Dr Ilham Al Ameer of the Cuneiform Department of the Iraq Museum spent the month of September working with Mr Christopher Walker at the British Museum on the decipherment of 60 tablets selected for the Basrah Museum. They prepared labels in English and Dr Ilham has subsequently translated them into Arabic. This is the start of a process to ensure the objects are labelled for the Museum. There will be a training programme for Basrah Museum staff and volunteers with on-going work identifying objects with Iraqi and international scholars. Dr Ilham met with the FOBM Trustees at the start of her stay and we were delighted later to introduce Dr Ilham to Professor Eleanor Robson of UCL and the Nahrein Network (NN). The FOBM are very grateful to Mr Walker for his kind collaboration and to Dr Jonathan Tubb, Keeper (Head) of the department for supporting this work under his department's auspices.
Photos: (Left) Dr Ilham with FOBM Trustees - Dr John Curtis, Mr Peter Hunt (HWH & Associates - Project Managers Basrah), Sir Terence Clark, Dr Ilham Al Ameer, Angela Grimshaw & Dr Lamia Al Gailani-Werr. (Middle) Joan Porter MacIver (Project Coordinator), Dr Lamia Al-Gailani Werr, Dr Ilham, Mr Christopher Walker and Professor Eleanor Robson. (Right) Dr Ilham with Mr Christopher Walker looking at details of a tablet from Uruk at the British Museum.