Damage Assessment and First Aid Interventions to the World Heritage Site of Hatra after Daesh Occupation

Hatra is the best-preserved, most-informative example of a Parthian city. It was occupied by Daesh in 2014, placed on the World Heritage in Danger list in July 2015, and liberated in April 2017. In March 2020, ISMEO undertook a survey and targeted field observations to quantify the damage.

Located in an isolated area of the desert steppe of northern Iraq, Nineveh Governorate, Hatra is the best-preserved and most-informative example of a Parthian city. Hatra was occupied by Daesh in 2014 and the site was placed on the World Heritage in Danger list in July 2015. Although liberated since April 2017, no damage assessment mission has yet been carried out at the site. To quantify the damage, ISMEO will undertake a survey combined with targeted field observations.

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Location: Iraq, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente (ISMEO) Project partner(s): Università di Padova Università di Siena Funder(s): ALIPH Funding received: $74,000 Commencement Date: 01/2020 Project Status: Active
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