Drought In Turkey Helped Archaeologists


Turkish farmers suffer because harvest was hopelessly corrupted by drought. But archaeologists on the contrary were lucky with shallowing of the largest lake which allowed them to thoroughly inspect the ruins of the ancient city, which was until recent time completely hidden under the water. It is the ancient city of Ercis, which was completely flooded by the lake Van, located in eastern Turkey. From the shore only fragments of the ancient ruins of the Ottoman fortress could be seen.



Now, archaeologists were able to study the different eras of existence fortress Ercis - from the era of Urartu - the first state in the world and until the death of the fortress. A tendency to reduce the area of Van is likely to continue in the coming years, and even more buildings of the ancient city will soon become available to researchers.