Historian flags Gallipoli visitor limits

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An Australian historian says there will be further damage to Gallipoli unless limits are placed on the number of visitors to the historic military site.

Joan Beaumont from Deakin University says the competing claims between heritage and tourism at Gallipoli remains unresolved after the 2005 outcry over road works which supposedly disturbed soldiers' remains.

Professor Beaumont says attendance at Gallipoli Anzac Day services have skyrocketed over the last decade.

"Over the last decade attendance at the ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli has grown steeply from 4,500 visitors in 1994 to 18,000 in 2004," she said.

"Despite this site falling under Turkish sovereignty, it's clear that a kind of cultural annexation has taken place, with many Australians and New Zealanders believing that ownership has been conferred by the deaths of their compatriots during World War One.

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