A museum in southeastern Turkey's Batman province hosts some of the most compelling treasures from the early ages of civilization. Hasankeyf Museum, which opened recently, holds 1,453 works belonging to the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages and the Roman, Artuqid and Ottoman periods from five different cities: Batman, Mardin, Siirt, Şırnak and Diyarbakır. By next year, some 4,000 artifacts will be exhibited at the museum. They will be displayed in chronological order with visual animations that will take visitors back in time. Lifesize wax sculptures will show visitors how cavemen lived on the banks of the Tigris River. The museum will also house a cafeteria, foyer, conference hall, library and children's area. 'We have transferred many works, especially from the old settlement area of Hasankeyf, to a newer archaeology park. Miniature models of these works will be displayed at the museum,' said Ali Rıza Altunel, deputy director general of cultural heritage.