Cultural Heritage Protection in Iraq before 2003: The Long View

in The Rape of Mesopotamia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226729459
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226729435 | DOI:
Cultural Heritage Protection in Iraq before 2003: The Long View

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This chapter discusses the protection of cultural heritage in Iraq before the 2003 invasion. The first indigenous anti-looting efforts stemmed from sheer greed, and laws were passed during the mid-nineteenth century requiring official permission for archaeological excavations. The chapter suggests that the Ottomans' protection of cultural heritage was relatively weak, under a regime designed primarily to deter foreigners rather than to secure sites from indigenous looting. It also mentions that it was only at the end of World War I that protection of antiquities from looting emerged as an administrative problem.

Keywords: cultural heritage; Iraq; anti-looting efforts; archaeological excavations; Ottomans; indigenous looting; protection of antiquities

Chapter.  7020 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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