Hashim Hama Abdullah, the director of Sulaimaniyah Museum, the second largest museum in Iraq said in an exclusive interview with " Shafaq News” that “about the 80,000 pieces were brought from 500 sites to the museum, they demonstrate human life in the old Mesopotamia”.
“A very important manuscript has been found recentl, it is one of the missing tablets of Gilgamesh which is the fifth one”, said Abdullah. “This discovery may change a lot of views and concepts concerned this epic”.
There are extra some 1,000 other undiscovered sits because of difficult access to their relatively rugged areas.
Sulaymaniyah Museum, founded in 1961 as a small building in Salem Street central Sulaymaniyah province in Kurdistan, it was developed in 1975 to be similar to Dutch-styled museums, at that times it had been provided with sets of relics from the museums of Mosul and Baghdad, but its inauguration was delayed due to political circumstances then until 2000.
Relics in Sulaymaniyah Museum goes back to the Mesopotamia civilization are being displayed chronologically i.e. Jermo , Hassoun Helf , , slaves, then Warka period, Jawdat Nasr , Babylonian era, Sumerian, Akkadian and the end of Alababanip emirate.
But displaying order will be changes soon to comply with the world’s modern approaches, "according to its agricultural and industrial development throughout the ages," Abdullah said.
Such step has been achieved in collaboration of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which confirmed the eligibility of the museum for such update.
The museum -subjected administratively to Kurdistan Regional Government- had a major role in the retrieving of scores of relics and stolen archaeological pieces looted from the Iraqi Museum 2003,”either by buying them from the traffickers or coordinating with Asaish and security forces in the region (to capture the traffickers)”, Abdullah explained.
Abdullah declined the accusations regarding taking over Iraqi Museum’s stolen pieces, "these accusations are untrue,” he said.
Abdullah highlighted the need to promote archeological culture among Iraqis, "the issue of visiting museums has to be part of the general culture of the Iraqi citizen," he added calling on citizens to visit Sulaymaniyah Museum.
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