Sapienza in Iraq: Italo-Kurdish Collaboration to Protect the Archaeological Heritage of Paikuli
On June 10, 2019, the exhibition dedicated to the Sapienza Archaeological Mission to Paikuli in the Kurdish Area of Iraq was inaugurated at the Slemani Museum (Sulaimaniyah). The project, coordinated by Prof. Carlo Giovanni Cereti from the Department of Classics and financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperatio, aims to protect and preserve local cultural heritage.
The inauguration of the exhibition, dedicated to the inscription and commemorative monument for the Sassanid Sovereign Narshe, was the perfect opportunity to present the long-standing collaboration between Italians and Kurds. After the meticulous documentation, restoration and philological study, the inscribed blocks were layed out so to present the original text in its two versions (Middle Persian and Parthian), providing visitors with the best enjoyment of this material from a sovereign’s monument.
The project is promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage (MiBAC).