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An Archaeologist's View of Northern Iraq in the 1950s by Dr Joan Oates

Memories of exploring the countryside of Northern Iraq with Agatha Christie

In the early 1950s when Max Mallowan was Director, Dr Joan Oates worked at Nimrud, keeping records and cleaning ivories. Fridays were the day off, and Mallowan's wife, Agatha Christie, was very keen on seeing as much as possible of the countryside, including Kurdistan. With a brief introduction to Nimrud, the lecture will focus on the scenery around these Friday picnics including visits to the Yezidi 'Spring Festival', the monastery at Al Qosh and picnics in Kurdistan.

Dr Joan Oates FBA is a Senior Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of Girton College. Her publications include: Babylon, 1979, 1986, 2005; Nimrud, an Assyrian City Revealed, 2001, 2004; Excavations at Tell Brak 1997, 2001, and over 120 articles in books and journals. Dr Oates is also known for major contributions to the prehistory of Iraq.


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Date and Time:

28 February 2013 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace
020 7969 5274

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