Documentation, Protection and Preliminary Conservation of an Endangered Assyrian Canal and Rock Art Complex in the Duhok Governorate, Faida Salvage Project
Duhok Governorate, Iraq
The archaeological site of Faida, situated along the Tigris, 50 km north of Mosul, preserves unique rock reliefs dating to the 7th century BCE, and representing Assyrian sovereigns and deities. These monumental representations, first discovered in the 1970s and partially excavated in 2019, were carved in connection with the development of extensive irrigation systems, a central feature of Mesopotamian civilizations.
These exceptional reliefs have been partially damaged, mainly due to poor protection and negligence.
The University of Udine and the Duhok Directorate of Antiquities are collaborating on the preservation of these extraordinary monumental panels, recognized as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the recent years and awarded the ‘International Archaeological Discovery Award Khaled al-Asaad’.
This emergency project will scan and document the site to prepare the ground for the full rehabilitation of these unique archaeological remains. The involvement of local communities, authorities, and partners will contribute to the reestablishment of the touristic and economic potential of the region.