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Protecting the ruins of Babylon

This wonderful New York Times article discusses the challenges of preserving an important historical site, ancient Babylon, in Iraq.  American grants are being provided to aid in the conservation efforts and to aid in refurbishing a museum.

The task at hand is daunting, though, and the threats to the site abundant. In the case of some of the Hussein-era reconstructions, they are irreversible. The American invasion and the carnage that followed brought archaeological and preservation work to a halt across the country, leaving ruins to wither or, in the case of looting, much worse.

The article also includes a video, so you can see the sites that are being discussed.


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