A curious group
There are legends and narratives that have been passed down to preserve the rich history Lake Van. So the locals in the region are well aware of the history. But despite this, the lake still holds many secrets, some of which date back at least 500,000 years. The secrets, which are buried at the bottom of the lake, contain crucial information for scientists. So in 2017, accompanied by a team of photographers and historians, archaeologists set out to carry out a study on the lake.
The scientists were aware of the legend of an ancient kingdom and they had the instinct to explore for themselves, to discover if there was truth in the stories. They started investigating the facts to try to clarify the stories people were telling. Their goal was to find engravings or ancients tools and objects that would prove the existence of an ancient civilisation that had lived there several hundred years ago. But the scientists didn’t expect to find what they saw. Their discovery was going to change everything the people had learned from the legend.