Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 18:00 to Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 19:59

Dr Mary Shepperson on

The Iran-Iraq War as Iraqi Heritage:

Considering the case for recording, preservation and presentation

The Iran-Iraq war was one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century, and had a profound impact on Iraqi history, society and landscape. More than 30 years on from the end of the conflict, with surface artefacts in the latter stages of decay and landscape features being increasingly cleared for agriculture and development, is it time to start considering these remains as heritage and initiating preliminary work on recording, preserving and presenting selected elements? Taking a modern conflict approach, this talk will explore the material remains of the war, their interaction with more ancient heritage sites, and the potential significance of conflict heritage in Iraq, both now and in the future. 

You can sign up for the talk here. 

Dr Mary Shepperson is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. She is an archaeologist specialising in the architecture of the ancient Near East and has excavated extensively across the region, including several projects in Iraq (Tell Khaiber, Charax Spasinou, Erbil Citadel, Gurga Chiya, Qalatga Darband). Through her work in Iraq, Mary has developed a research interest in the landscapes, legacy and material heritage of the Iran-Iraq war. Some initial work on this topic will shortly appear as a chapter in a forthcoming book, Conflict Landscapes: Materiality and Meaning in Contested Places (Routledge), which is due to be published on the 25th of June.