The mystery behind the ancient underwater kingdom in Turkey

Examine the data

When the team of divers from Van Yüzüncü Yil University discovered the structure at the bottom of the water, they were surprised that it was still in good condition despite all the time that had passed since the Middle Ages. Further analysis of the visual data showed that the structure was still in ruins. However, it was in a significantly better state than the archaeologists had anticipated. The salty nature of the lake had played a key role in preserving the rocks and structures that were submerged.

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A visual analysis of the photos of the building gave different results from what the divers saw at first glance. Although most of the structure remained solid, there were a few loose rocks here and there. You could see that some walls and rocks were in a terrible state. The scientists went a step further to measure the walls in order to compare them to the depth of the lake. This was going to provide critical information on the rate at which the castle was submerged by the lake, and hopefully inform future decision-making. However, as the analysis evolved, misunderstandings persisted.

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