The Iraq War & Archaeology
Reviewed Articles Archive Sixty-Nine: First 1/2 of February 2006

This is the sixty-ninth 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.

  • C. Pierre, "'We Will Bring Him Home,'" in Johns Hopkins Magazine (Maryland), 58, 1 (February 2006): excellent interview with Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton at the occasion of their American Hostage book, also highlighting the role of and interviewing Carleton's fellow SAIS [Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies] graduates; "According to the couple's friends, it was no surprise that Carleton and Garen would want to go to Iraq, despite the dangers. It was a natural fit, for one, because Carleton was born in the region — in Beirut, to an American father and a French mother, both of whom worked for the United Nations — and Garen had focused on Near Eastern studies, archaeology, and landscape architecture at Cornell University. But they were also drawn to Iraq because they feared that the story of the looting was being ignored." "[Earlier, t]heir first major project took them to Zeugma, in Turkey, in 2000. The ancient city made headlines when recently discovered ruins were threatened by floodwaters of the newly built Birecik Dam. They filmed a documentary that focused not only on the fate of the ancient ruins, but also on displaced villagers." "Garen visited Iraq first in June 2003, photographing and writing about the looting; his photos were published by the Associated Press, The New York Times Magazine, and Science magazine, among others. He returned the following December to lay the groundwork for a documentary. After that second trip, he and Carleton approached the Carr Foundation for funding." "By the end of July 2004, the couple had nearly finished shooting. Carleton left Iraq, ... The Carr Foundation had recently made funds available to the Nasiriyah Museum through the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage to hire 20 civil guards to protect the heavily looted archaeological site at Umma, near Nasiriyah. Garen wanted footage of their first day on the job." "As soon as word got out that Garen was missing, Carleton's friends and colleagues from SAIS sprang into action. ...  Their approach included calls to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, former SAIS dean, who assigned a DoD staffer to the case, and SAIS Professor Fouad Ajami. One SAISer had a friend who had just returned from Iraq, where he was working for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Another had a colleague whose father was the NATO supreme allied commander. Friends called contacts in the State Department, Congress, the U.S. embassy, humanitarian organizations, and the media." "When they first got home, they began to work on the film right away. But when they were approached by a literary agent, they realized that a book would allow them to tell not only their own story but the many stories in Iraq that were often too complex — or too dangerous — to film for their documentary. It also enabled them to work through the trauma of the experience."

    Photo 1: [no caption; still from Micah Garen's kidnappers' video]

    Photo 2: "Photo courtesy Four Corners Media" [on Garen and Carleton's web site,, the series of photos of which this one is a part has the following introduction: "On June 9, 2004, Iraqi police arrested four men in Baghdad, part of a larger smuggling ring, and recovered 3000 objects that had been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq. The objects had been wrapped up and boxed for shipment outside of the country. This is the first major arrest and recovery of objects looted from archaeological sites by Iraqi police since the 2003 war.  Photographs by Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton, © Four Corners Media"]

    Photo 3: "Garen films an Italian Carabinieri patrol of looted sites in the Dhi Qar province. Below, Carleton, wearing a traditional Iraqi hijab.  Photo courtesy Four Corners Media"

    Photo 4: "Carleton films the aftermath of the looting. 'When you look out at the sites, they're these sandy, dusty stretches,' she says. 'I think people sometimes find it hard to visualize the value of what's under there.'  Photo courtesy Four Corners Media" [from inside a Carabinieri helicopter; in Dhi Qar province]

    Photo 5: "Carleton, Amir Doshi, and a museum guard in July 2004.  Photo courtesy Four Corners Media" [Nasiriyyah]

    Photo 6: "Carleton and Garen safe at home; behind them, a painting by the Iraqi artist Kamil.  Photo 2005 ©"

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).