Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan

Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan

The MAIKI spring campaign (June 2018) aimed to resumethe archaeological survey of the site of Paikuli and the surroundingarea, after the political and military instability that Iraq has sufferedin recentyears had caused its suspension. In collaboration with the Slemani Antiquities Directorate (KRG), activities started with the completedocumentation of the stone blocks which once covered the curtain wallof thisstructure built by the Sasanian king Narseh (293–302/3 CE). During the survey 221 stone blocks or block fragmentswere identified,recordedgraphically and photographically, and positioned for insertion into the MAIKI GIS and relational database. Finds includedsome inscribed blocks and fragments belonging to Narseh’s bilingual inscription (Middle Persian and Parthian), originally placed on two walls of the monument, whichcelebrated the King’s accession to the throne after a dynastic feud. Particularly interesting for understanding the monument’sarchitectural features are the data collected on variousmoulded blocks that wereboth structuraland decorative. In order to ensure their safekeeping, all the inscribed blocks, along with some significant moulded blocks,were consigned to the Slemani Museum. The next campaign is scheduled for December 2018, when recordingactivities will continue on the Paikuli site and its adjacent areas.

Director: Carlo Cereti
Nation: Kurdistan iracheno
Period: 2018 – in course
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Documenting blocks from the external layer of Narseh’s monument at Paikuli.
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Narseh’s monument at Paikuli and the GPS total station.
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Discovery of inscriptions at Paikuli, a fragment inMiddle Persian.
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