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Published on Jan 10, 2011
With a history stretching back some 4,000 years, the ancient craft of the Mudhief -- or Reed house -- still holds its place of cultural, social and political importance in the Iraqi marshlands, but these ancient construction skills, now known by only a handful of aging craftsmen, are slowly fading with time. Near the town of Chabyish on the edge of the central marsh, the Nature Iraq team has embarked on a pilot project to revive this ancient construction method.