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BELKIS, TURKEY As the Euphrates River in southeast Turkey slowly rises, archaeologist Mehmet Onal grows troubled.A new dam threatens to plunge the ruins of Zeugma, a 2,000-year-old outpost of the Roman Empire, underwater.A major storm or earthquake may have caused the city to vanish in days or hours.Fortunately, ocean sediments (eroded rock and living matter) helped preserve the lost world.Zeugma may boast the world's most spectacular mosaic floors.No matter how fast Onal's archaeology team uncovers the mosaics and other artifacts (ancient objects), it won't be fast enough. The Turkish government claims it must dam the Euphrates to produce much-needed electricity for nearby towns.
HERAKLEION, EGYPT Last June, explorer Franck Goddio scuba dived into the Mediterranean Sea, and 8 meters (26 feet) underwater swam face-to-face with a huge statue.
The Syrian ruins, called Tell Hamoukar, contain a collection of ovens large enough to feed an army.
Archaeologists believe the concept of people cooking communally for each other is a clear sign of planned civilization--and so far this is the earliest civilization ever found!
Just across the Syrian border, archaeologists recently discovered a buried metropolis sprawling over 2 sq.
km (500 acres) and speckled with 6,000-year-old ruins.
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