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  • Robert M Whiting
    From The Guardian Saturday August 26, 2006 Michael Howard in Irbil Iraq s most prominent archaeologist has resigned and fled the country, saying the dire
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 26, 2006
      From The Guardian
      Saturday August 26, 2006
      Michael Howard in Irbil

      Iraq's most prominent archaeologist has resigned and fled the country,
      saying the dire security situation, an acute shortage of funds, and the
      interference of supporters of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had
      made his position intolerable.

      Donny George, who was president of the State Board of Antiquities and
      Heritage, achieved international recognition for his efforts to track down
      and recover the priceless antiquities looted from Iraq's National Museum
      in the mayhem that followed the fall of Baghdad in 2003.

      But this week he revealed that he had resigned and was in hiding with his
      family in the Syrian capital Damascus. In an interview with the Art
      Newspaper, Dr George said Baghdad was now so dangerous that the National
      Museum, which houses a trove of Sumerian and Babylonian artefacts, had
      been sealed off by concrete walls to protect it from insurgent attacks and
      further looting.

      ...

      Read the full article at

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1858843,00.html


      Bob Whiting
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