IRAQ - URUK

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Rehabilitation of Tutunji House

Mosul, Iraq

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.

Name Rehabilitation of Tutunji House

Location Mosul, Iraq

Amount 0 K $

Years 2019 - 2022

Operator University of Pennsylvania

Type of grant Call for projects

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

Damage assessment and first aid interventions to the World Heritage Site of Hatra after Daesh occupation

Hatra, Iraq

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.

Name Damage assessment and first aid interventions to the World Heritage Site of Hatra after Daesh occupation

Location Hatra, Iraq

Amount 74 K $

Years 2020

Operator Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente (ISMEO)

Type of grant Emergency relief

(c) ISMEO
(c) ISMEO
(c) ISMEO

Rehabilitiation of the Mosul museum

Mosul, Iraq

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.

Name Rehabilitiation of the Mosul museum

Location Mosul, Iraq

Amount 0 K $

Years 2018 - 2023

Operator Musée du Louvre, Smithsonian Institution

Type of grant Emergency relief

Photo: Ivan Erhel
Photo: Ivan Erhel
Photo: Ivan Erhel