2021 Grant Recipient
Abbas al-Hussainy is an archaeologist and full Professor specialized in ancient Near Eastern civilizations with a particular research focus on the archaeological heritage of central and southern Iraq.
Prof. al-Hussainy's research activity encompasses societies, religion, settlement patterns and political history in Bronze Age Mesopotamia; all aspects are analyzed by means of archaeological excavations (especially the major ancient city of Marad, Iraq), surveys (in the area of Al-Qadisiyah, Iraq), and the study of cuneiform texts and material culture. He has also carried out salvage and preservation projects aimed at preserving sites and monuments in Iraq. He has held important administrative and operational positions within the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq (SBAH) and he has been Chief Editor of the journal Sumer. In addition to his intense teaching activity in Iraq, he lectured extensively in Europe and he has been Visiting Professor at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, Bologna, Cambridge.
Since 1999 he has taken part in international congresses on ancient Near Eastern archaeology, delivering papers and moderating workshops. On behalf of the SBAH, and in his capacity as university professor, he is actively engaged in safekeeping, promoting and preserving the Iraqi archaeological heritage via lectures, restoration projects, publications and other related activities.