Modern Iraq lies in the ancient region of Mesopotamia, a fertile region between the Tigris and the Euphrates which was home to many civilizations and to inventions such as the division of time, writing, laws, economy and architecture.

Iraq’s cultural heritage is important for many reasons. For centuries, Baghdad was the most developed part of the world when Islam produced the most refined artists and scientists.

Iraq’s Mesopotamian heritage has the oldest traces of urbanization with cities of tens of thousands of people; its ziggurats are among the first monumental buildings in the world.

Tech4Heritage (T4H) will focus on key periods of Iraq’s long heritage with activities based around 5 cities including Nassiriyah (Southern Iraq), Baghdad (Central Iraq), Babylon (Central Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (North Eastern Iraq) and Mosul (Northern Iraq). It will cover monuments and artefacts relating to the Ubaid, Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Abbasid Empire periods and to the Ottoman and early 20th century architecture. Cities were chosen for their high heritage density and so T4H could cover the whole country by sending trainees to their neighbouring governorates.