In 2003, United States forces invaded Iraq, adding further complications to an already troubled archaeological scene. However, studies in Iraq have been significantly under fire since the Gulf War in 1990 and the frequency at which sites are destroyed or looted makes progress and preservation difficult. Given the extreme cultural importance of Iraqi archaeology to its own nation and to world society, how does this affect our own histories and what should we do to protect it? By studying the effects of war and looting on the National Museum of Baghdad as well as important sites such as Ur, Eridu, and Nineveh, we will attempt to determine what has been lost, what the significance of these missing sites and artifacts is to our own society, and where our responsibility lies in cultural preservation.
"Robbing the Cradle of Civilization: The Effects of Warfare on Iraqi Archaeology,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2010, Article 22.
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