Iraq


Since its foundation, Iraq represented the core of field-research performed by the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l’Asia. Works started in 1964 with the investigation of the al-Mada’in area, an archaeological district that includes several settlement of different eras: 11 campaigns of excavations were conducted between 1964 and 1976 on the sites of Seleucia on the Tigris and Choche. Subsequently, the construction of large dams led to the salvage excavations of Tell Yelkhi (1977-1981), Kifrin (1980-1983) and Kirbet Hatara (1984-1986). In the 1980s, investigations were also carried out at Hatra, Nimrud, Babylon and Seleucia on the Tigris (1987-1989). In the last decades, due to the conflicts in the area, the activities of the Centro Scavi have mainly been focused on the protection of the Iraqi archaeological heritage: within this framework fall the documentation of the orthostats of Sennacherib’s Palace without rivals at Nineveh and the activities illustrated in the section of the site dedicated to the safeguard of the archaeological heritage (documentation and recovery of looted artefacts, reconstruction of the restoration laboratories and reopening of the Iraq Museum, reopening of the Iraqi-Italian institutes). Moreover, since 2013 an archaeological expedition is working at Tulul al Baqarat.

  • In 1964 the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino inaugurated its field research with the site of Seleucia on the Tigris. Between 1927 and 1937 the site had already
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  • Between 1964 and 1975, the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l'Asia conducted a series of excavation campaigns in the area of the ancient
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  • In 1974 the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) entrusted the Centro Scavi di Torino with a preliminary project of development and restoration of the site of Babylon.
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  • The excavations of the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino began in June 1977 within the context of an international cooperation project promoted by the State Organization...
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  • The surveys and excavations conducted in the site of Kifrin between 1980 and 1983 are Italian contribution to the rescue project that preceded the construction of the al-Qadissiya dam and
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  • The archaeological site of Khirbet Hatara is located approximately 40 km north of Mosul, along the old road that led to Zakho and to the Turkish border. It is located
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  • The archaeological site of Khirbet Hatara is located approximately 40 km north of Mosul, along the old road that led to Zakho and to the Turkish border. It is located
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  • Nimrud, the ancient Kalhu, was founded in the 9th century BC as the capital and royal residence by Assurnasirpal II, the first great sovereign of the Neo-Assyrian empire. The site
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  • In 2002, on the eve of the Second Gulf War, the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l'Asia, together with the State Board of
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  • In November 2013, the Italian archaeological expedition of the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino started its first season work at Tulul al Baqarat (province of al Kut, Iraq).
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