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 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!


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