T U R K E Y ‘ S H A S A N K E Y F : T H E P LI G H T O F AR C H A E OLO G I C AL A N D AR C H IT E C T U RAL TR E A S U R E S I N S O U T H E A S T A N ATOLIA – TAASA Review March 2013


This article was originally found in the March 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 1, Page 13).

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William Gourlay T he Tigris and the Euphrates, the rivers of ancient Mesopotamia, rise in the southeast of Anatolia, a remote corner of Turkey’s Asian hinterland.

Designated the Fertile Crescent, this is also a region where peoples and civilisations have long clashed, coalesced and overlapped.

The result of millennia of human interaction is a complex cultural patchwork and a stunningly diverse archaeological and artistic legacy on display at multiple sites across the region. Travellers to present day Turkey tend to be conversant with the imperial grandeur of Istanbul and, on Turkey’s western littoral, the relics of Classical antiquity at sites including Ephesus, Troy and Pergamum...