EDUU second project meeting




The second EDUU project meeting took place at the University of Kufa, Najaf on the 16th October 2017 and was attended by the European and Iraqi universities and from the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq (SBAH). 

The meeting mainly focused on the work accomplished so far by the project and on the work for the archaeological and anthropological fieldwork. Particular relevance was given to the discussion of the research themes guiding the work in the field. The partners discussed the significance of studying how ancient communities in southern Iraq shaped the environment in which they lived by building settlements, irrigation networks, and agricultural infrastructure, and how archaeological fieldwork in this area can be useful for understanding these phenomena. 

The EDUU fieldwork activities in Qadisiyah Governorate were presented. The EDUU Team working in Qadisiyah conducted an archaeological survey and training State Board personnel, students from the University of Qadisiyah and community leaders on state-of-the-art techniques for archaeological reconnaissance, documentation and study of the archaeological materials. EDUU archaeological excavations and training activities took place also at Tulul al-Baqarat.  As for the fieldwork in Qadisiyah, university students (from Baghdad), State Board personnel and community leaders were involved in the training. 

The results of the fieldwork activities were presented in the academic conference organized at the University of Kufa next January 20th and 21st. During the meeting, it was reported on the structure and schedule and were provided information on the call for papers and on the publication process of the conference proceedings 

Training and secondary school activities were the next activities planned by the project which were carried out during 2018. Each project team was invited to indicate the persons that will follow training and secondary school activities as task leaders.