IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Restoration, digitization and dissemination of Iraqi documentary heritage
As testament to some of the oldest libraries in human history, Iraq hosts historical manuscripts from myriad private and public collections. The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) enjoys an ongoing collaboration with libraries and archives in Iraq to identify, restore, digitize and publish online rare manuscripts preserved across the country. This project will concentrate on Christian and Muslim institutions, and the digital versions of the manuscripts will be published in an open access format at the Bibliothèques d’Orient: the web repository of the BnF dedicated to the written heritage of the Middle East.
Rehabilitation of Tutunji House
Tutunji House is an ornate, late Ottoman, central courtyard house. This historic house suffered significant damage during armed conflict with Daesh in Mosul (2016-17). With mine clearance operations now complete, the next stage, in collaboration with local heritage authorities and Mosul University, will involve documenting, clearing, organizing, and storing reusable architectural elements. Following architectural and engineering assessments, the building’s restoration will be carried out using traditional methods and materials.
Damage assessment and first aid interventions to the World Heritage Site of Hatra after Daesh occupation
Located in an isolated area of the desert steppe of northern Iraq, Nineveh Governorate, Hatra is the best-preserved and most-informative example of a Parthian city. Hatra was occupied by Daesh in 2014 and the site was placed on the World Heritage in Danger List in July 2015. Although liberated since April 2017, no damage assessment mission has yet been carried out at the site. To quantify the damage, the Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente (ISMEO) will undertake a survey combined with targeted field observations.