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The Slow-Motion Disaster: Post-Combat Looting of Archaeological Sites

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/9780226729435.003.0008
The Slow-Motion Disaster: Post-Combat Looting of Archaeological Sites

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This chapter discusses postwar looting of archaeological sites in Iraq. Despite all the efforts of archaeologists including Donny George and McGuire Gibson to get the help of the U.S. forces to prevent further looting, none came, even after the end of August 2003. The military seemed not to care about the reduction of illegal trade in antiquities even if it was deducible that proceeds from the sale would be used to finance the operations of terrorists.

Keywords: looting; archaeological sites; Iraq; U.S. forces; military; illegal trade; antiquities; terrorists

Chapter.  4243 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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