Syriac–Assyrian Cultural Center in Nohadra, Iraq, holds lecture on archaeological sites of Syriac people in Turkey

NOHADRA, Iraq — The Syriac–Assyrian Cultural Center in Nohadra (Dohuk), Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) held a lecture about Syriac–Assyrian archaeological sites in the historic Tur Abdin region in southeastern Turkey.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Helen Odisho Malko, who holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology and Anthropology from Stony Brook University and an MA from the University of Baghdad in Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology. Dr. Malko is on the Board of Directors of the Assyrian Studies Association and was recently appointed Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center.

The lecture was attended by clergy, academics, government and political officials, members of civil society, and members of the general public.

During the lecture, Dr. Malko illustrated, with photos, the Syriac–Assyrian archaeological sites that were excavated, discovered, and recorded by international expeditions in Tur Abdin and the headwaters of the Tigris River.

The lecture also discussed the negative repercussions of the Turkish government’s construction of dams in historical areas.