Antiquities under siege: cultural heritage protection after the Iraq war
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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THE CASE OF IRAQ AND THE CONTEXT OF LOOTING
The Western Market in Iraqi Antiquities
PREVENTING FUTURE LOOTING AFTER ARMED COMBAT
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