L. Recht, 2013-2017.
M. De Pietri, 2018-.

The urgency of being understood

    Listed below are exhibits on the site and our excavations.
    Further information can be easily found on AVASA website/Exhibits [Italian version].
    The exhibits are listed in chronological order, and you may go to any of the following dates:

    2010-2011     2012     2014     2014-2015     2015     2016     2017     2018     2019


Urkesh Exhibit.
National Museum of Damascus.
4th July 2010 and March 2011.
In 2009, the American embassy in Damascus asked us to set up an exhibition on the excavations in Urkesh. In 2010, the exhibition was exhibited in the ambassador's residence in Damascus for the celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4th. Slightly less than a year later, the same exhibition was exhibited in the National Museum of Damascus, the last event that saw the two flags side by side (March 2011).


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Exhibition at Urkesh, Tell Mozan.
Here is one of the most valuable exhibitions when it comes to its value and meaning: a small room near the Urkesh site, with simple photos, chosen by the locals and exclusively for them. A dirt floor, whitewashed walls, small photos. What else to demonstrate the pride of their past?


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Then came the great experience of the Rimini Meeting. A great exhibition, with the contribution of a new professionalism and an exceptional cultural framework within the Meeting. More than 22,000 visitors within a week, and conferences with guests from Syria.

Rimini Meeting, Interview to G. Buccellati.
Rimini, Italy.

“Pre#meeting14: l'intervista a Giorgio Buccellati,”
Rimini Meeting website, 11 July 2014.

Rimini Meeting, Interview to M. kelly-Buccellati.
Rimini, Italy.
“Pre#meeting14: la mostra sull'antica Siria, l'intervista a Marilyn Buccellati,”
Rimini Meeting website, 17th July 2014:

Rimini Meeting, Exhibit.
Rimini, Italy.
“Dal profondo del Tempo: all'origine della comunicazione e della comunità nell'antica Siria,”
Rimini Meeting website, 24th-30th August 2014:
Exhibit catalogue
Exhibit hall
Exhibition Rooms


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Tell Mozan/Urkesh Exhibit.
Qamishli and Amuda, Syria.
The Subartu Cultural Association and The Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project.
December 2014-February 2015. Encouraged by the Rimini exhibition, Dr. Elias of Qamishli brought a reduced version of the exhibition, in Kurdish and Arabic, to a city near Urkesh (Qamishli) and various other small cities: here we are in the “Center for the Renewal of Civil Society” of Amuda.
The Rimini exhibition arrives in a “traveling” form also in Domodossola, where it draws the attention of the public with a conference that fills the largest theater in the city, about 3,000 visitors, who mainly came from the surrounding school districts.


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UCLA Open House 2015 - Mesopotamian Lab, Los Angeles.
“Audio-visuals before their time...”
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
2nd May 2015.

Urkesh Exhibit in Domodossola, Italy
“Dal profondo del Tempo: all'origine della comunicazione e della comunità nell'antica Siria”.
Antonio Rosmini, Liceo delle Scienze Umane, Domodossola, Italy.
7th November-8th December 2015.
Curated by Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati.


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Rimini Meeting.
Rimini, Italy.
Another great exhibition at the Rimini Meeting on the millennial history of the Republic of Georgia, concentrated on the late ancient and medieval period, with a total of more than 12,000 visitors in a week. The catalog, quickly sold out and now reprinted, is also available online on our website.


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Beirut Exhibit.
American University of Beirut.
At the American University of Beirut, AVASA has dedicated an exhibition to our site during the six years of war. It was a particularly important event in light of the participation of Syrian colleagues representing various communities involved in safeguarding the country's cultural heritage. The entire material of the exhibition is available here and the catalog here. In addition, you may read a detailed report on the full project.


Tell She'ir Exhibit.
Qamishli, Syria.
The Subartu Cultural Association.
The exhibition highlights the spirit of pride in the past that everyone shares in Urkesh, a past that these communities have internalized even more during these dark seven years of war. Organized by fellow archeologists from Qamishli, and translated into Arabic and Kurdish, the event will also include a series of guided tours for our friends from the many villages in the Urkesh hinterland. We illustrate in a separate page some details of the exhibition.


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“Archeology for Peace”.
University of Leiden.
“Ex Oriente Lux”; “Oriental Landscape Leiden”; AVASA.
In Leiden, in the Netherlands, Urkesh has been the protagonist of a double event organized by the University of Leiden in collaboration with the associations “Ex Oriente Lux” and “Oriental Landscape Leiden”. In this one-day event, entitled “Archeology for Peace”, not only Urkesh has been presented as a paradigmatic example of a project that brings the local communities together, but we also set up an exhibition which included some of the panels already presented in Beirut, accompanied by new videos.


Rimini Meeting.
Rimini, Italy.
August 2018.
Starting from the material presented at the Beirut exhibition, greatly expanded and enriched in its contents, AVASA has organized a new exhibition that has been set up for the Rimini Meeting in August 2018. Entitled “Millennia for today”, it included new audios and videos, as well as a few objects that have been especially sent from Syria. Numerous collaborators of AVASA were also present in Rimini, to meet visitors and share their experiences.


Damascus Exhibit.
National Museum of Damascus, Syria.
December 2018. AVASA.
AVASA has been invited to actively participate in the reopening of the National Museum of Damascus, after seven years of closure due to the war. So we decided to present a fully translated Arabic version (catalogue included) of the exhibition “Millennia for today”, previously set up in Rimini. A report of the event is available at this link.


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Los Angeles Exhibit.
Open House, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA (Los Angeles).
After Rimini and Damascus, the exhibit “Millennia for today” continues its tour, this time in Los Angeles. The catalogue and panels have been entirely translated into English and presented to the public on the occasion of the Open House of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The exhibition will remain open indefinitely.


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