction site today to be transported.

NATURE AND HISTORY DESTROYED

The AKP has been damaging nature and history in the name of profiteering in Hasankeyf. The trees that were moved before have dried up. The location the artifacts are moved to is closed for visits.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:17 am

In Turkey, a power play will leave ancient towns underwater
By Suzy Hansen

The nation’s plan to control its most precious resource includes a controversial dam that will drown some of its history

This story appears in the November 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine

Hasankeyf is a 12,000-year-old village carved into a plateau flanking the Tigris River. It looks like something out of a surreal fairy tale. Overlooking the town are caves crafted by Neolithic pioneers and the ruins of a citadel as old as the Byzantines. The settlement bears traces of the Romans. It’s the site of significant medieval Islamic architecture, including a bridge across the Tigris that established it as an important outpost along the Silk Road. Marco Polo may have crossed there on his way to China.

Hasankeyf is also an active town in south eastern Turkey, with markets and gardens and mosques and cafés—a place with a palpable feeling of historical continuity and survival.

Yet in 2006 the Turkish government officially began work on a giant dam across the Tigris River that will lead to the drowning of an estimated 80 percent of Hasankeyf and the displacement of its 3,000 residents, as well as many other people. The dam—the Ilısu—is now almost complete, and the flooding could start anytime in the next year.

Why would a country demolish one of its most mythic places? To improve the lives of the local people through modernization, the government says. But the massive project benefits the Turkish state too. Turkey has no native oil or natural gas sources. What it does have is water.

In the early decades of the 20th century, the Turkish Republic engaged in a series of state-driven modernization projects intended to develop its economy. The south eastern region—its inhabitants relatively poor, undereducated, and minority Kurds, Arabs, and Assyrians—were largely left out. In the 1970s the government proposed a remedy: a colossal dam project that would bring reliable electricity to the south east and irrigate the farmlands. The Turkish government would build 22 dams and 19 hydroelectric power plants across the Tigris and Euphrates river network, as well as roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure. The plan was dubbed the South eastern Anatolia Project (GAP, as the acronym goes in Turkish).

In Halfeti, located on the reservoir created by the Birecik Dam, tourists dine at Fırat Yüzer floating restaurant. People come to the lake to visit the town’s submerged remains and other flooded villages nearby, but water also covers the region’s fertile fields.

The GAP soon became controversial. Syria and Iraq, downstream from Turkey, protested that Turkey could deprive them of much needed water

In 1984 the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant separatist group—terrorists, according to Turkey and the United States—revolted against perceived injustices committed by the Turkish state, turning the south east into a war zone. Meanwhile, European banks withdrew funding and the World Bank denied loans because of ongoing multinational disagreements, inadequate environmental assessments, and concerns about the scope of resettlement and cultural heritage protection. Even within the Turkish government, enthusiasm for the GAP as a national pride project began to fade, according to Hilal Elver, who advised the Ministry of Environment in the 1990s and is now the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the right to food.

Indeed, by the 2000s it had become clear that the dam projects weren’t succeeding in their ostensible purpose. “They mismanaged the water, and it didn’t bring development and it didn’t bring peace,” said Elver, noting that the PKK and the government are still fighting.

Today electricity generated by 13 of 19 completed dams is mostly used elsewhere. Salination, a direct result of introducing water to poorly drained salty lands, has ruined precious farms. Income from the dams hasn’t trickled down to local municipalities or people. Thousands have been displaced. Most received monetary compensation and housing but not enough to replace long-held livelihoods.

The Ilısu Dam may be one of the GAP’s most destructive projects yet. It’s set to flood not only Hasankeyf but also 250 miles of river ecosystem, 300 archaeological sites, and dozens of towns and villages. Some of the artifacts will be moved to safer ground, but the dam will displace about 15,000 people and affect tens of thousands more. Ercan Ayboğa, an environmental engineer and spokesperson for the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, says the number might be close to 100,000. “It’s a huge project imposed on the people of the region by the Turkish government,” Ayboğa said. It “has no benefits for the local population except profits for some companies and big landowners.”

So why does the Turkish government press on? After all, other countries, including the U.S., are reconsidering the benefits and risks of dam projects and even removing some dams to restore natural water flow and river habitats. And there are less destructive ways to generate electricity, such as solar power.

Many believe that the government’s goal is simply to control this natural resource, for Turkey’s domestic needs and for its security. Case in point: When the PKK’s leader, Abdullah Öcalan, found shelter in Syria, one of Turkey’s bargaining chips to get him back was that it could shut off the country’s water supply. Water “can be used as a weapon against Iraq and Syria,” said John Crofoot, an American part-time resident and founder of Hasankeyf Matters. “It’s leverage.”

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Re: Nature/History destroyed in Hasankeyf lazy Kurds do noth

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:31 pm

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Turkish authorities are pushing ahead with the transportation of historic artefacts in Turkey’s southeastern ancient Kurdish town of Hasankeyf, which will be submerged by the floodwaters of the Ilısu damn, despite a decision from the country’s highest administrative court to cancel the tender for the move, independent news site T24 reported.

The tender for the move of Hasankeyf’s historic artefacts by Turkey's State Hydraulic Works was cancelled by the Council of State on Oct. 23. The country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has begun an investigation, however no changes appear to have been made to the scheduled move, T24 noted.

The walls of a mosque and the minaret of another were removed for relocation on Monday in the 12,000-year-old ancient city located in Batman province, it said, with locals expressing their frustration at roads leading to the town being blocked off.

The two companies who won the tender for the relocation of seven ancient artefacts are to transport a small Islamic monastery known as the İmam Abdullah Zaviye, the Artuklu Bath, Er-Rızk Mosque minaret, Orta Kapı, Süleyman Han, as well as the Kızlar and Koç mosques.

Hasankeyf locals have already started to settle in their new houses built by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ), which began the construction of 710 houses to accommodate the locals approximately two years ago.

The region affected by the Ilısu dam is dotted with unique historic sites dating back to ancient times. The Turkish government plans to move several of the 300 monuments from Hasankeyf, an important example of a medieval settlement, to the cultural park by the end of the year before they are submerged.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:44 pm

Relocation in Hasankeyf accelerates

The AKP is refusing to recognize the Council of State verdict to cancel the bid in Hasankeyf and has ordered the acceleration of relocating the historic sites

The Council of State 13th Division ordered the cancellation of the bid to relocate 12.000 year old historic sites and artifacts in Hasankeyf, and the Culture and Tourism Ministry launched an investigation on the bid following the cancellation order.

Despite the Council of State order, the relocation efforts continued today in the historic district.

The Sultan Suleyman Mosque’s minaret stones were taken out and transported, and giant cranes were brought in to transport the Koc Mosque (Kizlar Mosque). The people protested when their power was cut off during removal of some power lines. The units decided to leave the power lines after the protests. The people also said they won’t leave their homes until the new Hasankeyf is built.

The relocation works in Hasankeyf are reported to have accelerated after the Council of State verdict.
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