The UnAustralian

Friday, June 20, 2003
Looting and Iraq

I haven't looked into the issue of looting in Iraq particularly deeply, but one recent meme that I've seen floating around the blogging world is that only 33 major artifacts were taken. Personally I find this quite surprising, simply that it is possible to accurate measure the damage at this stage. For example, if the National Museum was looted it would probably take years to evaluate the damage. Iraq is in considerable chaos, and has less infrastructure available for this task, so it seems reasonable for it to take considerably longer.

This article describes the state of some of Iraq's cultural treasures. Meanwhile this website is focusing on the looting.

I'm going to try to dig deeper.

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