The Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan (MAIKI) of Sapienza - University of Rome, aim to study the historical, political and cultural development of the Kurdish region during historical period, with particular attention to the influence of the Iranian empires and the effects of crisis that led to their collapse.

Heir of the activities and relationships of IsIAO with the local authorities in recent years (the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization and the Antiquities Directorates of Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Duhok), the MAIKI selected two sites for its field activities: the sasanid site of Paikuli and the Citadel of Erbil.

Regarding the site of Paikuli, the MAIKI reached a five-year agreement with the Sulaimaniyah Antiquities Directorate for the recovery of excavation of the site, for the philological study of the inscription on the monument and for the creation of an archaeological map of the area between the towns of Chamchamal and Darbandikhan (Governorate of Sulaymaniyah).

The activities of MAIKI are implemented thanks to the support of the Italian MAE-DGSP and the decisive support of the Italian Embassy in Baghdad and the Italian Consulate in Erbil.

All the activities of MAIKI are carried out in close collaboration with Kurdish authorities and involve the active participation of local officials.

Members of the Italian Archaeological Mission

Members of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan of Sapienza – University of Rome (MAIKI).

Congresses and Publications

Convegni e pubblicazioni scientifiche e divulgative relative alla Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno (MAIKI).

Activities of the Archaeological Mission in the archeological site of Pāikūlī

The Pāikūlī tower was built by the Sasanian emperor Narseh (293-302 AD) in a narrow valley at the southernmost edge of the Qara Dāgh range in western Zagros...

Activities of the Italian Archaeological Missin in Erbil

The architectural structures today visible on the top of the Erbil Citadel, and mostly dated to the late Ottoman period, make this site one of the most amazing places of the Iraqi Kurdistan...