The Architectural Restoration Programme

(since 2003 AD)


At the request of the Directory General of Antiquities and Museums, a large architectural restoration programme was initiated in 2003, aimed to protect the considerable value of the historical heritage represented by the ancient city of Nabada. Thanks to the support of the Directory General of Antiquities and Museums (Ministry of Culture), of the European Union, and of the European universities concerned with the Tell Beydar excavations (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Università Ca´ Foscari di Venezia, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, European Centre for Upper Mesopotamian Studies), a large number of important official buildings were consolidated, restored or rebuilt from the ancient foundations. This large programme of restoration will be continued as buildings of significant value are discovered and unearthed. Only traditional materials have been used for restoring or rebuilding: soil, water, straw, mudbricks, fired bricks, white and grey plaster, stones, pebbles, gravels. Most generally the buildings have been restored or rebuilt at the original height they have been discovered. The joint archaeological Syro-European Mission of Tell Beydar wishes you a pleasant and fruitful visit.


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