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November 23 2012

Hittites ahead of their time in dam building


A dam unearthed during excavation work in the northern Anatolian province of Corum reveals that the dam construction techniques of the ancient past are similar to the techniques used today, according to archaeologists.

“We excavated the area but could not unearth the dam completely. This dam was built 3,250 years ago but with the same technique used today. They used clay instead of cement. It is important for us because even the Hittites understood 3,250 years ago that it was not possible to live in Anatolia without constructing a dam,” said Professor Aykut Cinaroglu, who heads the excavations at Alacahoyuk.

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