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Faces in the Stone. Rock Art in the Duhok Region (Iraqi Kurdistan)

A Gravely Threatened Cultural Heritage

Daniele Morandi Bonacossi    Università degli Studi di Udine, Italia    


The Iraqi Duhok Region has a millenary history and encompasses an extraordinary heritage. Regrettably, since 2000, we have witnessed an increase in criminal acts perpetrated against the Assyrian and Neo-Assyrian rock reliefs scattered along the valley. Damages to these sculptures vary from spray-painting to demolition attempts. The challenging situation calls for the direct involvement of the centralised Government to ensure both control and protection of the region and effective initiatives of awareness-raising among the local communities.

keywords: Iraq. Reliefs. Heritage. Vandalism. Threat.

Lingua: en

Presentato: 18 Gennaio 2021   Pubblicato: 31 Marzo 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-517-9/003

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