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Part of our Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries exhibition

Girsu and the Sumerians

Tuesday 24 May, 1pm
Djanogly Theatre

Lectures & Talks

£3 (free concessions)
1 hour (no interval)

The Sumerian site of Girsu discovered in the 19th century has long been considered one of the great treasures of Iraq heritage. It is among the world’s first cities. In 2021 a new collaborative project between the British Museum and the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, funded by the Getty Foundation, was launched with the aim of reviving the site by raising awareness, both in the region and abroad, of its true importance. This lecture will present the results of the multifaceted research programme carried out in the field at Girsu. 

This talk is by Dr Sebastien Rey, Curator for Ancient Mesopotamia, British Museum and Director of the Girsu Project.

Image credit: Girsu Project Team © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Three images from the Girsu project

Images L-R: Drone training at the Temple site | Excavation training at the temple site | Aerial View of Tell A and the Sacred City of Girsu © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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