The Uncensored Account of the Perilous 1979 Expedition to Save Armenian Monuments in Cilicia, Turkey Kindle Edition
Composed in the form of a novel, this factual diary-memoir recounts the dangers, both political and personal, of the nearly ill-fated 1979 archaeological expedition to study medieval Armenian monuments threatened with destruction. Three graduate students from the University of California at Berkeley journeyed to Cilicia, an underdeveloped region in south-central Turkey near the Syrian border, to survey and photograph the castles and churches of the forgotten Armenian kingdom. Following the genocide of Christian Armenians by the Ottomans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the study of Armenian culture has been prohibited. This book is an account of extreme bravery and irrationality.