The Rape of Mesopotamia

The Rape of Mesopotamia

Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum

eBook - 2009
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On April 10, 2003, as the world watched a statue of Saddam Hussein come crashing down in the heart of Baghdad, a mob of looters attacked the Iraq National Museum. Despite the presence of an American tank unit, the pillaging went unchecked, and more than 15,000 artifacts-some of the oldest evidence of human culture-disappeared into the shadowy worldwide market in illicit antiquities. In the five years since that day, the losses have only mounted, with gangs digging up roughly half a million artifacts that had previously been unexcavated; the loss to our shared human heritage is incalculable. Wit.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780226729435
0226729435
9781282239975
128223997X
9780226729459
0226729451
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 216 pages) : illustrations, map

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