IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Adulis: Archeological Excavations, Christian Heritage and Training
Adulis was once part of the vast Aksumite Kingdom (1st-7th century CE), which covered territories in current parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. The project will excavate one of the three late antique churches (6th century). Restoration activities (using local materials such as basalt, schist or mud) and training sessions for Eritrean archeologists will contribute to the protection of this heritage site.
Safeguarding the Cultural Heritage of Gori
The Gori Museum was founded in 1935 and houses, among other artifacts, a unique coin collection from Georgia and other countries from 7th century BCE to 20th century CE. The museum’s ethnographic objects, manuscripts, and photo archives provide a wide range of sources to better understand the Shida Kartli region and its role in the development of Georgia. This project will establish a Disaster Risk Management Plan for the Gori Museum, document its collections, and improve storage conditions. The project will also enhance museum staff’s capacity in preventive conservation and first aid for cultural objects. Finally, civil-military cooperation among state authorities responsible for the protection of cultural heritage will be strengthened.
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.