Historic tomb moved to make way for dam in Turkey

By The Associated Press

An enormous, 600-year-old tomb in Turkey's southeast has been moved to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river.

An enormous, 600-year-old tomb is moved on a large wheeled platform, to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river, in a village of Hasankeyf, southeastern Turkey, Friday May 12, 2017. The 15th-century, domed Zeynel Bey Tomb, weighing 1,100 tons, was moved in one piece Friday, traveling two kilometers from the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, where the majority of villages and historic sites are at risk of being submerged in water when the Ilisu Dam is completed. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

ISTANBUL (AP) — An enormous, 600-year-old tomb in Turkey's southeast has been moved to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the 15th-century, domed Zeynel Bey Tomb, weighing 1,100 tons, was moved in one piece Friday, traveling two kilometers (more than a mile) on a large wheeled platform.

The fallen warrior's tomb was located in the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, where the majority of villages and historic sites are at risk of being submerged in water when the Ilisu Dam is completed.

Critics say the dam is endangering archeological and cultural heritage, changing the ecosystem and displacing people.

Construction of the dam and the relocation of the tomb have continued amid an ongoing case at the European Court of Human Rights.

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