Sixth Italian archaeological campaign at Tulul al Baqarat (MAITaB)

Sixth campaign (September 22 - November 14, 2017)

The archaeological field activities focused on the two main mounds of the area. On TB1 two soundings have been opened on the eastern side of the temenos of the sacred complex, around the northern sector of the tell. To the side the Neo-Babylonian temple, an additional sounding detected the presence of a brick-flooring (most likely the top of the terrace) dated to the Early-Dynastic period. In this area, unfortunately, the structures have been long exposed and, therefore, strongly eroded by atmospheric agents; they have been also cut by the successive Neo-Babylonian reconstruction. On TB7, the sounding which brought to light a farmhouse on the north-western sector of the site has been enlarged. The limits of the building are not yet identified on the northern, eastern and southern sides, while on the western side an opened area with ovens and tannurs (an external production area) could represent a limit of this rather extended building. The dating of this complex is still to be pinpointed in detail, but, approximately, it could be positioned between the Jemdet-Nasr and the Early-Dynastic I-II periods. During the 2017 expedition, training courses that involved 22 Iraqi students and SBAH officials within the European Projects (Europe-Aid) EDUU - led by the University of Bologna and of which CRAST is a partner from this year - have been fulfilled. The training activities included excavations, surveys and cataloging/documentation practises on the field at Tulul al Baqarat (during the morning lessons) and a series of workshops (for example seminars, pottery drawings practises) held in the house of the expedion in Noumaniya.   

For more information on the mission, see: Projects - Iraq - Tulul al Baqarat


Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad - The true story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq (Torino, Cinema Massimo, May 12, 2017)

The Museo Nazionale del Cinema and CRAST have the pleasure to present the movie "Letters from Baghdad - The true story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq", by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum: Friday, May 12, Cinema Massimo Torino, sala 3, h. 8,30 p.m.


Training courses in Baghdad

Training courses at the Iraqi-Italian Institutes of Archaeological Sciences in Baghdad (April 10-25, 2017)

Following the 2016 winter session, in April 2017 a second session of training courses was held at the Iraqi-Italian Institutes of Archaeological Sciences in Baghdad. Archaeologists and employees from the Iraq Museum and the State Board for Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq attended the classes, taught by Italian experts in management, archaeologists, topographers, architects and Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage.


Fourth Italian Archaeological Campaign at Tulul al Baqarat

Fourth Campaign (November 14  - December 15, 2016)

The 2016 Fall Campaign has foreseen the opening of some trenches and soundings on the main mound of the area of Tulul al Baqarat (TB1), both iin the area of the main building on top of the hill, excavated by Iraqi archaeologists in 2008-2010, and in the southern lower area of the tell. Thanks to the collaboration with ME.S.A s.r.l., the area of TB1 was recorded with a laser scanner FARO Focus 3D X330.

In Baghdad, training courses at the Iraqi-Italian Institute for Archaeological Sciences were inaugurated, with workshops and seminaries on methodology and presentation of some research projects. Training courses will resume in Spring 2017. 

For more information on the mission, see: Projects - Iraq - Tulul al Baqarat

De la tablette cunéiforme à la tablette tactile: protéger et étudier l'antique Mésopotamie en 2016

De la tablette cuneiforme a la tablette tactile: proteger et etudier l'antique Mesopotamie en 2016. Paris, Musee du Louvre, November 9-10

The conference, linked to the exhibition "L'Historie commence en Mésopotamie", focuses on some of the current research projects in Iraq. Carlo Lippolis partecipate with a paper on the activities of the Centro Scavi entitled "Sauvegarder le passée de l'Irak: défis actuels et réalisations récentes".

For the complete program of the conference, see the following webpage: louvre_conférences

Ninive. Bilder aus Sanheribs "Palast ohnegleichen"

Ninive. Bilder aus Sanheribs "Palast ohnegleichen", exhibition at the Martin von Wagner Museum of the Würzburg University, October 21, 2016 - February 19, 2017

The photographic exhibition on the reliefs from the "Palace without rivals" of Nineveh opens on October 21 at the Martin von Wagner Museum, in the South Wing of the beautiful Residenzt Palace at Würzburg. The pictures, taken by the photographer Angelo Rubino during a campaign of study and documentation held at Nineveh by the CRAST together with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT), were the object of previous exhibitions in Turin, Baghdad and Venice.

The CRAST is glad for the cooperation with the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. The loan of the pictures of Sennacherib's wall-reliefs at Nineveh aims both at spreading the knowledge of these masterworks of Neo-Assyrian art, and at growing the audience's awareness of the need to preserve Near Eastern cultural heritage, which has recently been the object of violent attacks.