Friday, November 30, 2007


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.

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8 Comments:

At 5:56 PM , Blogger KreativeMix said...

i agree completely.

 
At 9:48 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

@kreativemix: Glad to make your acquaintance. Please drop by again!

 
At 10:54 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I wonder what's left. Protecting humanities ancient and irreplaceable treasures didn't really seem to be a priority....

 
At 6:34 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

@heidi - Only two halls are being opened. One with Assyrian sculptures and one with Islamic ones. Most of those that will be displayed are apparently large pieces that cannot be carted off by thieves. I will be updating this piece soon.

 
At 7:34 PM , Blogger Sassy said...

hey there!!! this is Sassy from Kreativemix. glad to cyber-meet you too!! hope you're having a fabulous weekend!!

 
At 12:24 PM , Blogger Jinta said...

They’re too busy keeping their heads below the parapet to do the important things.

 
At 9:38 AM , Anonymous GTL said...

You have been memed.

 
At 10:45 AM , Anonymous Virushead said...

I wonder how many of the priceless artifacts of humanity remain...

 

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