IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Safeguarding the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Shahrak District, Ghur Province, Afghanistan
The minaret and archeological remains of Jam (12th-13th century CE) was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2002. The goals for this project are to establish a detailed conservation plan for the site, install a monitoring system, and undertake works on the roof of the Minaret and the inner wooden staircase. The project also includes a mentoring component for local professionals through the direct involvement of relevant Afghan authorities and universities.
Conservation of Buddhist-era Built Heritage
Shewaki, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
The stupa at Shewaki lies eleven kilometers north of Kabul and dates from 1st-3rd century CE. It forms part of a religious complex that lay on a route that Buddhist pilgrims took on their way from the Indian lowlands to Bamiyan in the central highlands. This project, led by the Afghan Cultural Heritage Consultig Organisation (ACHCO), will document the site, stabilize the structure, protect the stupa’s immediate environs, and restore and partially reconstruct the monument.
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. The project founded by ALIPH (with the cooperation of L’Œuvre d’Orient) is entrusted to the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (Rome), which is active in Adulis thanks to an agreement with Ce.R.D.O. (Centro Ricerche sul Deserto Orientale – Varese), led by Angelo Castiglioni, director of the mission, with Serena Massa, scientific coordinator.