Time has passed, and many explorers have followed one another to the lake. Many were looking for a hidden treasure or an ancient lost city. Instead, they discovered old bottles and stones. There was no sign of a submerged city. No trace until recently. Tahsin Ceylan, the head of the diving team, recounted how many archaeologists familiar with the region had discouraged him from the undertaking. They all claimed that there was little to be discovered in the lake, but he still soldiered on.
In an interview with Hurriyet Daily News, Tahsin mentioned that “Many civilisations and people had settled around Lake Van … With this belief in mind, we are working to reveal the lake’s secrets.” Lost City research project by the Van Yüzüncü Yil University attracted several researchers. Institutions were also not left out. For example, National Geographic, the television channel, joined the party to discover the sunken city. And when a discovery was made, the researchers were amazed. They demonstrated that Lake Van was indeed hiding something.