Highlights

     In this page, we highlight the most significant and recent events related to our project that take place, in Syria and elsewhere, at an extraorinary pace.

October 27, 2019
Bread and yogurt – and healing

     The Director of the Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project has been very ill this summer, and on this date, having just celebrated her 80th birthday, Marilyn and Giorgio were summoned at 3 AM for a mandatory evacuation from their home due to the fires that were threatening their home in Los Angeles. They were able to return four days later and their home was fortunately untouched.
     For her birthday, she received two moving greetings from Mozan. Muhammad Omo says in a video: "I am sending you bread and yogurt from Urkesh. All the people in Tell Mozan send their greetings and say that you should come back again.".
     The other was from Amer Ahmad: "To Umm Iskandar ... (we) pray for your healing, that we are also in pain nowadays ... but we are determined to be strong, to be beside each other ... very soon Syria will be healed and also Umm Iskandar the same, then Mozan will tell you it is the time for your return, the time to hug Mozan, everything in Tell Mozan is missing you. The palace, abi and the temple are missing you, Tell Mozan's children are waiting their mother.".
     See the full messages at this link.


October 24, 2019
Urkesh at the re-opening of the Archaeological Museum in Aleppo

     Urkesh was present at the big event organized to celebrate the reopening of the Archaeological Museum of Aleppo.
     For the occasion we set up an updated version, in Arabic and English, of the exhibition "The millennia for today": the panels were visible on two large screens, some bilingual posters provided further updated information on the site, while free copies of the English catalogue were available to the numerous visitors.
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October 11, 2019
War is all around Urkesh

     Just as we were making plans for the future, war has come frighteningly close to our site.
     At the moment, the village of Mozan and the site of Urkesh, located just 5 km away from the Turkish border, are safe, but the bombs have not spared the nearby centers. In particular, we have been informed that the nearby center of Amuda has been bombed.


September 11, 2019
End of maintenance work in J1 area

     Last June we begun a major conservation work on the wall of the Temple Terrace, which has occupied most of our energies during the summer.
     Now that the work has been finalized, our colleague Amer Ahmed has sent us a detailed report which reviews the phases of the work that has been carried out, on a day-to-day basis and with many explanatory photographs.


May 18, 2019
The exhibit at the Cotsen Institute, UCLA, is now open

     An exhibit entitled "The Millennia for Today. Archaeology Against War: Yesterday's Urkesh in Today's Syria", was inaugurated during the Open House of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
     The exhibited panels consists in the English version of those presented at the Rimini Meeting (August 2018), for which we have also published an English version of the catalogue.


May 5, 2019
A research seminar on Urkesh, in Urkesh..

     Thirty-two students from the new "Roj Ava" University organised a seminar on Urkesh at our site. A report written by Amer Ahmed is available at this link.


February 24-25, 2019
New schools visiting Urkesh

     On February, 24th and 25th, visits by children and youngsters to the site of Urkesh started again, with three school groups of various ages led by our local collaborator, Amer.


November 1, 2018
Urkesh in the news

     The reopening of the National Museum of Damascus and the current situation in Syria have inspired an article that appeared on the blog of the Italian journalist and writer Robi Ronza, with some important remarks.


October 28-29, 2018
Urkesh at the re-opening of the Archaeological Museum in Damascus

     AVASA contributes to the reopening of the National Museum in Damascus, with a version fully translated into Arabic of the exhibition "Millennia for today" and with a paper read at the symposium organized for the occasion.

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August 2018
The success of the exhibit "Millennia for Today"

     The exhibition set up at the Meeting for Friendship among Peoples in Rimini has resulted in a very positive experience: we counted five thousand visitors in a week, with a strong emotional involvement.

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August 2018
Urkesh will be present at the Meeting 2018 in Rimini

     In these days, preparations for the participation of AVASA to the forthcoming "Meeting for Friendship among Peoples" (Rimini, 19 to 25 August 2018), are in full swing.
Urkesh will be present at the Meeting through the exhibition "MILLENNIA FOR TODAY. Archeology against War: yesterday's Urkesh in today's Syria".

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April 27, 2018
Exhibition on Urkesh in Qamishli

     Based on that previously set up in Beirut in November 2017, this exhibition brings Urkesh to Urkesh - which is a bit like bringing owls to Athens...

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January-May 2018
The awareness campaign

     We have started a project among the local Syrian communities, whose purpose is to disseminate the awareness on the importance of archaeology and landscape: in the section EVENTS you can find more details about each meeting.

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January-May 2018
Tourists in Mozan

     Under EVENTS you can find a complete list of visitors on the site, which surprises for its variety, including even people from outside Syria.

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January 2018
The School Project

     We have just started a new project, involving students from the middle schools from Qamishli (the closest city to Mozan) and Domodossola (Piedmont, Italy): the development of this project can be followed in the section EVENTS.

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Conferences

     Our commitment at an international level continues without breaks. You can find a list of the most recent given papers under EVENTS.

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December 8, 2017
Medal of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

     The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in Shanghai awarded a research medal to our project, for its contribution to the theoretical dimension of preservation of archaeological sites in their current context.

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November 15, 2017
Exhibition and round table on Urkesh in Beirut

     We organized an exhibition at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, entitled "Archeology for a Young Future". A round table, which saw the participation of Syrian colleagues involved in the preservation of the archaeological heritage of the country, has further enriched the initiative.

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Scientific publication

     We are strongly committed to our program of scientific publications about our researches. The most recent publishd volume is: Federico Buccellati, Three-dimensional Volumetric Analysis in an Archaeological Context.

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