In May of 2000, the New York Times published a cry of alarm for the Roman city of Zeugma, in southeast Anatolia, Turkey. Construction of a new dam meant the imminent flooding of this remarkable city. The New York Times appeal was taken to heart by David Packard of the Packard Humanities Institute of California, who immediately organized an action plan based on a targeted investigation and conservation in situ. Under extreme climatic conditions, the conservators worked on site for six months before the waters of the Euphrates, reaching their maximum level, defined the new panorama of Zeugma.
Prof. Roberto Nardi, who took part in the operations with his CCA, talks about the race against the clock to save some of the most beautiful Roman mosaics ever found.