A Punctual Disaster: The Looting of the National Museum of Iraq

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:
A Punctual Disaster: The Looting of the National Museum of Iraq

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This chapter, which focuses on the looting of the National Museum of Iraq during the 2003 invasion, explains that looting often occurs in liberated areas in which there is a power vacuum. The first reports of an attack on the museum came on the morning of April 11, but both American and British forces failed to do anything about it despite the constant reminders of archaeological groups. The chapter describes the artifacts stolen from the museum and provides estimates of their value.

Keywords: National Museum; looting; 2003 Iraq invasion; liberated areas; power vacuum; archaeological groups; artifacts

Chapter.  6871 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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