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Update from Iraqi Kurdistan

Neo-Assyrian levels on the southern slope of the tell

By: Katherine Burge

Covered with dirt from the excavation, I strive to make myself look presentable as a dust cloud in the distance signals the impending arrival of the director of antiquities and his entourage traveling in a caravan of white pickup trucks. As I bend down to retie my shoe, my eye is drawn to a rather […]

Dispatches from Iraqi Kurdistan: On the Road Again

The falls at Gal-i Ali Beg

By: Darren Ashby

May 14 Driving in the United States does little to prepare you for the fluidity, and occasional terror, of driving in the Middle East. In major cities, like Cairo, Damascus, or Tehran, traffic ebbs and flows independent of the restrictions of lane designations and traffic laws. These exist, but they often appear to serve as […]

Dispatches from Iraqi Kurdistan: The Rowanduz Archaeological Program 2014


By: Darren Ashby

May 10 Like swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, archaeologists are once again arriving at excavations all over the world. This summer, Penn students and faculty are back in Iraqi Kurdistan for the second season of the Rowanduz Archaeological Program (RAP). As a field director, I’m one of the first to arrive and one of […]

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