Turkish Town Has Hosted 12,000 Years of Human History & Stunning Biodiversity

August 6, 2013, National Geographic Newswatch

Almost nowhere in the world is human history as densely layered as it is in Hasankeyf.

Strange sights greet its visitors: thousands of caves carved into limestone cliffs, children playing on the remains of a gargantuan medieval bridge, the towering minaret of a 15th-century mosque.

The first known inhabitants of this place on the banks of the Tigris River in Southeastern Turkey settled here in Neolithic times, 12,000 years ago.

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