Tag Archives | archeology

New Security Force to Protect Archaeological Sites

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On Aug. 7, Dhi Qar province, south of Iraq, formed a security force to protect its archaeological sites and monuments. The province is one of Iraq’s richest in archaeological sites, some of which are 7,000 […]

US Retailer fined $3m for Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts

By John Lee. A US-based arts-and-crafts retailer has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for illegally importing thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled into the US through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel. in December 2010, Hobby Lobby executed an agreement to purchase over 5,500 artifacts, comprised of cuneiform tablets and bricks, clay […]

UNESCO welcomes Liberation of Hatra

UNESCO Director-General welcomes the liberation of Hatra and will send Emergency Assessment mission “as soon as possible” Following several reports and discussions with the Iraqi authorities, UNESCO has confirmed the liberation of the archeological site of Hatra, located in the Governorate of Nineveh in Iraq. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has reiterated her support […]

Ancient City turning into a Watermelon Farm

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Recently Najaf locals who want to preserve their archaeological treasures have been protesting, calling on the authorities to stop agricultural and housing development on top of ancient tombs and palaces. […]

Video: Nimrud, Fabled city IS sought to Destroy

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Ali al-Bayati clambered onto the remains of a giant winged bull statue that once stood as a protector of Iraq’s fabled ancient Nimrud before the Islamic State group came.

New Museum Opens First Gallery in Basra

A new museum celebrating the rich cultural heritage of southern Iraq has opened its first gallery at a ceremony in Basrah. The gallery, which displays artefacts from the Hellenistic period (c. 300 BC) through to the present, represents the first major milestone in an eight-year project involving the Iraq Ministry of Culture, the State Board […]

Iraq Struggles to Stop Antiquities Smuggling

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On Aug. 30, the Iraqi Integrity Court announced the recovery of the head of the statue of King Sanatruq I, who reigned from roughly 140 to 180, which […]

Borsippa has its eye on World Heritage List

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  After Babylon, Borsippa has its eye on World Heritage List As preparations continue to have Babylon recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017, the city of Borsippa, […]