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6 million DKK for the Palmyra Portrait Project

Grant recipient: Professor Rubina Raja.

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Professor and UrbNet centre director Rubina Raja has been granted 6 million DKK by the Carlsberg Foundation for the continuation of the Palmyra Portrait Project. With the extension of the original funding period, the project will now run until the end of 2019.

To date, the project has generated impressive results with respect to the compilation of a corpus of so far scattered pieces, as well as ongoing analysis of funerary portraits. Initial estimates put the number of portrait pieces at about 1,500; however, revised numbers say that there are well over 3,000 portraits, and the Palmyra Portrait Project aims to analyse and catalogue them all.

Over the next four years, the scope of the project will also be extended to include a number of sub-projects, focusing on issues related to cultural heritage in crisis-stricken regions. 

For more information, visit the Palmyra Portrait Project website or contact Rubina Raja (rubina.raja@cas.au.dk).