The Anbar Antiquities and Heritage Inspectorate announced on Tuesday, the start of the reconstruction of two archaeological sites in the governorate, while setting the date for their full completion.
Inspector of Anbar Antiquities and Heritage, Ammar Ali Hamdi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “Maintenance work has begun at some of the prominent archaeological sites in Anbar Governorate, including the Maamoura Tower in Hit District and Khan Juraijib in Al-Qaim District. Maintenance work includes restoration, maintenance and treatment of the damaged parts of these two sites,” Pointing out that “Al-Maamoura Tower is considered the closest to the center of the governorate, as it is 17 to 19 meters high and has a cylindrical shape, as most historical accounts indicate that it was a tower for monitoring commercial caravans, a lighthouse for commercial caravans, and an indicative sign for them that were traveling between the Levant and Mesopotamia the tower cracked due to weather conditions and military operations that took place in the region during the period of ISIS terrorist gangs’ control over the cities.”
Hamdi added, “The General Authority of Antiquities, represented by the Anbar Antiquities Inspectorate, has begun a maintenance project to restore the cracks and compensate for the damaged parts of the tower at the expense of the Ministry of Culture and the General Authority of Antiquities and under the supervision of specialists, engineers, and archaeologists from the Anbar Antiquities Inspectorate.”
He pointed out that "the second archaeological site, Khan Juraijib, is a site dating back to the eighteenth century AD. It was also specialized in the transportation of commercial caravans between the Levant and Mesopotamia and a place or rest stop for merchants and goods," pointing out that "no restoration work had previously been carried out on it due to circumstantial factors weather and time, as cracks occurred in it and led to the demolition of parts and a number of rooms in this khan, as the General Authority for Antiquities and the Anbar Antiquities Inspectorate, with the efforts of specialists from inspectors, engineers and archaeologists, began the process of restoration and maintenance of the damaged parts and replacing the fallen parts of the khan’s rooms so that it appears in its beautiful shape.”
He continued, "This is the first stage of maintenance, and there are later stages noting that "maintenance work began on the twelfth of this month, and it is hoped that the work will be fully completed before the end of this year."