Mesopotamia upon Thames
Mesopotamia upon Thames is the UK segment of our programme to bring traditional Iraqi boats to rivers of the world. These watercraft – Guffa coracle, Tarrada canoe, reed bundle craft and Kelek raft – reach back into antiquity with the same optimum design. They have survived through the changes of history but are now threatened with disappearance.
The Mesopotamia upon Thames project includes a series of photomontage visualisations of traditional Iraqi watercraft at famous locations along the Thames in London (e.g. Tower Bridge, left). Available as prints and postcards.
We are working towards bringing a small flotilla of Mesopotamian boats, including our reconstruction of Thesiger's Tarada, to the Thames as part of a Mesopotamia upon Thames festival. More details coming soon!