The Iraq War & Archaeology
Reviewed Articles Archive Thirty: Second 1/2 of June 2004

This is the thirtieth 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.

  • "Iraqi museum takes security precautions," in China View (China), online, June 28, 2004: "Iraq's national museum has taken precautions for possible chaos on the eve of the June 30 power transfer. ... the museum has been partially evacuated for security reasons, ... Witnesses said the building of the museum was almost empty and workers were busy with fortifying doors and windows in preparation for June 30." [fortunately, so far, the Museum is safe and no large-scale looting has reoccurred]

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  • S. Kimmons, "Soldiers help preserve Iraq archeological sites," in U.S. Army, online, June 22, 2004: "Four and five thousand-year old artifacts from Iraq's multi-cultured past were discovered here when Soldiers of Company B, 65th Engineer Battalion dug into a hill while gathering dirt for Hesco defense barriers in late April." "... additional hills in the vicinity of the container village on the west side of the base were discovered to be sites." "Ghaib Fadil Karem, [local] director of Ministry of Antiquities, said he appreciates the efforts of the Army and Air Force in safeguarding Iraq's ancient history." [see also Kimmons May 28, 2004 and The Times-News March 23, 2005]

Photo: "Spc. Lorie Bright, a Civil Affairs specialist with Co. B, 451st Civil Affairs attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, touches a piece of ancient pottery embedded inside a hill on Kirkuk Air Base. Spc. Sean Kimmons"
  • "20 Trucks Delivered to Baghdad for Archaeological Site Protection," in U.S. Department of State, online, June 18, 2004: "Destined for use by archaeological site guards, 20 pick-up trucks were delivered this week to Baghdad International Airport. Funded by the Packard Humanities Institute through the State Department, the trucks are part of the Archaeological Site Protection program."

    Photo: "Dr. John Russell, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Culture, CPA with trucks for the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage. Photo courtesy of John Russell"

Photo: "Thu Jun 17, 5:50 PM ET - A US coalition soldier aims his rifle as he poses in front of a statue of a defaced Lion, inside the ancient city of Babylon, south of Baghdad. [no, this is not really funny] The US-led coalition in Iraq (news - web sites) has closed the ancient site of Bablyon over worries about the 'safety and care' of the archaeological treasure, a statement said.(AFP/File/Roslan Rahman)"

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).