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Dam Threatens Iraqi Ancient Sites

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Science  22 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5563, pp. 2189-2191
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5563.2189

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LONDON-- Construction has begun on a Tigris River dam that will flood dozens of important archaeological sites in northern Iraq, including the ancient royal capital of Assyria. A senior Iraqi antiquities official attending a scientific meeting here last week pleaded for international help in salvage excavations, but researchers say there may be too little time and too much politics to save more than a fraction of the Assyrian heartland before the floodwaters finish rising in 2007.