Project to preserve cultural heritage of minorities launched in Syriac Heritage Museum in Iraq

ANKAWA, Iraq — On Monday, a press conference was held at the Syriac Heritage Museum in Iraq attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, and the U.S. Consul-General in Erbil, Rob Waller.

During the press conference, they announced the launching of a project to preserve the cultural heritage of minorities in Iraq in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Antiquities Coalition. The project will start in the Syriac Heritage Museum and last for two years.

Director of the Syriac Heritage Museum, Kaldo Ramzi Oghanna, explained that this project will document the cultural and artistic heritage of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people and make it easily available to the general public, researchers, scholars, and others seeking more information about it. The documentation project will make use of electronic media platforms that keep pace with modern technologies.

The Syriac Heritage Museum is the first and only museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Iraq, specialized in preserving, maintaining and displaying the cultural, artistic, and popular heritage of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people and highlight their achievements and ancient history in the region.