Permit Runaround Politics Slow Archaeologists in Turkey

It used to be easy for foreign archaeology teams to get excavation permits in Turkey. This year, though, dozens of scientists are still waiting for government permission even though the dig season has begun. Some suspect that politics and nationalism are in play.
Von Joel Stonington
Workers cleaning bits of pottery found at an antique, fourth century port in Istanbul.

Workers cleaning bits of pottery found at an antique, fourth century port in Istanbul.

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