Dam Project Threatens Roman Ruins in Turkey

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A tunnel leads to the Allianoi baths, which may served as a medical center.

A 50-yard-long tunnel leads to ancient baths in the Roman ruins at Allianoi, Turkey. Burak Senbak hide caption

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Eight granite columns dwarf workers rushing to complete work before the ruins are flooded.

Eight granite columns dwarf workers who are rushing to complete salvage excavations before the dig is closed in October. Burak Senbak hide caption

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Archaeologists are racing to finish excavating Roman ruins at the town of Allianoi before they're flooded by a new dam this fall.

The Turkish state says a reservoir will allow farmers to irrigate their fields and earn more money.

But some local farmers will lose their fields... and their homes... to the floods. Many are joining with scientists and civic groups in a bid to stop construction on the dam, which is already several years behind schedule.



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