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Tunnel Will Link Europe to Asia in Istanbul; Work Stopped for Ancient Discovery

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Traffic congestion is a big problem in Istanbul, Turkey, but ambitious plans are under way to help the city cope with rapid growth and a growing population. Most of the Republic of Turkey is located in western Asia. The city of Istanbul is located in the small portion of Turkey that is part of Europe. A massive tunnel is being constructed that will literally connect Asia with Europe. When this tunnel is completed, subway trains are expected to carry more then a million people a day between Europe and Asia. But in their rush to modernize Istanbul, city planners ran into an unforeseen obstacle - the lost, 4th century Byzantine port of Theodosius discovered right where one of the subway stations is to be built. Here, hundreds of meters from the sea, an army of workers and archaeologists have uncovered a fleet of 34 thousand-year-old boats. Excavating this treasure trove of history has delayed construction by at least 4 years and added untold millions of dollars to the new transport project.

Related Instructional Resources

Marmary Project Website
Istanbul's Ancient Past Unearthed
National Geographic Video About the Tunnel
Spacetime TV-Educational Videos about the Tunnel
Science Discovery, Build it Bigger: Istanbul
Tunnel Links Continents - CNN Coverage
Risks and Benefits of Working Underground
PRI's The World: Sunken Tunnels, Sunken Boats

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