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Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

An Archaeologist’s View of Northern Iraq in the 1950s

The archaeologist Dr Joan Oates on excavating in Northern Iraq with the Mallowans

By Ali Khadr

Dr Joan Oates FBA on An Archaeologist’s View of Northern Iraq in the 1950s

In the early 1950s when Max Mallowan was Director, Dr Joan Oates worked at Nimrud, keeping records and cleaning ivories. Fridays were the day off, and Mallowan’s wife, Agatha Christie, was very keen on seeing as much as possible of the countryside, including Kurdistan. In her lecture for the BISI, Dr Joan Oates recounted the scenery around these Friday picnics including visits to the Yezidi ‘Spring Festival’, the monastery at Al Qosh and picnics in Kurdistan. The talk was beautifully illustrated by slides taken during the period, many showing countryside that is no more in Northern Iraq.


Dr Joan Oates FBA is a Senior Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of Girton College. Her publications include: Babylon, 1979, 1986, 2005; Nimrud, an Assyrian City Revealed, 2001, 2004; Excavations at Tell Brak 1997, 2001, and over 120 articles in books and journals. Dr Oates is also known for major contributions to the prehistory of Iraq.

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