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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 Slow-Motion Disaster: Post-Combat Looting of Archaeological Sites

The Slow-Motion Disaster: Post-Combat Looting of Archaeological Sites

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(p.124) Seven The Slow-Motion Disaster: Post-Combat Looting of Archaeological Sites
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The Rape of Mesopotamia
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226729435.003.0008

This chapter discusses postwar looting of archaeological sites in Iraq. Despite all the efforts of archaeologists including Donny George and McGuire Gibson to get the help of the U.S. forces to prevent further looting, none came, even after the end of August 2003. The military seemed not to care about the reduction of illegal trade in antiquities even if it was deducible that proceeds from the sale would be used to finance the operations of terrorists.

Keywords:   looting, archaeological sites, Iraq, U.S. forces, military, illegal trade, antiquities, terrorists

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