Thanks to generous support from an anonymous donor, BISI has begun to catalogue the archive.
By Ali Khadr
The ancient site of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), on the Tigris River south of Mosul, was established as the capital of Assyria by Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC). Here were constructed a series of magnificent palaces and temples. The remains of these buildings began to be uncovered from the mid-nineteenth century revealing spectacular wall reliefs as well as glazed brick, metalwork, ivory carvings and cuneiform documents.
Between 1949 and 1963, the British School of Archaeology in Iraq (the predecessor of BISI) undertook excavations at Nimrud, directed by Max Mallowan (The British School’s first Director), David Oates and Jeffrey Orchard. The archives of these excavations are currently stored at the British Museum.
Thanks to generous support from an anonymous donor, BISI has begun to catalogue the archive. This will be a contribution to the international effort led by the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage to manage and conserve this globally important cultural site.
A preliminary list of the excavation notebooks and photographs are available here:
A comprehensive survey of Nimrud’s history and archaeology can be found in the following BISI publication: Oates, D. and J. Oates, 2001. Nimrud, An Assyrian Imperial City Revealed, London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq (free PDF from BISI),
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