OIMP 28. Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past Geoff Emberling and Katharyn Hanson, eds.

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With an introduction by Professor McGuire Gibson, this up-to-date account describes the state of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad and chronicles the damage done to archaeological sites by illicit digging.

Contributors include Donny George, John M. Russell, Katharyn Hanson, Clemens Reichel, Elizabeth C. Stone, and Patty Gerstenblith. Published in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name opening at the Oriental Institute April 10, 2008, this book commemorates the fifth anniversary of the looting of the Iraq National Museum.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword. Gil J. Stein
  2. Preface. Geoff Emberling
  3. Map of Iraq
  4. Time Line of Events
  5. The Looting of the Iraq Museum in Context. McGuire Gibson, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
  6. The Looting of the Iraq Museum Complex. Donny George, Stony Brook University, with McGuire Gibson, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
  7. Efforts to Control Damage to Sites and Monuments. John M. Russell,Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  8. Why Does Archaeological Context Matter? Katharyn Hanson, University of Chicago
  9. Cataloging the Losses: The Oriental Institute’s Iraq Museum Database Project. Clemens Reichel, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
  10. Archaeological Site Looting: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Southern Iraq. Elizabeth C. Stone, Stony Brook University
  11. Legal Aspects of Controlling the International Market in Looted Antiquities: The Paradigm of Iraq. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University
  • Oriental Institute Museum Publications 28
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2008
  • ISBN: 978-1-885923-56-1
  • Pp. 88; 48 illustrations, most in color
  • Paperback 9 x 11.5 in
  • $22.95

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