Cultural Property Protection Net Mailinglist reports about war in IRAQ and damage to cultural heritage

Iraq: Relief and Recovery

The 2003 Iraq War & Archaeology



Mailinglist reports:





  • June 18, 2003
    - Iraqi artefacts find easy route via Switzerland
    - Reach of Iraq's cultural theft crisis extends far beyond Baghdad Museum
  • June 17, 2003
    - Staff revolt at Baghdad museum
  • June 12- 14, 2003
    - Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk
    - From Tragedy to Farce; Anti-American journalists and the museum looting that wasn't.
    - Iraqis Return Priceless Vase to Baghdad Museum
    - Worst Looting May Be In Remote Parts of Iraq
    - BBC and Guardian cover up US role in Iraq looting
    - We're Still Missing The Looting Picture
  • june 1 - 11, 2003
    - Archaeological treasures locked away
    - Ancient Assyrian Treasures Believed Found in Baghdad
    - Looting and Conquest
    - comment on: Looting and Conquest
    - NY Museum Displays Ancient Mesopotamian Art
    - Iraq 'virtual heritage' archive planned
    - Drive to recover Iraq treasures
    - Lost from the Baghdad museum: truth
    - Only 33 Iraqi artifacts missing
    - Iraq Museum to Reopen Displaying Lost Treasure
    - Iraqi Museum Looting Was Fan Dance In Sand Pants (Rush Limbaugh)
  • May 28 - 29, 2003
    - On Iraqi highways, artifacts for sale
    - Mesopotamia's vanishing treasures
    - 'Thousands' of items looted insists Iraqi antiquities chief
    - Global Network Aids Theft of Iraqi Artifacts
  • May 26, 2003
    - UN SECURITY COUNCIL PROHIBITS ALL TRADE IN IRAQI CULTURAL PROPERTY ILLEGALLY REMOVED SINCE 1990
  • May 25, 2003
    - Iraqi Looters Tearing Up Archaeological Sites
  • May 25, 2003
    - IRAQ: questions about number of items looted (Tom Flynn)
  • May 25, 2003
    - Media blamed for exaggerating loss of antiquities
  • May 21, 2003
    - UN Agency Alarmed at Iraqi Sites Plunder
    - Harness world's outrage to recover Iraq's stolen past
    - UNESCO affirms loss of 1,000 archeological pieces from Baghdad museum
  • May 18, 2003
    - Iraqis refuse to return antiquities
    - US adjusts museum loss figures
  • May 16, 2003
    - Kim Howells Backs Private Bill To Outlaw Trade In Stolen Works Of Art
    - Customs stymies statue smugglers
    - U.S. Recovers 951 Iraq Museum Items
    - Experts revise scope of theft from museum; Iraqi curators hid some antiquities
  • May 13, 2003
    - help for Iraq's cultural heritage
  • May 12, 2003
    - Art world gives tomb raiders the cold shoulder
    - Museum staff used secret hiding places to safeguard artefacts
    - Lost artifacts returning to their rightful owners; 9th century B.C. statue, chest of valuable manuscripts among items recovered, Customs says
    - Italy battles to rescue Iraqi antiquities
    - Colonel in Search for Iraqi Antiquities
  • May 10, 2003
    - Rumsfeld says criticism over Iraq museum looting a "bum rap"
  • May 9, 2003
    - Looters go to source to steal Iraq artifacts
    - Recovery of looted Iraqi treasures is slow
  • May 8, 2003
    - Nimrud Gold treasures “safe”
    (Dr Donny George - Bagdad Museum- gives the first detailed assessment of the looting to The Art Newspaper)
    - US customs agents claim some success in Iraq search
  • May 7, 2003
    - Germany: Police On The Watch For Looted Iraqi Antiquities
    - Iraqi Looting was Disaster for National Heritage, say Western Museum Experts
  • May 6, 2003
    - Iraq Cultural Heritage Announcement (email sent to all Smithsonian employees on 4/23/03)
    - Next mission? Operation Iraqi Heritage
    - Marines accuse Baghdad museum of hampering hunt for treasures

    Interpol international conference on stolen Iraqi art; speeches by:
    - Mr Mounir Bouchenaki,Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
    - Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of the ICPO-Interpol
    - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
  • May 6, 2003
    - Ambassador Limbert: Iraq Update Announcement
    - U.S. Contributes $2 Million to Protect and Restore Iraqi Antiquities
    - UNESCO Contacts US On Visit To Iraq To Help Recover Looted Antiquities
    - Looting of Baghdad's House of Wisdom stokes anger of Iraqis
    - Antiquities experts post online treasures of Baghdad museum
    - Interpol media release: U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to attend Interpol international conference on stolen Iraqi art
    - Most antiquities feared lost in looting found intact in museum (U.S. says only 38--not 170,000--missing)
    - Museums unite to tackle 'crime of the century'
    - Iraqi museum assembles list of lost treasures (LOOTING PROBE LAGS AMID SUSPICIONS THAT LEADERS WERE LINKED TO SADDAM)
  • May 2, 2003
    - Re; looting of the National Museum of Iraq (Tim Szczepanski, CIPM)
    - Little has been found of plunder from '91
    - Global Hunt Is Launched For Iraq's Looted Heritage (Treasure Trove of Antiquities May Prove Difficult to Recover)
    - Jordan confiscates stolen Iraqi art
    - A shameful theft of the crown jewels of memory
    - Missing artifacts trickle back to Baghdad museum (Fewer taken than thought, and some are close at hand)
    - Iraq and ruin
  • May 1, 2003
    - Loss Estimates Are Cut on Iraqi Artifacts, but Questions Remain
    - US Experts Call on International Community to Find Iraq's Historic Treasures
    - Of 2,000 Treasures Stolen in Gulf War of 1991, Only 12 Have Been Recovered
    - U.N. cultural organization urges Security Council to ban import of looted Iraqi artifacts
    - Iraqi National Museum anticipates opening of some exhibits
  • April 30, 2003
    - Assessing the disaster: experts mourn the Lion of Nimrud, looted as troops stood by
    - Lost history Iraq's missing treasures
    - Iraqi looting 'a loss to mankind'
    - The root causes of pillage
    - Man free without bond in smuggling of Iraqi art
    - U.S. Contributes $2 Million to Protect and Restore Iraqi Antiquities
  • April 29, 2003
    - Looted Iraqi Art Displayed Online
    - Experts urge U.S. to seal Iraq's borders to save antiquities
    - UNESCO to send experts to Iraq to compile data on looted antiquities

    The Department of State is in the process of putting up a fully searchable
    on-line archive of the looted items with the help of the University of
    Chicago and other experts in the field.
    http://exchanges.state.gov/culprop/iraq.html

    - THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND UNESCO ORGANIZE THE RESCUE OF IRAQ'S CULTURAL HERITAGE
  • April 29, 2003
    - ICOM: An emergency Red List on Iraqi Antiquities at Risk
    - More Than 100 Looted Iraqi Artifacts Returned, Military Says
    - Iraqis keep looted property safe from exploiters
    - Some antiquities, manuscripts turn up
    - UNESCO to co-chair new experts meeting to retrieve looted Iraqi antiquities
  • April 28, 2003
    - Tracing Iraq's Lost Treasures
  • April 27, 2003
    - Iraqis and their antiquities
    - Barbarians at the gates
    - Legal plan to save Iraq treasures
    - And Now: 'Operation Iraqi Looting'
    - Iraq's 'most wanted' stolen relics (Search for priceless antiquities goes high-tech)
    - Looting of Baghdad treasures shines light on a 'dirty business'
    - Treasure trove of suspects in museum artifacts' theft
    - Chalabi's men hand 'rescued' artefacts back to museum
  • April 22, 2003
    - US find may be looted Iraqi art
    - FBI: Looted Iraqi Antiquities Surfacing
    - Iraq's stolen heritage
    - Jordanian customs seize looted Iraqi paintings
    - NYTimes.com Article: An Army for Art, by Connie Lowenthal and Stephen Urice
    ( plus 'To Editor' mails)
  • April 21, 2003
    - Russia: Paying for Victory?
    - In north Iraq, an ancient past falls victim to a modern war (Hundreds of key artifacts looted from Mosul Museum)
    - Library Books, Letters and Priceless Documents Set Ablaze in Final Chapter
    - Permitting museum looting reveals intentions of U.S.
    - Iraq's Dead Teacup
    - Iraq looting has cultural impact
    - Egypt museum displays Iraq items
  • April 19, 2003
    - U.S. on Lookout for Stolen Iraq Artifacts
    - UNESCO Expert meeting on Iraqi Cutural Heritage - Resolutions - Message from the ICOM Secretariat
    - The looting of Baghdad’s museum and library (US government implicated in planned theft of Iraqi artistic treasures)
    - Interpol hunts stolen Iraqi art
    - Looters return objects to museum
    - U.S. archaeologists hope to document missing Iraqi treasures
    - US shamed by looting of antiquities
    - Plunder in the cradle of civilisation
    - FBI sends agents to recover looted treasures of Baghdad
    - Iraqi museum thefts planned by outside experts (Looting crowds hid thieves who removed treasures)
  • April 18, 2003, part II
    - Looters May Have Destroyed Priceless Cuneiform Archive
  • April 18, 2003
    - NEDART FOUNDATION IN THE NETHERLANDS WARNS AGAINST MISUSE OF THE ART MARKET BY LOOTERS OF NATIONAL MUSEUM IN BAGDAD
    - Press Release: Statement from the DCMS regarding Iraq's Cultural Heritage
    - FBI To Help Track Down Stolen Iraqi Antiquities
    - Japan to cooperate in preservation of Iraqi antiquities
    - Antiquities fall into black hole
    - Iraq's illegal art trade broken
    - Art gangs 'looted Iraqi museums'
    - Experts to Send Team to Iraq in Wake of Museum Looting
    - UNESCO Proposes 'Heritage Police' to Guard Iraqi Museums
  • April 15 - 17, 2003
    - Rumsfeld Denies U.S. Blame for Iraq Museum Plunder
    - U.N. experts to assess damage to Iraqi relics
    - Professor: Looted art ‘treasures for us all’
    - No stone unturned in hunt for looted treasures
    - UNESCO, British Museum move to salvage Iraqi treasure trove
    - New Development Gateway initiative- Iraq: Relief and Recovery
    - Destruction of libraries panel proposal for NYC conference
    -- U.S.: Will Restore Looted Iraq Artifacts
    - Editorial: Trashing the past
    - Powell Warns Against Dealing in Looted Iraqi Antiquities
    - Iraq: Harvard University Professor Riedlmayer's Comments
    - Curators Appeal for a Ban on Purchase of Iraqi Artifacts
    - War is good, said Bush as the Louvre fell to looters
    - Looters ransack Iraq's national library
    - Unesco to ready checklist of looted treasure
    - Missing Iraqi antiquities hidden for years
    - Baghdad’s treasures may turn up on eBay
    - News Digests and Information about Iraq
    - Web site on pillaging in Iraq
    - ICOM-CC appalled by looting in Iraq - AND - ICOM-CC offers conservation expertise
    - Looting of Iraqi antiquities throws spotlight on illicit art trade
    - Hunt for the raiders of the lost art
    - On the trail of stolen treasures; Outlook bleak for return of Iraqi art
    - Museum looting likely well-executed theft, officials say
    - Museum Pillage Described as Devastating but Not Total
    - Why are we allowing the rape of Iraq?
  • April 13, 2003
    - Iraq’s ancient cultural heritage has been ransacked – blame Bush and Blair
    - Iraq: Art Experts Fear Worst in the Plunder of a Museum
  • April 11 - 12, 2003
    - US lobby could threaten Iraqi heritage
    - Baghdad archeological museum looted
    - Looters grab priceless objects from Iraqi museums
    - Iraq - Threats to Cultural Heritage: Guardian article,10th April and THES 11th April 2003
    (reports forwarded by Patrick Boylan)
    - Mosul descends into chaos as even museum is looted
  • April 7, 2003
    - US accused of plans to loot Iraqi antiques
  • April 3, 2003
    - UNESCO Fears Iraqi Heritage Razed By Strikes
  • April 2, 2003
    - Iraqi cultural heritage sites threathened by war

    - Iraqis hiding behind 'ancient ruins'
    - Call to protect Iraqi heritage;
    The British Museum is leading calls to stop sites of archaeological interest being destroyed during the conflict in Iraq
    - Archaeological Shields; Saddam holds Iraq's antiquities hostage
  • March 29, 2003
    - Web site on risk to cultural heritage in Iraq
    - U.S. Urged to Shield Iraqi Treasures from Bombs
    - Antiquities experts guarding treasures
    - WAR & HERITAGE: IS ANCIENT IRAQ BEING PROTECTED?
    - Iraq: Groups Take Steps To Spare Cultural Heritage
    - Moscow urges UNESCO to set up body to protect historical monuments during conflicts
  • March 28, 2003
    - THE PRAVDA REPORT DISCUSSION AND TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN OF THE MUSEUM SECURITY NETWORK MAILINGLIST
  • March 26, 27,28, 2003
    - THREAD CONCERNING DISSEMINATION OF PRAVDA REPORT ABOUT WAR IN IRAQ AND IT'S IMPACT ON CULTURAL PROPERTY
  • March 26, 2003
    - Precision weaponry destroys Museum in Baghdad (Pravda, Ru)
  • March 18 - 20, 2003
    - Re: query: Helping protect Iraq's museums? (Cheryl Maslin)
    - Babylonian Booty and EBAY'S THREAT TO IRAQ
    - Archeologists: Don't attack cultural treasures in Iraq
    - Open Declaration on Cultural Heritage at Risk in Iraq
  • March 14, 2003
    - Iraq shields ancient treasures from high-tech war
    - query: Helping protect Iraq's museums? (Nancy Russell)
  • March 5, 2003
    - Iraqi artefacts find easy route via Switzerland
  • February 27 - March 2, 2003
    - ICOM Committee for Conservation and War
    - Experts fear for Iraq's archaeological treasure
  • February 26, 2003
    - War in Iraq Would Halt All Digs in Region
  • February 11, 2003
    - Protecting Ancient History in Iraq (Archaeologists Worry Antiquities, Artifacts Will be Lost in War)
    - AIA Urges Protection of Iraq's Archaeological Heritage
  • January 31 - February 8, 2003
    - Re: War in Iraq and Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Patrick Boylan) - A Lesson on Iraq From a Classicist
    - Iraq returns artifacts to Kuwait
  • January 29, 2003
    - Attack on Iraq will put ancient sites at risk By Adam Sherwin, Media Reporter
  • January 28, 2003
    War in Iraq and Cultural Property
    The USA did not ratify the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, The Hague 1954....
    http://www.icomos.org/hague/
    http://www.unesco.org/culture/legalprotection/war/html_eng/index_en.shtml
    http://www.icomos.org/hague/hague.rat.html
    http://www.unesco.org/culture/laws/hague/html_eng/page9.shtml - As the nation comes ever closer to war with Iraq, Americans should take a closer look at our prospective foe ... The cradle of civilization
  • January 25, 2003
    - In war scenario, antiquities seen in the line of fire
  • January 17, 2003
    - Archaeology digs routed by threat of war
  • January 4, 2003
    - With war in Iraq looming, many in the art historical world are worried about what might be damaged or destroyed
    - In Baghdad, art thrives as war hovers