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Jemdet Nasr: The Digital Archive

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Welcome to the Digital Archive of the Jemdet Nasr excavations. This site offers background information on the site of Jemdet Nasr, its historical importance, and the exploration of the site in the early 20th century as well as the renewed excavation in the late 1980s under the direction of Professor Roger Matthews while he was Director of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. Unfortunately, due to the onset of the First Gulf War, a return to Jemdet Nasr has not yet happened. The Archive here presented offers a unique glimpse into archaeology in Iraq in the 1980s through the hundreds of Kodachrome colour slides that Prof Matthews took in the field. These slides show details of the archaeological remains and the artefacts uncovered, as well as candid stills of life in southern Iraq.


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