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Iraq Museum, The: The Loss of a Nation’s Memory

Synopsis
In April 2003, American troops entered Baghdad and the fog of war descended over the city. The staff of the National Museum of Iraq, under Director Dr. Donny George, were forced to abandon the Museum temporarily. On their return, they found the Museum, which houses key Mesopotamian collections, badly vandalized and much of its contents damaged or stolen. On 24 May 2008, Dr. George spoke to the audience at The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, recounting those events, the aftermath and the lessons to be learned. (50 minutes)
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2008
Subjects
Archaeology
Keywords
antiquities; Iraq; museums; Iraq war

Online availability

URI
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/video/iraqmuseum.html
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Donny George

Distributor

Name

Archaeology Channel, The

Contact
Richard Pettigrew (president and director)
Web
http://www.archaeologychannel.org External site opens in new window
Notes
The Archaeology Channel is one of the initiatives of the US-based Archaeological Legacy Institute. The marketplace section of the Channel’s website sells a range of DVDs on archaeological topics. The site also streams documentaries in their entirety, free of charge. American archaeology is strongly represented but the extensive collection also covers worldwide content. Audio commentaries and interviews with archaeologists are also available free online .

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