Hellenistic Sealings & Archives

Wednesday, 24 january 2018, Prof. Messina will attend a conference held at the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, and give a lecture on "Hellenistic Sealings in Context. The City Archive of Seleucia on the Tigris", presenting some of the results of the excavation conducted by the Centro Scavi di Torino.

Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 127, 09.15 am.

For more information: Fasti Congressuum

1st International Conference on the Enhancement of the Archaeological Heritage in Iraq

On 20-21 January 2018, at the University of Kufa (Najaf, Iraq), Professor C. Lippolis will partecipate as speaker in the ICEAHI Conference related to the EDUU International Project (Education and Cultural Heritage Enhancement for Social Cohesion in Iraq). Throughout the conference, the ongoing archaeological, anthropological and environmental studies, which are aimed at the historical reconstruction of the ancient Mesopotamian landscapes, will be introduced; furthermore, the best strategies for the preservation, protection and promotion of the Iraqi cultural heritage, as well as for the diffusion of interest and awareness of its value within the local communities, will be analysed through a dialogue among different social sectors and professional disciplines. 


Conference program [PDF]


For more information: Conference ICEAHI


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