A worker touches hieroglyphs at an archaeological site outside Karkemish, Turkey, meters away from the Turkey-Syria border and the Syrian city of Jarablus. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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The tourist gate and ticket house are ready at the ancient city of Karkemish, where Turkish troops crossed last month into Syria and ousted Daesh (ISIS) militants from the border. Despite Syria's civil war, archaeologists on the Turkish side of border-straddling Karkemish unearthed sculptures, mosaics and other artifacts in relative safety although sporadic gunfire and shelling was occasionally audible from the Syrian side. Part of the ancient outer town is in the Syrian town of Jarablus, held by Daesh militants until Turkish ground forces occupied the area.A lot of archaeological material on the Syrian side of Karkemish is especially vulnerable because it is just below the ground surface, said Lawrence, adding that he saw video of Turkish tanks moving through Syrian areas where he worked before the civil war.The battle's date was Aug. 24, 500 years to the day before Turkey sent troops into Syria.
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