The archaeological area of Troy has been under official protection since the first excavations in 1869/1870 by Heinrich Schliemann. When the German archaeologist Manfred Korfmann began new research in 1988, including in the area, the desire soon arose to protect the area over a large area in order to prevent the threatened destruction of the landscape through property speculation and agriculture. In his efforts to establish a national park, Korfmann was also supported by his Turkish colleagues Bozkurt Güvenç, Halet Çambel and Mehmet Özdoğan. When the military withdrew from the region after the collapse of the Soviet Union after 1990, the problem took on dramatic forms. The dispute between archaeologists and speculators was particularly closely watched in the German press. On September 30, 1996, the area was finally declared a Historical National Park by decision of the Turkish Council of Ministers. In December 1998 Troy was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.Source: Wikipedia
August 6, 2021
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