Antiquities under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War

Historians in the News

The Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago invites you to attend a book release and policy briefing Antiquities under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
9:00–10:30 a.m.
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Free event, RSVP required

Lawrence Rothfield, Editor, Antiquities under Siege; Faculty Director, Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago
Col. Matthew Bogdanos, USMC Reserves; leader of the investigation into the antiquities looting during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Donny George Youkhanna, former Director-General, Iraq Museum; former President, Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage
Patty Gerstenblith, Professor, DePaul College of Law; President, Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation
McGuire Gibson, Professor of Archaeology, University of Chicago; President, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq
Corine Wegener, Associate Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art; President, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

When Saddam Hussein’s government fell in April 2003, news accounts detailed the pillaging of the Iraq Museum. Less dramatic, though far more devastating, has been the subsequent epidemic of looting at thousands of archaeological sites around the country. Illegal digging on a massive scale continues to this day.

As the fifth anniversary of the invasion approaches, Antiquities under Siege, written by internationally renowned experts from a range of fields, recounts what happened and what continues to happen. Panelists will discuss why pre-invasion plans failed to protect Iraq’s artifacts, and identify procedures and strategies designed to safeguard antiquities during and after armed conflict.

Available from AltaMira Press in April 2008

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