Tag Archives | archeology

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, […]

Iraqi Pre-Islamic Landmark threatening to Collapse

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Taq Kasra, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad, is different from many other sites and monuments that date to the pre-Islamic era in Iraq. Unlike them, Taq Kasra has a place […]

Lion of Babylon joins List of Crumbling Antiquities

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Prized Lion of Babylon joins list of crumbling Iraqi antiquities The statue of the Lion of Babylon stands in the ancient city of Babylon, south of Baghdad, founded in 1880 B.C. The statue was […]

UK Company Sponsors Ur Archaeological Project

By John Lee. Kirintec, a UK-based supplier of tactical equipment for anti-terror solutions in the security and defence industry, has announced that it is sponsoring the Ur Region Archaeological Project in Iraq, led by Dr Jane Moon. Founder and Managing Director Roy Peers-Smith commented: "We feel privileged to share the story so far and wait […]

Unemployed Iraqis join in Looting of Antiquities

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is a great mine of antiquities, with around 13,000 historical and archaeological sites. But today, they lack protection in the absence of law and the deteriorating security conditions in the […]

Video: Museum tries to Recover Lost Treasures

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The UN is warning that Iraq's ancient heritage could be lost forever. Thousands of artefacts have been looted and destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. Many were […]

British Museum sets up Emergency Heritage Mgt Programme

The British Museum is embarking on a programme of co-operation with colleagues in Iraq made possible with £3 million grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This will enable the Museum to deliver a programme of in-depth and specialized training to establish a dedicated corps of Iraqi heritage professionals, fully skilled to […]