The President of the Assyrian Aid Society-Iraq, Mr. Ashur Eskrya, met with Dr. Katharyn Hanson from the Smithsonian Institute of Archeology and Conservation at the Iraq Institute for the Protection of Archeology in Erbil on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
The meeting was attended by Ms. Corine Wegener, Director of Cultural Heritage Protection at the Smithsonian Institute, Mr. Faleh Jwdi Noman and Archaeologist Noman Jomaa Ibrahim Professor at the University of Salah al-Din in Erbil.
The meeting was briefed by Dr. Katharyn on the ongoing work to prepare and train the specialized Iraqi staff in order to preserve the monuments of the historic city of Nimrod, which was coordinated with the Iraqi Antiquities Department and funded by the US government, due to the historical and heritage importance of the city of Nimrud, which the most prominent historical landmarks of the city has been destroyed and shoveled by the terrorist organization of ISIS.
Mr. Ashur Eskrya thanked the Smithsonian Institute for its outstanding work to restore the relics of the monumental sites destroyed by the terrorist organization. Despite the fact that the process of reconstruction of some artifacts takes a great time, but its importance is great to our people because of its symbolic of civilization and heritage, including the winged bull, which one of the archaeologists said it would take ten years to restore it to its former status.