IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
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.
Rehabilitiation of the Mosul museum
The Mosul Museum held a diverse collection, which included artifacts from prehistory; Neo-Assyrian objects, largely from the site of Nimrud; artifacts from the site of Hatra; and an Islamic collection, largely from Mosul. In 2015, the Daesh assault on the museum was publicized and raised great concern within the international community. Now, the museum and its collections are being secured and rehabilitated.
The first stage of this project, carried out in 2018-19, implemented immediate measures to stabilize the building, such as shoring up collapsing floors, removing live ordnance from the museum roof, and providing salvage supplies to the museum’s staff. The objects or fragments in the museum’s collection were safely stored, while those kept offsite were inventoried. The results of the initial phase included an assessment of the damages and a global action plan that defined the necessary activities to fully rehabilitate the museum.
With the first stage complete, damaged artifacts, housed at the museum or the Nineveh SBAH storage facility, will be restored and museum staff will attend the course, “Post-Conflict Professional Museum Skills”. In addition, the building’s restoration will be planned.
This project is being implemented by the Louvre Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), and the Mosul Museum.