The 2nd International Conference for Research and Protection on the Archaeological Heritage of Iraq (ICRPAHI)

Comprehensive topics, 2 conference days, 5 excellent speakers.


28th to 29th April 2019
Starting at 9am


University of Kufa

Manuscripts submission is now closed


A word from the Conference Organizers
ICRPAHI At a Glance

The University of Kufa and its partners, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania, hold the 2nd Conference for Research and Protection on the Archaeological Heritage of Iraq (ICRPAHI). This Conference is a gathering of archaeologists, researchers and practitioners in archaeology, conservation and related fields. ICRPAHI is held annually starting from 2018.

About the conference

The 2019 International Conference for Research and Protection on the Archaeological Heritage of Iraq (ICRPAHI) will be held at the University of Kufa campus in Najaf, Iraq, April 28-29, 2019. The conference is organized by an International Steering Committee. The Committee members are from the universities of Kufa, Oxford, Cambridge, Chicago and Pennsylvania. It is the premier international meeting for researchers and other professionals in archaeology networks and related areas. It features invited plenary talks by world-renowned speakers in the areas of Mesopotamian archaeology and site conservation, will be delivered. In addition to regular technical sessions with oral and poster presentations, the conference program will include special sessions, competitions, tutorials and workshops on topics of current interest.

Call for Papers:

Archaeological research in South Iraq is currently undergoing dynamic growth, with new excavations and surveys already changing our reconstruction of the origins of Mesopotamian urban life. This international conference will focus on the archaeology and social history of Mesopotamia during the 4th through 3rd millennia BC, or the Late Ubaid through Ur III Periods. We invite papers that focus on the early cities and states of Mesopotamia, through aspects such as art, architecture, material culture and texts. We also invite papers using scientific techniques to explore the Mesopotamian past (e.g., isotope studies, UAV mapping, or geoarchaeology). The conference will also include a strong focus on cultural heritage and its protection, through conservation and public archaeology presentation strategies; papers that examine museums, exhibits, and their interaction with diverse audiences will be very welcome.

Conference Themes

New Archaeological Research

Applications of Scientific Technologies

Museums and Cultural Heritage Representation

Textual Analysis

Keynote Speakers

World renowned speakers in relevant topics

Augusta McMahon

Reader in Mesopotamian Archaeology

University of Cambridge

Christopher Woods

Professor of Sumerian

University of Chicago

Paul Collins


University of Oxford and BISI

Holly Pittman

Bok Family Professor in the Humanities

University of Pennsylvania

Submission & Registration

Submission is now closed. Download conference program.

For any inquiries, please contact the conference team on: [email protected]

Important Dates:

February 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting manuscript.
February 22, 2019: Early notification of acceptance.
April 28-29, 2019: Conference Date.

Location and Venue

area full of great hotels and restaurants.

Spend two inspiring days in the cultural and cosmopolitan city of Najaf. The area is full of great hotels, restaurants and galleries.