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3,000-Year-Old Fortress Discovered in Lake

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By    |   Friday, 24 November 2017 08:13 AM

A 3,000-year-old fortress has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Van in Turkey after archaeologists were told they probably wouldn’t find much in the murky waters.

The discovery was made by archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University who believe the castle was built by the Uratu civilisation, which thrived in the area between the 9th and 6th centuries BC, The Independent reported.

A team of divers led by Tahsin Ceylan came across the ancient fortress during an underwater excursion of the 600,000-year-old lake.

“Archaeologists and museum authorities told us that there was nothing we would find,” Ceylan told Turkey’s Andolu news agency.

Ceylan explained that the lake was embedded with mystery and the team was looking to reveal these when they came across the fortress.

“Many civilizations and people had settled around Lake Van,” Ceylan told the Turkish newspaper the Hürriyet Daily News.

“They named the lake the ‘upper sea’ and believed it had many mysterious things. With this belief in mind, we are working to reveal the lake’s ‘secrets.’”

Ceylan’s description of the structure paints a majestic picture, with walls standing three to four meters high and covering an area of about one kilometer.

“The excavations need to be done underwater but we don’t know how deep the walls are,” Ceylan said, per the Hürriyet Daily News.

“Since the water of Lake Van is alkaline, the castle has not been damaged and has kept its characteristics underwater.”

National Geographic reported that the Uratu people were situated around the lake but rising water levels submerged their city over time.

There are still ruins of the village that can be found above the current water level around the lake’s edges.

Archaeologists believe that more work would be required to establish just how big the structure is and to confirm that it was in fact built by the Urartu people, CTV reported.

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A 3,000-year-old fortress has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Van in Turkey after archaeologists were told they probably wouldn’t find much in the murky waters.
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