Experts Explored This Turkish Lake And Found An Enormous Ancient Artifact Hidden Below The Surface

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Image: Mustafa Şahin/Lake Iznik Excavation Archive

On the shores of a lake in western Turkey, an archaeologist is searching for the remains of an ancient civilization. Less than 200 feet away from his excavation site, however, a secret is hiding underwater – and has been for over 1,000 years. And it’s only in 2014, when surveyors show off aerial images of the area, that the explorer sees something incredible.

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As one of the first places in the world to have been permanently settled, Turkey has a rich and fascinating history stretching back thousands of years. And ever since the Greeks brought their culture and language to the Anatolian coast from around 1,200 BC, the region has been a melting pot of different religions and ideas.

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Over the course of history, several different powers have sought to take control of the area now known as Turkey. And from the ultimately Christian Romans to the Muslim Ottomans, each successive empire has left its mark on the region. Today, the country straddles Europe and Asia, but although it is prosperous and modern it’s nevertheless plagued by political strife.

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