3,000-Year-Old Castle Found in Turkish Lake

June 13, 2018 10:33 am Last Updated: June 13, 2018 9:18 pm

A 3,000-year-old castle was discovered at the bottom of Lake Van in Turkey.

Officials believe that the castle was built during the Urartu Kingdom, also called the Kingdom of Van, which ruled the area between the 10th and 6th centuries BC.

“There was a rumor that there might be something under the water but most archaeologists and museum officials told us that we won’t find anything,” said Tahsin Ceylan, the head of the diving team, according to Daily Sabah.

Archaeologists think that Lake Van was much shallower during the Kingdom of Van.

“As the lake waters rose, people withdrew but the structures stayed there. Even though most of them are in ruins, they are still there. We need to protect these structures first. Other castles in the country have been damaged, but the lake has hidden the castle here and preserved it,” said another member of the team, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Fishery Faculty academic Mustafa Akkuş, according to Hurriyet Daily News.