Foreign archaeologists return to Iraq

Published on February 22nd, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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The Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has granted permission to six teams of foreign archaeologists to start excavations in their country.

“As part of its work programme for the current year, the ministry has reached agreements with six archaeological teams from Italy, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic,” Hakim al-Shammary, director of the tourism minister’s media office, told Mawtani.

The teams will begin excavations at a number of sites, particularly in the south, he said.

“Among the sites to be excavated are ancient hills such as Tal Abu Tuwaira in the city of al-Nasiriya, Tal al-Baqarat in al-Kut and Tal Abu Shathar in Maysan province, as well as other sites in al-Dalmaj marshes,” he said.

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Story: Khalid al-Taie, Al-Shorfa | Photo: Essam al-Sudani/AFP

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