Deathwatch for Iraqi Antiquities

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:
Deathwatch for Iraqi Antiquities

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This chapter focuses on the evaluation and monitoring of the conditions of the archaeological sites and antiquities in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. The military shared no images with the archaeological community. As a result, there is no way to track the ongoing decimation of tells across the country over the years since the 2003 invasion. The chapter describes the work of archaeologist Elizabeth Stone, which has provided a partial view of what has occurred since the invasion, and also mentions that the National Museum remained under siege as of 2007.

Keywords: archaeological sites; antiquities; Iraq; archaeological community; tells; Elizabeth Stone; National Museum

Chapter.  6864 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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