Higher Education and Development for Archaeology and Environmental Health Research
SUNY at Stony Brook

Monthly Report: March, 2004

Objective 1: Management and Administration

  • On 10 March 2004, Prof. Elizabeth Stone, Prof. Paul Zimansky, and Dr. Jennifer Pournelle traveled to Amman, Baghdad, Erbil, Mosul, and Berlin in furtherance of program activities as outlined below. Following an entrance meeting 11 March 04, and immediate revisions delivered via CD, USAID General Development Officer Jessica Jordan approved SBU’s Archaeology Work Plan on 15 March 04.
  • Subsequently, Prof Wajdy Hailoo presented three work plans and budget updates to USAID in Baghdad which concluded with the recent approval of the Environmental Health plan. (9-April-04)

Objective 2: Archaeology Project

2.1.2 Activity: Refit Department Libraries

2.2 Activity: Equipment and Facilities Rehabilitation

(Left, Clockwise from left) W. Hindo, J. Pournelle, E. Stone, and A. Nazar review provision of communications, computers and furniture for Baghdad and Mosul Universities (Right) Professors Elizabeth Stone and Paul Zimansky review graduate admissions and work plans with B.K. Abdullatif, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Baghdad University. (Center) Some offices have been renovated, but donations to the Archaeology Department will free scarce furnishings for other Arts faculties, who have no outside assistance. Photos: (L) P. Zimansky, (R.) J. Pournelle, March 2004


The Baghdad U. Department of Archaeology proceeds with cleanup and preparations to accommodate a student computer lab. Since December 2003 (top), a temporary store-room (left) has been cleared and plaster teaching casts re-mounted in a refurbished corridor (right). In May 2003, these spaces were stripped bare and choked with ash, litter, and soot.

Photos: Top, C. Filstrup, Dec 2003. Bottom, J. Pournelle, 14 March 2004.

2.3 Activity: Instruction in Iraq: Task B: 4ICAANE

Some of the nearly 650 participants in the Fourth International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (4ICAANE), on the steps of the main gallery of the Pergamon Museum, Berlin. Among them are three senior faculty members from the Department of Archaeology, Baghdad University, one from the Department of Assyriology, Mosul U., and a recent Archaeology graduate of Mosul U., now documenting post-war reconstruction for Reuters.

(Left) Zuhair Rijab al-Samarrae (U. of Baghdad), with colleague at the Pergamon Museum. For many Iraqis, this was their first opportunity to visit and study antiquities excavated in Iraq by the German Archaeological Institute over the past century, such as the reconstructed Ishtar Gate of Babylon (Right).

2.4 Activity: Instruction in the U.S.: Intensive M.A. Program in Archaeology

(Left) A Baghdad U. graduate, now employed at the National Museum, receives letters of recommendation for graduate admission. (Right) E. Stone and P. Zimansky interview an applicant from Mosul. U. Of 26 applicants, eight were admitted, promised full support, and pledged to participant in intensive English instruction to prepare them for graduate training.
Photos: (L) J. Pournelle, (R) P. Zimansky, March 2004.

Objective 3: Environmental Health Project

3.3.2 A. Task: Assemble Program Office/Team, US

D.2. Hire Program Assistant / Coordinator

D.3. Hire Education Specialist

D.4. Hire Permanent Program Secretary/Administrative Assistant


3.3.1 C4 Task: Establish Program Coordinating Office, Iraq (PCO)

3.4.3 Orientation and Training for Centers Leadership and Staff U.S.

A. Task: Center Director, Deans (6)

B. Task: Center Coordinators, (4)

3.3.1 C.5. Orientation/training in the US

4.5.1 Activity: Library, Environmental Health

A list of environmental health and related discipline books were prepared and sent to each of the three centers in order for them to input their needs in the selection of the material.

[1] Fundamentals of English Grammar, 3rd edition, by Betty Schrampfer Azar and Themes for Today, 2nd edition, by Lorraine Smith.