New Digs Draw Applause and Concern

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Science  06 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5527, pp. 38-41
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5527.38

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UMM AL-AQIRIB-- Iraqi archaeologists are back in the field and making significant finds, having begun some 15 excavations in the past 18 months after nearly a decade's hiatus. But Western scientists worry that their colleagues' economic troubles, long isolation, and emphasis on restoration--trying to reconstruct ancient sites rather than simply preserving what remains--may pose a threat to important and fragile ruins.