Rifle-Toting Researcher Fights to Protect Ancient Sites

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Science  06 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5527, pp. 39
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5527.39

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BAGHDAD-- Donny George, recently named director general of research and publications in the newly created Iraqi State Board of Antiquities, kept a constant vigil at the Iraqi Museum here during the Gulf War; he organized opposition to the truckloads of armed looters who scoured the countryside in the mid-1990s; and he later survived a brutal assault by an unknown assailant. All the while, George has played a critical role in keeping his field alive during a traumatic time.