Photo by Harf Zimmerman

A majestic imperial eagle, symbolizing the power and authority of ancient Rome, patiently awaits evacuation to the Gaziantep Museum. Although the Turkish government’s decision not to halt the construction of the Biricek Dam drew widespread criticism from western nations, the partial flooding of Zeugma has actually helped draw attention to the long-overlooked site. Thanks to a $5 million grant from the California-based Packard Humanities Institute, a fresh round of excavations is being launched at Zeugma. If enough material is uncovered, the Turks may also open a new museum and an archaeological theme park at the site.