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Archaeology – Italian-Iraqi campaign to “dig the future”

The Italian-Iraqi archaeology mission in Abu Tbeirah in southern Iraq, coordinated by Professor Franco D’Agostino, from Università La Sapienza di Roma, is not just a scientific project. It’s also an adventure in a land very different from Italy, a land that’s seeking a way out from over 40 years of war. The latest dig focuses on the ancient city of Ur, which dates from 2600 to 2200 BC and at that time was located near the River Euphrates. As Professor D’Agostino summed up the campaign, “digging the past serves as a foundation for the future”. The mission was funded by Università La Sapienza and by the Farnesina, with private support also. Read more, in Italian