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Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection After the Iraq War

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As Saddam Hussein's government fell in April 2003, news accounts detailed the pillage of Iraq's National Museum. The museum's looting grabbed headlines worldwide and public attention briefly focused on Iraq's threatened cultural heritage. Less dramatic, though far more devastating, was the subsequent epidemic of looting at thousands of archaeological sites around the country. Illegal digging on a massive scale continues to this day, virtually unchecked, with Iraq's ten thousand officially recognized sites being destroyed at a rate of roughly 10 percent per year. This book contains the first full published account of the disasters that have befallen Iraq's cultural heritage, and it analyzes why the array of laws and international conventions; the advocacy efforts of cultural heritage organizations; and the military planning and implementation of cultural protection operations all failed, and continue to fail, to prevent massive and irreversible loss. Looking forward, the book identifies new planning procedures, policy mechanisms, and implementation strategies capable of succeeding, so the mistakes of Iraq will not be replicated in other regions in crisis whose cultural heritage are at risk. Both archaeologists and policy-makers will benefit from this detailed study.

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Following the fall of Saddam Hussein's government in April 2003, the Iraqi National Museum and numerous cultural and archaeological sites experienced massive looting, both by traditional looting and unchecked illegal digging; at the time of this publication, Iraq's 10,000 officially recognized sites are being decimated at a rate of 10 percent per year. Rothfeld (Cultural Policy Center, U. of Chicago) leads an international cast of contributors documenting both the case of Iraq and the context of the looting, followed by an extensive section providing advice for preventing looting after armed combat in other vulnerable regions. Politicians, policy makers, and archaeologists alike would benefit from this comprehensive and informative publication. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780759110984
Author:
Rothfield, Lawrence
Publisher:
Altamira Press
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Archaeological thefts.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public Policy - Cultural Policy
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003- - Destruction and pillage
Subject:
Iraq Antiquities.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
9.21x6.35x1.12 in. 1.49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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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