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    Architectural Site Conservation Course students get real world experience with local heritage buildings

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    Architectural Site Conservation Course students get real world experience with local heritage buildings

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    The Collections Conservation and Management program includes a balance of classroom theory and hands-on laboratory work

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    Students are provided lab exercises that improve their hand skills for artifact and object treatment

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    Collections Conservation and Management students collaborate on the cleaning and repair of a textile

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    Archaeological Site Preservation Course students learn computer mapping and imagery analysis

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    Architectural Site Conservation Course students work on basic chemistry skills in the IICAH labs

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    Management of information and lab data is one of many skills taught to Collections Conservation and Management students

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    The IICAH laboratories include state-of-the-art equipment and teaching materials

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    The IICAH provides instructors and Master Trainers to assist the students with their courses

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    Photographic documentation is an important part of all academic programs at the IICAH

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    Partnerships with local institutions provide students with real-world practical experience

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    Archaeological Site Preservation students work in the field to apply skills learned in the classroom

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    Archaeological Site Preservation students work in the field to apply skills learned in the classroom

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    The IICAH is a modern teaching facility with offices and accommodations in center city Erbil

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    The IICAH welcomes all Iraqis, as well as international experts and lecturers

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH)

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage preserves the legacy of humanity contained in the unique cultural heritage of Iraq. It accomplishes this through educating people in conservation and preservation and by inviting professionals from around the world to share their expertise.

Iraq's people share the heritage of ancient Mesopotamia, the “cradle of Western civilization.” Human history is chronicled in sites and museums throughout the country, including the famed temples of Babylon, the Assyrian capital of Nineveh, and the spiral minaret at Samarra. Since 2008, the IICAH has been training Iraq's museum and heritage professionals in the preservation and conservation of their national treasures in a state-of-the-art educational facility offering international-standard programs taught by international experts. IICAH participants include men and women, Arabs and Kurds, Muslims and Christians, Sunni and Shia from across Iraq—all drawn together by a shared passion for the preservation of one of the world's oldest civilizations and home to some of mankind’s most ancient artifacts.


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History of the IICAH

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage is a collaboration between the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, the Kurdistan Regional Government, the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, U.S. Department of State, Winterthur Museum, University of Delaware, Walters Art Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Arizona. Beginning with a 2008 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, IICAH has established itself as the premier academic facility for cultural heritage management in Iraq and the entire region. Read more  

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IICAH coursework

Featuring three programs with over 130 students since 2009, IICAH’s robust curriculum is helping guide Iraq’s future leaders in heritage management. Curriculum paths include a Collections Conservation Program, Architectural and Site Conservation Program, and the new Archaeological Site Preservation Course. Read more 

IICAH faculty

IICAH participants are taught by and work with internationally recognized conservators, archaeologists, and museum professionals. Read more

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The IICAH facility

Learn how the old Erbil city library was transformed into a state-of-the-art conservation teaching center. Read more 

IICAH in the news

Since its inception, the IICAH has drawn positive attention from the media. Click here for a look at recent articles about IICAH and to access press releases featuring the institute.

Recent news features:

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Saving Antiquities for Everyone, July 2014: A public panel, "The Implications of the Current Fighting for Iraq's Cultural Heritage" was held on Friday evening, July 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The panel was organized by the Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC), the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII). A report of the presentations follows. Read more

RUDAW, April 2014: They come from all corners of Iraq—men and women, Arabs and Kurds, Muslims and Christians, Sunnis and Shiites —a microcosm of the ethnic diversity that encapsulates the country. And though there is many a difference among them, they are united by their shared passion of preserving one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Read more