Drowning Hasankeyf

Turkish Bath by Christina Davidson
The Atlantic, November 2008

"Hasankeyf may soon be hit by another conquering wave—this time, a watery one that could drown its history. Fifty miles downstream, near the village of Ilisu, a consortium of German, Swiss, Austrian, and Turkish contractors is preparing to build a massive hydroelectric dam that would catch water from the Tigris just before the river spills into Syria and Iraq. If all goes as planned, most of Hasankeyf will be submerged by a reservoir. Ali pointed out the projected waterline—about halfway up the spire of a 15th-century minaret."

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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