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07-01-2017, 07:52 AM
By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/08/pmu-iraq-army-national-guard.html). Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.*
Iraq, together with UNESCO, has concluded a comprehensive aerial survey of Iraqi heritage destroyed by the Islamic State (IS), paving the way for further cooperation to restore various Iraqi sites, particularly at the 13th-century Assyrian capital of Nimrod.
In mid-May,*Italian Culture*Minister Dario Franceschini handed over to*his Iraqi counterpart, Friad Rwandzi,*a 500-page report prepared in coordination with UNESCO that includes the survey data. The report, which focuses on*northern Iraq (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/12/iraq-nimrud-mosul-culture-heritage.html), documents affected archaeological sites before and after their destruction, assessment of the damage and an action plan for their restoration.
Iraq and UNESCO*have worked*together since 2014*to restore*the archaeological sites that have been in IS’ grip, including Hatra (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/hatar-iraq-heritage-unesco-tourism.html),*Nimrod (http://www.rudaw.net/arabic/middleeast/iraq/13042015)*and the*Mosul Museum (http://elaph.com/Web/News/2015/2/986581.html).*UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said*in November 2016, after the*liberation of Nimrod (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_director_general_welcomes_the_liberation_of _nimrud_an/),*that her agency was determined to support Iraq in assessing the damage and protecting the remains from further looting and destruction.
UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_director_general_welcomes_the_liberation_of _nimrud_an/)*has indeed been vocal about the need to restore*Nimrod (http://www.unesco.org/new/index.php?eID=tx_cms_showpic&file=fileadmin%2FMULTIMEDIA%2FHQ%2FERI%2Fimages%2F Nimrud-Montaje-IF-NEWS_800px.jpg&md5=049ca69ede657f8693374f207074d27eaf0a7035&parameters%5b0%5d=YTo0OntzOjU6IndpZHRoIjtzOjQ6IjUw MG0iO3M6NjoiaGVpZ2h0IjtzOjM6IjUw&parameters%5b1%5d=MCI7czo3OiJib2R5VGFnIjtzOjI0OiI8 Ym9keSBiZ0NvbG9yPSIjZmZmZmZmIj4i&parameters%5b2%5d=O3M6NDoid3JhcCI7czozNzoiPGEgaHJl Zj0iamF2YXNjcmlwdDpjbG9zZSgpOyI%2B&parameters%5b3%5d=IHwgPC9hPiI7fQ%3D%3D), which is located in Ninevah province. In 2010, Nimrod was submitted to the UN body’s*tentative list (http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1463/) of*World Heritage sites.*Also known as Kalhu, Nimrod*is one of the main archaeological sites from the Assyrian period. Established in the 13th century BC, it later became the second capital of the Assyrian Empire. Its murals and monuments are*referenced*in literature and scripture,*and its*clay tablets (http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/nimrud/ancientkalhu/thewritings/scholarlyworks/index.html)*with cuneiform writing*are known*worldwide.
Faleh al-Shammari, director of antiquities in Ninevah, told Al-Monitor that the next step will be to form a joint technical committee of Iraqis and UNESCO representatives.*“Experts from both sides will oversee a strategic project for the restoration of historical places in Ninevah, based on the aerial survey database,” Shammari said.

Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. (http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2017/07/01/new-aerial-survey-of-iraqi-antiquities/)

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