The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum By Lawrence Rothfield
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press | ISBN: 0226729451 | edition 2009 | PDF | 228 pages | 1,4 mb
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.
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