Antiquities under siege: cultural heritage protection after the Iraq war

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AltaMira Press, 2008 - History - 322 pages
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As Saddam Hussein's government fell in April 2003, news accounts detailed the pillage of Iraq's National Museum. Less dramatic, though far more devastating, was the subsequent looting at thousands of archaeological sites around the country, which continues on a massive scale to this day. This book details the disasters that have befallen Iraq's cultural heritage, analyzes why all efforts to protect it have failed, and identifies new mechanisms and strategies to prevent the mistakes of Iraq from being replicated in other war-torn regions.

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Contents

THE CASE OF IRAQ AND THE CONTEXT OF LOOTING
1
The Western Market in Iraqi Antiquities
63
PREVENTING FUTURE LOOTING AFTER ARMED COMBAT
75
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Rothfield is an Associate Professor of English and Director of The Cultural Policy Program at the University of Chicago.