Nisa Expeditions

Italian Archaeological Mission in Old Nisa:
The Nisa Expeditions

Introduction
Report of the 2000 Season
Report of the 2001 Season
Report of the 2002 Season
Report of the 2003 Season
Report of the 2004 Season
Report of the 2005 Season
Report of the 2006 Season
Report of the 2007 Season
Report of the 2008 Season
Report of the 2009 Season
Report of the 2010 Season
Old Nisa Bibliography

Introduction

The first Italian mission (University of Turin) in Nisa was in 1990. The aim of these missions (and future ones) is to make a general topographical map of old Nisa and to learn the relationships between each building of the fortress located in the south part of Nisa.

View of the Nisa Site Excavation

Click on picture to enlarge

Click on picture to enlarge

Photo by Jérôme Gaslain

In 1996, the Italian mission excavated the round hall to check the results of the Russian YuTake mission. They also excavated the north and west corridors of the round hall. The Italian mission found a face in clay which represents a head of Mithradates I or Mithradates II. This head is now displayed in the museum of history in Ashkabad, and was published in late 2000 by Professor Antonio Invernizzi, University of Turin. So, from 1990 to 1999 the aim of the Italian mission was to do a general plan of Nisa and work in the round hall. The results of those missions are published in Mesopotamia.

General view of the Nisa excavations

General view of Nisa, east to west

Click on picture to enlarge

Click on picture to enlarge

Click on pictures to enlarge

Photos by Jérôme Gaslain


The excavation of Nisa by groups of many nationalities have resulted in important archeological finds and additions to our knowledge of the Parthians. The University of Turin's Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino publishes Mesopotamia, a scholarly journal which contains numerous articles about Parthia.

You may also be interested in some tourist photographs taken at Nisa in 1981 by Alexandre Kliouchnik of St. Petersburg, Russia, used here with his permission:

Surroundings of Bagir village

Surroundings of Bagir village

Surroundings of Bagir village

Click on pictures to enlarge

Photos by A. Kliouchnik

See Old Nisa Bibliography: Publications of Centro Scavi di Torino and contributions of the members of the Italian Expeditions to Nisa.

This page last updated 26 Jan 2011

Prior Page Page Up Next Page
Home Site Index Site Map Feedback New Items Tech Info Search

Online since 28 March 1998
Copyright ©1998-2011 Edward C. D. Hopkins, all rights reserved

    Click button to validate this page as HTML 4.01 compliant Click button to validate this page as CSS compliant