jeudi 2 mars 2017

Iraqi experts trained to save Mosul heritage

As Iraqi forces fight to take back Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), archaeologists trained by the British Museum are preparing for another battle; trying to save what they can of the city’s heritage.

One of the world’s leading institutions for the study of ancient Iraq, the London museum has been training Iraqi experts for the past year in high-tech methods to preserve and document their history.

“Once the city is liberated, there will be an enormous plan of reconstruction of the Museum of Mosul,” said Sebastien Rey from the Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme.

“One of the participants of our scheme will be the first archaeologist to enter the museum and do an assessment of the destruction inside,” said Rey, a lead archaeologist.

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