Iraq Museum to reopen
Haven't we heard this before? Let us only hope that somebody competent is standing guard this time around.
Terri at A Soldier's Mind has the inside scoop on efforts by State Department cultural heritage liason officer Diane Siebrandt and Lt. Col. Kenneth Crawford of the 2nd “Spartan” Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav Division to bring this about by working with Amira Emiran, the museum’s newly appointed director.
Update on Friday, 30 Nov 2007 - Derek Fincham of Illicit Cultural Property had a post up Sunday about this with a link to a more detailed and reliable story in The Sunday Times written by Jon Swain. The full name of the museum's newly appointed director is given and there are details about which galleries are being opened and which sculptures will be exhibited. According to Swain,
Visits will be confined to just two galleries on the ground floor containing Assyrian and Islamic treasures that are too large and heavy to be easily removed. The remaining 16 galleries will remain empty and closed and security will be tight.