The Italian-Iraqi Institute of Archaeological Sciences and the Italian-Iraqi Centre for the Restoration of Monuments, founded with the purpose of establishing an ongoing joint cooperation between Italy and Iraq, have been operating in Baghdad since 1969.
1964-1989. The ruins of Seleucia, which to this day extend over a vast area of over 550 hectares, lie for the most part unexplored on the right bank of the current course of the Tigris, approximately 30 km south of Baghdad.
1964-1975. A series of excavation campaigns were conducted in the area of the ancient Sassanid city of Ver-Ardashir, founded by Ardashir I (224 – 241 A.D.), the first great Sassanid ruler.
1977-1981. The Centro Scavi took part in the international project to save the archaeological sites in the Jebel Hamrin region, which the basin of the dam on the Diyala River would have submerged, promoted by the State Organization of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq.
1980-1983. Surveys and excavations performed in the Kifrin site are Italy’s contribution, through the Centro Scavi’s work, to the project for saving archaeological sites that preceded the construction of the al-Qadissiya dam and the creation of the basin on the Euphrates upstream of Haditha.
1984-1986. The project to build a dam on the Tigris resulted in the formation of a long basin that to the North reaches the Turkish and Syrian borders. Of the sites to be investigated that were proposed by the Iraqi Antiquities Service, the Italian Archaeological Mission chose Khirbet Hatara.
1987-1989. The Centro Scavi pledged to conduct an exploration and study of Hatra, the capital of the Arab tribes of the Jazira region, which between the 1st century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D. became their most important city before the advent of Islam.
1987-1989. Nimrud, the ancient Kalhu, was founded in the 9th century B. C. as the capital and royal residence by Assurnazirpal II, the first great king of the Neo-Assyrian empire.
2002-2003. On the eve of the Second Gulf War, the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l'Asia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Central Restoration Institute, embarked on a campaign for documenting and verifying the state of conservation of the structures of the royal suite in the palace of Sennacherib, in the ancient Assyrian capital Nineveh.
Since 2003, one of the fields in which the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l'Asia has been active is the restoration of several halls of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad.
The Bureau for the Recovery and Investigation of Iraqi Looted Antiquities project consists in the creation of a database of artifacts that were stolen from Iraq.