ZAGROS – Netherlands Institute for the Near East 75 Jubilee Conference

With thanks to Lidewij E. van de Peut

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) organised on December 1st 2014 ZAGROS, a mini-conference on recent archaeological research conducted in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. Of course the archaeological project of NINO on the Rania Plain, at the foot of the Zagros, was the inspiration to organise a specialised conference on this area in honour of NINO’s 75th anniversary. The conference was hosted by the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands. The day started with opening words by Prof. Dr. Pieter ter Keurs on behalf of the National Museum of Antiquities and Prof. Dr. Jesper Eidem, the director of the NINO. These were followed by a presentation of the different archaeological projects which are taking place at the moment in the province of Sulaymania in the Kurdish Region of Iraq presented by Dr. Kamal Rashid Raheem, the director of the Sulaimaniya Directorate of Antiquities and Heritage.

Many archaeological projects were represented at the conference. Beginning in the Neolithic period, the day offered a small travel through time, up until the Hellenistic and Parthian/Roman periods. Contributions were made by (following the order in the programme): Kamal Rashid Raheem, R.T.J. Cappers, R. and W. Matthews, O. Nieuwenhuyse and B. Robert, T.B.B. Skuldbøl, M. Merlino and D. Gianessi, C. Kepinsky, J. Eidem, U. Bürger, Dlshad Marf Zamua, and L. de Jong.

For more information on 75 years NINO, please visit the website.

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