Since its foundation, Iraq represented the core of field-research performed by the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l’Asia. Works started in 1964 with the investigation of the al-Mada’in area, an archaeological district that includes several settlement of different eras: 11 campaigns of excavations were conducted between 1964 and 1976 on the sites of Seleucia on the Tigris and Choche. Subsequently, the construction of large dams led to the salvage excavations of Tell Yelkhi (1977-1981), Kifrin (1980-1983) and Kirbet Hatara (1984-1986). In the 1980s, investigations were also carried out at Hatra, Nimrud, Babylon and Seleucia on the Tigris (1987-1989). In the last decades, due to the conflicts in the area, the activities of the Centro Scavi have mainly been focused on the protection of the Iraqi archaeological heritage: within this framework fall the documentation of the orthostats of Sennacherib’s Palace without rivals at Nineveh and the activities illustrated in the section of the site dedicated to the safeguard of the archaeological heritage (documentation and recovery of looted artefacts, reconstruction of the restoration laboratories and reopening of the Iraq Museum, reopening of the Iraqi-Italian institutes). Moreover, since 2013 an archaeological expedition is working at Tulul al Baqarat.

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