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Moving an Ancient Town to Higher Ground

The Atlantic Logo The Atlantic | Slide 1 of 29: Local people use their phones to take pictures of the tomb of Zeynel Bey as it is moved on a rolling structure in Hasankeyf, in Batman, southeastern Turkey, on May 12, 2017. Turkish authorities conducted the ambitious and controversial operation to move the 545-year-old tomb to a new location ahead of expected flooding from the Ilisu Dam project.

Local people use their phones to take pictures of the tomb of Zeynel Bey as it is moved on a rolling structure in Hasankeyf, in Batman, southeastern Turkey, on May 12, 2017. Turkish authorities conducted the ambitious and controversial operation to move the 545-year-old tomb to a new location ahead of expected flooding from the Ilisu Dam project.

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