People working at a site outside Karkemish, Turkey, meters away from the Turkey-Syria border and the Syrian city of Jarablus. (AP Photo/Turkish-Italian Archaeological Expedition, HO)
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Archaeology and war don't usually mix, yet that's been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest finds Saturday just meters from ISIS-controlled territory.U.S.-led coalition aircraft flew overhead as Nicolo Marchetti, a professor of archaeology and art history of the Ancient Near East at the University of Bologna. He is the project director at Karkemish, where the Turkish military let archaeologists resume work in 2011 for the first time since its troops occupied the site about 90 years ago.About one-third of the 90-hectare archaeological site lies inside Syria and is therefore off-limits; construction and farming in Jarablus have encroached on what was the outer edge of the ancient city.
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