The Iraq War & Archaeology
Reviewed Articles Archive Seventeen: First 1/2 of December 2003





This is the seventeenth archive of the reviewed articles of The Iraq War & Archaeology web site.


Francis Deblauwe, Ph.D.




The articles and other information are listed chronologically, most recent first.
Almost all are accessible for free (or after a free registration) on the internet.  Each time, I try to draw attention to the most relevant tidbits of information, esp. things that were not mentioned before; occasionally, I provide some comment.  The usual warning applies: many links become defective with time.  Inclusion in the list does not in any way mean that I necessarily agree with the opinions expressed in an article.  But for a few exceptions, the occasional photos and figures accompanying reviewed articles are just hotlinked images on other web sites, in other words: do not download them or request permission to publish them from me, for I do not own the copyright to them in any way!  Please do contact the rightful owners if you would like to use them for publication purposes. Finally, for the sake of convenience, all articles and so on are assumed to have been published on US web sites unless indicated otherwise.

  • K. Helmer, "U.S. Military Hopes Tourists Will Dig 'Exorcist' Archaeological Site," in Stars and Stripes. European Edition, December 7, 2003: now wait a minute, the US military shouldn't encourage amateur excavations at Iraqi archaeological sites ... oops, other meaning of "dig"  ;-)}   ; "... Lt. Col. Kevin Felix, 40, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. ... said that with fewer funds available for local projects, he had to come up with a way to bring money to the poor area in northern Iraq, ... His soldiers hired and trained local tour guides." "Though [Hatra] is known among archaeologists and history buffs, soldiers may recognize it from the movie 'The Exorcist.' In the beginning of the film, an old man encounters a demon at an archaeological site. That scene was filmed in Hatra. 'That’s because that place is the devil,' laughed Pfc. Aaron Heningcamp, 19, an artilleryman from Johnstown, Pa. He and five other soldiers sweated out the   stifling summer at the ruins to provide security and deter looters. Soldiers have since turned over security to the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps."

Photo 1: "Kendra Helmer / S&S  -  First Lt. Ted Ruzicka, fire direction officer with the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, stands at the entrance to the 2,000-year-old ruins of the city of Hatra. Ruzicka hired tour guides and is giving them guidance to bring tourism to the area, about 70 miles southwest of Mosul in northern Iraq."

Photo 2: "Kendra Helmer / S&S  -  A soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, bundles up against the cold rain outside ... Hatra, ..."

Photo 3: "Kendra Helmer / S&S  -  First Lt. Ted Ruzicka, fire direction officer ... looks out at the 2,000-year-old ruins of the city of Hatra. The newer building below him houses local Iraqi security who have taken over guarding the ruins."






Photo: "Doug Mills/The New York Times
  John Simmons, center, attended a two-day conference in Arlington, Va., with others interested in pursuing business projects in Iraq" [this is a tad confusing: John Simmons' Baghdad Museum Project is not a for-profit venture]

  • Photo: "(3) Bodies of diplomats return to Japan with relatives.  NARITA, Japan - Honor guards spread national flags over the coffins containing the bodies of two slain Japanese diplomats, Katsuhiko Oku (L) and Masamori Inoue, at Narita airport, east of Tokyo, on Dec. 4 [, 2003]. (Kyodo)" [Kyodo News Photos; the diplomats were involved in planning for cultural-heritage protection and preservation projects in Iraq]



This site is edited by Belgian archaeologist Francis Deblauwe, Ph.D., living in Streamwood, Illinois (USA), who is affiliated with Archaeos, Inc., and a research associate of the University of Vienna (Austria).