McGuire Gibson

McGuire Gibson is a professor of Mesopotamian archaeology at the University of Chicago.

Diary: the Theft of Iraq’s Antiquities

McGuire Gibson, 1 January 2009

Midway through the 2003 invasion, an American officer was shown on TV directing tank crews away from the site of Babylon, explaining to them that it was an important part of Iraq’s heritage. This led me to assume that the army had acted on information that I, among others, had given them about the significance of the ancient region of Mesopotamia. I imagined that when the army reached...

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