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The Rape of MesopotamiaBehind the Looting of the Iraq Museum$
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Lawrence Rothfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226729459

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226729435.001.0001

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The Rape of Mesopotamia
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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.

Keywords:   National Museum, antiquities, archaeological heritage, U.S. government, Cultural Heritage Project, archaeological sites

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