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Lead organisation:

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII)


The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) is running this project in partnership with the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) – Babylon Museum (The Museum at Ancient Babylon).

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Project summary:

Knowledge of the ancient custom of Deg, Iraq’s traditional practice of tattooing, is at risk of loss due to conflict and marginalisation.

In this project the tattoos and methods will be researched and recorded using a combination of oral history and visual documentation methods before being uploaded onto an illustrated database.

Project activities will focus on the ancient province of Babylon, where awareness raising activities will culminate in an exhibition of Deg, its varied use, meaning and associated traditions.

Documentation of this ancient practice will enable greater understanding of the roots of this tradition and its significance and role in local society.

Images, stories and other written records relating to the tattoos will be uploaded online for public access and to contribute to future research.