In the News

Hasankeyf Matters in the news

Los Angeles Times
, “One of the oldest known human settlements is about to be swallowed whole,” Kim Willsher, 3 October 2019

Middle East Eye, This 12,000 year-old town could soon be under water,” Nimet Kıraç, 21 August 2019

National Geographic, “In Turkey, a power play will leave ancient towns underwater,” Suzy Hansen, November 2018

Deutsche Welle, “Facing eviction, merchants decry Turkey dam project,” Diego Cupolo, 10 April 2018 (Türkçe)

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zum Untergehen verdammt,” Marco Kauffmann Bossart, 10 December 2017

The Irish Times, “Endgame for Turkey's ancient Hasankeyf in sight,” Stephen Starr, 3 April 2017

Today's Zaman, “Why Hasankeyf, why now?” John Crofoot, 10 February 2016

Time Out Istanbul, “Troubled Waters: Hasankeyf Endangered,” Meagan Day, July 2014

National Geographic, “New Dam in Turkey Threatens to Flood Ancient City and Archaeological Sites,” Julia Harte, 21 February 2014 [article and video]

Io Donna-Corriere della Serra, “Disastri Ambientali: La diga sul Tigri che inghiottirà lastoria,” Marta Ottaviani, 25 October 2013

Nautical Archaeological Society, “Rescue Excavations in Turkey,” 11 September 2013 [photo credit: Hasankeyf Matters]

National Geographic Explorers Journal, “Turkish Town Has Hosted 12,000 Years of Human History & Stunning Biodiversity,” Julia Harte, 6 August 2013 [article and video]

Haarlems Dagblad, “De nachtmerrie van Hasankeyf,” Jessica Maas, 31 July 2013

Metro: První Unisexový Magazín, Turecký Hasankeyf, novodobá Atlantis,” Alina Holušová, July 2013, pgs. 36-38

City Journal, “Silencing the Djinns: A Dam Project Threatens the World’s Oldest City,” Claire Berlinski, Summer 2013

Time Out Istanbul, “A Bittersweet Taste of Village Life,” Alyson Neel, April 2013

Açık Radyo, 94.9, “Orman ve Civarindaki Faydali Isler,” interview with Helen Southcott and John Crofoot, conducted by Zeki Yemez, about 3rd Hasankeyf Ingathering, 21 March 2013

ABC.es, “Una presaamenaza la milenaria villa de Hasankeyf,” Daniel Irarte, ABC TV, 29 January 2013 [article and television story]

Açık Radyo, 94.9, “Orman ve Civarindaki Faydali Isler,” interview with John Crofoot, conducted by Zeki Yemez, about living in Hasankeyf, 24 January 2013

Today’s Zaman, “Hasankeyf locals stuck in limbo after Ilısu Dam decision,” Alyson Neel, 20 January 2013

Today’s Zaman, “Nature Iraq protests flooding of Hasankeyf through art,” Alyson Neel, 10 September 2012

El Mundo, “Hasankeyf, la joya amenazada de Turquía,” Luis Miquel Hurtada, 25 June 2012


News and features about Hasankeyf

NPR, “Turkish Valley Home To Human Settlements For Millenia Soon Will Be A Lake,” Durrie Bouscaren, 1 December 2019

The Washington Post, “A Turkish dam is about to flood one of the oldest continuously settled places on Earth,” Kareem Fahim, 27 November 2019

Al Jazeera, “History threatened as Turkey prepares to flood ancient city,” Andrew Wilks, 7 October 2019

Reuters, “Residents scramble to uproot from ancient Turkish town before dam waters rise,” Ali Küçükgöçmen, 7 October 2019

dpa, “Ancient history and rare species swept away by Turkey’s Ilisu Dam,” Christine-Felice Roehrs and Linda Say, 6 October 2019

Yale Environment 360, “Turkey’s Dam-Building Spree Continues, At Steep Ecological Cost,” Paul Hockenos, 3 October 2019

France 24, “12,000-year-old Turkish town to disappear under water,” Shona Bhattacharyya and Ludovic de Foucaud, 2 October 2019 (segment starts at 05:25)

The Economist, A dam threatens one of the world’s oldest settlements,” Piotr Zalewski, 26 September 2019 (also covered on The Economist's “The Intelligence” podcast starting at 17:15)

Corriere della Sera, Minareti e grotte, l’antica città di Hasankeyf sarà sommersa dall’acqua,” Marta Serafini, 23 September 2019

Agence France-Presse, “Watery grave for ancient Turkish town of Hasankeyf,” 20 September 2019

The Guardian, “'They are barbaric': Turkey prepares to flood 12,000-year-old city to build dam,” Tessa Fox, 12 September 2019

CBS News, “Despair as Turkey prepares to flood one of the world's oldest cities,” Pınar Sevinçlidir, 27 August 2019

CNN, “An ancient Turkish town could disappear underwater in weeks,” Rob Picheta, 27 August 2019

RSI News, “La diga che inghiottì Hasankeyf,” Cristoforo Spinella, 18 August 2019

Deutsche Welle Türkçe, “Hasankeyf’in yok olmasına sayılı günler kaldı,” Miray Gökçe, 18 June 2019

Xinhua, “Spotlight: Turkey's 12,000-year-old town soon to be submerged by dam waters: environmentalists,” Burak Akıncı, 17 June 2019

Euronews, “New dam on River Tigris threatens thousands of years of heritage in Turkey,” Joao Vitor Da Silva Marques, 11 June 2019

The Arab Weekly, “Turkish dam could hold trouble for Anatolia’s cultural heritage and for Iraq,” Thomas Seibert, 9 June 2019

PRI's The World, “11,000-year-old Turkish town about to be submerged forever,” Durrie Bouscaren, 22 May 2019

AFP News, “Turkey's 12,000-year-old town about to be engulfed,” Gökan Güneş, 8 January 2019 (plus accompanying AFP video)

Middle East Eye, “Before the flood: Turkey's new dam set to wash away past despite uncertain future,” Kieran Cooke, 26 December 2018

DW Türkçe, “Hasankeyf İnsanlığa Veda Etmek Üzere,” 15 November 2018

Reuters, “Turkish hydroelectric dam will leave hundreds homeless,” Julia Harte, 9 October 2018

BBC TürkçeHasankeyf’in son günleri: Ilısu barajı ne vadediyor?” Berza Şimşek, 6 June 2018

ODA TV, 10 bin yıllık Hasankeyf’i 15 günde zorla boşaltacaklar,” Yusuf Yavuz, 2 March 2018

Equal Times, Turkey ploughs on with controversial €1.2 billion dam project,” Jennifer Hattam, 20 November 2017

The Telegraph, “The ancient Turkish village that's about to disappear – and 13 other drowned towns,” Soo Kim, 24 October 2017

AFP, “Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters,” Mahmut Bozarslan, 20 October 2017

Al-Monitor, “Explosions, heartbreak rock ancient Turkish site as dam moves forward,” Mahmut Bozarslan, 6 October 2017

BBC Türkçe, "Sulara gömülecek olan Hasankeyf'te son durum: 'Gül dalında güzeldir',” Hatice Kamer, 7 September 2017

The Guardian, “Turkey's 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf citadel faces obliteration,” Constanze Letsch, 29 August 2017

Al-Monitor, “Turkish dam project would wipe out ancient town,” Fehim Taştekin, 24 August 2017

Deutsche Welle, “Ancient settlement primed for flooding in Turkey,” Diego Cupolo, 23 August 2017

The Arab Weekly, “The last summer of Turkey’s Hasankeyf,” Constanze Letsch, 20 August 2017

National Geographic, “Watch: Medieval Mausoleum Relocated to Escape Dam Flooding,” Rachel Brown, 23 May 2017

Thomson Reuters Foundation, “Tomb of fallen warrior to move before dam floods ancient Turkish township,” Jennifer Hattam, 18 April 2017

Magzine.i, “Ilısu, La Diga Turca Che Prosciugherà La Mesopotamia,” Francesco Bruno/Claudio Cucciatti, 10 February 2017

Middle East Eye, “Hasankeyf: The 12,000-year-old town that Turkey wants to drown,” Lizzie Porter, 7 June 2016

Amnesty Press, “Turkiet dränker Edens lustgård,” Bitte Hammargren, 2 October 2015

BBC Travel, “Where the cave dwellers once lived,” Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, 30 July 2015

Aspect:Ratio, “Hasankeyf - The Drowning Village,” Salvo Buffa, July 2015

TIME, “Discover the Cultural Treasure Turkey Threatens to Flood,” Andrew Katz with photographs by Mathias Depardon, 25 March 2015

South Writ Large, “Drowned Out,” Alyson Neel, Spring 2015

Today's Zaman, “Let's save Hasankeyf for peace,” Pelin Cengiz, 28 December 2014

The Financial Times, “Hasankeyf, Turkey: Soon-to-be Sunken Treasure,” Julian Allason, 7 March 2014

Spiegel Online, “Staudamm-Projektin der Türkei: Ein Dorf, dem Untergang geweiht,” Jannis Hagmann, 16 February 2014

Hurriyet, “SİTalanında inşaat makinası kafa karıştırdı,” Can Mumay, with Hasankeyf entrepreneur Zeydan Ayhan, 13 February 2014

Bir Gün, “Hasankeyf’i Bilir Misin,” by Seçil Türkkan with Hasankeyf native Mesut Güzel, 3 January 2014

Libération, “Mésopotamie, retour aux sources,” Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, 3 January 2014

Milliyet, “Barışiçin Hasankeyf,” Mehveş Evin, 25 November 2013

The Economist, A Mesopotamian Odyssey,” The Pomegranate Blog, 22 October 2013

Christian Science Monitor, “Dammed, dirty, drained by war: can Iraq's Tigris River be restored?” Jennifer Hattam, 17 October 2013

Dağ Medya, “Dağ Medya Arkeoloji yazarı Zuhal Tuzcu’nun Arkeolog Necdet Talayhan ile Hasankeyf Röportajı,” 19 August 2013

Today’s Zaman, “Travel read: The Ilısu Dam and Tigris cultures under threat,” Laura Moth, 22 July 2013

Today’s Zaman, “Time to Rethink Ilısu,” Kerim Balcı, 8 May 2013

Your Middle East
, “The soon to be lost city in Anatolia,
” John Wreford, 29 April 2013

Bianet, “Ancient City to be Inundated Under Dam Reservoir," Nilay Vardar, 21 August 2012

New York Times, “Before the Flood,” Andrew Finkel, 17 February 2012

Turkish Review, “The Price of Progress? Hasankeyf and the Ilısu Dam,” Helen Southcott, 24 November 2011

Time Out Istanbul, “Hiking amidst history in the Southeast,” Jennifer Hattam, October 2011

Z Magazine, “Hasankeyf: A Story of Resistance," Janet Biehl, 3 May 2011

Smithsonian, “Endangered Site: The City of Hasankeyf, Turkey," March 2009


Hasankeyf and Hasankeyf Matters in the blogosphere

The Arcae Project, “The doomed town of Hasankeyf,” 28 March 2016

Rabirius, “The Future Of Hasankeyf – Q&A With John Crofoot,” 13 February 2016

Road Beats, “Two Winters of Hasankeyf,” 21 March 2015

Yabangee.com, “Ask an Expat: Melanie Mehrer,” 6 March 2014

Şehrine Ses Ver (Pinar Koyuncu), “Hasankeyf’in Kokusu, Dicle’nin Sesi...” 22 January 2014

Mathias Depardon, “Before The Flood in Internazionale Magazine. La diga che divide la Turchia,” December 2013

Tryfon Topalidis, “The last film made in Hasankeyf,” 26 October 2013

Tryfon Topalidis, “Hasankeyf residents protesting against Ilisu Dam,” 16 October 2013

The Creative Caravan, “The Great Walking Guide of Hasankeyf,” 25 May 2013

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, “Meet Me in Hasankeyf: Culture, People and Politics in Hasankeyf,” 8 May 2013

A Journey Deep into the Struggle (Johanna Rivera), “Meet Me in Hasankeyf: Culture, People and Politics in Hasankeyf,” 22 April 2013

Nawres Press, “A Common Story between Chibayish and Hasankeyf,” 21 April 2013 [also published in Arabic]

Trici Venola, “Rocking the Cradle of Civilization: Drawing On The Hasankeyf Train,” 19 February 2013

Diclede10gun, “Dostları, Hasankeyf’in yaşamasıiçin çalışıyor,” 15 September 2012

Necat Keskin, “‘Bedewiyên Avê’’ jî li dijî bendava İlisu ne!” 2 May 2012

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