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A PLEA FOR TREASURES OF CIVILIZATION

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  • Dianne.Chidester@kctcs.edu
    Thought you might find this of interest. A PLEA FOR TREASURES OF CIVILIZATION from The Los Angeles Times While U.S. military planners were compiling a list of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 24, 2003
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      Thought you might find this of interest.


      A PLEA FOR TREASURES OF CIVILIZATION
      from The Los Angeles Times

      While U.S. military planners were compiling a list of missile sites,
      communications centers, bunkers and weapons factories to target during the
      air campaign against Iraq, American archeologists were putting together
      their own list of more than 4,000 "do not bomb" sites.

      The detailed list of museums, monuments, archeological digs and other key
      sites embedded in cities and nestled among the shifting dunes of the Iraqi
      desert is a virtual Baedeker guide to the cultural history not only of Iraq
      but of Western civilization. It is a heritage that archeologists hope to
      preserve amid the destruction of battle.

      The artifacts housed in Iraqi museums and buried at unexplored sites "are
      products of human imagination and skill," said Gus Van Beek, curator of Old
      World archeology at the Smithsonian Institution. "They have a life of their
      own. They certainly have a right to survive."
      <http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-war-
      archeology24mar24004422,1,4410542.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dscience>
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