Symposium on the Origins of Kurdish Civilization | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Symposium on the Origins of Kurdish Civilization

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 09:00


In the last five years there have been a tremendous amount of new discoveries relating to the earliest history of the Kurdish highlands. In a symposium organized by the AUIS Center of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE) on October 28, 2015, local and international guest speakers discussed some of these latest discoveries. The symposium brought together scholars from the US, Portugal, Belgium and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

The panel included:

  • Dr. Tobin Hartnell, director of AUIS Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Center

  • Dr. Hashim Hama Abdullah, director of Sulaimani Museum

  • Dr. Kozad Ahmed, director of Archaeology at University of Sulaimani

  • Steve Renette, AUIS Archaeology/CACHE Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

  • André Tomé, Universidade di Coimbra

Dr.Kozad opened the symposium with a presentation on the historical evidence of the earliest states in the region of Kurdistan. You can listen to his talk in the AUIS podcast below. 

The highlight of the discussion was a talk on the latest discovery of the Tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh by Dr. Hama. The tablet has been acquired by the Sulaimani Museum and is on display there.

André Tomé talked about the exciting findings from their excavation at the historical site of Kani Shaei near Sulaimani. He explained that the discoveries are related to different periods, including Ubaid, Uruk, early Bronze Age, Hellenistic period, and the Islamic period. Steve Renette then discussed some of the pottery and grave findings from the excavation site. The Portuguese team hope to continue their excavation project next year. You can find out out more about the Kani Shaei Archaeological Project on their website. 

Podcasts of talks by all speakers will be posted here soon.

Contributed by Shatoo Diyar Bakir - Communications student volunteer