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In addition to its determination on supportive studies for five years more, Siemens will also contribute to the establishment of Troia Fund.
Troia Fund board of directors, founded on August 9,2004 in Canakkale under the presidency of Prof.Dr.Manfred Korfman, consists of 16 people most of who are lecturers and archeologists. Siemens Management Board President Dr.Zafer Incecik and Director of Corporate Communication Alp Yoruk are also among the members of the fund's board of directors.
Prof.Dr.Manfred Korfman gave a speech in the name of the fund, which was formed in order to provide a continuous support for the excavations in Troia. He said, "We are supposed to think about the next generations. We aim to provide the continuity of these excavations so that the next generations will be able to see Troia." He also mentioned that donations were not the only income of the fund but they aimed to make money from souvenir sales, as well.
There have been many excavations carried out in Troia since 1988 under the presidency of Prof.Dr.Manfred Korfman. Within the scope of these excavations, last year a megaron structure dating back to Bronze Age and believed to have cult function was found in annex of the Defense Wall of Troia II. This unmatchable structure has been covered up with a roof symbolizing the wind at Dardanelle and opened to visitors. Siemens has always contributed to both the restoration and exhibition processes of the Bronze Age structure.
Alp Yoruk, Director of Siemens Corporate Communications, stated that Siemens would be sponsor for the excavations in the antic city of Troia for five years more and added, "We, as a company working in Turkey for over 45 years, are glad to help our cultural heritage in Troia to be highlighted. Troia, the most important meeting point of Anatolian and European cultures, should be valued as a combining cultural factor in the period of accession to European Union.