The Sealands Archaeology and Environment Program Connecting viable pasts to sustainable futures.

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The Sealands Archaeology and Environment Program conducts archaeological, geoarchaeological, and paleoenvironmental research, in order to understand how cities in Iraq sustained themselves through deep time. The results of this work will guide projects to restore environmental services to Iraq's southern cities, promote resilient environmental management strategies, and support sustainable lifeways for the future. 

We take our name from the marsh realm between Sumer and Elam, known during the second millennium BCE as “The Sealands” or “Mat Tamti,” which encompassed much of the area of the now-dry Hammar marshes. Based on inscriptions from the site, Roux suggested that Tell Abu Salabikh, formerly at the center of Lake Hammar, was seat of the historical figure Marduk-apla-iddina II (biblical Merodach-Baladan), and center city of The Sealands.

Always a place of refuge and sustenance at the heart of the Mesopotamian marshlands, The Sealands, and their highly productive marshland lifeways, remain virtually unexplored by archaeologists.

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