This chapter discusses the future of the National Museum of Iraq. The museum has been reduced from a repository into a prison for antiquities, with little prospect to reopen for years to come. There is no group showing interest to devote the resources needed to help Iraq salvage what remains of its archaeological heritage before it is entirely broken up and its jumbled remnants disappear altogether into warehouses, dealers' galleries, and the living rooms of the well-to-do. The U.S. government allocated $13 million for the Iraq Cultural Heritage Project but it focuses solely on professional development for conservators and other museum professionals and does not provide any funding to improve the security of archaeological sites.
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