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“Nobody Thought of Culture”: War-Related Heritage Protection in the Early Prewar Period

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226729435.003.0003
“Nobody Thought of Culture”: War-Related Heritage Protection in the Early Prewar Period

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This chapter discusses the war-related protection of cultural heritage prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion. It suggests that the looting of the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad stemmed from the failure of the U.S. military to prepare adequately for the postcombat phase of the 2003 war. The chapter also mentions that the archaeological and cultural heritage community was structurally unprepared to work with postcombat planners as the war clouds began to gather in the spring and summer of 2002.

Keywords: cultural heritage; looting; 2003 Iraq invasion; National Museum; Baghdad; U.S. military; archaeological community; postcombat planning

Chapter.  4935 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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