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About iraqiinstitute

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage is a place where people from around the world come to learn and teach about how to care for the heritage of Iraq.

Making Mounts for Artifacts.

Post by Shakhawan. In order to show objects in the exhibits of museums in a scientific and modern way that gives an aesthetic value, we have to choose suitable materials for object bases that should have the following characteristics such … Continue reading

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Learning pottery restoration.

Post by Sara. Gluing the pieces of pottery using Butvar B76 with concentration 3% and 10%.  The Tg is 62-76˚C so this material fits the Iraqi environment. For filling the lost places we have to use three different materials such … Continue reading

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Making Pottery in the Laboratory, 2012

Post by Barnadet. 1. Prepare pure clay in the laboratory and remove dirt. Continue to prepare clay and filter out dirt. Students making pots in the laboratory. Prepare the oven/kiln to fire the clay pots. Extract pieces of fired pottery … Continue reading

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Testing storage materials.

Post by Pshtiwan. Test for chlorine in materials being used to preserve artifacts in the storage, like plastic bags, plastic boxes … etc. Required materials: Flame Metal wire (copper) Tweezers Materials to be tested Heating the copper wire. The Process: … Continue reading

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Lion of Babylon

Post by Ahmed. Maintenance of the Lion’s base. Because of the bad structural situation of the Lion’s base which was close to collapse, and because the Lion is one of the most important landmarks in Iraq, the maintenance committee in … Continue reading

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Conservation Documentation

Post by Sara. When we want to conserve an archaeological piece in addition to taking a picture by camera (picture 1) it is good to draw the piece at the same time.  It is good to view all the parts … Continue reading

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Repairing a human skeleton.

Post by Nyan. 1. Dry cleaning with a soft brush to remove the dust and dirt.  We just use dry cleaning because the bone is so fragile we cannot wet clean. 2. Broken pieces were identified for repair. 3. For … Continue reading

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