Iraq Scheme



More about the Iraq Scheme

Scheme introduction 
Training in Iraq: Darband-i Rania Project 
Training in Iraq: Tello - Ancient Girsu 


Iraq Scheme Team

Director: Jonathan Tubb
Deputy Director: St John Simpson
Executive Project Support: Angela Grimshaw
Project Manager: Megan Bristow
Project Coordinator: Ruth Stone
Lead Archaeologist: John MacGinnis
Lead Archaeologist: Sebastien Rey

Training in the UK

Training in the British Museum galleries

The UK-based part of the programme, largely undertaken at the British Museum, introduces the participants to the challenges facing cultural heritage, legal aspects of cultural heritage protection and the significance and value of heritage conventions in combating illicit trade of antiquities. Sessions are delivered by British Museum experts and a variety of invited expert speakers from institutions including UCL, World Monuments Fund and Historic England.

Participants are introduced to the methods used in archaeological excavation, ranging from recording and documentation (including photography, photogrammetry, drawing and illustration) to environmental archaeology, geophysical techniques, geomatics recording (GPS and GIS) and the manipulation of satellite imagery. Off-site training in surveying includes the use of state-of-the-art ‘multi-stations’ for recording buildings and monuments.

Cuneiform training

Another significant component for participants is the focus on post-excavation activities, such as finds processing, packing and transferring objects from the field to the museum and conservation, including sessions on the theory and practice of remedial and preventive conservation. The programme also addresses communication as an essential skill in heritage management, both in the presentation and interpretation of sites and museum objects, as well as wider communication with local communities and the media.

Whilst in the UK, the participants are also taken on guided tours of archaeological digs with expert collaborators, such as Oxford Archaeology and Museum of London Archaeology. This introduces them to how archaeology is funded and coordinated within the UK, as well as exploring the key techniques used. The city of London is also examined closely as a case study of post war reconstruction, with the participants learning how the city was rebuilt after the Blitz and assessing which reconstructions and restorations were successful and why.

Multi-station training at the British Museum