The purposes of the Archaeological Environmental Park are to safeguard the cultural landscape related to Sennacherib’s irrigation complex and to offer the local population the possibility of enjoying all its cultural, spiritual and social benefits.
The region’s heritage, if properly protected and enhanced, could constitute a notable driver of economic and social development by encouraging local and international tourism. The greater economic resources that may be created by new eco-friendly businesses such as those related to tourism and crafts, and the consequent development of SMEs, might raise the society’s standard of living, including in terms of physical and psychophysical health.
Moreover, the arrival of foreign tourists in the region can help Iraqi Kurdistan extricate itself from its present state of international remoteness caused by recent warfare, and lead to new and beneficial cultural exchange and economic progress.
Lastly, all the operations conducted in the field will constitute additional training opportunities for the best students in the course on documentation and enhancement of the cultural heritage organized in the training section of the project “Land of Nineveh – Training for the Conservation and Enhancement of the cultural heritage of Northern Iraqi Kurdistan”.
The first phase of the methodological path consisted of the acquisition of the cartographic documentation relating to the archaeological complex…
The project is aimed at the conservation of cultural heritage and the strengthening of the local economy through the creation of an Archaeological Environmental Park.
Sennacherib’s irrigation system was built by the Neo-Assyrian ruler to bring water to his new capital, Nineveh, and to irrigate its hinterland.