San Diego, USA (KRG.us) – Najat Abdullah, Director of Culture and Community Affairs for the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States (KRG-US) spoke on Saturday to a group of leading American archaeologists at the annual American Schools of Oriental Research conference in California.
Mr. Abdullah said, ‘Archaeology and the study of the past is a discipline close to the hearts of all citizens of Kurdistan. Understanding our origins is crucial to understanding who we are today.’
Among those in the audience were Dr. Jason Ur of Harvard University. Dr. Ur is in the second year of the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey, a project that maps archaeological sites throughout Iraq. Focusing on the Neo-Assyrian landscape, the project has made major discoveries about Neo-Assyrian society and imperial structure.
Mr. Abdullah has helped coordinate a number of archaeological projects in the Kurdistan Region with US institutions and the KRG Directorate of Antiquities. He recently hosted a delegation from the Directorate in Washington. Last week he was in Harvard addressing their Archaeology Department.
Mr. Abdullah extended the gratitude of the people of Kurdistan to the group saying, ‘You have helped us to understand the importance of preserving [our] cultural treasures, and for this we express our deepest gratitude.’
Archeologists and experts from the University of Chicago, Boston University, and Johns Hopkins University were attended the conference.