Drowned History

Mustafa bilge satkın

Entrant Name: Mustafa bilge Satkın
Award Status: – Nominee
Award Category: Environment
Story Locations: Turkey/Batman

This project tells the story of people forced to abandon their ancestral city Hasankeyf. It is located in upper Mesopotamia to Anatolia, along the Tigris River in Batman, Turkey. Here, aligned with the state’s water policies, the Ilisu Dam was constructed even though, inevitably, historical and cultural heritage would be buried, its precious riverine habitat would be flooded, and people would be de-territorialized.

The city, also known as Rock Fortress, is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited settlements globally, spanning an estimated 12,000 years. 

 

This urban establishment was like an open-air museum, containing thousands of human-made caves, hundreds of medieval monuments, and a unique canyon ecosystem in the Tigris Valley.

With the Dam being built, the region’s people had to leave their homes, lands, memories, and cultural history altogether behind. The most agonizing part of this process is that they also have to undug their lost loved ones’ graves and carry their remains with them.

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A view of 12000 years old Hasankeyf before it is flooded br Evidence of numerous civilizations will vanish under the reservoir of the Dam

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A newlywed man moving to his new house before the ancient city is submerged Forced to leave his inherited house the young man now has to pay rent for the new settlement

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The exhumation of a man who died 50 years ago by His granddaughters and great-grandsons who know him from their mothers are getting ready to move his remains

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Houses that were once filled with children now inundating with water The owner of the houses will not be able to see them anymore in a week since that water rises 1 5 meters a day

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Praying woman – watching the exhumation br She is deeply sorry to hassle the dead with this process of removal

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Last time on the bridge from ancient Hasankeyf to the new town The entrance of the ancient town will soon be flooded A family is going across the bridge to reach the new settlement

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Locals are looking at the Cradle of Civilization for the very last time

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Turkey s the one and only oil refinery is in Batman This refinery and the dams on Tigris River has a contribution to the economy However the city is one of the five poorest cities in Turkey

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Nuri at the age of 73 br He will have to abandon her house within a week All that he has are the memories now they will have to get used to a new way of living

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The villagers were maintaining with agriculture and stock-raising Losing their land they had to find another way to make a living touristic boat trips in the dam This young man is sunbathing while waiting for a customer

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Villagers taking a nap whilst having a long journey home by boat This old boat used for transportation is quite loud and shaky Despite those villagers sleeping on the way home during a four-hour-long journey

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Koctepe four km away from the main dam body of the dam is the very first inundated village Remains of ceramics from the archaeological excavations indicate a history going back to 3000-2700 BC

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